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UK dependant visa for children

A child can come to the UK as a dependant of a parent who is a British citizen, an EU national or has the right to live and work in the UK.

We make obtaining a UK dependant visa less complex

A dependant visa is available to children of parents who have the right to move to the UK. The parents must demonstrate that they can support and accommodate the child in the UK.

In the case of a single parent applying for this visa, they must demonstrate that they have sole responsibility (rather than merely legal custody) for the child. In such circumstances, the application is made a lot more complex and specialist advice should be sought.

The criteria change depending on whether the parents are:

  • British or hold settled status
  • EU nationals
  • Non-EU nationals

Parent who is British or holds settled status in the UK

The child dependency (British or settled parent) visa arises where a child (including an adopted child or stepchild) is under the age of 18, is born outside of the UK and one (or both) of the parents is British or holds settled status in the UK.

Settled status

Settled status is most commonly held by:

  • A British citizen
  • An Irish citizen ordinarily resident in the UK
  • An EU national (or non-EU national family member) ordinarily resident in the UK holding permanent residency
  • A non-EU national ordinarily resident in the UK holding indefinite leave to remain (ILR)
  • A person holding the right of abode

Parent who is an EU national

The EEA family permit covers a child under the age of 18, born outside of the UK and where one (or both) of the parents is a European Union (EU) national. The EU parent(s) must demonstrate that they are exercising their EU treaty rights in the UK.

Parent who is a non-EU national

The dependant child visa is available where a child is under 18, born outside of the UK and one (or both) of the parents holds a valid visa allowing them to live in the UK. In addition, the parent(s) must meet the maintenance requirement which varies depending on the visa class and the number of children.


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United Kingdom


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77/91 New Oxford Street
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Sable International is a trading name of 1st Contact Money Limited (company number 07070528), registered in England and Wales. We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK (FCA no. 517570), the Financial Services Conduct Authority in South Africa (1st Contact Money [PTY] Ltd - FSP no. 41900) and hold an Australian Financial Services License issued by ASIC to deal in foreign exchange (1st Contact Group - AFS License number 335 126).

Please note: Sable International is a trading name of Philip Gamble and Co. Ltd. Philip Gamble and Co. Ltd is registered in the UK with the Office of the Immigration Service Commissioner (OISC) under no. F2001-00004. Our staff based outside of the UK are not regulated by the OISC and may be involved in some client casework. However, they work to the same high standards as our UK staff and clients receive the same service regardless of which office they engage with.

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