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When applying as a minor for the UK Standard Visitor Visa, there is a question about "Private addresses in the UK" and the relationship with the person living at the private address.

We are traveling as a family to visit a family friend. The question about the relationship with the person at the address has no choice for "Family friend." What could be done in this case?

The exact question is as follows:

You have said that you will be staying at these addresses in the UK. Are any of these a person's home address?

If you select Yes we are presented with these choices

Telephone number of Mr. XYZ

Their relationship to you

The choices are: Adopted child, Brother, Brother-in-law, Child, Child's spouse (daughter-in-law or son-in-law), Daughter, Daughter-in-law, Father, Father-in-law, Grandchild, Grandparent, Husband, Mother, Mother-in-law, Parent, Sister, Sister-in-law, Son, Son-in-law, Spouse (husband or wife), Step-child, Step-parents, Step-sister or brother, Unmarried partner, Wife

Country of Nationality

What permission do they have to be in the UK?

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  • What is the actual text of the question? What relationship choices are offered by the form? Mar 27, 2022 at 16:20
  • Hi, I've updated the question with the details
    – Tej
    Mar 27, 2022 at 16:33
  • Is there a preceding question that might lead to the automated choices you mention? For example, a question as to whether you have family in the UK? Has the main applicant completed their application yet?
    – Traveller
    Mar 27, 2022 at 17:03
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    If you are applying for a minor who's a family member (e.g., your child), and the minor will be staying with you at the stated address, then the answer is the minor is staying with father (or whatever your relationship is). Mar 27, 2022 at 18:42
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    Indeed, @DavidSupportsMonica is correct. See the question I linked to above, it notes “ …when you start with the children, write the names and GWF numbers for the parents in Part 7 of the application and make an additional note in Part 9.”
    – Traveller
    Mar 27, 2022 at 18:44

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If you are applying for a minor who's a family member (e.g., your child), and the minor will be staying with you at the address you stated in the child's application, then the answer is the minor is staying with father, or whatever your relationship is.

As @Traveller notes in the comments: Part 7 of the UK Visa Guidance instructs applicants to write the [child's or children's] names and GWF numbers for the parents in Part 7 of the child's application, and make an additional note in Part 9.

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    I disagree that the wording of Part 7 is unambiguous enough to be confident here as to the meaning. To me, the document appears to use the phrasing staying with throughout to mean the resident of the private address. By the language in this section, the father accompanies the travelling minor, but they are not staying with them. If unaccompanied, does that mean they put nothing for Question 7.5? I'd argue clearly not. I do accept that your interpretation in plain English is perfectly logical though, which is why I call it ambiguous.
    – Tom W
    Mar 28, 2022 at 14:44
  • @TomW I agree with your observation. Because the form reflects a change of focus from host to parent, the wording is not crystal clear, and could be improved. Mar 28, 2022 at 15:08
  • @DavidSupportsMonica for example if the minor is staying with father, you’re implying that the name, passport detail and contact number will be of the father? Whereas the address would be the UK address of another person. Right?
    – Asad Moeen
    Mar 29, 2022 at 7:10
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    @AsadMoeen Indeed, that seems to be the case. Mar 29, 2022 at 14:11

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