24 Jul 2023, 01 mins ago

The UK Government has introduced significant restrictions on the number of students who are permitted to bring their dependants with them on their visa.

From 1 January 2024, international students will no longer be allowed to bring dependent family members with them, unless they are taking a postgraduate course classified as a research programme.

Under the new Rules, international students will only be permitted to bring dependants if they are government-sponsored or pursuing a Ph.D., doctorate, or other research-based higher degree. If eligible, dependants who are currently in the UK may still extend their leave.

The change will mainly affect Bachelor’s and Master’s degree students. Those applying for such courses commencing in the autumn of 2023 will still be permitted to bring their dependants, as the amendment will only apply to students whose courses start from 1 January 2024.

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