You can apply for switching into parent of a child visa under 10 years route if you are a parent of a qualifying child and do not meet all the requirements of the parent of a child visa under 5 years route. An application for switching into parent of a child visa under 10 years route is usually made by those applicants who cannot meet the adequate maintenance requirement, immigration status requirement or English language requirement. An application for parent visa under the 10 years route is made using online application form FLR (FP). A successful applicant is granted leave to remain for a period of 30 months under the 10 years’ route to settlement. A person who has been granted initial leave to remain as a parent under the 10 years’ route can switch into parent of British child visa under 5 years route as soon as the initial leave to remain has been granted under the 10 years’ route. The parent route is not for couples who are in a genuine and subsisting partner relationship.

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Our expert team of parent visa solicitors in London specialise in applications for switching into parent visa (10 years route). Our specialist parent visa solicitors have successfully helped thousands of clients with the applications for switching into parent visa under 10 years route. Our best team of parent visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee immigration services concerning your application for switching into parent visa under 10 years route.

Requirements For Switching Into 10 Years Parent Visa Route

The requirements to be met for switching into parent of British child visa under 10 years route are that:

  • the applicant and the child must be in the UK;
  • the applicant must have made a valid application for switching into parent of British child visa under 10 years route
  • the applicant must not fall for refusal under S-LTR: Suitability leave to remain; and
  • the applicant meets the requirements of paragraphs E-LTRPT.2.2-2.4. and E-LTRPT.3.1-3.2 of Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules; and
  • paragraph EX.1. applies.

Relationship Requirement

The child of the applicant must be-

  • under the age of 18 years at the date of application, or where the child has turned 18 years of age since the applicant was first granted entry clearance or leave to remain as a parent under this Appendix, must not have formed an independent family unit or be leading an independent life;
  • living in the UK; and
  • a British Citizen or settled in the UK; or
  • has lived in the UK continuously for at least the 7 years immediately preceding the date of application and paragraph EX.1. applies.

Furthermore, Either-

  • the applicant must have sole parental responsibility for the child or the child normally lives with the applicant and not their other parent (who is either a British Citizen, a person with ILR / settled status, an EU national with pre-settled status, a refugee, Turkish Businessperson visa holder or Turkish Worker visa holder), and the applicant must not be eligible to apply for leave to remain as a partner under this Appendix; OR
  • the parent or carer with whom the child normally lives must be-
    • a British Citizen in the UK or settled in the UK;
    • not the partner of the applicant (which here includes a person who has been in a relationship with the applicant for less than two years prior to the date of application); and
    • the applicant must not be eligible to apply for leave to remain as a partner under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.

Additionally, the applicant must provide evidence that they have either-

  • sole parental responsibility for the child, or that the child normally lives with them; OR
  • 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; and

The applicant must provide evidence that they are taking, and intend to continue to take, an active role in the child’s upbringing.

Immigration Status Requirement

To qualify for switching into parent visa under 10 years route, the applicant must not be in the UK-

  • as a visitor; or
  • with valid leave granted for a period of 6 months or less, unless that leave was granted pending the outcome of family court or divorce proceedings;

Furthermore, the applicant must not be in the UK –

  • on immigration bail, unless:
    • the Secretary of State is satisfied that the applicant arrived in the UK more than 6 months prior to the date of application; and
    • paragraph EX.1. applies; or
  • in breach of immigration laws (except that, where paragraph 39E of these Rules applies, any current period of overstaying will be disregarded), unless paragraph EX.1. applies.

Applicants who are overstayers in the UK and do not meet the above mentioned immigration status requirement may also be able to switch into 10 years parent visa route based on the best interests of the British child or children and the exceptional circumstances of the applicant's case.

Paragraph EX1 Requirement

To succeed in an application for switching into parent of a child visa under the 10 years route, the applicant must meet the requirements of EX1 of Appendix FM under the Immigration Rules. The requirements of EX1 can be satisfied by showing that:-

  • the applicant has a parental relationship with a child under 18 who is in the UK and who  is:
    • under the age of 18 years at the date of application;
    • living in the UK; and
    • a British Citizen, settled in the UK, or in the UK with limited leave under Appendix EU in accordance with paragraph GEN.1.3.(d); or
    • has lived in the UK continuously for at least the 7 years immediately preceding the date of application and paragraph EX.1. applies.
  • it is unreasonable to expect such child to leave the UK.

Super Priority Service (Decision Within 24 Hours) For Switching Into Parent Visa

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).

Switching From Parent Visa 5 Years Route To Parent Visa 10 Years Route

A person who is already in the UK with leave to remain as a parent under 5 years route can switch into 10 years route if he/she is unable to meet all the requirement to qualify for renewal of leave under 5 years route. Most of the time, the applicants who cannot meet the adequate maintenance requirement would apply for switching into 10 years route.

Our Fixed Fees For Switching Into UK Visa As A Parent Of A British Child

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.

Service Options For Your Immigration Application

Our specialist team of immigration solicitors and lawyers offer following service options for your UK visa and immigration application:

Full Service

Our immigration lawyers can provide full service for your immigration application for a fixed fee. Under the full service, our fast track immigration lawyers will carry out all the work on your immigration application until you get a decision on your application through priority or super priority service. Work to be carried out by our fast track immigration lawyers will include the following:

  • Advice on requirements: Our immigration solicitors will advise you on the relevant requirements you meet for your immigration application to succeed;
  • Documentary advice: Our immigration lawyers will prepare and email you a comprehensive list of supporting documents to be submitted in support of your immigration application;
  • Assessing documents: Our immigration lawyers will assess your documents to make sure that all the documents you provide in support of your application are in accordance with the requirement of the immigration rules;
  • Completing the application form: Our immigration lawyers will complete the relevant application form your immigration application;
  • Submitting application through Priority or Super Priority Service: Where possible, our fast track immigration lawyers will submit your online immigration application through priority or super priority service to get faster decision on your immigration application;
  • Booking an appointment with the application centre: After the online submission of your immigration application, our fast track visa solicitors will book your appointment with the application centre for you to enrol your biometrics;
  • Detailed cover letter: Our specialist immigration solicitors will prepare a detailed cover letter in support of the immigration application to explain all the relevant legal requirements and how such requirements have been satisfied by the applicant with the documents being submitted with the application;
  • Uploading documents online: Before the biometrics enrolment date, our immigration lawyers will upload online all the supporting documents to be considered in support of the immigration application;
  • Follow up work: Our immigration lawyers will carry out all the follow up work until decision by the Home Office UKVI on the immigration application.

One-Off Immigration Services

Our specialist immigration lawyers can provide following one-off immigration services for in relation to your UK visa and immigration application:

Remote Legal Services For Your Immigration Matter

Our specialist team of immigration solicitors and lawyers can provide you with expert immigration advice and representations remotely from our offices in London. Using modern technology, our Fast Track Immigration Lawyers can handle your matter remotely without the need for you to visit our offices. Whilst we are more than happy to welcome clients into our offices, if this is their preference, we are proud to be able to offer our legal services remotely to save your time and travel cost.

  • We can provide immigration advice service remotely through Zoom / Skype / Phone / Microsoft Team etc to assess your matter fully and give you appropriate legal advice on your matter;
  • Following initial immigration advice, if you instruct us for your immigration matter, we can send you all relevant documents electronically for you to digitally sign and return the same to us;
  • You can send and receive all documents electronically in PDF format;
  • We will complete your application form and prepare any witness statement (where necessary) by sharing our computer screen with you in a Zoom / Microsoft Team meeting so that you are fully aware of all the information given in the form or statement;
  • We will keep you fully informed on the progress of your matter through active email correspondence.

Why Choose Us For Your Immigration Application?

  • Your immigration application will  be prepared by a specialist immigration solicitor with huge experience of 19 years and specialist knolwedge of immigration laws, requirements, documentary evidence and relevant procedures;
  • Your immigration application will be prepared in shortest possible time under the fast track service;
  • You will get decision on your application faster under the Priority or Super Priority Service;
  • If your application does not succeed for any reasons, our immigration lawyers will challenge the refusal with no additional cost. In the alternative, our immigration lawyers will prepare and submit a fresh application at no extra cost;
  • Our immigration solicitors and lawyers can provide you with expert legal advice and representations remotely from our offices in London. Using modern technology, we can handle your matter remotely without the need for you to visit our offices. Whilst we are more than happy to welcome clients into our offices, if this is their preference, we are proud to be able to offer our legal services remotely.