Child Under 18 Dependent Visa

Child Under 18 Dependent Visa

Child Under 18 Dependent Visa
Child Under 18 Dependent Visa

Child Under 18 Dependent Visa

This particular visa is granted under the Dependent Visa category. It enables the child under 18 to enter the UK as the dependent of a UK citizen or permanent resident.

Usually, the UK grants Child Under 18 Dependent Visa if both the parents are living in the UK on a qualifying visa or as settled persons. On the contrary, the sponsor has to prove that he/she holds the sole responsibility of the child.

The criteria for this visa category depending on the type of visa held by the sponsor. Following are the visas that permit a person living in the UK to bring his/her child (under 18 years of age):

  • Skilled Worker visas
  • Health and care visa
  • Tier 1 visas
  • General and Entrepreneur
  • Investor, Exceptional Talent, Global talent
  • Graduate Entrepreneur
  • Tier 4 (Student dependent)
  • Tier 5 Visas


Eligibility Requirements

Following are the eligibility requirements for the Child Under 18 Dependent visa:

  • The child must be under 18 years of age
  • Your child must be unmarried or doesn’t live independently
  • Might have to meet the maintenance requirements
  • Must have a legal relationship (son/daughter) with the sponsor
  • The child must be a sole responsibility for the sponsor


Required Documents

Although the list provided below isn’t exhaustive, yet it will give you an idea of what type of documents are necessary to apply for this visa.

  • Passport/valid document
  • Bank statements
  • Document showing the relationship between applicant and sponsor (Birth Certificate of the Child)
  • Tuberculosis test result (if applicable)


Different Application Scenarios

Here are the scenarios where a child under 18 can enter the UK on a dependent visa.

A child can apply in any of the following circumstances:

  • If his/her father and mother are simultaneously making an application for entry-clearance
  • If the parents are living in the UK and the child applies to seek entry into the UK
  • If one of the parents is living in the UK and the other parent along with the child is applying to enter the UK

The child of a sole parent can apply under the following conditions:

  • If the sponsor is the only surviving parent of the child
  • The responsibility of upbringing the child rests on the sole parent
  • There are some exceptional reasons to apply for a Child Under 18 Dependent Visa


A Route to Indefinite Leave to Remain

The Child Under 18 Dependent Visa is a viable route to attain Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). Usually, children and parents simultaneously receive ILR. In addition, children under 18 are also exempted from passing the English language or Life in the UK tests.


How we can help?

No doubt, UK immigration is a tough and complex field. So, if you apply on your own, chances are there that you might end up getting your visa application refused. There are numerous reasons for such refusal, yet the most common one is the inability to prove your eligibility.

This is the area where our seasoned UK immigration experts come into play. Our qualified team of immigration lawyers will assist you at every stage of your visa application. We have specialized immigration solicitors who have years of experience in dealing with dependent visas.

In case of any query or to get your case accessed, just make us a call today!



  • Introduction
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Required Documents
  • Different Application Scenarios
  • A Route to Indefinite Leave to Remain
  • How we can help?
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