Your dependent child can join you in the UK
Your dependent child can join you in the UK, if you are here on a Skilled Worker visa.
Your dependent child can apply from outside the UK, seeking permission to enter, both where you are already in the UK as a Skilled Worker, and where you are applying at the same time for entry clearance on the Skilled Worker route.
If already in the UK, your dependent child can apply from within the country for permission to stay. In this case, your child must not be in the UK as a Visitor, Short-term student, Parent of a Child Student, Seasonal Worker, Domestic Worker in a Private Household, or with leave outside the Immigration Rules.
Depending on the circumstances, your child may need to provide a valid medical certificate confirming that he has undergone screening for active pulmonary tuberculosis and that this tuberculosis is not present in him.
You and the other parent of your child must each be either applying at the same time as your child or have permission to be in the UK (other than as a visitor).
If you are the sole surviving parent or have sole responsibility for the child’s upbringing, you must be either applying at the same time as your child or have permission to be in the UK (other than as a visitor).
If satisfied that there are serious and compelling reasons, the decision maker can grant your child entry clearance or permission to stay with you even where you are not the sole surviving parent or you do not have sole responsibility for the child’s upbringing.
If your child was born in the UK to you or your partner, a full UK birth certificate showing the names of both parents must be provided.
Find out from this post how old your child must be to be able to join you in the UK.
If your child is applying for entry clearance, or has been in the UK for less than 12 months on the date of application, either you or your child must have funds of at least £315 (if the child is your first dependent child in the UK, or applying for entry clearance) or £200 (if the child is any other dependent child in the UK, or applying for entry clearance). Learn from here how to demonstrate that the financial requirement is met. Alternatively, your sponsor must certify that they will, if necessary, maintain and accommodate you and your dependent partner, up to the end of the first month of the permission to enter or remain.
If your child is applying for permission to stay and has been living in the UK with permission for 12 months or longer on the date of application, your child will meet the financial requirement and do not need to show funds.
If all conditions are satisfied, your dependent child will be granted leave to enter or remain. If you and the other parent of the child are not settled or in the course of applying for settlement or British Citizenship, your child will be granted permission ending on the same date as whichever permission, of you or of the other parent, ends first. If you and the other parent of the child have (or are being granted) settlement or British Citizenship, the child will be granted permission for 3 years. Your dependent child will be able to work (as an employee, self-employed or as a volunteer) and study, but will have no access to public funds (will not be permitted to claim benefits). Your child will not be permitted to work as a professional sportsperson (including as a sports coach).
You child may be required to register with the police.
If the application is refused, your child can apply for an Administrative Review.
Your child can settle in the UK after a continuous period of 5 years in the UK with permission as a dependent child. Your child must show English language ability on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in speaking and listening to at least level B1, and must pass the Life in the UK test.
If you want me to assist your dependent child in the process of applying for permission to enter or stay in the UK, feel free to contact me. Please note that I am an accredited immigration adviser, not an employee of UK Visas and Immigration, and that I charge fees for the advice provided.