Child Dependant Visa UK For Ghanaians

Ghanaian children can apply for a Child Dependant visa to join one of their parents living in the UK. To obtain this visa, the child applicant must meet the eligibility criteria for this visa.

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    Overview of Child Dependant Visa

    The Child Dependant visa UK, otherwise known as the Child Settlement visa or UK Child visa is designed for Ghanaian children and other non-British children seeking to join a parent who is a British citizen or a settled person in the United Kingdom.

    The Child Dependant visa is under the Family visa category. The child seeking this visa must meet several eligibility criteria such as that the child must be under 18 years old and must not be living independently and more.

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    Eligibility Requirements For The UK Child Dependant Visa

    The Child Dependant visa UK requirements the Ghanaian child must meet depend on the situation of the child’s situation, namely:

    • If the child is applying as the child of a British citizen or a settled person in the UK. The child will be granted ILR when issued this visa.
    • If the child is joining a parent who’s applying as a partner (maybe via UK Dependent visa for spouse) of a British citizen or settled person in the United Kingdom.

    However, below are the general eligibility requirements for a UK Child Dependent visa. The child must:

    • Not live independently.
    • Not be in a civil partnership, or marriage, must be under 18 years old.
    • Must have enough financial support.
    • Must have adequate accommodation in the UK.
    • Fulfill the proof of relationship requirement.

    Financial Requirements

    The child’s parent must provide the child with sufficient funds which is about £315 for the first child applicant and each additional child must have about £200.

    These funds must have been in the bank account for about 28 days before the application. It must be proved that the child’s parent has £3,800 for the first child and £2,400 for any other child in the application. The parent must also earn at least £18,600 yearly (to be increased to £29,000 by Spring 2024).

    Proof of Relationship Requirements

    If the child won’t live with both parents in the UK, then the one they will live with must have legal responsibility for them. To grant a Ghanaian child the Dependent Child visa, the Home Office must be satisfied that the UK-based parent has full parental responsibility for the child.

    Suitable Accommodation Requirements

    The UK Home Office requires that the accommodation provided for the child is suitable and meets the UK living standard. To assert the suitability claim of the accommodation, it must be proved that the accommodation:

    • Will not be overcrowded.
    • Is occupied exclusively or owned by the child’s family.
    • Does not breach public health.
    • Can’t be obtained with reliance on public funds.

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      Child Dependent Visa Application Required Documents

      The Ghanaian child applying for a UK Child Dependant visa must provide the following documents in their application:

      • Birth certificate.
      • Two passport-sized photographs.
      • Ghanaian international passport.
      • Any previous passports.
      • Proof of relationship with the UK-based parent.
      • Proof of clean criminal record.
      • National insurance number (if required).
      • The child’s tuberculosis test result.

      Note that the above documents are not all-encompassing.

      How to Apply for a UK Dependent Visa for a Child

      The Ghanaian child must take the following steps for UK Dependant visa application:

      • Complete the online application form. The form to complete will depend on the child’s situation. Our immigration lawyers at Total Law can assess and choose the specific application form for the child. We can also help apply for this visa on the child’s behalf call us today on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or message us online for immediate assistance.
      • Pay visa application fees including the biometric residence permit, immigration healthcare surcharge fees and others.
      • Gather and upload all required documents.
      • Fix and attend appointments to submit the child’s biometric information at the closest visa application centre in Ghana.
      • Await a decision.

      Child Dependent Visa UK Costs

      The Ghanaian child seeking this visa must pay some fees that depend on who they’re joining and how they’re applying. Some of the fees include:

      • £1,846 for application fee.
      • £776 for immigration healthcare surcharge.
      • £19.20 for a biometric residence permit.

      How Long Does it Take to Get a UK Dependent Visa for a Child?

      The UK Dependent visa processing time typically takes about 12 weeks.

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        Child Dependent Visa to Settlement (ILR)

        The Ghanaian child issued this visa as the child of a UK citizen will automatically be granted Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) when they enter the UK.

        If a child applies as the child of someone seeking to join their UK partner, the same amount of limited leave to remain given to their parent will be issued to the child. Then after the child stays in the UK for a continuous 5 years, the child can apply for ILR and will be free from immigration restrictions.

        Can Step-Children be Included in a Child Dependent Visa?

        Yes, stepchildren can be included in a Child Dependent visa. For this to be possible, the Home Office requires the stepparent of the child to prove that they:

        • Will meet the stepchild’s financial needs.
        • Have responsibility for the child’s daily life.
        • Are permitted by the other biological parent to bring the child to the UK.

        How Can Total Law Help?

        Obtaining a Dependent Child visa UK involves complex procedures that require the experience of an immigration lawyer. The situation of the Ghanaian child seeking to join a parent resident in the UK must be assessed by one of our professional immigration lawyers at Total Law to ascertain the appropriate application form to be used in the application.

        Our immigration lawyers will help to streamline all the documents needed for the child’s visa application and can even apply for the visa on behalf of the child. Call us today at Total Law on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or complete our online enquiry form for immediate response.

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