Tier 4 (General) Students who have successfully applied for a full-time course at a UK university may be eligible to bring their non-EEA dependants to the UK for the duration of their studies. The current immigration rules allow for partners and children (under 18) to join a Tier 4 (General) Student in specified circumstances, including where:
- the Tier 4 (General) applicant is a government sponsored student who has been offered a course of study for 6 months or longer;
- the Tier 4 (General) applicant is sponsored by a recognised higher education institution on a post-graduate level course or above for 9 months or longer.
In order to make a successful application, one of the requirements is that each dependant must have a specified amount of money available to them. This is also known as the ‘maintenance requirement’. The amount of money required depends on a number of factors including:
- the length of the student’s course;
- whether they are studying inside or outside London; and
- whether the student is currently studying or has just finished their course.
Documentary evidence must be provided to show that the specified amount of funds is available for the duration of the Tier 4 (General) applicant’s grant of leave up to a maximum of 9 months. At the time of writing, the specified amount is:
- £845 per month for each dependant (for courses based in London);
- £680 per month for each dependant (for courses based outside London).
It is important to note that the above maintenance requirement is separate and in addition to any monthly maintenance amount specified for the Tier 4 (General) applicant themselves.
In most cases, dependants of Tier 4 (General) Students should apply for entry clearance or leave to remain in the UK at the same time as the student. However, it may be possible for dependants to apply at a later date. Unfortunately, those who have been offered a place to study in the UK for 6 months (or less) or to study part-time are not currently permitted to bring their partners and/or children with them to the UK.
Gherson assists with the full range of student visa applications under the Immigration Rules. Should you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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