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UK Child Visa

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UK Child Visa Applications

What is a UK Child Visa?

A child is classified as a person under the age of 18 years of age prior to the date of application.

A UK child visa can be issued to a child of any person who is legally present in the UK. The requirements to bring the child mainly concentrates around the fact for the parent/s to prove that they have the sole responsibility of the child. The child will generally be granted the same length of visa as their parent.

If the parent holds indefinite leave to remain or British Citizenship, the child will be granted Indefinite Leave to Enter, however, the requirement for sole responsibility has to be proved by the parent of the child. 

If you can meet the requirements, you can apply for a child dependent visa or Indefinite Leave to Enter from overseas. 

Child Visa Requirements & Eligibility

Child dependent visa requirements can be complex, depending upon the situation of the applicants. For an application to be successful, there are a number of general requirements that need to be fulfilled:

  • You - the child - must be under 18;

  • You must not be married or living in a civil partnership;

  • You must not be living an independent life - i.e. the child must be dependent on its parents;

  • You must be financially supported without recourse to public funds

  • One of your parents must be applying for a UK visa - either as a partner joining the other parent (e.g. under the marriage visa category) or as a parent with sole responsibility

In some exceptional circumstances, it is possible to apply for a child visa for children over 18, such as a mentally or physically disabled child. In addition, if the parent is an EEA/EU national, the age limit for children is 21 years and the application can made from inside or outside the UK. This visa category also applies to adopted children. In this case, adoption arrangements should be fulfilled inside the UK, with additional paperwork needed as part of the application.

Financial Requirements

If the parent holds indefinite leave to remain or British Citizenship, then the parent must be able to prove that they will be able to maintain and accommodate the child without recourse to public funds. If the parent is a fiance, unmarried parent or spouse of a British national or a person with Indefinite Leave to Remain the parents need to prove that they have an income of at least £18,600 per year, plus £3,800 for the first child - as the application will be considered under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. If the parent is looking to bring more than one non-EU children to the UK, they will need additional funds to support them; £2,400 for each additional child.

Aside from an annual salary, there are other sources of income that can be used to prove the requirements for a child dependent visa. These include cash savings, money from a pension and non-work-related income, such as earnings from property rentals.

Required Documents

As with many other visa applications, a number of documents need to be submitted as part of your child settlement visa. These include:

  • Your passport and 2 recent passport photographs;

  • Evidence of your - and your child's - age;

  • Accommodation in the UK;

  • Documents to show that you meet the necessary financial requirements, including:

    • Bank statements of the parent who is residing in the UK;

    • A letter from your employer, including your job title, the period the parent has worked there and your current salary;

    • 6 months worth of payslips;

How Long Does it Take to Get a Child Visa to the UK?

The applications under Appendix FM of the rules the child will be given visa in line with the biological parents, that is the applicant will be given one month visa and they will collect their Biometric residence permit from the relevant post office which will be for 2.5 years. If the application is made within the UK then the applicant will get 2.5 years to leave to remain. In-country application takes between 8 weeks to 6 months and application from outside the UK may take 8 to 12 weeks unless you are purchasing priority service. Once an applicant has completed 5 years they can apply for settlement (Indefinite Leave to Remain) in the UK  - Children who turn over 18 after arriving at the UK will need to prove they live with their parent and are dependent on them.

The application fee from outside the UK is £1523 + Immigration Health Surcharge of £1200. From inside the UK, you will pay a Government fee of £1033 + and Immigration Health Surcharge of £1000   

For applications where the child is a child of a British National or a Settled person the application from outside the UK may take 8 to 12 weeks and inside the UK may take between 8 weeks to 6 months. 

The application fee from outside the UK is £1523 and from inside the UK in £2389

UK Child Visa Refusal Reasons

It may be the case that your initial application for a UK Child visa is refused. There are a variety of reasons why this can happen, including supplying incorrect documents, not disclosing previous visa or immigration issues, or assuming that the Home Office would be lenient or would find information themselves. 

You should avoid such mistakes so that the Home Office does not get a chance to refuse your visa application. In order to get expert legal advice on your UK Visa application, get in touch with us. 

How We Work

  • We assess your circumstances and provide you a quote for our services; If you want to move ahead -  
  • You pay a 50% deposit of our fee so you never part with all your money; 
  • Provide you with a comprehensive checklist of documents according to your circumstances; 
  • We provide you with templates and approved and accepted by the Home Office; 
  • We advise you on the evidence and process of submitting the application from the country you apply from; 
  • We Review all the evidence and suggest any amendments you may require (and/or We draft letters or templates for you where necessary);
  • We do not leave any scope for refusal of your application - if there is anything which is of concern we point this out to you and help you to remedy the issues;  
  • We fill and prepare the application forms and we always send this for you to review and confirm to avoid any simple mistakes;
  • We prepare and finalise your application for submission and book you an appointment in the country where you provide your biometrics;  
  • We preparing detailed representations for the Home Office or UKV&I in reference to the Immigration Rules (This is when you pay the rest of our 50% fee); and 
  • Should there be a delay beyond the processing timings we will chase the application for you.

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