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Child Leave to Remain Extension

Live lawfully in the UK as the Child of a Person with Limited Leave to Remain

If your child entered the UK on this basis, his/her leave will be the same as your leave. You and your child will have an expiry date and you must both apply to extend your leave before that expiry date or you will be in the UK unlawfully. You can apply for leave to remain at the same time as your child. For the child leave to remain extension, you must show that:

  • You are the parent of the child who must be under 18 years old and not already leading their own independent life; or
  • If the child has turned 18 while they have been in the UK, they can still extend their leave in this way if they were under 18 when they first applied to enter the UK. It is essential to show they are not leading an independent life
  • You have Limited Leave to Remain in the UK as the parent or partner of a British Citizen or a person with Indefinite Leave to Remain
  • You have sole parental responsibility for the child, or
  • There are serious and compelling reasons why the child should be allowed to live in the UK. You must show this is still the case
  • You are able to adequately accommodate and maintain the child

Working with us on your Child Leave to Remain extension

In many cases, the question of sole parental responsibility is central to the application. It can be difficult to prove a negative - that the child's other parent is not involved at all with the child and any decisions about their upbringing. We work with you to gather the best possible evidence to show you have sole parental responsibility.

If the other parent is taking some role in the child's upbringing or there are difficulties proving that the other parent is absent, it is essential to show that there are serious and compelling reasons why the child should not be turned away from the UK and should be with the parent here. This is where our knowledge and experience play a key role. We can argue that it is in the child's best interests to live with the parent in the UK and present evidence to the Home Office that there are serious and compelling reasons why the child should be allowed to come to the UK.

The Home Office looks very closely at Child Leave to Remain extension applications and it is essential that they are well-evidenced and argued.

How does the process work?

We will talk to you about your situation first of all and collect all the information we need to advise fully. The first 20 minute meeting is free. If you choose to use us to make your application, we then charge a fixed fee for the work. That means we do not charge you by how many hours we have worked - we give you a price for the job at the start so you know where you are financially.

We then gather all the evidence to support your application and make sure it is as strong as possible. We draft legal representations to ensure the Home Office fully understands your circumstances and the law that applies. Our lawyers complete the application documents and submit on your behalf after checking that you are satisfied with the application. 

In short, we take the stress out of the process for you. We know what we are doing and we keep in touch because we know that this is important to you. Contact us if you are worried or have any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

My British husband has adopted my son who is Egyptian and here on the same type of leave as me. Does he have to renew this leave?

No. Your son is automatically British if he has been formally adopted by your husband under the UK adoption system. He does not have to continue to make applications for lawful immigration status.

I am here three years ago as the civil partner of a British citizen and my child came with me. My relationship with my partner has broken down. Can my child and I stay here?

No, unless you can show that the relationship broke down as a result of domestic violence. You have a duty to inform the Home Office about what has happened and you are likely to have your leave to remain cut short. If there was domestic violence, seek legal advice as soon as possible.

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