UK Dependant Visas

Children under 18 from outside the European Union and the EEA  must have a visa to stay in the UK. A child may be included on their parent’s application, or apply separately in order to stay in the UK permanently with someone who has parental responsibilities in respect of them.

Child Dependant Visas UK

As well as family visas, there are different types of immigration categories specific to children. For example, a child visitor  visa allows a child to stay in the UK for up to 6 months, although it is possible to extend this to a long-term visit visa if repeat visits are needed.

It is also possible to apply as a parent of a child at school visa if your child has a Tier 4 (Child) visa, is under 12 and attends an independent fee-paying school in the UK. Individuals who have lived (lawfully) in the UK for a long period may also be able to remain in the UK by applying for a visa in the private life in the UK (10-year) route.

Adult Dependant Visas UK

We also advise on adult dependant visas for those who are applying for leave to remain as a dependant of a person on the point based system (PBS) migrant. Family members of a PBS migrant under Tier 1, 2, 4 and 5 can apply for leave in line with the main applicant. This also means if the PBS migrants period of leave expires then so will his dependants. We can assist you with renewing your visas.

However, if the PBS migrant qualifies for indefinate leave to remain or British citizenship, leave will not be granted in line with the main applicant, the dependant will be given 3 years leave and will have to re-apply for a further period of leave before the dependant can apply for settlement. 

Contact our Specialist Immigration Lawyers

Our specialist immigration lawyers can advise you on applying for or renewing your dependant visas. Call 0203 540 6340 or email us on contactus@merchistonsolicitors.co.uk or complete our online enquiry form.

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