You can apply for Parent visa UK which falls under the Family visa category if you're a parent of a British citizen or settled child and living outside the UK. Parent visa category for a parent exercising access rights to a settled child in the UK or wishing to continue a parental relationship with their settled child.

We are experts in dealing with parent route applications under the 5 and 10 years route to settlement. If instructed we will carry out all the work on the application until the decision is received from the Home Office UKVI. Please contact an expert UK immigration lawyer at Rex Law Chambers to fully assess your eligibility for both 5 and 10 years route to settlement by considering all the relevant information so that we can advise you on the chances of success in your application in particular if you have any exceptional circumstances or any adverse personal or immigration history.

If you need the help of an expert UK immigration lawyer with your visa application, please contact us to get legal advice & assistance.

Page Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Requirements for Parent Visa UK
  3. Switching to Parent Visa UK (5 Year Route)
  4. Switching to Parent Visa UK (10 Year Route)
  5. Extension of Parent Visa UK
  6. How can we help with your UK visa application?
  7. Do you need an immigration lawyer for the UK Parent visa application?
  8. Our Fees
  9. Do you need legal help?

Overview

Parent 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.

If the relationship is irretrievably broken and if you are on a spouse visa, you can switch to a parent route if you have a qualified child. You are still required to meet all the requirements to be able to grant leave to remain under the parent route however instead of meeting the financial requirements as a spouse, you only need to meet the adequate maintenance requirements. The leave is granted under the 5 year route if you are able to meet all the requirements and if there are other exceptional circumstances and you are not able to meet all the requirements of the rules, a leave may still be granted under the 10 year route. You can always switch from 10 year route to 5 year route in the future if you are able to meet the rules.

Requirements for Parent Visa UK

According to Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules, the following requirements should be met by a person making an application for entry clearance as a parent of a British or settled child:

  • the applicant must be outside the UK;
  • the applicant must have made a valid application for entry clearance as a parent;
  • the applicant must not fall for refusal under any of the grounds in Section S-C: Suitability–entry clearance; and
  • the applicant must meet all of the requirements of Section E-ECPT: Eligibility for entry clearance as a parent. These are:
  • Relationship requirements;
  • Financial requirements; and
  • English language requirement.

You must also meet all the other eligibility requirements. Please contact us for initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and to discuss the options.

Switching to Parent Visa UK (5 Year Route)

If you are already in the UK lawfully with leave to remain other than leave as a visitor and you are a parent of a British child, you can apply for switching into leave to remain as a parent of a British or settled child. Normally, an application for switching into leave to remain as a parent of a British child is made following the divorce or breakdown of the relationship between both parents of the British child.

Switching to Parent Visa UK (10 Year Route)

The parent route provides a basis on which leave to remain can be granted to a parent who has responsibility for or direct access in-person to their child following the breakdown of their relationship or divorce with the child’s other parent.

If you are a parent of a child who is a British Citizen or settled in the UK and you do not meet the requirement of English language and adequacy of funds for maintenance, you can make an application for switching into leave to remain as a parent of a child under the 10 years’ route. In other words, those who do not satisfy the requirements of the Rules for leave to remain as a parent under 5 year route can submit their application for leave to remain as a parent under the 10 years’ route.

Extension of Parent Visa UK

If you are already in the UK with leave to enter or remain as a parent of a child who is British or settled in the UK, you can apply for renewal of your leave to remain. The application for renewal of leave to remain as a parent is made online using the application form FLR (FP).

How can we help with your UK visa application?

As part of our immigration services for your immigration application, our expert immigration lawyer will:

  • assess your eligibility for the relevant visa type by fully considering your circumstances;
  • advise you on the required supporting documents to be submitted in support of your immigration application;
  • assess all the documents to ensure that the documents you provide are as per the requirements of the Immigration Rules;
  • advise you on strengths and potential weaknesses in your visa application and how you can overcome such weaknesses if any;
  • complete the online immigration draft application form to share it with you for cross-checking;
  • submit your application online and schedule your biometrics appointments with the relevant commercial partner of the UKVI;
  • prepare a detailed cover letter in support of the immigration application explaining in detail how you are meeting all the requirements of the Immigration Rules so that you have the maximum chances of succeeding in your visa application;
  • upload all the supporting documents online in support of the immigration application in their correct format and order;
  • dealing and responding to any caseworker enquiries or correspondence from the Home Office caseworker for any further documents or information concerning your pending immigration application;
  • do all the follow-up work on your immigration application until a decision is received from the Home Office UKVI.

Do you need an immigration lawyer for the UK Parent visa application?

UK Immigration law is an extremely fast-changing and complex area of law. There are high chances of getting a visa refusal if you are not fully aware of relevant immigration law(s) and eligibility criteria.

Most of the applicants seek professional legal help with their UK Parent visa applications from highly experienced immigration lawyers to boost their chances of success. A well-prepared application can significantly increase your chances of success.

Our Fees

Our expert UK immigration lawyer will guide you through every step of the entry clearance application process including advice about legal requirements and eligibility criteria.

Our fixed fee

We charge a fixed fee starting from £1000 for our professional legal services in relation to your entry clearance application as a parent of a child who is British or settled in the UK. The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.

Do you need legal help?

Contact Rex Law Chambers, if you have any questions or need legal help with any UK immigration law related matter. At Rex Law Chambers, we specialise in a wide range of UK visas and nationality applications and our principal immigration lawyer has wealth of experience and expert knowledge to deal with all types of UK visas and immigration applications. He has successfully handled many complex and high-profile cases and also represented clients in their immigration matters.

We can provide one-off FREE general legal advice via live chat or our "Enquiry Form". The FREE advice does not cover the advice in relation to complex legal issues or advice about documents to be submitted in support of the application. If you would like to to get detailed legal advice then please schedule an in-person, Zoom, Skype or phone consultation by using our "Appointment Request Form".

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