Entry Clearance As A Child Of A Person Who Has Partner or Parent Visa
You can apply for entry clearance to join your parent or accompany your parent if you are a child whose parent has or is applying for parent or partner visa. You will be granted entry clearance which will be valid until the expiry date of your parent’s visa.
Our expert team of child visa solicitors in London specialise in child visa entry clearance applications. Our specialist child visa solicitors have successfully helped thousands of clients with the child visa entry clearance applications. Our best team of child visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee immigration services concerning your child visa entry clearance application. Ask a question to our expert child visa solicitors for free immigration advice or submit an online request to book an appointment for detailed legal advice for your child visa entry clearance application.
To qualify for entry clearance as a child under this route, you should meet the following criteria:
- You (the child) must:
- be related to the sponsor as child of the sponsor;
- be under the age of 18;
- not be married or in a civil partnership;
- not have formed an independent family unit;
- not be leading an independent life
- If your parent has partner visa, you should meet the financial requirement of £22,400 (or above if there are other non-settled children) through the earnings of the UK sponsor unless exemption from meeting such requirement applies;
- If your parent has parent visa, you should meet the adequate maintenance requirement to maintain you and other family members of the household without recourse to public funds;
- There should be adequate accommodation for the applicant and the UK sponsors to be accommodated in the UK without recourse to public funds and without the property being overcrowded;
- The applicant should meet the suitability criteria as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.
Where one parent of the child is in the UK on partner or parent visa and the other parent of the child is outside the UK and is not applying at the same time as the child, the child has to prove that the UK parent has the sole responsibility for the child. The refusal rate in cases involving sole responsibility for the child is very high as the threshold of sole responsibility cannot be met easily. The UK courts have defined the sole responsibility as follows:
Sole responsibility” is a factual matter to be decided upon all the evidence. Where one parent is not involved in the child’s upbringing because he (or she) had abandoned or abdicated responsibility, the issue may arise between the remaining parent and others who have day-to-day care of the child abroad. The test is whether the parent has continuing control and direction over the child’s upbringing, including making all the important decisions in the child’s life. However, where both parents are involved in a child’s upbringing, it will be exceptional that one of them will have “sole responsibility.
The applicant must provide specified evidence that there will be adequate accommodation, without recourse to public funds, for the family, including other family members who are not included in the application but who live in the same household, which the family own or occupy exclusively: accommodation will not be regarded as adequate if-
- it is, or will be, overcrowded; or
- it contravenes public health regulations.
If your application for child visa entry clearance has been refused by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) and you believe that the decision to refuse your application is valid and lawful and therefore cannot be challenged by way of entry clearance appeal, you have the option to re-apply for child visa. We can provide the required legal help and assistance with re-applying for child visa entry clearance after the refusal.
Our expert team of child visa solicitors specialise in UK child visa entry clearance applications. If instructed to represent your child regarding his/her application for entry clearance for child visa, we will carry out all the work on your child’s application until a decision is made by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) on your child visa entry clearance application. The immigration casework to be carried out by our expert team of immigration solicitors will include the following:
- Assessing your child’s eligibility for child visa entry clearance by considering all your personal circumstances;
- Advising you on the weaknesses and strengths of your child visa entry clearance application;
- Advising you on the relevant documents to be submitted in support of your child visa entry clearance application;
- Assessing your documents to ensure that the documentary evidence is as per requirements of the Home Office UKVI immigration Rules;
- Completing and submitting the online application form to apply for child visa UK entry clearance by gathering all the relevant information from you;
- Helping you with paying the child visa application fee and Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for the application;
- Where necessary, preparing detailed witness statement of the applicant and/or the sponsor explaining the background of their relationship and other relevant factors pertaining to the child visa entry clearance application;
- Preparing a detailed cover letter to introduce and support your child visa entry clearance application;
- Uploading online all the relevant supporting documents and scheduling an appointment for submission of passport and enrolment of your biometrics;
- Liaising with the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) for a timely decision on your child visa entry clearance application.
Our fixed fees for entry clearance application as a child of a person who has UK visa under parent visa category or spouse visa category are as given in the fee table below:
|Our Service||Our Fixed Fees Range|
|Full service for child visa Entry Clearance to cover all the work until decision by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO)||From £1,200 To £2,500 (no VAT)|
The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the child visa visa entry clearance application and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for child visa entry clearance, the applicant also has to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the UK visa entry clearance application.