Children under the age of 18 years can travel to the UK to visit friends and family who live in the UK. Applicants can either travel on their own or in the company of a designated guardian.

Applicants in this category must prove to the UK Immigration Authorities that suitable arrangements have been made for their reception and care whilst in the UK and that they have a parent or guardian in their home country who is otherwise responsible for their care.

Child Visitor Visa Basic Requirements

To qualify under the Standard Visitor Visa, for child visitor purposes there are basic requirements which must be met.

Child Visitor visa applicants may only visit the UK for a maximum of six (6) months and must be aged under 18 years. Applicants will be required to show that they will be accommodated and able to financially support themselves (with the support of friends and family) during their stay in the UK and meet the cost of their onward journey. They must also not take up any paid or unpaid employment in the UK.

Child Visitor visa holders traveling in the company of a responsible adult will be required to provide details of the individual at the time of lodging their application. If granted, their details will be endorsed on the child’s visa. Child Visitor visa holders found to be traveling without that responsible adult may have their visa cancelled.

Child Visitor Visa Entitlements

This visa entitles holders to visit the UK for the allowable duration, allowing them to experience the life and culture in the UK. They may also be allowed multiple entries.