Comprehensive Guide to Child Dependent Visa in the UK

Comprehensive Guide to Child Dependent Visa in the UK

The United Kingdom offers a variety of visa options for families wishing to settle in or visit the country. Among these options, the Child Dependent Visa is designed to allow children to join their parents or legal guardians in the UK. In this article, we will delve into the details of the Child Dependent Visa, including its requirements, benefits, the application process, and services provided by KQ-Solicitors, a prominent law firm in the United Kingdom that has been operating for more than a decade, specializing in all type of immigration applications and services.

Child Dependent Visa: An Overview

Have a quick look on the Child Dependent Visa here to understand all the needs and requirements for Child Visa in the UK.

What is a Child Dependent Visa in the UK?

The Child Dependent Visa is intended for children under 18 who wish to join their parents or legal guardians in the UK. So, this visa category enables children to be part of their family unit in the country, ensuring family unity and support.

Documents Required for a UK Child Dependent Visa:

  • Relationship Requirement: The child must be a biological, adopted, or stepchild of the UK resident parent or legal guardian.
  • Parent’s Settlement Status: The parent or legal guardian must be settled in the UK, which means they have indefinite leave to remain (ILR) or are a British citizen.
  • Financial Requirement: The parent or legal guardian must demonstrate sufficient funds to support the child without relying on public funds.
  • Accommodation: Adequate accommodation must be available for the child, meeting the necessary health and safety standards.
  • Consent: If one parent is not applying, the non-applying parent’s consent must be provided.
  • English Language Proficiency: However, If the child is over 18, they might need to prove their English proficiency.

Benefits of the Child Dependent Visa:

  • Family Unity: The visa ensures that children can live with their parents or legal guardians in the UK, promoting family unity.
  • Access to Education: However, the Children can access the UK’s world-renowned education system, including primary and secondary education.
  • Healthcare: Children are entitled to free healthcare through the National Health Service (NHS).
  • Work and Study: So, depending on the child’s age, they might be allowed to work or study in the UK.

How to Apply for a Child Dependent Visa UK:

  • Prepare Documents: Gather necessary documents, including passport, birth certificate, parent’s settlement status proof, financial documents, and consent from the non-applying parent.
  • Online Application: Apply online through the UK government’s official website.
  • Biometrics Appointment: Book and attend a biometrics appointment at a local Application Support Center.
  • Attend Visa Interview: If required, attend an interview at the local British embassy or consulate.
  • Decision and Visa Issuance: Wait for a decision on your application. If approved, you will receive a visa vignette in your passport.

Child Dependent Visa Refusal Reasons

  • Lack of Paperwork or Evidence 
  • Clerical Errors while filling up application forms.
  • Not Providing Mandatory Documentation to Home Office

The Child Dependent Visa Checklist (Mandatory)

  • Birth Certificate that relates main applicant with the child dependent
  • Family Tree Registration Certificate
  • Main Applicant Certificate of Sponsorship
  • Passport or Travel Documents 
  • TB Tuber Closis Certificate
  • Parental Consent Letter

Child Dependent Visa Success Rate

Child Dependent Visa Success rate is more than 98% in the case of Tier 2 skilled worker visas and care worker child dependents visas in current years. 

How do KQ Solicitors help?

KQ Solicitors is a highly regarded law firm specializing in immigration and visa services. With a team of experienced immigration solicitors, KQ Solicitors Luton provides expert guidance, assistance, and Free Legal Advice throughout the visa application process. Their services ensure a smooth and efficient application experience, from document preparation to legal advice. Please write us at and book a 15-minute free appointment slot. 

What is Child Dependent Visa Processing Time?

There are two types of services. One is standard service. In this service child dependent will get the decision in 15 fifteen working days, and in the priority service applicant will get the answer in 5 working days.

Child Dependent Visa UK Cost

For filling applications relating to PBS dependent or child dependent, KQ Solicitors only Charge £700, then the client must pay the home Office application fee and then the IHS Surcharge. Both of these fees are different on different visa categories. For booking free legal advice regarding your case, please write us an email at


Can a Child Apply for a Visa Independently or Without a Parental Consent Letter?

 No, a child must apply as a dependent on their parent’s or legal guardian’s visa. Furthermore, applying without your parent’s consent will be a direct refusal for the candidate.

Can a candidate work while on a Child Dependent Visa UK

Depending on the child’s age, they may be able to work part-time. Full-time work is generally not permitted.

Can I switch From a Student Visa to a Child Dependent Visa UK?

 In some situations, Yes, and sometimes no; it depends. Under certain circumstances, you can switch to a Child Dependent Visa from another visa category.


The Child Dependent Visa provides a pathway for children to join their parents or legal guardians in the UK, ensuring family unity and access to essential services. Families can secure a bright future for their children in the UK by meeting the specified requirements and following the application process. For expert assistance and guidance throughout this process, KQ-Solicitors is a reliable partner, offering comprehensive immigration services that ease the journey to a successful visa application.

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Khurram Amir Qureshi has been an advocate of Pakistan since 2004, a Solicitor of England and Wales since 2009, Solicitor of Ireland since 2015. He has extensive experience in family law, Immigration law, Personal injury cases, and Civil and Commercial litigation gaining over 13 years of continuous practice in England and Wales.

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