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Child Dependency Visa (Settlement Visa)
This Child Dependency (British Parent or Settled) Visa entitlement arises where the child (including an adopted child or stepchild) is born outside of the UK and one of the parents has settled status in the United Kingdom. It also arises where a child was born in the UK prior to one of their parents becoming settled in the UK. In the situation where a child is born in the UK to a parent who, at the time of the birth, has settled status, this child would be a British Citizen by Birth.
For a successful application, the child must be under the age of 18.
SETTLED status is where a person holds British Nationality, Right of Abode or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). Non-SETTLED status is where a person holds UK Ancestry, Work Authorisation, a Student Visa or any other Temporary UK visa and is subject to Immigration control.
Please Note: Where the child is joining or accompanying one parent only to the UK (as opposed to both parents), then the parent moving to the UK must have SOLE RESPONSIBILITY rather than merely legal custody of that child. In such circumstances, the application is made a lot more complex and specialist advise should be sought.