Adult Dependant Relative—summary and resources
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The following Immigration practice note produced in partnership with Rajiv Sharma of The 36 Group provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Adult Dependant Relative—summary and resources
  • Overview
  • Criteria
  • Entry clearance
  • Indefinite leave to remain
  • Evidence
  • Policy
  • Caselaw and Article 8
  • Prospects of success
  • Application procedure, forms and fees
  • More...

Adult Dependant Relative—summary and resources

There are currently no Practice Notes or Precedents regarding the Adult Dependant Relative route in LexisNexis® Immigration. However, this resource page provides a summary of the category, as well as links to the relevant Immigration Rules, Home Office guidance, caselaw, and forms, as well as information relating to fees and other aspects of applications under this route.

The Adult Dependant Relative route is designed to allow those lawfully settled in the UK to sponsor their adult dependant relative(s) for long term migration to the UK, in order to provide them with necessary care.

This Practice Note covers the following:

  1. overview of the rule

  2. criteria for a grant

  3. evidential requirements

  4. policy

  5. prospects of success

  6. relevant caselaw, and

  7. application procedure, forms and fees


The route was introduced in the Statement of Changes: HC 194 on 9 July 2012, stating that its aim is to:

‘reduce the burden on the taxpayer for the provision of NHS and local authority social care services to ADRs whose needs can reasonably and adequately be met in their home country; and, secondly, to ensure that those ADRs whose needs can only be reasonably and adequately met in the UK are granted immediate settled status’

In practice, this route is most likely to be utilised by those settled in the UK, wishing to sponsor elderly parents or other adult dependent family members who

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