Generally speaking, after living in the UK for 5 years continuously on a UK Ancestry Visa you can apply for an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). Settling means you can stay in the UK without any time restrictions. An ILR is the next step on your path to obtaining UK Citizenship.
In our case, our UK Ancestry Visa grant will include two children under the age of 18 who turn 18 after the visas are issued. When we become eligible to apply for an ILR, both of our children will be over 18 years so they will need to qualify as dependent children above 18.
Proving your adult children are dependent for an ILR
I’ve gathered together some links with some handy tips – summarised and referenced.
Be aware that some info may be out of date so make sure you check the source of the links if you think you want to rely on it – as much as you can rely on any third-hand+ source.
The best source will always be the appropriate government site but it often takes some additional professional advice and shared experiences to come close to understanding it all.
From the UK.gov site…
Eligibility for children
Your child can apply if they:
- have permission to be in the UK, provided they don’t have a visitor visa
- aren’t married or in a civil partnership
- will live with you and be supported by you without using public funds
- You and your child’s other parent must both be in the UK legally, or currently applying to enter, remain or settle, for the child to be allowed to settle.
Your child can also apply to settle in one of the following situations:
- you’re the child’s sole surviving parent
- you have sole responsibility for the child’s upbringing
- there are serious or compelling family or other considerations, for example you (if you’re settled in the UK) or your child has a serious illness
- Your child over 18 must apply using a separate SET(O) form.
A bargain at only £1,875 per applicant!