How to qualify for a Parent of a Child Student visa

19 Dec 2022, 13 mins ago

The UK is known for its excellent education system. Many parents from outside the UK want to provide their children with the benefit of being able to experience this. A question is how to best satisfy the relevant immigration requirements.

In our video Jessica Speight, a Trainee Solicitor in Gherson’s immigration team, talks about how to qualify for a Parent of a Child Student visa.

General requirements

To qualify for a Parent of a Child Student visa, your child must, first of all, have a valid Child Student visa, or must be applying for one. Secondly, they must be aged between 4 and 11 when they apply. If your child is older than 12, you are no longer eligible for this route, as the child is deemed to be sufficiently independent from full-time parental supervision. You must also satisfy the financial requirement.

Financial requirement

The financial requirement is usually the most challenging part to satisfy. As a Parent of a Child Student, you must have sufficient funds to support yourself and the Child Student. You must prove that you have £1,560 each month for your stay in the UK for up to 9 months. In case you have more than one child on a Child Student visa, an additional £625 per month is required for every other child. You may not have to provide financial evidence if you have been in the UK for the previous 12 months on another visa.

As with the Child Student visa, this route does not lead to permanent settlement. Thus, you must also prove that you have the funds to maintain your home outside the UK. This could be in the form of mortgage statements or other bills from overseas.

Can my partner join me?

The Parent of a Child Student visa only permits one parent to accompany a student child in the UK, meaning the other parent must live abroad and cannot join you on this visa. 

How long can I stay?

Your permission to stay in the UK depends on your child’s visa status. This means your visa will expire at the same time as your child’s visa or when they turn 12.

Can I work on a Parent of Child Student visa?

No, the Parent of a Child Student visa does not permit employment or self-employment.

Other restrictions include studying or switching to a different type of visa from within the UK. Additionally, you are not entitled to any benefits and cannot make the UK your main home.

How Gherson can assist

Gherson’s Immigration Team is highly experienced in advising on UK visa matters. If you have any questions arising from this blog, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice, send us an email, or, alternatively, follow us on TwitterFacebook, or LinkedIn to stay-up-to-date.

The information in this blog is for general information purposes only and does not purport to be comprehensive or to provide legal advice. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information and law is current as of the date of publication it should be stressed that, due to the passage of time, this does not necessarily reflect the present legal position. Gherson accepts no responsibility for loss which may arise from accessing or reliance on information contained in this blog. For formal advice on the current law please do not hesitate to contact Gherson. Legal advice is only provided pursuant to a written agreement, identified as such, and signed by the client and by or on behalf of Gherson.

©Gherson 2022