You can apply for a UK visa as a parent of a British child to have access rights and provide care to your British or a qualifying child in the UK. An application for a parent of a British child visa is made in accordance with the requirements set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.

The Immigration Rules, as set out in Appendix FM, require that the applicant be the parent of a qualifying child and not the partner of the other parent of the British child. An application for a parent of a British child visa can either be made under the 5-year parent of a child visa route or under the 10-year parent of a British child visa route. The parent of a British child visa route is not for couples who are in a genuine and subsisting partner relationship.

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Applications For The Parent Of A British Child Visa UK

Our specialist team of family visa solicitors can provide expert immigration advice and legal representations for all types of the parent of a child visa applications, including entry clearance applications, switching into the parent of a child visa, extension of the parent of a child visa and ILR as a parent of a child. Various parent of a child visa applications for which we can provide legal help and support are as follows:

UKVI Fees For Applications As A Parent Of A British Child

The Home Office UKVI fees for various stages of applications as a parent of a British child are as given in the table below:

Application Application Fee Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) Priority / Super Priority Service Fee (Optional)
Entry Clearance for a UK visa as a parent of a British child £1846 per applicant £3105 for partner [£2328 for each child applicant] £500 per applicant for Priority Service
Switching into parent of a British child visa from inside the UK £1048 per applicant £2587.50 for partner [£1940 for each child applicant] £1,000 per applicant for Super Priority Service
Extension of parent of a British child visa £1048 per applicant £2587.50 for partner [£1940 for each child applicant] £1,000 per applicant for Super Priority Service
ILR as a parent of a British child £2885 per applicant IHS is not payable for ILR applications £1,000 per applicant for Super Priority Service

FAQs - Parent Of A British Child Visa UK

Following are the various frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the parent of a British child visa UK:

Parent of a British child visa route is intended for a parent who has responsibility for or access to their British child following the breakdown of their relationship with the child’s other parent. The route is also for applicants who:

  • have sole parental responsibility for their British child or a qualifying non-British child; or
  • do not live with the British child (who lives with a British or settled parent or carer), but they have direct access (in person) to the British child, as agreed with the parent or carer with whom the British child normally lives, or as ordered by a family court in the UK; or
  • (for a leave to remain application) are the parent with whom the British child normally lives, rather than the British child’s other parent who is British or settled.

Yes, you can apply for Uk visa as a parent of a British child if you and the other parent of the child are no longer partner of each other and you are either living with the child or have direct in-person contact with the child.

You should meet all the requirements for parent of a British child visa as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.

The intial visa as a parent of a British child from outside the UK is granted for 33 months and an initial visa as a parent of a British child from inside is granted for 30 months.

You can apply for renewal of your parent of a British child visa within 28 days before the expiry of your current leave to enter or remain as a parent of a British child.

Yes, you can apply for your parent of a British child visa under the Priority or Super Priority Service.

For an application as a parent of a British child from outside the UK, you can apply through Priority Service to get a decision on your application within 30 working days.

For an in-country application as a parent of a British child, you can apply for a parent of British child visa using Super Priority Service for a decision within 24 hours.

To apply for parent of a British child visa, you must have either sole or shared parental resonsibility for your child. 

If you share parental responsibility, the child’s other parent must not be your partner. They must also either:

  • be a British or Irish citizen
  • have settled in the UK - for example, they have indefinite leave to remain, settled status or proof of permanent residence
  • be from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and have pre-settled status - they must have started living in the UK before 1 January 2021

If the child lives with their other parent or carer, you must have access to the child in person, as agreed with the other parent or carer or by a court order.

Furthermore, you must be able to prove that you are taking an active role in your child’s upbringing and you plan to continue after you apply.

The applicant must provide evidence that he/she will be able to adequately maintain and accommodate himself/herself and any dependants in the UK without recourse to public funds

The applicant must provide evidence that there will be adequate accommodation in the UK, without recourse to public funds, for the family, including other family members who are not included in the application but who live in the same household, which the family own or occupy exclusively: accommodation will not be regarded as adequate if

  1. it is, or will be, overcrowded; or
  2. it contravenes public health regulations.

Yes, you will have right to work full time whilst living in the UK on parent of a British child visa. You can be employed or self-employed whilst in the UK on parent of a British child visa.

The earliest you can apply for the extension / renewal of your parent of a British child visa which was granted from outside the UK is 28 days before completing 30 months in the UK starting from your first entry date on parent of a British child visa. Our fast track family visa lawyers can fast track your application for renewal of parent of a British child visa and get decision on your visa renewal application within 24 hours.

You can apply for switching into parent of a child visa from inside the UK through Super Priority Service to get decision on your application within 24 hours.

As specialist family visa solicitors based in London, we are registered with the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) and its commercial partners UKVCAS Sopra Steria to provide Super Priority Service for parent of a child visa applications whereby decision on your application will be made within 24 hours if you submit your application through Super Priority Service.

Our family visa Solicitors can prepare and submit your application faster and get you a decision on your application faster through Super Priority Service. This way, you will not have to wait for the decision on your application for months (sometimes years).

It is very common for migrants with spouse or partner visa to switch into parent of a British child visa if their relationship breaks down irretrievably with the other parent of the child. If the other parent of the child does not agree for you to have direct contact with your child, you can apply for Child Arrangements Order application to the family court which can then become a basis to apply for switching into parent of a British child visa from inside the UK. Your qualifying time for ILR after 5 years on parent of a child visa route will start from scratch once you switch to parent of a child visa route and the time spent under spouse visa route will not count towards 5 years period to apply for ILR.

You can apply for extension / renewal of parent of a child visa (5 years route) through Super Priority Service to get decision on your application within 24 hours.

As specialist family visa solicitors based in London, we are registered with the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) and its commercial partners UKVCAS Sopra Steria to provide Super Priority Service for parent of a British child visa applications whereby decision on your application will be made within 24 hours if you submit your application through Super Priority Service.

Our family visa Solicitors can prepare and submit your application faster and get you a decision on your application faster through Super Priority Service. This way, you will not have to wait for the decision on your application for months (sometimes years).

“Parent” means:

  • biological parent; and
  • legal parent, including birth mother where the child is not genetically related, spouse or civil partner of the birth mother at the time of the child’s birth, and person with a parental order under section 54 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008; and
  • adoptive parent:
    • who, when habitually resident outside the UK, adopted a child in accordance with a decision taken by the competent administrative authority or court in a country whose adoption orders are recognised by the UK; or
    • whose adopted child has been granted permission under Appendix Adoption, and, if applicable, the adoption has been formally completed in the UK.

 

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