Child Visit Visa

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The Child Visit Visa route is for children under the age of 18 who wish to enter the UK for the purposes of visiting family, friends or spending a short holiday.

Requirements for a UK Child Visit Visa

To qualify for a UK Child Visit Visa, you are required to demonstrate to the UK Visas & Immigration that you are a genuine visitor. You can prove that you are a genuine visitor by demonstrating the following:

  • You intend to leave the UK at the end of your visit;
  • You have no intention of living in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits;
  • You do not intend to make the UK your main home;
  • You are genuinely asking for permission to enter the UK as a Visitor and for the specific purpose of visiting;
  • You will not engage in or undertake any of the activities prohibited by the Immigration Rules;
  • You have enough money to cover all reasonable costs associated with your trip to the UK without working or recourse to public funds.

In addition to the above you will also need to satisfy the UK Visas & Immigration that:

  • Adequate arrangements have been put in place for your travel to the UK, as well as your reception and care in the UK;
  • If you are applying to visit the UK without a parent or guardian, who is responsible for your care, you must obtain their written consent  to the arrangements for your travel to the UK, as well as your reception and care in the UK for the duration of your visit; and
  • Your UK Child Visit Visa must confirm whether you will be unaccompanied on your visit to the UK or travelling with an adult. If the Visa states that you will be accompanied by an adult on your travel to the UK, it must also confirm the identity of that adult.

The specific requirements, that may be applicable to you, will differ depending on your circumstances. You may wish to seek expert advice from an immigration lawyer.

If you wish to apply for a Child Visit Visa speak to one of our specialised immigration lawyers for expert advice by completing our “Enquiry Form”.

What else do I need to know about the Child Visit Visa?

An application for a UK Child Visit Visa must be made from outside the UK and usually from the country in which you are permanently resident. However, citizens of some countries do not need to apply for a UK Child Visit Visa prior to their arrival in the UK and can apply for a Visit Visa on arrival at the UK Border.

If you successfully secure a UK Child Visit Visa, you will be granted a visa which will be valid for up to 6. During the validity of your Visit Visa, you will be permitted to leave and enter the UK multiple times, unless your Child Visit Visa is endorsed as a single or dual-entry visa.

As a Child Visit Visa holder, you will be able to visit family, friends, or travel to other parts of the UK.

As a Child Visit Visa holder, you will be prohibited from receiving payments from a UK source for any activities undertaken in the UK or from engaging in more than 30 days’ non-incidental study in the UK.

You must also show the UK Visas & Immigration that you have enough money to cover the costs associated with your trip to the UK without recourse to public funds. The costs associated with your visit will include, but will not be limited to, costs of your travel tickets, planned activities in the UK, and cost of maintaining and accommodating any dependents.

When considering whether you have sufficient funds to cover the costs associated with your visit to the UK, the UK Visas & Immigration will accept third party support from a UK Sponsor provided that you can show genuine professional or personal relationship with the third party Sponsor. The third party Sponsor will also be required to provide documentary evidence to demonstrate that they have the funds to cover the costs associated with your visit to the UK.

How our lawyers can help you with your UK Child Visit Visa Application

Our lawyers are specialists in UK immigration law with almost a decade of experience. We have assisted hundreds of UK Child Visit Visa applicants to prepare and submit successful UK Child Visit Visa applications.

Our immigration lawyers can provide you expert advice on meeting the requirements of the Immigration Rules, carry out a detailed assessment of your prospects of qualifying for a UK Child Visit Visa and can assist you with the preparation and submission of your immigration application.

Our lawyers combine creative energy with deep technical legal expertise to uncover innovative, out-of-the-box and unconventional strategies that help you succeed in your application even when you’re facing inherent challenges in meeting the requirements of a UK Child Visit Visa application.

We do this by deploying the following:

  • Taking a holistic approach to analysing every facet of each case and formulating strategies to comprehensively address every element of the case;
  • Bringing deep technical and substantive legal expertise;
  • Collaborative strategizing among specialist lawyers, who operate at different levels of seniority, bringing a wealth of technical expertise, tactical know-how and diversity of perspective on your matter;
  • Using Design Thinking to reframe the challenges you face with a view to redefining value and opening up the scope of solutions;
  • Designing customised strategy to meet your specific challenges.

What this means for you?

If you instruct us to take on your case, our scope of work will comprise of the following:

  • Taking detailed instructions to carry out a thorough analysis of your case;
  • Assessing your eligibility for a UK Child Visit Visa in line with the requirements as set out in the Immigration rules Appendix V: Visitor (, the accompanying Policy Documents ( )and the wider case-law jurisprudence;
  • Notifying you of the strengths and weaknesses of your case;
  • Advising you on strategies, where possible, to remedy the weaknesses in your case and better evidence the strengths of your case;
  • Providing you detailed and customised advice on the documents you need to provide in support of your application;
  • Reviewing your documents to assess whether they meet the evidential requirements of your application and to advise you if further documents are required;
  • Drafting the application form to provide to you for review and, if required, amending the application in line with your observations;
  • Preparing a detailed letter of representations to be submitted in support of your application;
  • Submitting the application form online and arranging an appointment for the enrolment of your biometrics;
  • Responding to any queries from the Home Office regarding your application
  • Addressing any queries that you may have regarding your application and any issues arising relating to your immigration status;
  • Corresponding with the UK Visas and Immigration (Home Office) to ensure a timely decision on your application.

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