How to Extend Dependant Visa UK [Guide]

How to Extend Dependant Visa UK [Guide]

If you are already in the UK as a dependant visa holder, you might be able to extend your stay. In this article, you will learn how to extend your dependant visa, covering all the requirements, application steps, costs, and how professional legal help can make the process smoother.

Requirements to Extend Dependant Visa UK

If you are looking to extend your dependant visa in the UK, there are specific requirements you must meet to ensure a successful application. You need to fulfil the same eligibility criteria as your initial visa application. Here are the key requirements you need to fulfil.

Eligibility Criteria for Partners

To extend your dependant visa as a partner, you must still be legally married or in a civil partnership with the main visa holder. You must provide proof of an honest and continuous connection with the primary applicant. After obtaining the extension, you must also plan to reside with the main applicant throughout your stay in the UK.

Eligibility Criteria for Children

For a dependant child to extend their visa, they must be under 18 years old at the time of the application. If they are over 18, they must have already been granted a dependant visa as a family member of the main applicant and must not be living independently.

Children aged 16 or above must:

  • Reside with the main visa holder unless they attend a boarding school, college, or university full-time.
  • Not wedded, in a civil union, or having their children.
  • Be economically sponsored by the main visa holder.

The main visa holder must submit proof that the child resides with them to fulfil these requirements.

Financial Conditions for Dependants

The financial prerequisites differ based on how long you have been in the UK and the visa or immigration status of the main applicant. 

  • If you have been in the UK on a dependant visa for more than one year, you typically do not need proof of financial support when applying for an extension.
  • However, if you have been in the UK for less than 12 months, you must demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to sustain yourself and your family members, as required by your visa. For example, for the skilled worker visa, the required amounts are:
  • £285 for a spouse or partner 
  • £315 for first child
  • £200 for each other child

Fulfilling these financial requirements is essential to demonstrate that you can support yourself and your dependants without public funds.

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Required Documents for the Extension

When applying for an extension of your dependant visa in the UK, you must submit various documents to the Home Office to demonstrate your eligibility. Having all the necessary documentation is vital for a smooth application process. Typically, the required documents include the following:

  • Global Web Form (GWF) or Unique Application Number (UAN): This is for the main visa holder to confirm that your extension applications are connected correctly.

For Dependent Partner

  • Marriage or Civil Partnership Certificate: If you apply as a spouse or civil partner, you must provide an official certificate.
  • Evidence of Cohabitation: You must prove that you are residing with your partner. Acceptable documents include:
    • Bank or building society statements
    • Tenancy agreements
    • Residential mortgage statements
    • Council tax bills
    • Utility bills
    • Other official correspondence that shows you both reside at the same address

For Dependent Children

  • Child’s Birth Certificate: To confirm the identity and relationship of the child.

Proof of Child Dependency (if 16 years or older):

  • A bank or building society statement showing financial support from the parent to the child
  • An official letter from the child’s current educational institute confirming their address

The Home Office may request additional documents based on your specific situation. They will provide a full list of required documents when you begin your extension application.

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Steps to Apply for Extension as Dependant Visa Holder

Extending your dependant visa in the UK involves several steps to ensure that your application is complete and meets all requirements. 

First, you must complete and submit the appropriate visa extension application form online. The required form will depend on whether you are applying as a partner or a child.

When applying, it is essential to include the main visa holder’s Global Web Form (GWF) or Unique Application Number (UAN) to ensure your application is correctly linked.

Next, pay the necessary fees for the dependant visa extension. The fees vary depending on the extension duration and the visa type. Additionally, you will need to pay the healthcare surcharge, which is currently £1,035 per year for adults and £776 per year for children. 

After paying the fees, you must book and attend an appointment at your nearest UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) centre to provide your biometrics, including a fingerprint scan and a photo.

Following this, you must submit or upload all the required documents to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). You may also be able to submit these documents physically in the visa centre during the biometric appointment. 

Once these steps are completed, you will generally obtain a decision on your visa extension within 8 weeks. 

Learn More About: What Are the New UK Dependant Visa Rules for Care Workers in 2024?

Let Spouse Visa Lawyers Help

Extending your visa can be complex and time-consuming, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. Our experienced immigration lawyers are here to offer expert guidance and support every step of the way.

We can help you prepare and submit your application, ensuring all necessary documents are properly organised and deadlines met. 

Let our dedicated professionals handle the complexities of your visa extension, allowing you to focus on your life and career in the UK. Contact us today to get started.

You Ask, We Answer


The processing time for a dependant visa extension application is typically up to 8 weeks. If you need a faster decision, you can opt for the super-priority service, which provides a decision within 1 operating day for a fee of £1,000. Alternatively, the priority service ensures a determination within 5 working days for a fee of £500.

Yes, you are allowed to continue living, working, and studying in the UK while your visa extension application is under review as long as you submit the application before your current visa expires.

You are not required to pass an English language exam to renew your dependant visa. 

It is typically not advised to go outside of the UK while your visa renewal application is being handled. If you leave the UK, your application may be revoked, and you must apply again from outside the country.

If your application is declined, you will get a letter stating why. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to appeal the decision or file a fresh application. Getting legal counsel to evaluate your choices and determine the best course of action is essential.

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