Parent of a Child at School Visa

Parent of a Child at School VisaThis category is for parents whose children under 12 years old are receiving their school education in the UK under Tier 4 (Child) of the points-based system, or under the student immigration category that existed before 31 March 2009. You can come to the UK as a parent of a child at school if your child is:

  • Under 12 years old
  • Attending an independent fee-paying day school under Tier 4 (Child) of the points-based system or under the student category that existed before 31 March 2009.


You must be able to show that, during your visit, you do not intend to:

  • Take paid or unpaid employment, produce goods or provide services, including the selling of goods or services directly to members of the public
  • Do a course of study
  • You are not seeking to make the UK your main home
  • You intend to leave the UK at the end of your visit
  • You have adequate and reliable funds to maintain a second home in the UK
  • You have enough money to support and accommodate yourself without working or help from public funds, or you and any dependants will be supported and accommodated by relatives or friends
  • You were not last admitted to the UK under the Approved Destination Status Agreement with China
  • You can meet the cost of the return or onward journey


You will initially be allowed to stay in the UK for a maximum of 12 months, but you can then apply to extend your stay for 12 months at a time if you still meet the above requirements.


If you apply for a visa you should provide these documents with your visa application. If you travel to the UK without a visa you should bring them with you so that you can show them to our officers at the border. You should provide as many relevant documents as you can to show that you qualify for entry to the UK. If you do not provide them, we may refuse your application. You must decide which documents will best support your application. We advise you to consider providing documents that contain:

  • Information about you
  • Information about your finances and employment
  • Your accommodation and travel details
  • Information about your visit to the UK

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