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Thanks for your patience and enquiry. I am not sure why the Home Office has Issued that directive. A dependant child can switch legally from one main parent/applicant to the other.
You may write back requesting for it to be processed as applied for. The home office may have taken this stand because it ultimately may be resolved in the best interest of the child if it were to be processed with dad. This is because the time for the child to ultimately obtain ILR would have been reduced. However, there is nothing in law that says it could not be processed as you have applied for it.
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You can legally enter the country without a visa but that would be on the basis of visitation. You cannot switch whilst in country from a visit visa to another visa. As such your son would become illegal. You could take him and when the visa expires apply from outside the UK for the requisite visa for him to re-enter.
You cannot return with him as a visitor in the hopes of him later switching to another visa category in the UK.
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