A non-EEA dependent child of a UK citizen or person with settled status can enter the country on a Dependent Child Visa UK.

If the child is eligible for the UK Dependent Child Visa, they will be granted Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) once in the country. The child can then apply or register for British Naturalisation after five years continuous residence.

This is a difficult visa route which will require you to prove that you have sole care for the child. The Home Office will expect a great deal of evidence to be included with your application.

How can IAS help?

We understand that being close to family is important. Our lawyers are ready to help you with every step of applying for your UK Dependent Visa to unite you with your loved ones.

Your assigned lawyer will discuss with you your family’s eligibility for the Dependent Child Visa UK. We will also perform a full document check for both you and your child before completing your application forms in full. Your lawyer will write a personal Letter of Representation. This is submitted alongside your application and references your case and cites relevant UK case law.

Use our online contact form to make an inquiry or contact us now on +1844 290 6312 to speak to a dedicated immigration lawyer about your situation.

FAQs

What is a Dependent Child Visa?

To be eligible for the Dependent Child Visa UK, you will need to prove:

  • You are under 18
  • You are not leading an independent life
  • You are not currently married or in a civil partnership
  • You have not formed a separate independent family unit

There are a number of other requirements, with even more expected for adopted children.

Can I apply to enter the UK as the parent of a dependent child?

If you are a parent of a child with British Citizenship or settled status, you can apply to enter or stay in the country with them. You will be expected to prove that you have sole responsibility or at least access rights to the child. You will also need sufficient funds to support yourself in the UK without public funds. If you meet these and the other requirements, you will be granted temporary leave for 30 months. Once this is set to expire, you will be able to apply for a further 30 months if you continue to meet the requirements of the UK Dependent Visa. After five years you will be eligible to apply for ILR (Indefinite Leave to Remain).

If you are outside the UK, you will need to obtain this visa before you travel. If you already have Leave to Remain in the UK you will be eligible provided:

  • You are not on a Visitor Visa or on temporary admission;
  • Your permission to stay was not given for a period of fewer than six months (unless on a Fiance or Proposed Civil Partner Visa); and
  • You are not in breach of the Immigration Rules (over-staying for less than 28 days will not count).

What services does IAS offer?

The lawyers at IAS have an extensive knowledge of UK immigration law and can help you apply for the Dependent Child Visa UK. Your lawyer will guide you through your application and make sure everything is complete to a professional standard. Our lawyers put uniting your family first.

Our lawyers can:

  • Speak with you within a day of the first contact;
  • Organize to meet with you in person, over the phone or on Skype;
  • Advise you on your next steps and how to proceed;
  • Ensure you and your family are eligible for the UK Dependent Visa;
  • Undertake a full document check and complete all relevant application forms professionally;
  • Produce a Letter of Representation which cites your evidence and UK case law to support your application;
  • Liaise with the Home Office until a decision on your application is reached.

Get in touch on +1844 290 6312 now or make an inquiry online to find out more about how we can help you obtain your UK Dependent Child Visa.

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