Child Visa to Join Parents

A child can apply on a family visa to join his/her parents in the UK

What are the Eligibility Requirements for a Child to join His/Her Parent(s) in the UK?

  • Your child must be under the age of 18 years.
  • Your child must not be married or in a civil partnership
  • Must not have formed an independent family unit
  • Must not be leading an independent life
  • One of the Applicant’s parents must be in the UK with limited leave to remain/enter
  • Where only one parent is involved ‘sole responsibility’ must be shown
  • Adequate accommodation

How can I apply from outside the UK

If you are applying at the same time as your parent then Appendix FM form needs to be completed and submitted.

Which form you need to fill in depends on whether your parent has leave to enter or remain in the UK on a 5 or 10-year route to settlement as the partner of:

  • a British or Irish citizen
  • a person with indefinite leave to remain
  • a person settled in the UK – for example, they have indefinite leave to remain, settled status or proof of permanent residence
  • a person from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein who has pre-settled status – they must have started living in the UK before 1 January 2021
  • a person with a Turkish Businessperson visa or Turkish Worker visa
  • a person with refugee status or humanitarian protection

If they do, you must fill in the Appendix FM online form.

If they do not, you must fill in both:

  • the online application form
  • the Appendix 1 paper form

What is the Financial Requirement that the Parent needs to fulfill for Entry Clearance of their Child from outside the UK?

  • £3,800 for your first child
  • £2,400 for each child you have after your first child


You may be able to use your savings instead of income. Cash savings above £16000 are considered.

Does my Child need to fulfull the English Language Test Requirement?

A child is exempted from the English Language Test.

What other details would be Required when making an application for Entry Clearance as a Child?

You’ll need to give details of:

  • their name
  • their nationality
  • their date of birth
  • their passport details
  • who the child normally lives with
  • any other people with parental responsibility for your child, for example your step children’s other parents
  • how you’re involved in their day to day life
  • arrangements you have to see the child – for example the courts have granted you access
  • the child’s extended family
  • any countries your child has visited or lived in

What does the Parent mean for this Application?

The word ‘parent’ is broader than the ordinary meaning of natural birth parents:

(a) the stepfather of a child whose father is dead and the reference to stepfather includes a relationship arising through civil partnership;

(b) the stepmother of a child whose mother is dead and the reference to stepmother includes a relationship arising through civil partnership and;

(c) the father as well as the mother of an illegitimate child where he is proved to be the father;

(d) an adoptive parent, where a child was adopted in accordance with a decision taken by the competent administrative authority or court in a country whose adoption orders are recognised by the United Kingdom

in the case of a child born in the United Kingdom who is not a British citizen, a person to whom there has been a genuine transfer of parental responsibility on the ground of the original parent(s)’ inability to care for the child.

Why Adam Bernards?

  • We understand the importance of making these applications and the impact they have on our clients’ lives. We balance sensitivity with professionalism to ensure that our clients’ meet their goals.
  • Our team of best immigration solicitors in Central London and East London have years of experience in navigating the requirements under this route and will ensure that your application is comprehensively covered.
  • We have achieved numerous clients settlement over the years as evidenced through our clients testimonies

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