Visa Extension for Parent and Partner Route 5 Years and 10 Years Route- Switching from Spouse Visa to Parent Route Application- Further leave to remain FLR Parent Route

Applying, Switching and Extending stay as a Parent of British Child 5/10 Years


Parent of a child who is British Citizens or a settled person living in the UK can apply to extend their stay in the UK being the carer of their British citizen child. They should have parental and upbringing responsibility of the child. The parental responsibility can be sole or shared. Also active participation in day to day life of child is necessary to make a successful application to extend stay on the basis of parent route.

Visa Approvals for Our Clients- Success Stories

For Full Application Preparation service (FLR- extending stay in UK) in the Parent Route Visa Extension, we have comipled some of the visa approvals. Read latest Home Office Decisions for our clients.

  • Partner Visa 10 Years Family Visa Extension Application after 2.5 Years ZR Visas 20 Feb 2024
  • Spouse visa extension after 2.5 years under 10 years route ZR Visas 6 Feb 2024
  • UK Parent Route Visa Extension ZR Visas UK 30 Jan 2023
  • UK Parent Route Visa Application 16 Jan 2023 ZR Visas UK
  • UK Parent Route Visa Extension FLR ZR Visas UK 20 Dec 2022
  • Parent Route Visa Extension 7 Mar 2022 FLR ZR Visas UK
  • Parent Route Visa Extension FLR 4 Mar 2022 ZR Visas
  • Child VIsa Extenson 7 Mar 2022 FLR App ZR Visas UK

Our Services- Fees- Book Online

ServiceDescription of ServiceFixed Fees
Book Full Application Preparation & Submission Service Our Comprehensive service, used by most of the clients. All work covered from start to the end (to the point of decision on the visa application). One fixed fee, no hidden charges or costs whatsoever. Allocated caseworker. The Fees is for the first applicant. An additional dependant pays discounted fee when applying together with the main applicant.

 Full advice about all queries related to visa application
 List of documents for your immigration application
 Fully prepare and complete the application form
 Pay visa fees and other applicable fees on your behalf – Of course you will reimburse us for any disbursements
 Submit the application form and application as registered immigration representative firm
 Upload all the documents or submit to the Home Office by post
 Book Bio-metrics appointment to capture your fingerprints and photo at one of the visa application centre
 Continuous advice from the day one until a decision is made by the embassy or Home Office. More details of our full application service.

Update: NEW Minimum Income Requirement for UK Spouse Visa, Fiance Visa and Dependent Children, rising from £18600 to £29000 a year from 11 April 2024

Updated 1 Feb 2024

This has now been confirmed by UK Government on 30 Jan 2024 that-

“The spouse/partner visa minimum income will first increase to £29,000 on 11 April 2024; to around £34,500 at an unspecified time later in 2024; and finally to around £38,700 by early 2025.”

The UK Secretary of State for the Home Department announced on Dec 4, 2023

“Fourthly, we will ensure that people bring only dependants whom they can support financially, by raising the minimum income for family visas to the same threshold as the minimum salary threshold for skilled workers, which is £38,700. The minimum income requirement is currently £18,600 and has not been increased since 2012. This package of measures will take effect from next spring.”

When will the new higher income requirement for UK spouse Visa and Fiance Visa be enforced?

The spouse/partner visa minimum income will first increase to £29,000 on 11 April 2024; to around £34,500 at an unspecified time later in 2024; and finally to around £38,700 by early 2025.

What are changes in the income threshold for UK family visas, how much income requirement has been increased?

The proposed change in the financial requirements for the family visas from £18600 per year to £29000 a year, an increase of £10,400, a change of 56 percent. The change will affect low income UK sponsors who want to bring their partner and children to the UK. The UK family visas include UK fiance visa, UK partner visa such as spouse visa and dependent children visa applications for UK under appendix FM. The current annual income threshold for sponsoring an additional family member is £3800 for a first child and £2400 for each additional child. These amounts could go high as much as £8000 and £5000 respectively. This is a forecoasted change by our inhouse immigration experts.  

I am already in the UK on a family visa. Would new income requirements £29000 per year apply to me at the time of visa extension?

The UK Home Office confirmed that- “Those who already have a family visa within the five-year partner route, or who apply before the minimum income threshold is raised, will continue to have their applications assessed against the current income requirement and will not be required to meet the increased threshold”.

This means that the change will not affect the family members under appendix FM 5 years route, who are already in the UK, at the time of their application for spouse visa extension.

Applying for UK family visa before change in the income requirements

In view of the above, it may be worthwhile considering making a UK partner visa application earlier than you originally planned before change takes effect on 11 April 2024. Contact our team of professional UK family visa specialists for the legal representation of your family visa applications.

UK Visa Applications affected by new UK family visa income requirements of £29000

The following types of visa applications are likely to be affected by change in the immigration rules for higher income requirements £38700 for family visa-

Exemption from meeting the financial requirements but meeting the requirements through ‘adequate maintenance and maintenance requirements’

Where the applicant’s partner is in receipt of any of the following benefits or allowances in the UK, the applicant will be able to meet the financial requirement at the UK partner application stage by providing evidence of ‘adequate maintenance’ for UK visa, rather meeting an income threshold. You need to show you and your family have enough money to adequately support and accommodate yourselves without relying on public benefits.

  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment or Guaranteed Income Payment under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
  • Constant Attendance Allowance, Mobility Supplement or War Disablement Pension under the War Pensions Scheme
  • Police Injury Pension

The adequate maintenance should be calculated before submitting the visa application. The process normally includes the full appreciation of income (including income from public benefits), savings, housing cost, council tax cost and other expenses such as child maintenance payments.

What if I cannot meet the minimum income requirement for a UK Spouse Visa Extension Application?

You need to show you and your partner meet the minimum income requirement if you want to settle in 5 years as a partner. If you are already in the UK and you do not meet the requirement, you may be able to settle in 10 years, often referred to as the 10 years partner route or 10 years parent route or 10 years private and family life route.

How can I stay up to date on this development on the income requirements for uk spouse visa, fiance visa and dependent children visa?

We will update this section of our website on hearing further guidance from the UK Home Office (UKVI). You can bookmark this page to stay up to date on this change. 

Eligibility Requirements as a parent of a British Child

  • To make an application as a parent of a British citizen child:
    • Child must be under 18 or was under 18 when first application as a parent was granted
    • Parent is the sole or shared carer of the child
    • You should prove that you are playing an active role in child’s upbringing and you will continue this
    • It would be unreasonable to expect them to leave the country on the basis of their settled life in the UK
    • Child has not formed an independent family unit or leading an independent life.

Service Suitability

  • Applying from outside UK- called Entry Clearance
  • Extending stay in UK after spending 2.5 years in UK- called FLR Renewal Application as a parent of a British citizen child
  • Switching from other visas.

Key facts, processing times

Visa Validity2 years 9 months
Extension Validity2 Years 6 Months
Processing Time in UK12-14 Weeks (For 10 years route, there is no limit on processing time.)
Processing time outside UK12-16 Weeks
Super Priority Service in UK £10001 Working Day (Subject to availability. Not available under 10 years parent or partner route)
Super Priority Service outside UK £5002-4 Weeks
Apply for Permanent ResidenceOn completion of 5/ 10 Years

Home Office Fees, Cost of Parent Route

In UK (GBP) Outside UK (GBP)
Application Fee1048£1846
NHS Health Surcharge£2587.50 (1035 x 2.5 years)£3105 (£1035 x 3 years)
Biometric Fee00
Biometric Appointment Fee 0-1200-120
Total (without appointment fee)£3635.50£5,150 (Approx)*
*For applications made outside UK, the actual costs vary slightly due to currency conversion and payment handler Home Office. Home Office fees are subject to change. Home Office charge high rate for the fee when showing fee in local curreny or GBP, Euro or USD.

Other ways to Book UK Visa Services with ZR Visas, UK

You can book a service online by following the above links. Alternatively please provide us with your full name, full address, email address and contact number, we will book service for you-
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