Tier 5 (Temporary worker - creative and sporting)
Can dependants apply?
This page explains who can apply as a family member (dependant) and how they should apply under the points-based system.
Who is a dependant?
A dependant is:
- your husband, wife or civil partner; or
- your unmarried or same-sex partner; or
- your child aged under 18.
Your dependants can be over 18 years old if they are in the UK now as dependants
Conditions dependants must meet to get permission to stay
If their application is successful, your dependant will be given permission to come or stay in the UK, as long as:
- they have no access to public funds, which means they will be unable to claim most benefits paid by the state;
- as the spouse, civil partner, unmarried, or same-sex partner of a migrant given permission to stay under parts 3, 5 or 6 of the immigration rules; or
- as the partner of a points-based system worker (provided that permission was not subject to a condition preventing them working as a doctor in training).
What maintenance (funds) dependants must have
To be eligible for permission to stay (leave to remain) as a dependant of a tier 5 worker, your dependant must show that they have enough personal funds to support themselves for the entire time of stay here.
You and your dependants should have already assessed the potential living costs, based on past living expenses, to make sure that you have enough funds to support yourselves.
If you or your dependants are unable to meet the maintenance requirements, your application will be refused.
If the main applicant under tier 5 is outside the UK or has been in the UK for less than 12 months, the family member must show that the main applicant or the dependant has at least £600 to support the dependant as well as the funds needed to support the main applicant.
If the main applicant has been present in the UK for 12 months or more, the main applicant or the family member of the tier 5 applicant must have £600 to support themselves.
For example, if you are the main applicant and you are bringing 2 children with you to the UK, you must have your £900 for your maintenance (funds) and £600 for your children, so a total of £2,100.
Can my dependants make their own application?
Your dependants can apply for permission on their own if they want. They will need to meet the requirements of the immigration category that they want to apply under.
If they do apply, their application will be considered separately to yours and we cannot guarantee that both applications will be successful or that they will be given permission to enter or stay for the same length of time as you.