Family members can join, or travel with, you as your dependant in the UK if:
Undergraduate students who are not government-sponsored or studying a programme of up to 6 months cannot bring dependants.
OR (for students who are currently or have recently been studying in the UK on Tier 4 visas only)
A student’s dependants (known as family members) can be:
Please note that a child will not be granted a dependant visa unless both parents are going to be living in the UK for the full duration of the visa. Applications for children to stay in the UK with one parent will fall for refusal (unless they are part of a single parent family and the UKVI will expect significant evidence around this). The exception to this is where one parent is applying for leave and the other is already in the UK with their own immigration.
They will also need to meet independent maintenance requirements, this is currently at a cost of £680 per each month of immigration permission. This money must be in your bank account or their bank account. If you are receiving a government scholarship which covers your dependants, their names and the additional amount you are receiving to cover them must be mentioned on your scholarship letter. See further information on document requirements and examples.
Please note that the only document that you will need from the
University is a Student Status Letter and this can be requested via your
Advice Zone or, if you are a research/PHD student, by emailing the Graduate Research Office.
The length of time in which applications are processed varies and you can check current visa processing times on the Gov.UK website.
The UK visa application fee is also the same as a Student Visa application and is currently £494.20 per dependant.
Your dependant can undertake study whilst in the UK. It is important to note that if they undertake a postgraduate course in some science or engineering fields, they may be required to get permission under the Academic Technology Approval Scheme before they can enrol.
Dependants have no access to public funds, which means that they cannot claim social benefits from the state, such as unemployment benefit or housing benefit.
Your dependants may also be required to register with UK Police. Please check the University information about Police Registration to see whether this is necessary and the process around it.