UK Child Visa
UK Child Visa Applications
What is a Child Visa?
A UK child visa allows settled residents of the UK with no visa restrictions to bring their child with them to the UK, provided that they are under the age of 18 years. In order to be eligible for a child settlement visa, the parent needs to have sole responsibility of the child and it must be considered as unreasonable for the child to stay outside of the UK.
If you can meet the requirements, you can apply for a child dependent visa from overseas. Once the child is granted the visa, they are generally granted indefinite leave to enter only if they are applying alone.
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 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
In some exceptional circumstances, it is possible to apply for a child visa for children over 18. 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. Note too that 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.
A number of financial requirements need to be fulfilled by the parent in other to apply for a UK child visa. Parents must be able to prove that they have enough funds to support themselves and their child. Currently, parents need to prove that they have an income of at least £18,600 per year, plus £3,800 for the first child. If the parent is looking to bring more 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.
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
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?
UK child visa processing times can vary depending on a number of different factors. In general, processing times can range from a few weeks to many months. However, the process usually takes up to 12 weeks (when applying from outside the UK) or 8 weeks (when applying from inside the UK).
There can be delays in visa processing times in the UK, so you should do your research and speak to one of our experts in order to avoid this prior to making your dependant child visa application. Application processing can take extra time if you don’t meet the necessary financial requirements, need to attend a face-to-face interview, have a criminal record or have not provided all the required documents.
UK Child Visa Refusal Reasons
You initial application for a child dependent visa may be refused. There are are number of reasons why this could happen. You should try to avoid these mistakes so that the Home Office does not refuse your visa application. In order to get expert immigration advice on your UK child settlement visa application, get in touch with us or learn more about some of the more common UK visa refusal reasons.