If your child entered the UK on this basis, his/her leave will be the same as your permission. You and your child will have an expiry date and you must both apply to extend your permission before that expiry date or you will be in the UK unlawfully. You can apply for permission to stay at the same time as your child. For the child permission to stay extension, you must show that:
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 Permission to Stay extension applications and it is essential that they are well-evidenced and argued.
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.
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.
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 permission to stay cut short. If there was domestic violence, seek legal advice as soon as possible.