In line with the Government’s efforts to reduce net migration, significant changes to the UK’s immigration rules are set to take effect from 1 January, 2024. These changes will impact the rights of students to bring dependent family members along with them to the country.
Starting from 1 January 2024, students will no longer have the right to bring their dependent family members with them, with a few exceptions. Government-sponsored students and dependent children born in the UK will still be eligible to accompany the primary applicant.
However, for the majority of students, the right to bring dependents will be limited to specific scenarios. Dependents will only be permitted if the student is pursuing a PhD, enrolling in other doctoral courses, or entering a postgraduate program that has been confirmed by the sponsor as a research-based higher degree.
It’s crucial for students and their families to be aware that the changes also apply to the Graduate route. If partners and minor children were ineligible as dependents under the Student route, they will continue to be ineligible under the Graduate route as well. This means that only those who meet the criteria for dependents under the new rules will be eligible to accompany the student.