Live Abroad With Your Spouse, Children and Parents

One of the most prevalent reasons people go abroad is to improve their family’s standard of living. The Dependent Visa is an important instrument developed by countries to let families live together. It allows professionals, teachers, permanent residents, and others to move their families from one country to another.

  1. Temporary Visas for holders of the following visas- work, intra-company transfer, Student, Fiancé
  2. Permanent Visas are for spouses, parents and children below the age of 18-21 years old.

In most countries, excluding the United States, spouses/partners on temporary Dependent Visas have limited job rights dependent on the duration of their visa.

Permanent Residents and their dependents have the right to live, study, and work as long as they are permanent residents.

Eligibility requirements

Since different countries have varied standards, there are no uniform eligibility requirements. However, the following are the most usual requirements:

A valid passport is required for all applicants.

To maintain the dependents, the sponsor must have sufficient financial resources.

The sponsor’s work and income verification must be submitted.

For dependents, a medical check and confirmation of suitable medical insurance are required.

To apply for a visa on behalf of dependents, the applicant must show that he has sufficient finances to sustain them and will not be reliant on state or public funds. Dependents must demonstrate that they intend to live with the principal applicant for the duration of their stay and that their relationship is genuine.

What documents do you need to apply for a spouse visa?

For a Spouse Visa, numerous documents are required. The specific paperwork will be determined by the spouse’s nationality and the country of residence. A copy of your passport, a birth certificate, evidence of relationship, police records, and other documents will be required.

The following are the essential documents:

  • Wedding certificate
  • Photographs of passport size
  • Valid Passport
  • Photographs demonstrating the authenticity of a relationship like family photographs etc
  • Joint housing bills
  • Joint statements of bank account
  • Any other requirements as specified by the Immigration authorities

Apart from this in some countries it is required that the primary applicant and the spouse must be above 18 years of age. A birth certificate will be required to prove this.

The primary applicant must have proof in the form of bank statements that he has the necessary funds to support his spouse and other dependents.

How long does a spouse visa take to process?

The processing period for a Spouse Visa varies depending on the country of origin and personal circumstances. It could take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

A spouse visa in Canada can take up to 12 months to process, while a spouse visa in Australia can take anywhere from 11 to 15 months. In the United Kingdom, obtaining a spouse visa might take anywhere from 2 to 12 weeks.

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