At Saracens Solicitors, we understand that one of the greatest concerns in an immigration case is likely to be what will happen to any children involved. If you have dependent children, it is important that you let us know as soon as we begin to work with you as your immigration solicitor in London. Some immigration rules apply only to children who are under a certain age, so it is best to make an application on their behalf as soon as possible.
If you have limited leave to enter or remain in the UK then your child may be eligible for the same status as long as they meet certain criteria. Your child needs to be under the age of 18 for this to be applicable. They cannot be married or in a civil partnership or be part of a family separate from your own.
You will need to show that you have sufficient means to care for and support your child without recourse to public funds. Saracens Solicitors can offer guidance on the type of documentation that you will need to submit. When you engage us as your immigration solicitor in London, we can check your paperwork before you send it.
If you are making an application on behalf of your child, you must be the sole surviving parent unless both you and the child’s other parent both have leave to enter or remain in the UK. You can also claim that you have had sole responsibility for their upbringing. In other words, they cannot have a parent that they can plausibly live with back in your home country. If you are unsure, we can help you understand how your life situation meets the criteria when we act as your immigration solicitor in London.
There may be exceptional circumstances that mean that your child is better off staying in the UK. You will need to provide some proof of this situation. We can help you put together any evidence that you need. There are quite a few ways that this route can be used so it is worth talking to us if you think this might apply to your case.