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Child Visitor Visa

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;

  • He/she is under 18 years old;
  • He/she plans not to spend more than six months; or 12 months if he/she applies to accompany an academic visitor.
  • He/she plans to travel back at the end of the visit.
  • Appropriate preparations have been made for the child in aspects of reception and care in the UK and if the welfare of the child will be taken care of by a relative or a foster caregiver that is not a parent or guardian, who would be responsible for the child.
  • He/she has a parent or guardian residing in the country of origin who is responsible for his/her welfare, and can make available their contact details (i.e. address, Phone Number etc.)
  • The child’s parents consent to the preparations made for the child’s journey to, reception and care whilst in the UK.
  • He/she can afford a round trip; and
  • He/she is not in transit to a country that in not part of the ‘Common Travel Area’ (Ireland, the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands).

The individual can take up a short course of study whilst in the UK, if it is made available by an organization that is:

  • a licensed sponsor under Tier 4 of the points-based system;
  • accredited by an accreditation body that have been approved by the UK Border Agency (UKBA); or
  • Either inspected by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education in Scotland, Estyn, Northern Ireland's Education and Training Inspectorate or the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).
  • 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:

    Unaccompanied Child Visitors

    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:

    • Written content of approval for the travel to the UK;
    • Their complete contact details; and
    • Proof that appropriate living arrangements have been made for the child’s residence in the UK.

    Accompanied Child Visitors

    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.

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