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In order to study in the UK you'll need to meet the various visa and immigration conditions outlined by the Home Office. Our team of specialist and experienced international student advisers can help you with guidance on all of these matters.
Please note: You must ensure that you fully understand and comply with the condition set out in your visa, for example if you are planning to work while you study in the UK. Breaching the visa rules could have serious consequences for your immigration status and could affect your right to study in the UK.
For courses starting from 1 January 2024 onwards, international students on a UK student visa will no longer be able to bring dependants to the UK except for those that are:
Undergraduate students are not normally permitted to bring dependants, and this has not changed.
Please note that these changes will not affect dependants of overseas students where the student is already in the UK and has started their course in September 2023 or before.
From 17 July 2023 international students holding a UK student visa will no longer be able to switch out of the student route until they have successfully completed their course.
The only exception is for PhD students who will be permitted to switch into the Skilled Worker route after they have completed 24 months towards their PhD.
For more information please see the UK Council for International Student Affairs.
Please get in touch if you have any queries or need further support – we are here to help.
Their application will be dealt with under the rules in force at the time they submitted their application.
A research-based higher degree means a postgraduate programme comprising a research component (including a requirement to produce original work) that is larger than any accompanying taught component when measured by student effort.
Students who hold permission for a course of study which the provider has confirmed is a PhD, other doctoral qualification, or a research-based higher degree will be able to bring dependants.
These students will still be able to bring dependants. The course level on the CAS must reflect the exit qualification.
The changes will affect students who are starting their courses from 1 January 2024 onwards.
These changes will not affect dependants of overseas students where the student is already in the UK on their course of study.
Those starting a taught postgraduate course in the autumn will still be able to have dependants join them after January 2024 (where the other requirements of the rules are met).
Dependants that are already in the UK can extend their permission if the main applicant is granted further leave to remain under the Student Route.
The rules around dependant work rights have remained the same.
Family members of a student can work (in line with UK employment law) in the UK except when:
A person with leave as the dependant partner of a student cannot take employment as a professional sportsperson (including as a sports coach).
There is no change to the Graduate Route. Dependants already in the UK as a student dependant may apply as a dependant of a graduate at the same time as the applicant.
The main purpose of the Student Route is to enable applicants to undertake a course of study within the UK. We want to ensure that applicants are coming to the UK to study rather than to work. There are other routes available for those whose primary focus is to work.
Applications made before the changes will be assessed under the rules in force at the date of application.
Students must come to the end of their course before they are permitted to switch to the Skilled Worker Route. The start date on their Certificate of Sponsorship for the work route must be no earlier than their course completion date. They can, as now, apply to switch up to three months before their Certificate of Sponsorship start date.
PhD students will be permitted to switch into the Skilled Worker Route after they have completed 24 months towards their PhD.
Please read the information on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website before making your visa application.
The requirement to register with the police or update your details if you have already registered has been abolished.
You can speak to our team of friendly and experienced specialist immigration advisers if you have questions about visa requirements and immigration for students – we are here to help.
You can, for example, get advice on how to apply for a visa and find out if you are allowed to work in the UK or travel abroad while you study at Kingston University.
*As the national Covid-19 situation is evolving, our operations and services may need to change at short notice, which means staff are working remotely.