Adult Dependent Relative

If you are in the United Kingdom with settled status, you could sponsor your parent, grandparent, brother, sister, son, or daughter aged 18 years or over who as a result of age, illness, or disability, requires long-term personal care to perform everyday tasks, for example, washing, dressing, and cooking who are abroad. This means that they must be incapable of performing such everyday tasks for themselves. In addition, it must also be demonstrated that they are unable to receive the required level of care in the country where they are living and no person in that country who can reasonably provide that care.

You must also provide evidence that they will be adequately maintained, accommodated, and cared for. In practice, though, the Home Office will state in virtually all cases that even if a need for long-term personal care is established and there is no family member available in the country concerned, the family in the UK could and should pay for carers to visit the relative or for the relative to be placed in a care home. There is a number of hoops that one will need to jump in order to make a successful application.

In December 2016 the Home Office published a review of the Adult Dependent Relative rules. The review found that the number of visas issued to parents and grandparents plummeted from 2,325 per year to an average of 162 per year when the new rules were introduced. The number of successful cases each year has actually fallen, and most of the visa grants involved an initial refusal followed by an allowed appeal. The review considered whether the rules were meeting their policy objectives and whether alternative rules might be introduced, such as compulsory health insurance, and increased NHS surcharge or payment of a financial bond. It concluded that the rules would not be changed.

Applications under this route require a large amount of evidence gathering and strong representation. An application made without the relevant evidence is likely to be refused. Any attempted appeal is also likely to fail. For these reasons, it is very vital to include the relevant evidence with the application.


What will we do for you?

We will advise you on the documents required, draft appropriate representations, prepare and submit the application on your behalf and obtain the biometric appointment for you.