You can apply to live in the UK to care for your child.
If you’re eligible to apply as a partner, you must do that instead of applying as a parent.
Your child must either:
Your child must be living in the UK. One of the following must also be true:
If your child has settled status you may be able to apply to the free EU Settlement Scheme or for an EU Settlement Scheme family permit.
If you do not meet the rules to enter or remain in the UK because of coronavirus (COVID-19), you might still be able to apply to extend your stay or switch to a family visa. Read the guidance for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents.
You need to have sole or shared parental responsibility for your child.
If you share parental responsibility, the child’s other parent must not be your partner. They must also either:
If the child lives with their other parent or carer, you must have access to the child in person, as agreed with the other parent or carer or by a court order.
What you’ll need to prove:
You must be able to prove that you’re taking an active role in your child’s upbringing and you plan to continue after you apply. For example you could provide letters from your child’s:
If you provide a letter from the other parent, you’ll need to include proof of their identity. This should be an official document which has their signature on it, for example a copy of their passport, tax return or photocard driving licence.
English language and financial requirements:
You must also prove you:
If your child or any other dependants live with you, you must also prove you can financially support them without claiming public funds.
If you do not meet the English language and financial requirements you can still extend your permission to stay if:
You can stay in the UK for 2 years and 9 months on this visa. After this you’ll need to apply to extend your stay.
If you extend your family visa or switch to this visa you can stay in the UK for 2 years and 6 months.
You’ll need to prepare information and documents to provide with your application.
How you apply depends on whether you’re in the UK or not.
Outside the UK
You must apply online. You must also complete Appendix 5.
In the UK
You must apply online.
It is advisable to instruct a solicitor as the rules can be quite complex and by instructing a solicitor- it will ensure that your application is completed correctly without errors minimising the risk of the application being refused.
If you cannot afford to pay the fee, you must also apply online to waive the fee. You might not have to pay the fee if you:
You can add other children to your application as dependants if one of the following applies:
You’ll need to attend an appointment to provide your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo). You’ll be told how to make an appointment when you apply.
You can ask for your passport and other documents to be returned if you’ve provided them with your application but need them urgently.
You might have to cancel your application to get your documents back.
You’ll get a Biometric Residence Permit if your application is successful.
Please note that you cannot work or study if you’re applying for a visa or extending your stay to get married or become civil partners.
The earliest you can apply to settle in the UK (called ‘indefinite leave to remain’) is after you’ve lived in the country for 5 years continuously with permission to stay (‘leave to remain’) as a parent.
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