Guide to Applying for a Child Dependant Visa in the UK

Child Dependant Visa in the UK - UK Immgiration Solicitors

What is a Child Dependant Visa?

A child can join or remain with their parent(s) in the UK, either temporarily or permanently, with a Child Dependant Visa. Moreover, a child is deemed dependent under UK immigration law if they are under the age of 18, not married or in a civil partnership, not living independently, and do not have their own family. 

Eligible parents may have permanent residence, citizenship, or limited leave to remain in the UK. With a Child Dependant Visa, a child can visit and stay in the UK, where they can attend a free public school.

Having one or both parents currently residing in the UK might make the application process much easier. The application process could be more complicated due to concerns about “sole responsibility” if both parents are alive but only one of them is currently or will be in the UK.

What are the Eligibility criteria for a Child Dependant Visa?

If you want to apply for a child dependant visa, you must meet the following requirements:

If you are younger than 18,

One of your parents must be looking for or has already applied for a visa or to stay longer as a

  • partner, and the person to whom they’re joining is your other parent,
  • and they are the only parent responsible for you.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The child must be under the age of 18.
  • To be eligible, the child must not be married or in a civil partnership.
  • The child shouldn’t be able to do anything on their own; they should need their parents or legal guardians to pay their bills.
  • In the UK, proper arrangements must be in place for the child’s care and housing.
  • The child’s parent(s) or guardian(s) should be able to care for the child’s finances without using public funds.
  • Moreover, the child should not have been convicted of any major crimes.
  • Meet relationship proof requirements: UK parents must take full legal responsibility for their children.

If you are 18 or older,

  • As a dependent, your parent may include you in their application, or you can apply on your own.
  • You can only apply if you have “leave to remain” in the UK on a family visa that started when you were younger than 18.

Documents Required To Apply for a Child Dependant Visa

Here is a list of documents that you need to provide:

  • Main visa holder’s passport (or UK settler’s)
  • Proof of the sponsor’s legal status in the UK, like a letter from the Home Office, a vignette in their passport, or a BRP.
  • Passport of the child
  • Birth certificate for a child
  • If needed, provide proof of a bond with the child, such as pictures, messages, emails, or letters.
  • Proof that one parent is responsible for the child if needed
  • Proof that you have enough money to support yourself (like pay stubs, bank records, or a P60).
  • Evidence of acceptable accommodation (e.g., tenancy or mortgage documentation showing exclusive possession)
  • If you are not from the UK, the date of birth and country of both parents
  • Tuberculosis test results if required in the country
  • A certified translation of any non-English or Welsh document

What are the Financial requirements for a Child Dependant Visa?

People applying for long-term visas, like Skilled Worker visas, who want to bring their children with them to the UK must show proof that they have enough money to support them. This costs £315 for the first child and £200 for each child after that. The applicant must have kept the funds for a minimum of 28 days prior to making an application.

In order to get a family visa, the main applicant must show proof that they make an extra £3,800 per year for the first child applicant and £2,400 per year for all future child applicants. This is on top of the minimum annual income requirement of £29,000.

How to apply for a Child Dependant Visa in the UK?

Following are the primary steps that must be taken to get a child dependant visa:

  • Fill out the application form. Depending on your child’s situation, we may advise you which application to fill out. For instance, the Appendix FM online form 1 must be filled out if the child wants to come to the UK with their parents on a family visa. Someone who is depending on a parent can apply at the same time as the parent or on their own. To make sure that the applications are related, you will usually need to include a reference for the actual visa holder on the application.
  • Pay the fees for a visa and a biometric residence permit.
  • Moreover, pay the extra fee for immigration health care.
  • Upload any files that the Home Office asks for.
  • Make an appointment at a visa application centre in your area (or in the UK at a UKVCAS service centre).
  • At the biometric meeting, you will have your fingerprints scanned and a picture taken.
  • Wait until a decision is made.

Understanding the Cost of Child Dependant Visas in the UK

The visa fees for a dependent child visa vary based on factors like the visa route and duration of stay.

When applying outside the UK

Application fee for dependent child (family visa route): £1,538

For dependents of long-term visa holders:

  • Up to 3 years: £625 per person
  • More than 3 years: £1,235 per person

Inside the UK

Application fee for dependent child (family visa route): £1,048

For dependents of long-term visa holders:

  • Up to 3 years: £719 per person
  • More than 3 years: £1,423 per person

Additional fees include

  • Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) fee: £19.20
  • Immigration Healthcare Charge: £776 per child per year, providing access to the UK’s National Health Service.

What is the Processing time for a Child Dependant Visa application?

The processing time for a child dependant visa is based on the following options:

  • Child Dependant Visa UK (family visa route)? If you apply from outside the UK, you should hear back within 12 weeks. If you apply in the UK, you’ll hear back within 8 weeks.
  • Child Dependant visa UK (for children of people with long-term visas, like work visas): Usually, a choice is made three weeks after you apply.
  • If you apply for a dependent child visa and your child is the child of a settled person, you should hear back within 6 weeks.

As an alternative, you could pay £1000 to use the super-priority handling service and get a response by the end of the next business day.

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for a Child Dependant Visa

  • Incomplete documentation leads to rejection.
  • Do not completely understand the eligibility criteria.
  • Neglecting financial requirements.
  • Missing visa application deadlines.
  • Do not fulfill medical requirements promptly.

How Can I Extend or switch to a different visa category for your child?

If you want to extend or change your visa, your partner’s or child’s current visa will stay valid until its original end date. They can apply to extend or change their visa:

  • At the same time as you, or
  • Anytime before their visa ends
  • Even if your children turn 18 while you’re in the UK, they can still apply with you.

However, your partner or children can’t switch to your Skilled Worker visa if they’re currently in the UK on:

  • A visit visa
  • A short-term student visa
  • A Parent of a Child’s Student Visa
  • A seasonal worker visa
  • A domestic worker on a private household visa
  • Immigration bail
  • Permission to stay outside immigration rules, like compassionate grounds
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1: Can I bring my child with me to the UK?

Ans. Yes, you can apply for a child dependant visa if you are going to the UK and want your children to come with you.

Q2: What are the Child Dependant Visa English language requirements?

Ans. English is not required for a Child Dependant Visa. They will have to pass an English Language Test if they want to become a British citizen through naturalisation.

Q3: What are the requirements for a Child Dependant Visa?

Ans. If you want to get a Dependant Child Visa, you must be able to show that:

  • You are not 18 years old.
  • You’re not independent.
  • No spouse or civil partnership.
  • You didn’t form a separate family while you’ve been in the UK.

For adopted children, there are further requirements.

Child Dependant Visa Lawyers in the UK

At UK Immigration Solicitors, we know how sensitive it is to deal with immigration and child-related legal problems. We also know how important it is to find a quick and friendly solution to every case. Our dedication to providing personalised legal services that meet all needs and budgets helps us sustain an outstanding success rate with even the most difficult visa applications.

Book an appointment today for a free initial consultation with one of our experts to talk about your choices. We are ready to offer our full help whether you are planning ahead or are already in the middle of an immigration application.

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