PBS Dependent Visa UK

Get Expert Assistance for Your Dependents’ UK Visa Application 

A PBS dependent visa allows entry and stay in the UK to relatives of people who have or are applying for a UK visa under the points-based framework (PBS). 

The ‘primary candidate’ or ‘visa holder’ should be a Tier 1, 2, or 5, worker or ICT PBS migrant or a Start-Up, Innovator or Global Talent Appendix W Worker. This incorporates Health and Care Visa candidates. 

Yes UK Immigration provides responsive and efficient legal advice for your PBS Dependent Visa Application. We also can manage your family’s PBS Dependent Visa Extension. We aim to get best possible outcome on visa application – so that you can embark on your new journey, stress-free. 

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What are the Benefits of a PBS Dependent Visa?

As a PBS Dependent, you can avail of the following benefits:

  • Work or Study full-time or part-time
  • Leave and Re-enter the UK while your visa is valid 
  • Apply to extend your visa
  • Apply for an indefinite leave to remain in the UK, provided you have met the residency requirement, except for Tier 4 General Student PBS dependants.

If you need immediate help with your PBS dependent visa UK application, reach out to us at +44 20 3151 9366.

Who is a Qualified PBS Visa Dependent?

A PBS Dependent applicant is:

  • Directly related to the applicant holding or applying to hold one of the qualifying visa routes.
  • A person who isn’t yet qualified for Indefinite Leave to Remain, is related to the main applicant.

Eligibility Criteria 

  • Spouse and you aged 18+ and above, in a legally recognised marriage.
  • Unmarried partner with whom you have been living for 2 years continuously, with the PBS visa holder. 
  • A minor child, who is under 18 and unmarried at the time of filing the first visa application. 

How to Apply for a PBS Dependent Visa in the UK?

To qualify as a dependent of a PBS visa holder, you can apply online for leave to enter if you are outside the UK, or leave to remain if you are present in the UK with legal status. Online applications aren’t feasible for North Korean applicants. To make your Visa processing smooth and efficient, Yes UK Immigration lawyers are always here to help. 

Find out if you are eligible for a PBS Dependent Visa. Talk to our immigration experts and get the right advice

Required Documents for PBS Dependent Visa UK

  • Proof of relationship with the PBS Visa holder –
    • Civil Partnership or Marriage Certificate
    • Joint bank statements in both names 
    • Shared Council tax bills in both names
    • Shared Utility bills in both names
  • Your bank statement covering 90-days transactions before filing the application
  • Criminal Record Certificate if you’re applying for an entry clearance as a spouse or partner of a Tier 1 Investor, Skilled worker or any point based scheme.
  • Evidence of sufficient funds for maintenance
  • Certificate of Sponsorship of a PBS worker (if applicable)

What Else Do I Need to Know About a PBS Dependent Visa?

If your application for a Family Member of a PBS Migrant visa is effective, you will mostly be allowed leave w.r.t the expiry date of the PBS migrant’s leave. If the PBS migrant is granted indefinite leave to remain, you will be given a three years’ leave. You can later apply for an additional leave, whenever needed, for your qualification period of 5 years and then apply for indefinite leave to remain. 

If the main applicant changes business or institution, PBS dependents can stay in the UK until their visa expires. 

If you’re stuck with evaluating your application status, Yes UK Immigration can help you clear all your doubts and ease your application process. 

How Can Yes UK Immigration help you with PBS Dependent Visa UK Application?

Your Choice, Our Expertise

Whether you want to relocate or settle in the UK, Yes UK Immigration lawyers assist you efficiently through every step. With a decade of experience, our immigration lawyers help in processing your visa smoothly. 

Stress-free Processing

Our immigration lawyers guide you through every phase of your PBS dependent Visa application. Whatever assistance you need during the process, Yes UK Immigration is here to provide them all. 

Efficient Teamwork

Yes UK Immigration is renowned for being approachable and proactive in understanding and meeting our clients’ needs. Our immigration lawyers provide clear and reliable immigration advice to all non-visa nationals. 


PBS dependent applications outside the UK are processed around 3 months, however, the period may vary with the processing centres. If you’re applying for a PBS Dependent Visa extension or switching to a PBS Dependent Visa within the UK, the standard processing may take up to 8 weeks. Under paid-for-priority services, you can get your visa in 10 days. 

If the main applicant has been granted an indefinite leave to remain, you can stay in the UK till your PBS Visa expires. If the main applicant hasn’t been granted indefinite leave to remain, you would be granted a three-year leave. You can later apply to extend your visa and get permission for indefinite leave to remain yourself.

If you’re applying online for a PBS dependent visa, the application costs £610. If you’re applying for an extension or switching to a dependent visa, the standard costs are £704 per person online and premium costs are £1,314 per person. Visa application and processing fee are subject to changes. Please check the revised rates here

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