Applying for a Dependant visa
If you come to study in the UK on a Tier 4 (General) visa, your family members (dependants) may be able to apply to join you while you are here, either by applying at the same time as you, or later.
Your family members may be able to apply for a visa to join you* in the UK if you are:
- Coming to study a programme at NQF level 7 or above that lasts 9 months or longer
- A new government-sponsored student on a programme that lasts 6 months or longer
- On the Tier 4 (General) Doctorate Extension Scheme
In addition to the above, your family members can apply for a visa as your dependants if they are:
- Your husband, wife or civil partner
- Your unmarried or same-sex partner
- Your child under 18 years old
Please note: Your family members should not 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 as a Visitor they will have to leave after a maximum of six months.
*If you are already studying in the UK and your family members are applying to join to you, you must be present in the UK at the time they apply.
Applying for a Dependant visa in the UK
If you are already in the UK with your family on a Tier 4 and Dependant visas and you need to extend your stay in the UK, you can include your dependants on your own Tier 4 (General) visa application
Alternatively, if needed, your dependants can apply seperately at a later date, once you have extended your own Tier 4 visa (but before their own vias have expired).
Applying for a Dependant visa outside the UK
Your dependants can either apply for a visa at the same time as you (if you intend to travel together) or at a later date. In either case your dependants should apply for a visa online, separately
Applying for a visa for your new born baby
If you have a baby born in the UK who does not yet have immigration permission, it is legal for them to remain in the UK without applying for permission to do so.
However, if you plan to leave the UK at any point, you must decide whether to:
You can apply for a visa on behalf of your child providing that:
- Your baby is born during your most recent Tier 4 visa granted for a programme of more than six months OR
- Your baby is born within three months of the expiry of your most recent Tier 4 visa
Please note: Birth in the UK does not automatically make a baby a British citizen. The baby needs to have a parent with British citizenship or settled status in the UK in order to be born British.
The table below shows how much money is required for each dependant before applying:
|Time on main applicant / Tier 4 student's visa remaining||Maintenance required|
|9 months or longer||£680 per month x 9 (maximum) = £6120|
|Less than 9 months||£680 per month x number of months remaining until end of visa|
Read the PBS Dependant policy guidance for further details eligibilty and application requirements.
Additional advice all of the above is available from UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)