An applicant seeking entry must:

  • be outside the UK
  • have made a valid application for entry clearance as a parent
  • be over the age of 18
  • meet the relationship requirement
  • not fail the suitability requirement
  • be able to maintain and accommodate themselves without recourse to public funds
  • meet the English language requirement.

Relationship Requirement

The child of the applicant must be:

  • under the age of 18 at the date of application
  • living in the UK
  • a British citizen or settled in the UK.

The applicant must have sole parental responsibility for the child, or be the parent or carer the child normally lives with and must be:

  • a British citizen or settled in the UK
  • not the applicant’s partner
  • ineligible for entry clearance as a partner under Appendix FM.

The applicant must provide specified evidence he/she:

  • either has the sole parental responsibility for or access rights to the child
  • is taking, and intend to continue to take, an active role in the child’s upbringing.

Evidence Of Access Rights To The Child

Under the Immigration Rules the applicant must prove they have access rights to the child by submitting either:

  • a residence order or a contact order granted by a court in the UK, or
  • a sworn affidavit from the UK resident parent or carer of the child, the affidavit must:
    • confirm the parent applying can have access to the child
    • describe in detail the arrangements to allow for this, If contact is supervised, the supervisor must swear the statement, and
    • be sworn before, and certified by a legal officer.

Maintenance and accommodation requirement

Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules say the applicant must provide evidence:

  • To show they can maintain and accommodate themselves and any dependants in the UK without recourse to the public funds. And
  • There will be adequate accommodation in the UK, for themselves and/or family, without recourse to public funds.. This includes any family members not included in the application, but who live in the same household.

Accommodation will not be adequate if:

  • it is overcrowded
  • it contravenes public health regulations.

English Language Requirement

The applicant must provide specified evidence that he/she:

  1. is a national of a majority English speaking country; or
  2. has passed 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 a provider approved by the UK Border Agency; or
  3. has an academic qualification recognised by NARIC UK to be equivalent to the standard of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or PhD in the UK, which was taught in English; or
  4. is exempt from the English language requirement because at the date of application:
    • the applicant is aged 65 or over;
    • the applicant has a disability (physical or mental condition) which prevents the applicant from meeting the requirement; or
    • there are exceptional circumstances which prevent the applicant from being able to meet the requirement prior to entry to the UK.

Our Services For Entry Clearance Application As A Parent To Exercise Right Of Access To A Child In The UK

We can represent you in your entry clearance application and do all the work until decision by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) on your application. Our work will include:

  • the completion of the paper or online application form;
  • advising you on the relevant requirements, relevant laws and procedures;
  • advising you on the relevant documents to be submitted in support of your application;
  • considering the contents of such documents and discussing the same with you;
  • advising you on the weaknesses and strengths of your application; and
  • preparing a cover letter wherein we will explain in detailed how all the relevant requirements of the entry clearance are being satisfied.

The completed application will be forwarded to the applicant outside the UK who will sign the same and forward the application along with all the supporting documents to the relevant British Embassy/High Commission/Consulate for a decision to be made by them.

Where necessary, we will also liaise with the Entry Clearance Officer for an expeditious decision on your application.

Why Sunrise Solicitors For Your Entry Clearance Application As A Parent To Exercise Right Of Access To A Child In The UK ?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with applications for entry clearance as a parent to exercise right of access to a child settled in the UK. The quality of our service is self-evident from the reviews of our clients about the service provided by our immigration lawyers. You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from immigration lawyers in London in relation to your application for UK Visa  as a parent of a child in the UK and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

Our Fees For Entry Clearance Application As A Parent To Exercise Right Of Access To A Child In The UK

  • We will charge you a fee from £1,200 (No VAT) for our professional immigration services in relation to your entry clearance application as a parent to exercise your right of access to a child settled in the UK. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.
  • If you cannot afford to pay our fee in full at the time of instructing us in relation to your matter, you can pay half of the fee at the time of instructing us and rest of the fee can be paid by monthly installments.
  • The agreed fee will cover all our work until decision by the Home Office on the application. However, it is pertinent to note that the agreed fee will not cover any disbursements to be incurred by the company on your behalf e.g. translation of documents, Home Office fee etc.