Wherever possible UK law aims to keep families together, however, the complexities of modern families mean this is not always straightforward. Our experienced team of solicitors can advise and help you navigate the complex area of immigration law.
Any child under 18 of settled parents, travelling to the UK for the Entry Clearance refers to the process where Entry Clearance Officers outside the UK will check applications to come into the UK.
This is to ensure that applicants qualify and meet the set criteria for entry into the UK for the visa category they are applying for. Entry clearance applications can only be made by individuals from outside of the UK.
This will usually be from the applicant’s country of origin or a country where they have a legal right to reside in. The following are a list of most of the applications an individual can submit for entry clearance applications relating to a spouse, child or dependant parent.
Broadly speaking, a dependant in the UK is any of the following purpose of settlement, or one of whom is British, may apply for entry clearance in the child dependant category.
The same entry clearance visa can also be applied for by any spouse or partner under the relevant category. You will have to consider issues such as sole responsibility for the child’s upbringing, or whether their exclusion from the UK would be undesirable, and suitable arrangements have been made for their care.
It would help if you satisfied certain specific rules to secure an entry clearance visa depending on your family circumstances. If both parents are travelling to the UK for settlement, your case will likely be straightforward.
You will have to provide evidence that your children will be financially supported without the use of public funds, and dependant children must not be married or living an independent life.
We have comprehensive experience of complex family cases and can work out the best possible route for you and your children. It is also important to note that there is no automatic right of appeal if your application is refused, so you only get one chance to get it right.
If the application is rejected, then depending on this, it might affect future applications. It is vital, therefore, that you seek early legal advice.
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