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The UK child visa is designed to allow British nationals, or other residents of the UK who have no immigration restrictions, to bring their children to the UK, if their children are not EU citizens.

At Jones Whyte, our specialist child law solicitors will be able to help you with your UK child visa application, including the child dependent visa.

It is important to seek specialist legal advice when applying for any kind of visa. The biometric residence permit is crucial as it confirms your right to study, work, and settle in the UK.

It is valid for the duration of your visa and must be collected after visa approval. Immigration law is a complex area, and making any errors in your application can see it delayed or refused.

Contact Jones Whyte today for specialist child law advice, as you prepare your UK child visa application.

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Child Visa Application Requirements

To be eligible for a UK child visa, the child must:

  • Be aged 18 or under.
  • Be living overseas.
  • Have a parent who is a British national, has settled status or is awaiting settled status.
  • Not be married or have a civil partner.
  • For a Child Student Visa, be aged between 4 and 17 years old, have secured a place at an approved independent school, have the consent of their parent or guardian, and provide proof of financial support during their time at school.

Our Immigration Solicitors can help ensure your application meets all these requirements. If only one parent is present in the UK, you will need to prove sole responsibility for the child.

Documents proving the child’s age and relationship to the British national may be required.

You may also need to show there is adequate accommodation and funds to support the child, with no reliance on public funds. Additionally, you must meet the requirements for a dependent visa.

Child Visa Processing

It can take up to 12 weeks to process a child visa application. Child-dependent visa applications are categorized under the UK’s immigration system based on the eligibility criteria and requirements for a child to join a parent living in the UK.

UK child visa applications may be delayed or rejected if the Home Office requests an interview, extra documentation, or if there are issues with demonstrating sole parental responsibility.

As experienced immigration solicitors, we have handled a wide range of cases for individuals and businesses. These include:

There are various types of child visas available, such as the Dependent Child Visa, Child Student Visa, Child Visitor Visa, Child of a Partner or Parent Visa, and Dependent Child of a Points-Based System (PBS) Migrant. Each visa type caters to different immigration routes based on the child’s and parent’s status in the UK.

When applying for a child visa, it is crucial to demonstrate sole responsibility for the child’s upbringing, including decision-making authority and day-to-day care. Comprehensive supporting documentation is needed to prove this responsibility.

A family visa allows dependent children to join a family member in the UK for more than 6 months. This visa category has specific financial requirements, application fees, processing times, and language requirements.

The concept of independent life is important in child visa applications, referring to a child not being wholly or mainly dependent on their parent(s) or relative for financial and emotional support.

In visa applications, the role of the other parent must be clearly defined, especially when proving sole responsibility for the child’s upbringing.

Serious and compelling family considerations are evaluated in child-dependent visa applications, focusing on the child’s welfare and best interests.

The Dependent Child Visa allows an overseas child under 5 to join their parents living in the UK. The application process includes eligibility criteria, requirements, fees, and processing times.

Whatever your immigration status, contact Jones Whyte today.

Our Immigration Solicitors will support you through the application process.

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