I welcome the Government’s commitment to build a fairer single, global immigration system which considers people based on their skills, rather than nationality. I am pleased that skilled workers will have the right to bring dependants. Dependants are spouses, partners and children (below the age of 18 at point of entry) and their application is linked to that of the main applicant.
If an applicant wishes to come to the UK to receive care from a parent, grandchild, brother, sister, son or daughter who is living permanently in the UK, they may apply for a family visa. Further information on this can be found online at: https://www.gov.uk/uk-family-visa/adult-dependent-relative.
I understand the strength of feeling on this issue and the desire to be close to family members. I would like to assure you that the Home Office continues to keep the Immigration Rules for adult dependant relatives under review and make adjustments in light of feedback on their operation and impact. It is my understanding that the Home Office's overall assessment is that the current rules are a fairer deal on the taxpayer, are having the right impact, and are helping to ensure public confidence in the immigration system and reduce pressure on our healthcare system.