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Posted by mthomas13
on 20 Apr 2017
My son and I want to go to London and stay from August to the following May so that he can attend school there. What documents/visa do we need? Can he attend a state (free) government run school or is his only choice a private/religious school?
Meagan on 21 Apr 2017 - 07:45
Hi there,

What nationality are you and your son? This will have an effect on your visa requirements.

Anonymous (not verified) on 21 Apr 2017 - 23:08
We are both citizens of the USA. Sorry, I should have included that information. Thanks for responding! Marilyn
anhbin on 20 Jul 2019 - 18:22

Hello all, 

sorry for interrupting but May I ask the same question for my and my Son please ? We are holding Viet Nam passport . We have been living in Singapore for 5 years and now I want to move to London for my son’s education. I’m a single mom. I’m trying to find a good private school in London for my son. Do you know if I can move follow my son if he study here and which pass shall we apply please ?

Many thanks! 

Rianca on 2 Sep 2019 - 12:25

Hi! Schooling for your children will largely depend on the kind of visa you are entering the UK with. Expat children aged between 5 and 16 years old who are dependents of a person who is legally allowed to live in the country are entitled to the same education rights as British children. Namely, they can attend state primary and secondary schools in the UK free of charge. There are three options for schooling depending on the budget you have. Our guide on schools in London may give you more clarity on which option to go with.

Are you planning on working and living in London long term? The best way to get a long-term visa or work toward permanent residency would probably be by getting a working visa. What kind of job do you do? Have a look at these different kinds of visas to help guide you in your decision. 

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