According to paragraph 43 of Appendix Armed Forces, an entry clearance and leave to enter as the child of a member of HM Forces will be granted to an applicant who:

  • was either:
    • under 18 years of age at the date of application; or
    • aged 18 or over at the date of application; and was last granted leave to enter or remain under paragraph 43 or 47 of Appendix Armed Forces or paragraph 276AH of these Rules;
  • is outside the United Kingdom;
  • is not married or in a civil partnership;
  • has not formed an independent family unit;
  • is not leading an independent life;
  • has made a valid application for entry clearance and leave to enter as the child of a member of HM Forces;
  • does not fall to be refused on the grounds of suitability under paragraph 8 or 9 of Appendix Armed Forces;
  • meets the general eligibility requirements in paragraph 42 of Appendix Armed Forces;
  •  either:
    • meets the financial requirement in Part 12 of Appendix Armed Forces; or
    • in a case in which sub-paragraph (b)(i)(aa), (b)(i)(dd) or (b)(ii) of paragraph 42 applies will be:
      • accommodated adequately by the parent or parents the applicant will be joining without recourse to public funds in accommodation which the parent or parents own or occupy exclusively; and
      • maintained adequately by that parent or those parents without recourse to public funds; and
  • has not applied and does not qualify for indefinite leave to enter under paragraph 45 of Appendix Armed Forces.

General Eligibility Requirements

According to paragraph 42 of Appendix Armed Forces, the general eligibility requirements to be met by the child of a member of HM Forces are that:

  • the applicant is the child of a parent who is:
    • a foreign or Commonwealth citizen who is a serving member of HM Forces; or
    • a discharged member of HM Forces who has been granted, or who is being granted at the same time as the applicant, leave to enter or remain under paragraphs 13-19 of Appendix Armed Forces or paragraphs 276E-QA of Immigration Rules or under the concession which existed outside these Rules whereby the Secretary of State exercised her discretion to grant leave to enter or remain to a member of HM Forces who has been medically discharged; or
    • a member of HM Forces who is a British Citizen; and
  • the applicant meets one of the following criteria:
    • the applicant’s other parent must:
      • also come within paragraph 42(a) of Appendix Armed Forces; or
      • have been granted leave to enter or remain under paragraphs 23-33 of Appendix Armed Forces or paragraph 276S, 276V or 276AE of Immigration Rules; or
      • be being granted leave to enter or remain under paragraphs 23-33 of Appendix Armed Forces or paragraph 276S, 276V or 276AE of Immigration Rules at the same time as the applicant; or
      • have died; or
    • the parent under paragraph 42(a) of Appendix Armed Forces has sole responsibility for the applicant’s upbringing; or
    • there are serious and compelling family or other considerations which make the applicant’s exclusion from the United Kingdom undesirable and suitable arrangements have been made for their care.

Duration Of Grant Of Leave To Enter

Entry clearance and leave to enter granted under paragraph 43 of Appendix Armed Forces will be granted:

  • for whichever is the shortest period of:
    • 5 years; or
    • the remaining duration of the applicant’s parent’s enlistment; or
    • the remaining duration of the applicant’s parent’s leave; and
  • subject to a condition of no recourse to public funds.

Why Choose Sunrise Solicitors For Entry Clearance As A Child Of Member Of HM Forces?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with entry clearance application as a child of a member of HM Forces. The quality of our service is self-evident from our clients' reviews about the service provided by our immigration lawyers. You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from immigration lawyers in London in relation to your application for entry clearance as a child of a member of HM Forces and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

We can represent you in your entry clearance application for entry clearance as a child of a member of HM Forces and do all the work until decision by the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) on your application. Our work will include:

  • Taking detailed instructions from you and advising you about the relevant immigration laws and procedures to be adopted by the British High Commission/Embassy/Consulate in your application for entry clearance as a child of a member of HM Forces;
  • Discussing your application for entry clearance as a child of a member of HM Forces in detail with you and advising you about the weaknesses and strengths of your entry clearance application;
  • Advising you about the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your entry clearance application for entry clearance as a child of a member of HM Forces;
  • Assessing the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of the entry clearance application and discussing the same with you;
  • Completing the online application form for entry clearance as a child of a member of HM Forces and discussing the same with you;
  • Preparing a cover letter to introduce and support the entry clearance application for entry clearance as a child of a member of HM Forces;
  • Liaising with the Home Office, UKVI for a timely decision on the entry clearance application for entry clearance as a child of a member of HM Forces;
  • Protecting your interests while your application is pending with the Home Office, UKVI and keeping you informed about the progress on your entry clearance application as a child of a member of HM Forces;
  • Doing all the follow up work including responding to any queries raised by the Home Office, UKVI until decision is reached on your entry clearance application as a child of a member of HM Forces.

Our Fees For Entry Clearance As A Child Of A Member Of HM Forces

  • We will charge you a fee from £1,000 (No VAT) for our professional immigration services in relation to your entry clearance application as a child of a member of HM Forces. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of your application and the casework involved in the matter.
  • If you cannot afford to pay our fee in full at the time of instructing us in relation to your application for entry clearance as a child of a member of HM Forces, you can pay half of the fee at the time of instructing us and rest of the fee can be paid by monthly instalments.
  • The agreed fee will cover all our work until decision by the Home Office on your application for entry clearance as a child of a member of HM Forces. However, it is pertinent to note that the agreed fee will not cover any disbursements to be incurred by us on your behalf e.g. translation of documents, Home Office UK visa fee, etc.

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