You can apply to come to, remain in or become permanently settled in the UK if you have a child who is either a British Citizen or is settled in UK. You may also qualify for the visa if you and your child are in UK and your child has lived here for 7 years.
You can get the ‘parent of a child’ visa if you:
♠ are outside the UK;
♠ made a valid visa application as parent;
♠ meet suitability requirements in Section S-EC Appendix FM; and
♠ meet the following legal requirements:
You must be aged 18 or over, and your child must be:
♠ under 18;
♠ living in UK; and
♠ a British Citizen or settled in UK.
You must also have “sole parental responsibility” for the child; or the other parent or carer with whom the child normally lives must be:
♠ a British Citizen in UK or settled in UK;
♠ not your partner; and
♠ you must not be eligible to apply for a partner visa.
You must also provide evidence that:
♠ you have sole parental responsibility for your child; or
♠ have access rights to your child, and you must provide evidence that you are taking an active role in the child’s upbringing and intend to continue to do so.
You must evidence that you will be able to adequately maintain and accommodate yourself and your child in the UK without recourse to public funds. You must also evidence that you will have adequate accommodation available in the UK, without recourse to public funds, for the family, which the family own or occupy exclusively and that such accommodation will not:
♠ be overcrowded; or
♠ contravene public health regulations.
You must evidence that you:
♠ are a national of a majority English speaking country specified in Immigration Rules; or
♠ have passed an English language test in speaking and listening at a minimum of level A1 of CEFR with an approved provider; or
♠ have an academic qualification recognised by UK NARIC to be equivalent to the standard of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or PhD in the UK, which was taught in English; or
♠ are exempt from the English language requirement because you are aged 65 or over, or have a disability (physical or mental condition) which prevents you from meeting the requirement; or there are exceptional circumstances which prevent you from being able to meet the requirement.
If you meet these requirements you will get a visa for an initial period of 33 months, and subject to a condition of no recourse to public funds. If however you do not meet any of these requirements your application will be refused.