I have my grand mother who is around 80 and lives in India with my brother.

My mom is a Portuguese national and she sponsored my dad to come to UK as my dad holds Indian citizenship.

Advised by local agents, we applied for my grand mother as dependent member of EEA national as my mom sends money to her every month and visit her in once in a couple of years.

We applied for her 4 times and it got rejected every time with almost similar reasons like you are not financially dependent, etc.

Below is the refusal reason from her latest (fourth) attempt.

Refusal letter grand mother

We are not sure what to do now. Thinking to appeal this time but not sure if that will be a good choice given we have to pay huge fees to solicitors.

Please advise what next we should try?


I was advised by one of our relative that I should try to sponsor my grand mother as I am also a Portuguese citizen living in UK. But I recently got visa for my wife on my sponsorship ( Spouse - EEA Family Member).

I am not sure if that will help, since we have been showing that my grand mother as dependent on my mother for her 4 applications and also as I have sponsored already my wife as dependent on me.

Any advice on that?

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    Have you tried submitting documents to prove/demonstrate the things they ask for? Looks to me like they've been quite helpful in telling you what they'll need to see
    – Gagravarr
    Commented Dec 13, 2015 at 21:09
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    @Gagravarr what evidence can we provide for "wholly or mainly financially dependent"
    – Abubakkar
    Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 15:20
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    The letter seems to imply that they want evidence of her total budget, so they can establish that the payments are a significant part of it, and that she would not be able to support herself without them. Have you looked at the cited regulations?
    – phoog
    Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 16:57
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    Do you or your wife support your grandmother?
    – phoog
    Commented Dec 15, 2015 at 14:43
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    Sad to inform, my grand mother passed away couple of months ago, it was one of her wish to visit UK which we could not make it for her :(. But hope someone will be helped with this question/answer.
    – Abubakkar
    Commented Jun 30, 2017 at 11:36

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The refusal letter shows that there was not enough evidences to calculate your grandmother's basic living costs, to determine her cost of living and how much is being contributed by the sponsor. When the case workers consider whether your grandmother is financially dependent, they consider the following:

From the Direct Family Members Guidance document:

Essential Needs:

You must consider the following: does the applicant need financial support to meet their essential needs from the EEA national;

If the applicant cannot meet their essential living needs without the financial support of the EEA national, they must be considered dependent even if they also receive financial support or income somewhere else

Essential needs include accommodation, utilities and food. Dependency must be shown by financial documents that show money being sent by the sponsor to the applicant. If the applicant is receiving financial support from the EEA national as well as others, they must show that the support from the EEA national is supporting their essential needs.

The applicant does not need to be dependent on the relevant EEA national to meet all or most of their essential needs. For example an applicant can still be considered dependent if they receive a pension to cover half of their essential needs and money from the relevant EEA national to cover the other half.

Finally, to respond on whether you should become the sponsor, it may be seen as convenience and also there will not be a history of financial dependency. The rule does not prevent you sponsoring your grandmother as long as you have the financial capability.

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