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To be able to have dependants with you (partner and children), you will need to be a
postgraduate student (this doesn't include premasters) and your course has to be at least 12 months long, or you
will need to be a government-sponsored student and your course has to be at least six months long. If you do not meet these requirements then your family will only be able to visit you for short periods of time with a visitor visa.
Both of the applicant’s parents must either be lawfully present (other than as a visitor) in the UK, or being granted entry clearance or leave to remain (other than as a visitor) at the same time as the applicant or one parent must be lawfully present (other than as a visitor) in the UK and the other is being granted entry clearance or leave to remain (other than as a visitor) at the same time as the applicant, unless:
More details from UKCISA
Check where you need to apply for your visa and how to apply online
If you are applying in North Korea, download and print the latest VAF 10 (PDF) dependants' form.
Read the Home Office information for student dependants.
We also recommend that you read the UKCISA advice and there is information at the end of this Home Office document (PDF) too.
You must read this information very carefully. If you do not Home Office are likely to refuse or reject your application without giving you a chance to correct any mistakes on the form or send in any further documents.