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The Parent of a Tier 4 Child Student visa is for non-EEA parents of children who are in the UK with valid leave and studying at an independent fee-paying day school under Tier 4 of the points-based system.

What are the main eligibility requirements for a Parent of a Tier 4 Child Student visa?

In order to qualify for a Parent of a Tier 4 Child Student visa, you will need to satisfy UK Visas & Immigration that:

  • You are the parent of a child under 12 years old;
  • Your child has valid leave to study at an institution with a Tier 4 Sponsor Licence;
  • You maintain a second home outside of the UK;
  • You do not intend to work or study while in the UK;
  • You can adequately maintain yourself without recourse to public funds;
  • You intend to leave the UK when your leave expires;
  • You are able to meet the cost of your return or onward journey.

What else do I need to know about the Parent of a Tier 4 Child Student visa?

A parent can accompany their child up until the child turns 12 years old. When the youngest child turns aged 12, the parent would need to leave the UK.

Leave is usually granted for 6 or 12 months at a time and can be extended up until the child has reached age 12.

Only one parent is permitted to travel to the UK, even where multiple children are attending school. The other parent may be able to enter as a visitor for short visits or would need to make an application under a different category of the Immigration Rules.

Parent of a Tier 4 Child Student visa holders are not permitted to switch into any other immigration category from within the UK.

It is not possible to work or study while holding leave in this category.

How our immigration barristers can help

Our team of immigration barristers has experience in assisting with all types of Tier 4 Child Student Parent visas. Our barristers are experts in the immigration options for parents of Tier 4 Child Students and will guide you through the complex Home Office rules and policies.

We pride ourselves on being approachable and proactive in understanding and meeting our clients’ needs. We are a highly driven team, dedicated to providing clear and reliable immigration advice to parents of Tier 4 Child Students as part of a professional and friendly service.

We can also assist with

  • Applications for Tier 4 Child Student visas

    If your child is intending to come to the UK to study at a UK institution, we can assist you to prepare a successful Tier 4 Child Student application. This application can be made at the same time as making a Parent of a Tier 4 Child Student application.

  • Applications for Visit (Standard) Visas for Tourism and Leisure

    The Visit (Standard) – Tourism and Leisure visa is designed for non-EEA nationals who wish to come to the UK for the purpose of visiting friends and family or a short holiday.

  • Fresh applications and Judicial Reviews for Parents of Tier 4 Child Students

    If your application for entry clearance as a Parent of a Tier 4 Child Student has been refused, our immigration barristers can advise on the merits of making a fresh application or challenging the decision.

    If the decision to refuse your application was unlawful, unreasonable or procedurally improper, our immigration barristers can apply for Judicial Review and provide representation at Judicial Review hearings.


To arrange an initial consultation meeting with one of our immigration barristers, contact our Student Visa team on 0203 617 9173 or complete our enquiry form.



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