If you’re a highly skilled individual in areas such as science, engineering or art and want to work in the UK, the Global Talent Visa offers a great opportunity. But does the visa cover your family, including any dependents you may have? Read on to understand the application process, eligibility and benefits.
What is a Global Talent Visa?
The Global Talent Visa is designed for highly skilled professionals who want to work in the UK. It targets individuals who excel in fields such as science, technology, engineering, mathematics, arts and culture. This type of visa allows not just the primary applicant but also their dependents to live, work and study in the UK. It’s a great chance to keep families together and makes moving to a new place easier for everyone.
Eligibility for dependents
When considering the eligibility of Global Talent Visa dependents, it’s important to understand that their eligibility depends largely on their relationship with the main visa holder.
The key criteria covers:
The most important requirement for dependents of the main visa applicant is proof of marriage or civil partnership. This means showing legal documents like marriage certificates or civil partnership registrations. These papers are needed so that the spouse or civil partner can legally go with the main applicant to the UK.
Age of children
Children under 18 years old are usually seen as dependents and can be covered under the main visa holder. You’ll need to show their birth certificates or similar documents. These papers prove the children’s age and their connection to the visa applicant.
Financial dependency for older children
Sometimes, children over 18 can also be dependents if they still rely financially on the main visa holder. This includes those in full-time education or unable to earn due to other reasons. You’ll need to show documents proving they depend on the main visa holder for money and their relationship to them.
The application process for dependents
Determine your eligibility
As a dependent, eligibility is linked to the primary applicant’s Global Talent Visa. Dependents typically include spouses, civil partners and children under the age of 18.
Gather necessary documentation
The documentation required usually includes proof of relationship to the main applicant, such as marriage certificates or birth certificates for children. Additionally, you might need to provide evidence of financial means to support your stay.
Complete the application form
Dependents should complete their own application forms, obviously depending on their age. It’s crucial to provide accurate information that corresponds with the main applicant’s details. Any discrepancy can lead to delays or even visa rejection.
Attend biometric appointments
Similar to the main applicant, dependents are also required to attend biometric appointments. This involves providing fingerprints and photographs at a visa application centre.
Wait for the decision
After submitting the application and attending the biometric appointment, you will need to wait for the visa decision. Processing times vary depending on the country and specific circumstances. In the UK, you can get an answer between 3-8 weeks depending on your location at the time of applying.
What are the benefits for dependents?
This visa is for highly skilled people but it offers great opportunities for Global Talent Visa dependents too. Let’s look at the top three advantages for family members.
Residency and employment rights
Dependents can live in the UK with the primary visa holder and have the opportunity for permanent residency or citizenship. Spouses or partners are usually allowed to work without needing a separate work visa.
Access to education and healthcare
Children of the visa holder can attend local schools, and the family has access to public healthcare services, contributing to a higher quality of life and well-being.
Social and cultural integration
Families enjoy opportunities for social and cultural integration, including learning the local language and culture. They can access community support networks, which will enhance their overall living experience in the new country.
Legal help for Global Talent Visa families
If you’re applying for a Global Talent Visa, Osbourne Pinner can help. We’re experts in helping applicants and their families with these visas, ensuring a smooth and efficient process.
We also assist in resolving complex cases, for example, immigration detention and representing clients in immigration courts.