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Rules for your dependants in the UK

Who are 'dependants' under Tier 4?

Under the Tier 4 immigration rules your 'dependants' means:

you husband or wife
civil partner (your same sex partner in a relationship that has been formally or legally registered in the UK or another country)
your unmarried or same sex partner, with whom you have lived for at least two years)
your child who is aged under 18 on the date you will arrive in the UK
Who can bring dependants?

If you want to bring your family to the UK for the first time, you can bring them if:

you are studying at postgraduate level for twelve months or more, or
you are fully sponsored by your government for a programme of study longer than six months
If you meet these requirements, you or your dependants can apply outside the UK at the same time as you or separately.

If you are studying on a course which is below degree level, or which you are studying for less than twelve months, or you are government sponsored for a course of six months or less, your dependants cannot join you in the UK as your Tier 4 dependants.

How do my family apply?

If you have a Tier 4 (General) Student visa, your dependants apply as 'dependant of a Points Based System migrant'. Each dependant completes a separate application form and pays a separate fee. If you apply in the UK at the same time, the fee is lower.

Maintenance funds for your dependants

As well as your own maintenance funds, you need to show an additional £600 for each dependant for each month that you are applying for up to a maximum 9 months' maintenance funds.

If you have a scholarship and it is intended to cover costs for your family, you can use the scholarship to cover the maintenance funds for your dependants. The scholarship letter must state that funds are also intended for your dependants.

It is important that you and your dependants all show sufficient funds. If there are insufficient funds for all applicants, even if you have enough money to cover your costs, all applications will be refused.

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