Rights to family

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What are the rights of the family of a Work Permit holder?


Their children are entitled to the same free education as British children – although they may choose to send your children to a private school if they wish.

Health care

This will depend on the length of their permit. If they enter the UK on a work permit for less than six months, neither they nor their family will usually be covered by the National Health Service. They are not required to take out private health insurance, but it is wise to do so.

Where they are in the UK on a work permit lasting more than 6 months, they and their family here as their dependants are eligible to free health care provided by the National Health Service.


The spouse of a work permit holder spouse is entitled to take up any lawful employment.


Whatever the candidate’s nationality, their spouse and children will need to get entry clearance from the local British consular section before they can enter the UK and have the benefits that accrue to dependants of UK work permit holders. If they are not visa nationals, and come to the UK without prior entry clearance, they may be admitted as visitors but would have none of the benefits outlined above.