There will be cases where the dependent children of a BN(O) citizen will not normally be eligible because they were born after 1997 (so are not BN(O) citizens) and are over 18 so would not ordinarily be considered as a dependant in the UK’s immigration system. We do not wish to split family units where there are dependent children over the age of 18, given the particular challenges linked to the timing of obtaining BN(O) status. In compelling and compassionate circumstances, we will therefore use discretion to grant a visa to the children of a BN(O) citizen who fall into this category and who are still dependent on the BN(O) citizen. We will limit this discretion ordinarily to children of BN(O) citizens who were born after the 1 July 1997 who will also be able to apply as dependants, if one of their parents holds BN(O) status and they apply together as a family unit.
Children under 18
Your or your partner’s child must apply at the same time as you.
Grandchildren must apply at the same time as you and their parents.
All children under 18 will need to apply with both of their parents unless one parent or grandparent has sole responsibility for them.
The child must normally live with you, unless they’re living away from home to study.
Children 18 or older
You or your partner’s child (18 or older) can apply as your dependant if they were born on or after 1 July 1997.
They must normally live with you, unless they’re living away from home to study.