The parent of a child visa is granted by the Home Office UKVI to a parent of a qualifying child to care for the child in the UK. You can apply for parent of a child visa UK if you are parent of a qualifying child and you are not partner of the other partner of the other parent of the child. An application for parent of a child visa can either be made under 5 years or under 10 years route.

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

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As specialist family visa solicitors, we have successfully helped thousands of clients with the applications for parent visa. We can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee immigration services concerning your application for parent visa.

Parent Of A Child Visa (5 Years Route)

An application for parent visa under 5 years route can be made when the applicant meets all the requirements of Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules including adequate maintenance, English and immigration status requirement. Under 5 Years parent visa route, the applicant will become eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) after 5 years on parent visa (5 years route). As specialist family visa solicitors we can provide the required immigration advice and legal representations for following applications as a parent of a child under 5 years route:

Parent Of A Child Visa (10 Years Route)

An application for parent visa under 10 years route is normally made when the applicant does not meet all the requirements of Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules. In particular, those applicants who cannot meet the adequate maintenance, English language or immigration status requirement would apply for parent of British child visa under 10 years route. Under 10 Years parent visa route, the applicant will become eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) after 10 years on parent visa (10 years route). As specialist family visa solicitors we can provide the required immigration advice and legal representations for following applications as a parent of a child under 10 years route:

Qualifying Child For Parent Of A Child Visa

For your child to be considered as a qualifying child, the following requirements should be met in relation to the child:

  • Child's age: The child must be under the age of 18 at the time of initial application for leave to remain as a parent of a child or if applying for extension or ILR, the child have been under 18 when you were first granted leave and not live an independent life;
  • Residence in the UK: The child must be living in the UK;
  • Nationality/Visa/Residence status of the child: The child must be either:
    • British Citizen; or
    • have Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or Settled Status in the UK; or
    • from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and has pre-settled status - he/she must have started living in the UK before 1 January 2021;
    • child must have lived in the UK for 7 years continuously and it would be unreasonable to require the child to leave the UK.

Sole or Shared Parental Responsibility

To apply for parent of a child visa, you must have either sole or shared parental responsibility 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’re taking an active role in your child’s upbringing and you plan to continue after you apply.

Fast Track Service For Parent Of A Child Visa Applications

Our specialist team of Fast Track Immigration Solicitors can fast track your UK visa and immigration application to get you decision on your application faster under the Priority Service or Super Priority service. This way you will get decision on your application faster and will not to wait for a decision on your application for months (some time years).

Our fast track immigration solicitors can prepare your application faster and submit your application under the Priority Service or Super Priority Service to get you faster decision on your application.

As Fast Track Immigration Lawyers in London, we are registered with the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) and its commercial partners UKVCAS Sopra Steria to provide Priority Service or Super Priority Service for your application whereby decision on your application will be made by the Home Office UKVI faster. An application submitted through Priority Service is normally decided within 5 working days and an application submitted through Super Priority Service is normally decided within 24 hours (usually by end of next working day).

Fixed Fees For Parent Of A Child Visa Applications

Our fixed fees for parent of a child visa applications are as given in the fee table below:

Our Service Our Fixed Fees Range
Full service for parent of a child visa Entry Clearance to cover all the work until decision by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) From £1,200 To £2,500 (no VAT)
Full service for switching into parent of a child visa from inside the UK through Super Priority Service to cover our work until decision on your application From £1,200 + VAT To £2,500 + VAT
Full service for extension of parent of a child visa from inside the UK through Super Priority Service to cover our work until decision on your application From £1,200 + VAT To £2,500 + VAT
Full service for ILR as a parent of a child from inside the UK through Super Priority Service to cover our work until decision on your application From £1,200 + VAT To £2,500 + VAT

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the application and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for the application, the applicant also has to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the application.

FAQs - Entry Clearance For Parent Of A Child Visa UK

What is the English language requirement for entry clearance for parent of a child visa UK?

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 Home Office, UKVI; or
  3. has an academic qualification recognised by UK Ecctis 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.
For how long will I be granted UK visa entry clearance as a result of a successful application for parent visa UK?

You will be granted entry clearance vignette for 90 days to be able to ener the UK. You will then collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BPR) which will show your spouse visa valid for 33 months.

How can I apply for parent of a child visa entry clearance from outside the UK?

An application for parent of a child visa entry clearance from outside the UK is made online. Upon completion and submission of the online form for parent of a child visa entry clearance UK, the visa application fee and Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is paid online. All the supporting documents in support of the parent of a child visa application are then uploaded online. An appointment is then booked with the Application Centre for the enrolment of biometrics and submission of the Applicant's passport at the designated application centre in the country of residence of the applicant.

How long does a UK parent of a child visa entry clearance application take?

The processing time of the parent of a child visa entry clearance application are as follows:

Standard Service

An application under standard service is decided normally within 24 weeks after the enrolment of biometrics at the UK visa application centre.

Priority Service

An application under Priority Service is normally decided within 6 to 8 weeks after the enrolment of biometrics at the UK visa application centre.

Super Priority Service

An applicaton for parent of a child visa entry clearance under Super Priority Service is normally decided within 24 hours after the enrolment of biometrics at the UK visa application centre. The Super Priority Service is not available from most of the countries at present.

Will I get right to appeal against the refusal decision if my parent of a child visa entry clearance application is refused by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO)?

If your parent of a child visa entry clearance application is refused by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) of the Home Office UKVI, you will get a right of appeal to challenge the refusal of your parent of a child visa entry clearance application. You should file appeal against the refusal of parent of a child visa entry clearance within 28 days after receiving the refusal decision.

Will I be allowed to work in the UK on parent of a child visa?

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

How soon can I apply for the renewal of my parent of a child visa which was granted from outside the UK?

The earliest you can apply for the extension / renewal of your parent of a 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 child visa. Our fast track family visa lawyers can fast track your application for renewal of parent of a child visa and get decision on your visa renewal application within 24 hours.