FAMILY VISA APPLYING AS A CHILD

If you wish to live in the UK with a parent, you may apply for a Family Visa depending on your age and how your parent applied.

As a child wishing to join a parent in the UK, you may not need a family visa if at least one of your parents has indefinite leave to remain or proof of permanent residence. 

If your parent has a settled status you may be able to apply to the free EU Settlement Scheme or for an EU Settlement Scheme family permit.

family visa apply as a child - eligibility criteria

If you are under the age of 18

Requirement as an applicant:

  • Not be married, in a civil partnership or living an independent life
  • Be financially supported without claiming public funds

Requirement from your parent:

Your parent should have an application to the UK Family Visa as a partner or as a parent.

If you are over the age of 18

Requirement as an applicant:

  • Have permission to stay in the UK (‘leave to remain’) on a family visa when you were under 18
  • Do not live an independent life

What does it mean to ‘ live an independent life?’

The term living an independent life refers to an individual who has left home or is married and has a family. Under such circumstances, you do not meet the eligibility criteria to apply for a Family visa as a child. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • You can work and study in the UK

WHAT YOU CANNOT DO

  • You cannot claim public fund

Length of stay

The length of stay depends on what route your parent has chosen. Usually, through the Family visa route, dependents will receive the same period of leave as the main applicant and will be able to work.

You’ll get the same permission to stay as your parent if you were born in the UK.

FAQ

Family Visa Applying as a child

If you are applying from outside the UK, you should make an application for a visa no more than 3 months before you plan to be in the country.

For applications made within the UK, you should make an application for a visa no more than 3 months before your current visa expires.

It takes between 8 to 12 weeks for the Home Office to make a decision on applications from outside the UK following submission. The timeline may currently be longer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It takes up to 8 weeks for the Home Office to make a decision on applications from within the UK following submission. The timeline may currently be longer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Priority service is available as an additional purchasing option for applications made within the UK with a decision made in either 5 days or 24-hours depending on the service chosen.

You should apply to extend your visas at the same time as your parent applies to extend their visa. If you cannot apply at the same time, it must be submitted before your current visa expires.

CONTACT US FOR OUR EXPERT ADVICE

There are many requirements to be met to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration. The Immigration Rules contain strict requirements in terms of the evidentiary documents that must be provided.

Woodcock Law is well placed and highly experienced in providing advice and assistance on making a Partner Visa application. We appreciate that many of the requirements may seem overly complex and onerous, but we can assist you in your application.

We recommend getting in contact with us on 020 7712 1590 for our expert advice on such an application before any action is taken

The information contained on this page is sourced from UK Visas and Immigration and is subject to change. While Woodcock Law Limited makes every effort to keep this information current, prices and information cannot be guaranteed and should always be checked on www.gov.uk.

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