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Hello

Apologies in advance if this question is a common one.

I was recently offered a job in the UK under the Tier 2 general category. I would like to bring my spouse and baby with me when I relocate (starting Feb 2018).

I understand that they will need Tier 2 dependent visas, however I was advised by my sponsoring company that my spouse/child will not need visas immediately. Instead, they could come with me on my visa and we would have 6 months for them to apply in the UK for the dependent visas.

So my questions are the following:
1) is the above accurate?
2) does anyone have experience with a similar situation?
3) will this complicate the visa application process in the future (eg will my spouse/child have to leave and apply outside of the UK)?
4) would you advise that my spouse/child apply for the tier 2 dependent visas prior to arriving in the UK?

We will meet the financial/salary requirements. I gather we will have to pay the NHS surcharges upon arrival.

Thanks in advance
 

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No. It's wrong. You can't switch from a tourist visa to any other visa from within the UK. Tier 2 visas or Tier 2 dependent visas must be applied for from your home country or country of permanent residence.

NHS surcharge is part of the application process. You have to pay it before you submit your application.
 

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Thanks for the quick reply, albeit concerning. Would you be able to clarify a couple points?

1) I forgot to mention that we would be coming from the US - does this change anything? If I am reading the UKVI website, there is no visitor visa coming from the US.

2) I know you cannot read minds, but can you speculate on why/how the sponsorship office got this information wrong? (unless pt 1 changes things...)

Thanks again
 

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1) I forgot to mention that we would be coming from the US - does this change anything? If I am reading the UKVI website, there is no visitor visa coming from the US.
It will not change on what Nyclon said in the earlier post. Your spouse and baby will be given a tourist visa at the UK border, this means that they cannot switch to another type of visa in the UK.
 

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Thanks for the quick reply, albeit concerning. Would you be able to clarify a couple points?

1) I forgot to mention that we would be coming from the US - does this change anything? If I am reading the UKVI website, there is no visitor visa coming from the US.
Coming from the US makes no difference. For US citizens, your visa is the stamp that you get in your passport upon arrival.


2) I know you cannot read minds, but can you speculate on why/how the sponsorship office got this information wrong? (unless pt 1 changes things...)
No clue except that they are probably not visa specialists.
 
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