Submitting a parent of a British child visa application

Non-EEA national parents of British children can apply for entry clearance or leave to remain in the UK on the basis of their parental responsibility. The application must be submitted in accordance with Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules. Applicants who are successful will be granted a 2.5-year visa. The parents of British children route also offer a settlement option. Subject to whether you meet the relevant rules you can apply for indefinite leave to remain after 5 or 10 years and then subsequently British citizenship. It is unclear whether this route will remain unchanged once the new Immigration System is introduced on 1 January 2021. Therefore, if you are eligible to apply you should consider submitting the application under the current Immigration Rules.

What is the parent of a British child visa?

The Immigration Rules cater for non-EEA national parents who have British children in the United Kingdom by allowing them to apply for entry clearance or leave to remain as parents of British children so that they can remain with their British children in the United Kingdom.

What is the application fee a parent of a British child visa?

All parents of British children visa applications must be submitted online. The fee for this application depends on the method of application. If you are applying for entry clearance the fee is £1523. If you are applying for leave to remain from within the United Kingdom the fee is £1033. Both methods require a compulsory Immigration Health Surcharge payment of £400 per year. However, this will be increased to £624 in October 2020.

What are the requirements of a parent of a British child visa?

In order to submit a successful parent of a British child visa application, you must satisfy the requirements set out in paragraphs E-ECPT.1.1. to E-ECPT.4.2. of Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules. To summarise, you must show the following:

  • If you are applying for entry clearance you must be outside the United Kingdom or if you are applying from within the United Kingdom you must have a valid UK visa;
  • You must meet the suitability requirements;
  • You must meet the relationship requirements (see below);
  • You must meet the financial requirements by showing you have sufficient financial resources to maintain and accommodate yourself in the UK; and
  • You must meet the English language requirement by passing an English language test in speaking and listening at a minimum of level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages with an approved provider.

The crux of submitting a successful application is meeting the relationship requirements. The relationship requirements are noted below:

  • The Applicant must be aged 18 or over;
  • The child of the Applicant must be under the age of 18 at the date of the application, living in the UK and must hold British citizenship or be settled in the UK;
  • The Applicant must have sole parental responsibility for the child or the parent or carer who the child resides with must be a British citizen and not the partner of the Applicant.

The Applicant must submit evidence showing that they have sole responsibility or have direct access (in person) to the child as agreed with the other parent or carer with whom the child normally lives with.  

Can you apply for indefinite leave to remain under the parent of a British child visa?

It is possible to apply for indefinite leave to remain (settlement) in the United Kingdom under this route. Applicants can apply for indefinite leave to remain after 5 or 10 years depending on their route to settlement. If an Applicant’s initial application satisfied the requirements under Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules they would have automatically been put on the 5-year route. The 10-year route is for those Applicants who fail to meet all of the requirements. Applicants can submit a British citizenship application after holding indefinite leave to remain for 12 months.  

How our immigration solicitors can help with a parent of a British child visa

Our immigration solicitors in London specialise in visa applications and prepare applications to the highest standard. We have an impeccable track history of submitting a successful Parent of a British child visa for a range of clients. The key to submitting a successful Parent of a British child visa is being aware of the relevant Immigration Rules and submitting the correct supporting documents. Our immigration solicitors in London guide Applicants through the requirements and prepare detailed legal submissions in support of the application. In addition to the legal representations, our team of solicitors also provides multiple substantial reviews of the application bundle to ensure that the correct documentary evidence is submitted. We also prepare and assist with the submission of the application.

Using our Immigration Solicitors to submit parent of a British child visa application

Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration matter. You can instruct one of our immigration and visa legal representatives to successfully assist you with a Parent of a British child visa to submit a visa application. Our solicitors and Barristers will help you comply with the Home Office’s requirements and meet the Immigration Rules.

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 application succeeds, our solicitors and barristers will ensure all specified documents must be provided.

The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your application meets the Immigration Rules.

Successfully submit parent of a British child visas

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 prospects of submitting a Parent of a British child visa before your application even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation and submission of a visa application and ensure that you meet all the requirements under the Immigration Rules.

We 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 to discuss a visa application.

Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.

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