Entry Clearance For Parent Of British Child Visa UK
You can apply for entry clearance for parent of British child visa if you are a parent of a British child and no longer in relationship with the other parent of the British child. The immigration rules require that the British child must be in the UK at the time of your application for entry clearance as a parent of a British child.
Parent of a British child visa route is intended for a parent who has responsibility for or access to their child following the breakdown of their relationship with the child’s other parent. The route is also for applicants who:
- have sole parental responsibility for their child; or
- do not live with the child (who lives with a British or settled parent or carer), but they have direct access (in person) to the child, as agreed with the parent or carer with whom the child normally lives, or as ordered by a court in the UK; or
- (for a leave to remain application) are the parent with whom the child normally lives, rather than the child’s other parent who is British or settled.
Our expert team of parent visa solicitors in London specialise in parent visa entry clearance applications. Our specialist parent visa solicitors have successfully helped thousands of clients with the parent visa entry clearance applications. Our best team of parent visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee immigration services concerning your parent visa entry clearance application. Ask a question to our expert parent visa solicitors for free immigration advice or submit an online request to book an appointment for detailed legal advice for your parent visa entry clearance application.
According to Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules, the following requirements should be met by a person making an application for entry clearance as a parent of a British or settled child:
- the applicant must be outside the UK;
- the applicant must have made a valid application for entry clearance as a parent;
- the applicant must not fall for refusal under any of the grounds in Section S-C: Suitability–entry clearance; and
- the applicant must meet all of the requirements of Section E-ECPT: Eligibility for entry clearance as a parent. These are:
- Relationship requirements;
- Financial requirements; and
- English language requirement.
The immigration rules require that:
- The applicant must be the parent of the British or settled child;
- The applicant must be aged 18 or over;
- The applicant’s child must be:
- under the age of 18 years at the date of application for entry clearance;
- living in the UK; and
- a British Citizen or settled in the UK
- The applicant must provide evidence that he/she has either:
- sole responsibility for the child; or
- direct access (in person) to the child, as agreed with the parent or carer with whom the child normally lives or as ordered by a court in the UK; and
- The applicant must provide evidence that he/she is taking, and intends to continue to take, an active role in the child’s upbringing.
The applicant must provide evidence that he/she will be able to adequately maintain and accommodate himself/herself and any dependants in the UK without recourse to public funds
The applicant must provide evidence that there will be adequate accommodation in the UK, 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.
The English language requirement can be satisfied by the applicant if he/she
- is a national of a majority English speaking country
- has passed an English language test in speaking and listening at a minimum of level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR);
- has an academic qualification which is either a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or PhD awarded by an educational establishment in the UK; or, if awarded by an educational establishment outside the UK, is deemed by UK NARIC to meet or exceed the recognised standard of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or PhD in the UK, and UK NARIC has confirmed that the degree was taught or researched in English to level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or above; or
- is exempt from the English language requirement.
The applicant is exempt from the English language requirement if at the date of application
- the applicant is aged 65 or over;
- the applicant has a disability (physical or mental condition) which prevents the applicant from meeting the requirement; or
- there are exceptional circumstances which prevent the applicant from being able to meet the requirement prior to entry to the UK.
If your application for parent 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 against parent visa refusal, you have the option to re-apply for parent visa. We can provide the required legal help and assistance with re-applying for parent visa entry clearance after the refusal.
Our expert team of immigration solicitors specialise in UK parent visa entry clearance applications. If instructed to represent you regarding your application for entry clearance as a parent of a British child, we will carry out all the work on your application until a decision is made by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) on your parent visa entry clearance application. The immigration casework to be carried out by our expert team of immigration solicitors may include the following:
- Assessing your eligibility for parent visa entry clearance by considering all your personal circumstances;
- Advising you on the weaknesses and strengths of your parent visa entry clearance application;
- Advising you on the relevant documents to be submitted in support of your parent 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 parent visa UK entry clearance by gathering all the relevant information from you;
- Helping you with paying the parent visa application fee and the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for the application;
- Where necessary, preparing detailed witness statement of the applicant explaining in detail the relationship of the applicant with the British child and other relevant factors pertaining to the parent visa entry clearance application;
- Preparing a detailed cover letter to introduce and support your parent 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 parent visa entry clearance application.
Our fixed fees for various applications under the parent of a qualified child visa route are as given in the fee table below:
|Our Service||Fixed Fee Range|
|Entry clearance for UK visa as a parent of a British child||From £1,200 To £2,500 (VAT not applicable)|
|Additional fee for each dependant child applying along with the main applicant||From £400 + VAT To £600 + VAT|
The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the application and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for legal services in relation to your application, the applicant will also have to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the application.