Dependant family members need to ensure that their immigration status remains valid if the main visa holder makes the decision to switch into a different visa category.
If you are currently on a student visa, you may be considering switching to a Post-Study-Work (“PSW”) visa, also known as the Graduate visa. If you have dependant family members currently holding a dependant visa under your Student visa, they will also be able to switch as your dependants under the Graduate route. For UK immigration purposes, dependants are defined as your partner or children.
When switching to a Graduate visa, you need to bear in mind that it is only possible for your family to switch to the new route concurrently if they already hold their dependant status under your current Student visa. If their application is successful, their visa will end on the same date as yours.
When making your application, each family member will need to complete a separate application and pay the relevant visa fee.
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