New strict rules make getting

New strict rules make getting UK visas for elderly dependants difficult

The consultants at BIC get frequent queries from South African clients, who are present and settled in the UK, and would like to bring an elderly parent and in some cases grandparents to live with them in the UK.

New strict rules make getting

Unfortunately, the rules with regards to elderly dependants were changed in July 2012, and the ‘new’ rules are very strict, and the requirements very difficult to meet.

In order to apply for the UK elderly dependent visa, the following requirements inter alia need to be met in order to bring a successful application;

(Please note that the requirements above do not apply to EEA Family dependent permits. The rules for elderly dependents under EU Law are a lot more lenient than under UK law.)

Whilst, the stringent requirements for these applications are incredibly difficult to meet, we are happy to say that BIC has previously had some success in processing applications under this route.

  • The elderly dependant applicant must not be in a subsisting relationship with a partner, unless that partner is also the sponsor’s parent or grandparent and is applying for the entry clearance at the same time as the applicant.
  • The elderly dependant must as a result of age, illness or disability need long-term personal care to perform every-day tasks, such as washing and cooking.
  • The elderly applicant must be unable, even with the practical and financial help of the sponsor, to obtain the required level of care in the country where they are living, either because it is not available and there is no person in the country where he/she is living who can reasonably provide it or it is not affordable.
  • The sponsor of the elderly dependant must be able to show that he/she is able to provide adequate maintenance, accommodation and care for the elderly dependant without having to rely on public funds.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact our offices.

JP Breytenbach

Director of Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants Limited or or