Student Dependent Visa UK
If you hold a student visa then your dependent partner and/or your children may be able to apply to come to the UK with you. If they are granted a visa, this will end on the same date as your student visa.
At Halliday Reeves, we deal exclusively with immigration, meaning we have a high level of expertise in securing visas for our clients. We can help you or your family with visa applications, ensuring that the right evidence is included in support giving you the best possible chance of success.
We know how important it will be to you to have your family with you in the UK. You will find our immigration solicitors to be helpful and approachable and we will work with you to identify the best documents to include with their application and ensure that they have chosen the most appropriate immigration route to the UK.
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Are My Dependants Eligible To Come To The UK On A Student Dependent Visa?
To enable your partner and/or your children to apply to come to the UK, you need to be either:
- A full-time student on a postgraduate course that lasts a minimum of 9 months; or
- A new government or International sponsorship agency-sponsored student on a full- time course of at least 6 months; or
- A student on a Doctorate Extension Scheme
Dependants who can apply are:
- A spouse or civil partner
- An unmarried partner
- A child aged under 18
You will need to supply full evidence of your relationship with your dependant. In the case of an unmarried partner, this can be substantial and it is important to include enough information to show that it is a genuine relationship.
If your child is aged 16 or 17, it is necessary to provide paperwork to show that they are not living an independent life. This includes proof of where they live, what rent or upkeep is paid each month and evidence that you support them financially if they do not live with you.
Documents are also needed to show that each dependant has enough money available to support them. This is £845 per month for up to 9 months in London or £680 per month for up to 9 months outside of London.
Each applicant must have sufficient money available. This includes you as the student. You will need the minimum amount of money to live on, plus your course fees, plus the healthcare surcharge.
We can advise you of the amount you need to have available and how you can demonstrate that you have this to the satisfaction of UK Visas and Immigration.
Applying For A Student Dependent Visa UK
The application should be made online. Your dependants will need to use your student application number that you were given when you applied for your visa.
They will also need to give their biometric information at a visa application centre. This will enable the authorities to prepare a biometric residence permit which they can collect within 10 days of their planned arrival date in the UK.
The application fee is £490 for each dependant plus the healthcare surcharge. The healthcare surcharge is generally £624 for each year that the individual will be staying, or £470 for students and those aged under 18.
UK Student Dependent Visa New Rules
In early 2023, the government’s Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) was launched. This is gradually being rolled out to individuals from various countries. It gives people who do not need a visa permission to travel to the UK for up to six months. If your relative intends to stay in the UK for longer than six months, they will still need a visa and will not require an ETA.
Contact Our Immigration Solicitors
At Halliday Reeves, our immigration solicitors offer a full range of personal immigration services and business immigration services. If you want to have your dependent relatives with you in the UK while you are here as a student, we can put together a strong visa application on their behalf.
We have offices in Gateshead, Middlesbrough, Wakefield and Nottingham. To speak to one of our expert UK citizenship lawyers, ring us on 0330 133 7777, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in our Contact Form.
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