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Children and Parents

We have a wealth of experience in dealing with children and young persons who have been separated from their parents or guardians and are living alone in the UK, or who wish to join their parents or guardians in the UK on a temporary or permanent basis.

The Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 requires the Home Office to take into account the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in the UK and the Immigration Rules allow for a variety of applications to be made where there is a child involved.

Children seeking to join their parents or guardians in the UK must:

  • Be under the age of 18;
  • Not have married;
  • Not have founded an independent life or independent family unit;
  • Not intend to rely on public funds when in the UK.

Adult Dependent Relatives

The rules regarding adult dependent relatives are very strict and there are certain requirements which must be met in order to make a successful application.

Along with satisfying all of the eligibility, suitability and relationship requirements, an applicant must:

  • As a result of age, illness or disability require long-term personal care to perform everyday tasks; and
  • Be unable (even with practical and financial help of the sponsor) to obtain the required level of care in the country where they are living because it is not available and there is no person in that country who can reasonably provide it or it is not affordable.

The applicant must then provide that they would be adequately maintained, accomodated and cared for by the sponsor in the UK, without recourse to public funds.

How can our experienced team help you?

To assist you in navigating the complex Immigration Rules and ensuring that your application is given the best prospects, we can represent you throughout your case for a fixed fee of £1,200 plus VAT for non-complex cases.

We believe a fixed fee makes it easier for you to budget for your application and therefore we will not vary from this price unless we feel that your application will require significantly more work than a standard application. In this event, we will discuss this with you in advance of beginning work on your matter. 

Our service includes: providing you with a tailored list of documents which we believe are necessary for you to provide in your particular circumstances; drafting a letter of legal representations which explains to the decision-maker how you meet the appropriate requirements; preparing and submitting your application on your behalf; and liaising with the Home Office as and when necessary until a decision is reached on your case.

As an alternative to full representation, we also offer consulatancy and document-checking services, in order to provide you with initial guidance or to check through your application for errors and omissions before you submit it. This is charged at our hourly rate.

Processing time

Once we receive the appropriate documents from you, we will submit your application promptly and generally within 10 days of receipt of these. We will take note of your preferences when it comes to application submission and try to work with you to achieve your desired outcome.

We are unable to guarantee how long the Home Office will take to decide on your application, although unnecessary delays that exceed 6 months may be unlawful in your matter. You can read current Home Office processing guidance here:

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