There are many categories within the Standard Visitor Visa category, all of which come with a different set of requirements. Last week we posted guidance on submitting a successful Organ Donor Visitor Visa application, which is a less common Visitor Visa application compared to a Child Visitor Visa application, of which guidance for submitting a successful application is discussed below. In order to fully understand the UK’s complex Immigration Rules and all the relevant visa requirements, if it strongly advised that you contact our team of specialist immigration solicitors and barristers prior to making any application.
What is a Child Visitor Visa?
A Child Visitor Visa is a sub category of the Standard UK Visitor Visa, which replaced what was known as the General Visitor Visa prior to April 2015. A Child Visitor Visa permits any individual who is under the age of 18 to travel to the UK for up to 6 months and it is essential that Applicants can clearly demonstrate that they will leave the UK once their Child Visitor Visa has expired. It is important to be aware that if you turn 18 whilst you are in the UK, and your visa is for less than 6 months, that you must extend your stay by applying for a visitor visa.
Requirements for a Child Visitor Visa Application
In addition to the requirements for a Standard Visitor Visa application, the additional requirements for a Child Visitor Visa application are:
- Adequate arrangements need to have been made for their travel to, reception and care in the UK;
- If the applicant is not applying or travelling with a parent or guardian based in their home country or country of ordinary residence who is responsible for their care, that parent or guardian must give their consent to the arrangements for that child’s travel to, and reception and care in the UK. In certain circumstances this consent may be given in writing;
- A child who holds a Visit Visa must either:
- hold a valid Visit Visa that states that they are accompanied and will be travelling with an adult identified on that Visit Visa; or
- hold a Visit Visa which states they are unaccompanied.
The child may be refused entry unless they meet the requirements above.
Restrictions on a Child Visitor Visa
As with all Standard Visitor Visas, there are limitations on what you can do once you have obtained a Child Visitor Visa. Restrictions include but are not limited to;
- Not being a burden on the State and no recourse to public funds;
- Applicants are prohibited from studying; and
- Applicants are forbidden to work in the UK.
Any persons found to be doing any of the above will be in breach of their Child Visitor Visa.
Using Legal Representation to Submit Child Visitor Visa Application
Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration status. It is possible to instruct an immigration and visa legal representative to submit a Child Visitor Visa application.
Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject applications which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your Child Visitor Visa application succeeds, all necessary documents must be provided.
This can be a significant administrative task and you will need to submit the correct documentary evidence. The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successful Child Visitor Visa Applications
Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your immigration status and the merit of Organ Donor Visitor Visa application before your matter even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation of your Child Visitor Visa and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.
Our offices are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients. We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.
Preparation is the key to successful immigration applications. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation.
Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.