Applying for a visa for dependants

  • Can you bring dependants?

    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:

    1. (i) The Relevant Points Based System Migrant is the applicant’s sole surviving parent, or
    2. (ii) The Relevant Points Based System Migrant parent has and has had sole responsibility for the applicant’s upbringing, or
    3. (iii) there are serious or compelling family or other considerations which would make it desirable not to refuse the application and suitable arrangements have been made in the UK for the applicant’s care.

      More details from UKCISA

      How to apply in the UK

      How to apply outside the UK

      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.

      Guidance on applying

      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.

      Help on applying from ISAT

      • Email  isat@brookes.ac.uk 
        We respond to most emails within one or two working days.
      • Phone 
        From inside the UK 01865 484681
        From outside the UK +44 1865 484681
        If an adviser isn't available to take your call you can leave your number for us to call you back.
      • Skype email ISAT to make an appointment

      More information about staying in the UK with your family.