This category (Child Visitor) is for children who are under the age of 18 years old who intend to enter the UK for up to 6 months (or 12 months if they intend to accompany an academic visitor). This category is inclusive of those who have the intension to take up a course of study in the UK for up to 6 months.
For an individual to be granted entry to the UK under the Child Visitor category, the person must prove that;
The individual can take up a short course of study whilst in the UK, if it is made available by an organization that is:
The individual may also choose to partake in a short visit exchange programme with an educational visit to a UK school. The school must either be a maintained school, a non-maintained special school or an independent (fee-paying or non-fee-paying) school. The individual must however make submissions containing full information of the school offering the programme and welfare arrangements put in place to cover the individual’s residence in the UK.
Depending on if the child will be travelling in the company of an adult or unaccompanied; a few requirements need to be met:
In a situation where the child will travel without the company of an adult (an individual aged over 18 years), he/she will be treated as an “unaccompanied child visitor” by the UKBA. Here, parents or guardians will be required to provide:
In a situation where the child is accompanied by an adult (an individual aged over 18 years) for the journey, he/she will be treated as an accompanied child visitor by the UKBA. The accompanying adult must be identified in the visa application; the name of the accompanying adult will appear on the visa of the child and he/she would be denied entry into the UK if he/she is without the adult. However up to two adults can be identified and in a situation where you are in the company of one of the adults, your entry will be authorized.