Who can apply
You can only apply for a Parent of a Child Student visa if your child has or is applying for a Child Student visa. Or if they currently have a Tier 4 (Child) visa.
Your child must be aged between 4 and 11 when you apply, and be attending an independent school in the UK.
You must also:
- be the only parent accompanying your child in the UK
- have enough money to support yourself and your child in the UK
- maintain your main home outside the UK
- plan to leave the UK when your visa expires
Bringing family members with you
To be eligible for a Parent of a Child Student visa you must be the only parent accompanying your child in the UK. The child’s other parent must live abroad, and cannot apply to join you in the UK.
You can bring your other children with you if they also have or are applying for a Child Student visa.
You cannot bring other family members with you on this visa. They may be able to apply to come to the UK on a short-term visit visa.
How long you can stay
You can stay in the UK until your child’s visa expires or they turn 12, whichever happens first.
You can extend your visa while in the UK as long as you meet the eligibility requirements.
If you leave the UK
If your child is staying in education in the UK without you, you must make arrangements for their ongoing care. For example, if your child turns 12 and their visa is still valid, they may be able to start boarding at their current school, or live with other family members in the UK.
What you cannot do
While you’re in the UK on a Parent of a Child Student visa, you cannot:
- do paid work
- start a business
- make the UK your main home
- apply for benefits (public funds), or the State Pension
- bring other family members with you
- switch to a different type of visa
If you’re from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein
If you or your family member started living in the UK by 31 December 2020, you may be able to apply to the free EU Settlement Scheme.
The deadline to apply was 30 June 2021 for most people. You can still apply if either:
- you have a later deadline - for example, you’re joining a family member in the UK who was living in the UK by 31 December 2020
- you have ‘reasonable grounds’ for being unable to apply by 30 June 2021 - for example, you had an illness or were the victim of domestic abuse
Otherwise you need a visa to work in the UK.
Irish citizens do not need to apply for a visa or to the EU Settlement Scheme.