You can apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker dependent partner 28 days before completion of 5 years in the UK under skilled worker / Tier 2 General dependant visa. An application for ILR as a skilled worker dependant visa is made online using SET (O) application form. The application is submitted in accordance with requirements as set out in Appendix Skilled Worker of the Immigration Rules. You can apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker dependant through Priority or Super Priority Service to get faster decision on your ILR application.

To apply for ILR as a skilled worker dependant, the skilled worker should either be applying for ILR at the same time or should have already have been granted ILR as a skilled worker. A person applying for settlement as a dependent partner or dependent child of a Skilled Worker must apply online on the gov.uk website on the specified form, “Settle in the UK in various immigration categories: form SET(O)”.

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Our specialist team of immigration solicitors can provide expert immigration advice and legal representations on fixed fee basis concerning your application for ILR as a Skilled Worker dependant. 

Eligibility Requirements For ILR As A Skilled Worker Dependant

As a dependant of Skilled Worker migrant, you should satisfy the following requirements to be eligible for ILR as a Skilled Worker dependant:

  • Valid application: The applicant must submit a valid application for ILR from inside teh UK as a Skilled Worker dependant;
  • Immigration status of the sponsor: the applicant must be applying as a partner or child of a Skilled Worker migrant who:
    • has made a valid application for ILR in the UK on the Skilled Worker route and that application has not been decided; or
    • is settled (holding ILR) or has become a British citizen, provided that the Skilled Worker sponsor had permission on the Skilled Worker route when they applied for ILR and the applicant either had permission as their partner or child at that time, or the applicant is applying as a child of a Skilled Worker and the applicant was born in the UK before the Skilled Worker settled.
  • Qualifying period requirement: The applicant must have spent a continuous period of 5 years in the UK with permission as a dependent partner of Skilled Worker.
  • Continuous residence requirement: The applicant must meet the continuous residence requirement as set out in Appendix Continuous Residence during the qualifying period.
  • Suitability requirement: The applicant must not fall for refusal under Part 9: grounds for refusal.
  • Relationship requirement: The applicant must meet the relationship requirement as per Appendix Skilled Worker of the Immigration Rules;
  • Age and care requirement for child: If the applicant is applying as a dependent child they must be aged under 18 on the date of application unless they were last granted permission as the dependent child of their parent or parents. If the applicant is a child aged under 18 on the date of application, there must be suitable arrangements for the child’s care and accommodation in the UK, which must comply with relevant UK legislation and regulations;
  • English language requirement: Unless an exemption applies, the applicant must show English language ability on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in speaking and listening to at least level B1.The applicant must show they meet the English language requirement as specified in Appendix English Language.
  • Knowledge of Life in the UK requirement: If the applicant is aged 18 or over on the date of application, they must meet the knowledge of Life in the UK requirement as set out in Appendix KOL UK.
  • Not be in breach of immigration laws: The applicant must not be:
    • in breach of immigration laws, except that where paragraph 39E applies, that period of overstaying will be disregarded; or
    • on immigration bail.

Relationship Requirement

The applicant must be the partner or child of the sponsoring Skilled Worker where one of the following applies:

  • The sponsoring Skilled Worker is, at the same time, being granted ILR as a Skilled Worker; or
  • The sponsoring Skilled Worker is settled in the UK i.e. holding ILR or has become a British citizen, providing the sponsoring Skilled Worker had leave to enter or remain as a Skilled Worker when they applied for ILR and the applicant either:
    • had leave to enter or remain as sponsoring Skilled Worker’s partner or child at that time; or
    • is applying as a child of the sponsoring Skilled Worker, and was born in the UK before the sponsoring Skilled Worker was granted ILR.

The applicant must either:

  • have last been granted leave to enter or remain as a dependent partner or dependent child of the sponsoring Skilled Worker; or
  • have been born in the UK and be applying as a child of the sponsoring Skilled Worker.

If applying for ILR as a partner, the applicant and the sponsoring Skilled Worker must meet the relationship requirement as set out in Appendix Skilled Worker of the Immigration Rules and must have met such relationship requirement throughout the 5 years ending on the date of application for ILR.

If applying for ILR as a child, the applicant’s other parent (who is not the sponsoring Skilled Worker) must be being granted ILR at the same time, or be settled or a British citizen, unless:

  • the sponsoring Skilled Worker is the applicant’s sole surviving parent; or
  • the sponsoring Skilled Worker has sole responsibility for the applicant’s upbringing; or
  • the decision maker is satisfied that there are serious and compelling reasons to grant the applicant ILR as a dependent child.

Age and Care Requirement For A Child

The child must be under the age of 18 on the date of application, unless they were last granted permission as the dependent child of their parent or parents. If the child is aged 16 or over at the date of application, they must not be leading an independent life.

If the applicant is aged under 18 on the date of application, there must be suitable arrangements for the child’s care and accommodation in the UK, which must comply with relevant UK legislation and regulations.

Qualifying Period Requirement

The applicant must have spent a continuous period of 5 years in the UK with leave to enter or remain as a dependent partner of the sponsoring Skilled Worker.

Continuous Residence Requirement

The applicant must meet the continuous residence requirement as set out in Appendix Continuous Residence during the relevant qualifying period.

English Language Requirement

Unless an exemption applies, the applicant must show English language ability on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in speaking and listening to at least level B1. The applicant must show they meet the English language requirement as specified in Appendix English Language.

Knowledge Of Life In The UK Requirement

If the applicant is aged 18 or over on the date of application, they must meet the knowledge of Life in the UK requirement as set out in Appendix KOL UK.

Fast Track Service For ILR As A Skilled Worker Dependant

Our specialist team of Fast Track Immigration Solicitors can fast track your UK visa and immigration application to get you decision on your application faster under the Priority Service or Super Priority service. This way you will get decision on your application faster and will not to wait for a decision on your application for months (some time years).

Our fast track immigration solicitors can prepare your application faster and submit your application under the Priority Service or Super Priority Service to get you faster decision on your application.

As Fast Track Immigration Lawyers in London, we are registered with the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) and its commercial partners UKVCAS Sopra Steria to provide Priority Service or Super Priority Service for your application whereby decision on your application will be made by the Home Office UKVI faster. An application submitted through Priority Service is normally decided within 5 working days and an application submitted through Super Priority Service is normally decided within 24 hours (usually by end of next working day).

Our Fixed Fees For Dependant Visa Applications

Our fixed fees for dependant visa applications are as given in the fee table below:

Our Service Our Fixed Fees Range
Full service for dependant visa Entry Clearance to cover all the work until decision by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) From £1,000 To £2,000 (no VAT)
Full service for switching into dependant visa from inside the UK through Super Priority Service to cover our work until decision on your application From £1,000 + VAT To £2,000 + VAT
Full service for extension of dependant visa from inside the UK through Super Priority Service to cover our work until decision on your application From £1,000 + VAT To £2,000 + VAT
Full service for ILR as a dependant from inside the UK through Super Priority Service to cover our work until decision on your application From £1,000 + VAT To £2,000 + VAT

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the application and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for the application, the applicant also has to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the application.

Service Options For Your Immigration Application

Our specialist team of immigration solicitors and lawyers offer following service options for your UK visa and immigration application:

Full Service

Our immigration lawyers can provide full service for your immigration application for a fixed fee. Under the full service, our fast track immigration lawyers will carry out all the work on your immigration application until you get a decision on your application through priority or super priority service. Work to be carried out by our fast track immigration lawyers will include the following:

  • Advice on requirements: Our immigration solicitors will advise you on the relevant requirements you meet for your immigration application to succeed;
  • Documentary advice: Our immigration lawyers will prepare and email you a comprehensive list of supporting documents to be submitted in support of your immigration application;
  • Assessing documents: Our immigration lawyers will assess your documents to make sure that all the documents you provide in support of your application are in accordance with the requirement of the immigration rules;
  • Completing the application form: Our immigration lawyers will complete the relevant application form your immigration application;
  • Submitting application through Priority or Super Priority Service: Where possible, our fast track immigration lawyers will submit your online immigration application through priority or super priority service to get faster decision on your immigration application;
  • Booking an appointment with the application centre: After the online submission of your immigration application, our fast track visa solicitors will book your appointment with the application centre for you to enrol your biometrics;
  • Detailed cover letter: Our specialist immigration solicitors will prepare a detailed cover letter in support of the immigration application to explain all the relevant legal requirements and how such requirements have been satisfied by the applicant with the documents being submitted with the application;
  • Uploading documents online: Before the biometrics enrolment date, our immigration lawyers will upload online all the supporting documents to be considered in support of the immigration application;
  • Follow up work: Our immigration lawyers will carry out all the follow up work until decision by the Home Office UKVI on the immigration application.

One-Off Immigration Services

Our specialist immigration lawyers can provide following one-off immigration services for in relation to your UK visa and immigration application:

Remote Legal Services For Your Immigration Matter

Our specialist team of immigration solicitors and lawyers can provide you with expert immigration advice and representations remotely from our offices in London. Using modern technology, our Fast Track Immigration Lawyers can handle your matter remotely without the need for you to visit our offices. Whilst we are more than happy to welcome clients into our offices, if this is their preference, we are proud to be able to offer our legal services remotely to save your time and travel cost.

  • We can provide immigration advice service remotely through Zoom / Skype / Phone / Microsoft Team etc to assess your matter fully and give you appropriate legal advice on your matter;
  • Following initial immigration advice, if you instruct us for your immigration matter, we can send you all relevant documents electronically for you to digitally sign and return the same to us;
  • You can send and receive all documents electronically in PDF format;
  • We will complete your application form and prepare any witness statement (where necessary) by sharing our computer screen with you in a Zoom / Microsoft Team meeting so that you are fully aware of all the information given in the form or statement;
  • We will keep you fully informed on the progress of your matter through active email correspondence.

Why Choose Us For Your Immigration Application?

  • Your immigration application will  be prepared by a specialist immigration solicitor with huge experience of 19 years and specialist knolwedge of immigration laws, requirements, documentary evidence and relevant procedures;
  • Your immigration application will be prepared in shortest possible time under the fast track service;
  • You will get decision on your application faster under the Priority or Super Priority Service;
  • If your application does not succeed for any reasons, our immigration lawyers will challenge the refusal with no additional cost. In the alternative, our immigration lawyers will prepare and submit a fresh application at no extra cost;
  • Our immigration solicitors and lawyers can provide you with expert legal advice and representations remotely from our offices in London. Using modern technology, we can handle your matter remotely without the need for you to visit our offices. Whilst we are more than happy to welcome clients into our offices, if this is their preference, we are proud to be able to offer our legal services remotely.

FAQs - ILR As A Skilled Worker Dependant

Which form should I complete to apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker dependant?

You should complete online application form SET (O) to apply for ILR as a skilled worker dependant.

Can I apply for ILR as a skilled worker dependant using fast track visa service?

Yes, you can apply for ILR as a skilled worker dependant either using Priority Service (decision within 5 working days) or Super Prirority Service (decision within 5 working days).

When can I apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker dependent partner?

You can apply for ILR as a skilled worker dependent partner 28 days before completing 5 years in the UK under skilled worker dependant visa.

To apply for ILR as a skilled worker dependant, the skilled worker should either be applying for ILR at the same time or should have already have been granted ILR as a skilled worker. 

Do I have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) to apply for ILR as a skilled worker dependant?

No, you are not required to pay the Immigration Health Surchage (IHS) to apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker dependant.

Can I combine my time spent on Tier 2 General / Skilled Worker visa and my time on skilled worker dependant visa to complete 5 years for ILR as a Skilled Worker dependent parnter?

No, you cannot combine time spent on Tier 2 General visa / Skilled Worker visa and skilled worker dependent partner visa to complete 5 years to qualify for ILR.

What are the requirements for the Skilled Worker dependent child to apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker dependant?

If applying as a child, the applicant’s other parent (who is not the Skilled Worker) must be being granted settlement at the same time, or be settled or a British citizen, unless:

  • the person (P) in SW 39.1. is the applicant’s sole surviving parent; or
  • the person (P) in SW 39.1. has sole responsibility for the applicant’s upbringing; or
  • the decision maker is satisfied that there are serious and compelling reasons to grant the applicant settlement.
    What is the age requirement for ILR as a dependent child of skilled worker?

    The applicant must be under the age of 18 on the date of application, unless they were last granted permission as the dependent child of their parent or parents. If the applicant is aged 16 or over on the date of application, they must not be leading an independent life.

    What is the English language requirement for ILR as a skilled worker dependant?

    Unless an exemption applies, the applicant must show English language ability on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in speaking and listening to at least level B1. The applicant must show they meet the English language requirement as specified in Appendix English Language.

    Is child over the age of 18 who is on Skilled Worker visa required to meet English and Life in the UK test requirement for ILR as a skilled worker dependant?

    If the applicant is aged 18 or over on the date of application, they must meet the knowledge of Life in the UK requirement as set out in Appendix KOL UK. The applicant aged 18 or over should also meet the English language requirment at level B1 in listening and speaking only.