Elderly Dependent Visa – How to bring your elderly parent or grandparent to the UK

Expats in the UK are often very concerned about their parents and grandparents back in their home country. This is an understandable concern. It is often difficult for these elderly parents or grandparents to take care of themselves financially and emotionally. However, there is hope in the form of the Elderly Dependent Visa.

The application for the UK elderly dependant visa is unfortunately very difficult with very strict criteria.

Elderly Dependent Visa – criteria for the elderly dependant

The elderly dependent may not be in a subsisting relationship with a partner unless that partner is also the UK sponsor’s parent or grandparent. If so, the partners must apply for the elderly dependent visa at the same time.

You have to provide proof that the elderly applicant needs long-term personal care to perform every-day tasks due to age, disability or illness. You also have to provide proof that the elderly applicant is basically unable to live independently.

There also need to be medical records, showing why the elderly person needs long-term permanent care.

The person who applies for the elderly dependent visa must be unable, even with the practical and financial assistance of the UK sponsor, to obtain the required level of care in his/her home country. This can be because it is either not affordable or not available.

Elderly Dependent Visa – criteria for the UK sponsor

The sponsor must be a British Citizen, and be present and settled in the UK. The sponsor can also be under humanitarian protection or a refugee.

He/she must prove that he/she is able to provide adequate maintenance, accommodation, and care for the elderly dependant without having to rely on UK public funds.

The sponsor need to sign a sponsorship undertaking form to confirm that he/she will be responsible for the care of the elderly dependent. This form also states that the sponsor cannot rely on public funds for a period of at least 5 years.

Elderly Dependents and the EU Law

If the UK sponsor have an EU nationality, it wil definitely simplify matters. This is because the rules for the elderly dependents are much more lenient under the EU Immigration law.

Under EU law, you can bring an elderly dependent to the UK. This can de done by showing that you are exercising treaty rights in the UK by studying, working, being self-employed or self-sufficient.

You also need to prove that the elderly dependent /s is dependent on you.

Elderly Dependent Visa Application – What now?

The Elderly Dependent Visa application is a notoriously difficult application to prove.

We are however glad to inform our clients that we have had a number of successful application. Please feel free to contact us for more information or to proceed with your application.