UK Visa for Children

UK Visa in Thailand

If both the parents of a child under 18 living outside the UK are present and settled in the UK the child can apply for a child visa for indefinite leave in the UK. If only one parent is present and settled in the UK, it may still may be possible to apply for a child visa. Contact us for information on how to apply.

UK Child Visa Eligibility Requirements

Parent Requirements:

The term "parent" includes the biological parent of the child, the stepfather or stepmother of a child whose father or mother is dead, and the adoptive parent in certain circumstances.

  • The sponsoring parent or relative must be present and settled in the UK; or both parents should be applying to be admitted on the same occasion for settlement; or
  • One parent must be present and settled in the UK and the other should be applying to be admitted on the same occasion for settlement; or
  • One parent must be present and settled in the UK or should be applying to be admitted on the same occasion for settlement and the other parent is deceased; or
  • One parent must be present and settled in the UK or applying to be admitted on the same occasion for settlement and has had sole responsibility for the child`s upbringing; or
  • One parent or the relevant relative must be present and settled in the UK or applying to be admitted on the same occasion for settlement and there are serious and compelling family or other considerations which make exclusion of the child undesirable and suitable arrangements have been made for the child's care.
Child Requirements:
  • The child should be under 18 years of age and not leading an independent life, nor be married and have formed an independent family unit.
Financial Requirements:
  • There must be sufficient funds for adequately maintaining and accommodating the child without recourse to UK public funds.

If any of the relevant requirements are not shown to be met the application for a child for indefinite leave to enter will be refused.

Additional requirements if child is adopted:
  • The applicant must be adopted when both parents lived together abroad or when either was settled in the UK.
  • If the adoptive parents have children of their own, the adopted child must have the same rights as any of the other children.
  • The adopted child must no longer be tied with the original family.

The UK child visa must be obtained before entering the UK.

These are just some of the basic qualifications and serve as a brief guide to the immigration rules if the child is adopted. In special circumstances, there are other requirements that must be met according to the adoption laws and procedures imposed in the country.

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Local Office Numbers:
Bangkok: 02-259-8100
Phuket: 076-326-322
Chiang Mai: 053-818-306
Pattaya: 03-300-8830
International Numbers:
UK: 0207-101-9301
Thailand: +66 2259-8100