Bring Your Family in the UK
Living Alone is hard. If you think you are going to pass this whole time of studentship alone in UK well you are not completely right. UK govt gives you the option to bring your family in the UK. Before moving on to the process of bringing family lets know first, are you really eligible to Bring Your Family in the UK ? and can apply for your dependents?
If you are, who you are eligible to apply for and how.
Check your eligibility to bring Your Family in the UK and apply:
You’re eligible to bring your family in the UK to join you in the UK for a certain period of time on your Tier 4 student visa if the following conditions are met:
- You’re studying at the postgraduate level in any course
- Your degree course is full-time and takes at least 9 months to be completed.
- You’re attending a study program which is 6 months or longer and is funded by the UK government or a foreign government.
- You’re a PhD graduate holding visa under the Doctorate Extension Scheme.
*This does not include Advanced Diploma courses.
Who are eligible to apply with you?
Only a few dependants you can bring in the UK under the Tier 4 Dependant visa. The definition of a dependant is determined through laws in the UK. These listed people are eligible to apply for Tier 4 Dependant visa in the UK
- Your spouse, wife or a civil partner
- Your relationship partner or someone you have been living together before marriage at least for 2 years
- Your children aged under 18 including those who were born in the UK while you’re were residing there.
- If you want to extend your Tier 4 visa to further stay in the UK, your children aged over 18 are also eligible to apply for an extension as your dependents.
How do you apply to bring your family in the UK ?
The application can be done from overseas or from inside the UK. In both scenarios, there are a few changes in the application.
When you bring your family in the UK?
A dependant can apply at the same time as the Tier 4 student or after few weeks or a month the student has received the outcome of their visa application. We prefer the dependant to apply atleast a month after you get your tier4 VISA.
Where you can apply to bring your family in the UK?
The application will be online from your country of origin. In most countries, as part of the online application, an appointment is booked to attend the visa application centre to enrol biometrics and submit supporting documents.
What Documents do I need to Provide to bring your family in the UK?
To apply for a Tier 4 Dependent visa your defendants must present the following documents:
- Their Passport.
- A Tuberculosis certificate.
- Proof of your relationship (for instance if they’re your husband or your wife they have to submit the marriage certificate).
- Proof you have been granted a student visa beforehand.
- If you are not married, you will need to provide evidence that you have been living together in a relationship similar to marriage for at least two years. Documents will only be considered where they are from official sources. They will need to cover the minimum two-year period in full. Documents you may use to evidence this could include bank statements, utility bills, tenancy agreements and medical registration certificates.
- For dependent children, a birth certificate should be used to demonstrate the relationship.
Financing? Each dependant must have a certain amount of money, held in a bank or building society account, or an account with an officially regulated financial institution. All dependants will need to have evidence of this, and in most cases, your dependant must produce this evidence with their immigration application.
A bank statement or bank letter can be used to fulfil this requirement and the funds can be held in the student’s name or the spouse/partner’s name. The financial documentation must show that the required level of funds have been held for a minimum consecutive 28 day period (finishing on the date of the closing balance), ending no more than 31 days before the date of application.
The money can be held by the dependant or by you. If the dependant is your child, the funds can be held by the child’s other parent who is lawfully present in the UK or being granted immigration permission at the same time as the child.
The amount of money that each dependant must show to bring your family in the UK is as follows:
- If you will study in London, each dependant must show £845 for each month of immigration permission you have been granted or will be granted. This is up to a maximum of 9 months. The definition of ‘London’ for these purposes is complicated, so check with your college or university whether or not you will be considered to be studying in London.
- If you will study somewhere other than London, each dependant must show £680 for each month of immigration permission you have been granted or will be granted. This is also up to a maximum of 9 months.
How Much Does it Cost to bring your family in the UK as Tier 4 Dependent Visa in the UK?
Every dependant applying for a Tier 4 dependant visa must pay an amount while applying. This is usually
- ₤475 for the visa (₤348 for dependants who are applying from outside the UK).
- An additional yearly healthcare charge must be paid (around ₤300).
- Around ₤20 to get a biometric residence permit for 30 days which needs to be collected within 10 days after dependant’s arrival
Working as a dependant
Your dependents will be able to work only if you fall in any below categories:
- You are a government-sponsored student taking a full-time course that is longer than six months
- You are taking a full-time postgraduate course of 9 months or longer at a ‘higher education provider’ with ‘a track record of compliance.
- If you do not fall into one of the categories described above, your dependants will be able to work only if you are applying for permission of 9 months or more and your full-time course is at degree level or above.
Family members visiting you
A member of your family may wish to come to the UK for a short visit. You may bring your family in the UK.
This may be because, for example:
- they are your child but are already over 18, your parent, your brother or sister, or another type of relative who is not permitted to come to the UK as your Tier 4 dependant
- they are your partner or child, but your course is not one that permits you to bring dependants
- they are your partner or child, but choose not to come to the UK for a longer stay as your dependant
- they are coming for a specific purpose, such as your graduation or another event, or for tourism, or simply for a short family visit
If your family member wishes to come to the UK for a period of up to six months only, they may qualify to come as a ‘visitor’.
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