Dependent child visas

Dependent child visas

Children of British citizens, people present and settled in the United Kingdom (people with indefinite leave to remain) and some people with limited leave to remain, including refugees, can apply to join their parent(s) in the United Kingdom (children of refugees who were conceived before the refugee left their home country can apply for refugee family reunion).

The rules are different depending on whether the parent(s) of the child are British citizens, settled or have limited leave to remain in the United Kingdom. Where both parents, or the only parent with responsibility for the child, is British or settled in the UK the application will be made under Part 8 of the Immigration Rules. Where one parent has, or is applying for, limited leave under Appendix FM the child must also apply under Appendix FM.

There are common requirements for both types of application:

  • The child must be under 18;
  • The child must not be leading an independent life;
  • The child must not be married or in a civil partnership;
  • The child must not have formed an independent family unit;
  • The child must be adequately accommodated by the parent in the UK

There are different ‘financial requirements’ depending on which type of application you must make. There are also specific requirements about the relationship between the child and the UK based parent(s) which must be met.

How can we help you?

The rules for children entering the UK are strict and you may benefit from legal advice before making your application. HS Immigration Consultants have many years of experience helping people bring their loved ones to the UK and we can help you though the entire process. We understand the stress that these applications can cause and the potential problems if the application is unsuccessful. It is because of this that we take real care an attention with every application because we know that no two cases are the same.

We will provide you with a fixed fee quotation which will include all our consultations with you and the taking of detailed instructions. We tell you ever document that you must submit with the application and we will assess your documents to check that they meet the specified requirements. We will prepare legal arguments as well as statements from you and your family members all of which will form part of the completed application pack.

Contact us

If you would like to contact us about your case and to discuss how we can help you, please call us on 0121 698 2187 or alternatively email us at

You can also use our free immigration advice service (this is suitable for general enquiries about immigration requirements).