Student route: caseworker guidance

Immigration staff guidance on how to consider applications from people to enter or remain in the UK as students.


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UK Visas and Immigration guidance on how staff consider applications from people who wish to enter or remain in the UK to study.

Published 15 November 2013
Last updated 4 April 2024 + show all updates
  1. The guidance has been updated as follows: expanded on the 'when the student dependants are permitted' section following amendment to ST 31 of the Immigration Rules; corrected SCQF level wording for research courses; and minor formatting changes.

  2. Guidance updated as follows: added references to Appendix Children for Applicant applying as a dependent child and Applicant not applying as a dependent child; added references to Appendix Relationship with Partner for Applicants applying as a dependent partner of a Student; added detail on requirements for students holding official financial sponsorship to bring dependants.

  3. CAS information updated to include that academic course level will indicate whether postgraduate courses are taught or research. References to the Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES) updated or removed. Updated requirements for eligibility for students to bring dependants. Removed references to the requirement to register with police.

  4. Accessible version updated to version 3.

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  6. Updated guidance to reflect immigration rules from 6 April 2021.

  7. The guidance has been updated to reflect the updated financial levels that apply and information on how the financial requirement has been removed from this guidance as it now sits in the standalone financial guidance. Amendments have also been made to the information on the conditions section of the guidance to remove reference to the 'no work as a postgraduate doctor or dentist' condition and the information on validity requirements has been updated to mirror the structural change to the immigration rules.

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