Visas for your family (Tier 4 Dependant visas)
Information about visas for your family for visiting/ staying with you in the UK
Eligibility for dependant visas
You can bring your husband, wife, unmarried partner, and children (under 18) to the UK with you if you are studying a postgraduate course of 12 months or more, or if you are a government-sponsored student and studying a course at any level of 6 months or more. Find out more on www.gov.uk.
You can not bring other family members such as parents or siblings to the UK with you as your dependants, although they can come for short visits on Visitor visas.
Your family will be making either an entry clearance (applying for your visa at a UK embassy/consulate abroad) or visa extension (extending your dependant visa from within the UK) application with following documents:
- Application form:
- Application fees:
- Entry clearance: £335 (from 6 April 2017) in local currency, plus £150 per year for health surcharge
- Visa extensions: £457 (from 6 April 2017) by post or £1,047 (from 6 April 2017) in person, plus £150 per year for health surcharge. Find more information in our Immigration Health Surcharge FAQs (PDF).
- You should submit any passports that you have ever used to enter the UK
- 2 photographs:
- UK passport size photos taken within the last month
- Bank statements:
You must be able to show enough money for each dependant to cover their living costs in the UK. This is set at £7,605 per dependant. This money must be held in a bank account in their name or your name and must have been maintained in the account for a minimum 28 days. The bank statement must be dated within the last month. It is extremely important that you do not drop below this total amount even for one day or your visa will be refused. If you are not sure, it is essential that you check with the International Student Advice team before making your visa application.
- Sponsor letter:
If the student is sponsored by a government, an international company or a scholarship agency and their sponsorship cover their dependants, this must be clearly stated on the student's sponsor letter. Check to make sure that the sponsorship provides living expenses of at least £845 per month for each dependant. If the sponsorship does not cover this amount, each dependant will have to show £7,605 in their bank account for the last 28 days.
- Police Registration certificates:
If the dependant is already in UK, and is required to register with the police, you must submit an up-to-date police registration certificate including current visa status and address with your visa extension application.
- Proof of address:
If the dependent child is over the age of 16, they need to show two extra documents dated in the last month to confirm the dependant's residential address.
- Proof of relationship:
This is only a requirement for dependants applying for entry clearance from outside the UK. These dependants must show proof of relationship to the student such as marriage certificates and/or birth certificates.
If dependants are applying from outside the UK at a different time from the student, they should also provide:
- Proof of student's visa status:
Copies of the student's Tier 4 visa and passport details pages.
- Proof of student's enrollment:
A Student Status letter from City’s Student Centre confirming that the student is currently enrolled at the University.
Birth in the UK does not automatically make a baby a British citizen. If you have a baby born in the UK who does not yet have immigration permission, the baby is in the UK lawfully without any immigration permission. However, the baby will need immigration permission to re-enter the UK after any travel abroad.
Application process for babies born in the UK
- Babies can apply for immigration permission as your dependant from either inside the UK or as entry clearance from your country of residence if you are government-sponsored on a course of more than 6 months OR you are on a postgraduate course of at least 12 months.
- If you want them to make an application from inside the UK, they can do it using the online form.
Please note: If you are applying at the same time, you will be listed on the form as the 'lead applicant' and your family will be listed on the form as a 'dependant'. If you are not applying at the same time as your family, they will be listed on the form as the 'lead applicant'.
Babies can apply for entry clearance as your dependant in the following circumstances:
A) The baby is born during your most recent period of Tier 4 or pre-Tier 4 student permission granted for a course of more than 6 months duration; OR
B) The baby is born within 3 months of the expiry of your most recent Tier 4 or pre-Tier 4 student permission.