If you would like members of your family who are dependent on you to live with you in the UK whilst you are studying, they may be able to apply for a Dependant Visa. Please note that immigration requirements (and restrictions e.g. working in the UK) may vary depending when you applied for your student visa and on the level and length of your study.
Read the guidance on the UKCISA website to check if they are eligible to apply as your dependant.
Applying in the UK
If you or your dependants are already in the UK and need to extend their Dependant Visa, they should each apply using the UKBA PBS (Dependant) application form.
Applying from your home country
If you would like your dependent family members to join you in the UK, or if you are applying to come to the UK together at the same time, they may each be able to apply for a Dependant Visa. This will enable them to stay with you as long as you can support them financially and provide suitable accommodation for them.
Under no circumstances should your family members apply for, or accept a Visitor Visa if they wish to stay with you in the UK for longer than six months. If they do enter the UK on a Visitor Visa, they will have to leave after a maximum of six months.
Dependants & working in the UK
Please read our information on working in the UK on a Dependant Visa and how it might affect you or your family.
Dependants & studying in the UK
If your spouse is here as your dependant, she or he can study either full-time or, unlike you, part-time and distance learning.
Student Immigration & Financial Support Office
The Student Immigration and Financial Support Office (SIFSO) is based at the Palatine Centre, Durham City Campus and has dedicated teams providing students and staff with support in both areas of responsibility.