International students and their dependants will be seeing changes to the Immigration rules coming into effect in January 2024.
Following an announcement published by the UK Government on 17 July 2023, visa holders under the student route will be seeing changes to their ability to bring their dependants with them to the UK in the New Year.
From 1 January 2024, international students will only be able to bring their dependant partner or children with them to the UK if they are enrolled in a PhD or postgraduate research programme. Therefore, if your course is not a PhD or a postgraduate research programme starting in 2024, you will not be permitted to bring your dependants with you to the UK.
If the main applicant (the student visa holder) has started their course of study before the 1 January 2024, any dependants will be able to extend their visa for as long as their visa remains valid. Essentially, the change will only affect those applicants whose courses start after 1 January 2024.
If you were looking to enter the UK as a dependant of a student visa holder whose course begins after the specified date, you may need to seek an alternative visa route. The type of visa most suitable for you will depend on your personal circumstances. If you are not sure which visa route is available to you, do not hesitate to reach out to a member of our UK Inbound Immigration team and we will be happy to assist you.
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