You must apply to extend your permission to stay in the UK if you have entered as the parent of a British citizen with a Parent Visa.
If you entered the country on this basis, your parent visa permission will expire unless you apply to extend it. You must apply before the expiry date or you will be in the UK unlawfully. A Settled Child is a child with Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK.
If the child has lived in the UK for over 7 years but is not British or Settled, you will have to show that it is unreasonable for that child to leave the UK.
If you are perhaps in the UK without lawful permission but you are the parent of a child who is British or who has Indefinite Leave to Remain, you are entitled to make this application for Limited Permission to Stay in the UK.
You will need to show that you are either a parent with sole responsibility for the child or that you play a large part in the child's life and upbringing. You must not be the partner of the child's other parent - if that is the case, you must consider getting permission to stay as a partner.
The evidence you will need to successfully extend or apply for the first time for a parent visa as the parent of a British or Settled Child is quite complex and vitally important. Without the right evidence, your application will fail. We are very experienced in these types of application and have had a great deal of success because we know what the Home Office wants to see - we know why the Home Office refuses these types of application and we always do our best to avoid refusals.
We will help you to show that:
After five years living continuously in the UK on this basis, you are eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain, which means you will be free from immigration controls. If you are here unlawfully when you make this application, you will have to wait ten years before you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
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.
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We then gather all the evidence to support your application and make sure it is as strong as possible, and we draft legal representations to ensure the Home Office fully understands your circumstances and the law that applies. We 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. You can contact us if you are worried or have any questions about getting a parent visa extension.
Technically, you are in the UK unlawfully because your relationship has broken down. However, you are the father of a British Citizen and can apply for lawful permission to stay on that basis. You must show that you play a part in your daughter's life. You will need to try and get access through the courts. We successfully deal with situations like this frequently.
Yes your child can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain at the same time as you.
No. Your child has not lived long enough in the UK. The law recognises that, when a child has lived in a country for at least 7 years, it might be 'unreasonable' for them to be forced to leave. A parent may get permission to stay with the child because a child needs parents. This is a complicated situation but there is nothing you can do until your child is older.