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Adult Dependent Relatives

Adult Dependent Relative Visa Applications

If you or your client is looking to bring relatives to the UK to live with you, you may be aware that the application process has become somewhat complex since the rules were changed a few years back.

Adult Dependent Relative (ADR) applications, as they are known, are prone to refusal for a host of reasons, often ones that are not anticipated.

For this reason, it’s vital that you have the right level of guidance when making this type of application, and that the process is approached with considerable care.

About Adult Dependent Relative applications

ADR applications are often made by British or UK-settled individuals looking to bring relatives to live with them, usually because those relatives have health issues or are no longer able to care for themselves.

Under current rules, the general requirements for an ADR application are:

  • The applicant must be aged 18 years or over and based outside of the UK.
  • The applicant must be confirmed as needing long term personal care in order to carry out everyday personal and household tasks (for example washing, dressing and cooking) due to age, disability or illness.
  • The applicant must be unable to obtain the required level of care in the country in which they live, either because there is no one suitable to provide it in their country, or because it is not affordable.
  • The UK-based relative must be a parent, a son or daughter, or a grandchild or sibling who is living permanently in the UK as a British citizen or who holds UK settlement status, refugee leave, or humanitarian protection.
  • The UK-based relative must be able to accommodate, support and care for the applicant without the need for public funding, for a minimum of five years, and will be required to sign an undertaking to this effect.

Applicants who are successfully granted an Adult Dependent Relative visa will be given indefinite leave to enter the UK. In other words, they will be allowed to remain here permanently.

What if an ADR visa is refused?

ADR visa applications are sometimes refused if the necessary evidence is not provided to show that care could not be arranged in the home country.

Other reasons for refusal could be that the Entry Clearance Officer may be of the opinion that there are other family members in the applicant’s home country capable of taking care of them, or that the applicant had already lived with their illness for some years, and that there is no reason why they could not continue to do so.

However, these reasons are often unfounded and, with the right evidence provided during the application, any concerns that the decision maker may have could be alleviated.

How Imperium Chambers can help

Our expert team of immigration specialists here at Imperium Chambers have extensive experience in dealing with Adult Dependent Relative visa applications, and are acutely aware of the pitfalls and typical reasons for refusal. We work in conjunction with experts worldwide who possess local and medical expertise, and who are able to produce detailed, trusted reports to support successful applications.

Being able to care for your family is important. Whether you’re looking to bring a relative to live with you so that you can look after them and are seeking help with their application for an ADR visa, or you’ve had an ADR visa application refused and need help challenging it, the specialist immigration barristers at Imperium Chambers can help.

To discuss your Adult Dependent Relative visa application in confidence, contact our immigration specialists today on 0207 242 3488, or complete our enquiry form below.

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