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1. VAT5.1 What are the requirements?
2. VAT5.2 Is entry clearance mandatory?
Entry clearance is mandatory for visa nationals, or for those seeking entry for up to the maximum of 12 months.
3. VAT5.3 What is the visa endorsement?
C: VISIT: CHILD AT SCHOOL
4. VAT5.4 How much leave can be given?
LTE for 12 months Code 3
Those foreign nationals whose stay will exceed 6 months should be required to register with the police. (See section on Police Registration in Entry Clearance Basics).
5. VAT5.5 What if the child reaches the age of 12 before any leave granted to their parent expires?
In this case the parent should be advised that they will not qualify for any further leave to remain in this capacity once their child has reached the age of 12. After this, alternative arrangements for the child’s care will have to be made if it is intended that the child should continue their education in the UK.
A child who is boarding is not the full time responsibilty of their parent and so the parent would not qualify for entry into the UK, even if it was stated that the child might spend time with them at weekends if they were a weekly boarder. The route is those attending as day pupils and is not for boarding pupils. Any application for a parent to accompany a child who will be boarding during the week should be refused.