Your family members (dependants) might be able to apply to join or remain with you in the UK if they’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.
A dependant is either:
- your husband, wife or civil partner
- your unmarried or same-sex partner
- your child under 18 years old - including if they were born in the UK during your stay
You can apply to bring a dependant to the UK if you’re:
- sponsored by a higher education institution on a course at level 7 on the Ofqual register or above that lasts 9 months or more
- a new government-sponsored student on a course that lasts longer than 6 months
- a Doctorate Extension Scheme student
You must show that your dependants can be supported while they’re in the UK.
Each dependant must have a certain amount of money available to them - this is in addition to the money you must have to support yourself.
The amount of money you need depends on:
- the length of your course
- where you’re studying in the UK
- whether you’ve finished a UK course or are currently studying
You must have proof you have the money, and that it’s been in your bank account or your dependant’s bank account for at least 28 days before you or they apply.
The money does not need to be available 28 days in advance if it’s from a student loan or official sponsor, but you do need to provide confirmation of when it’ll be available.
Read the detailed guidance for dependants for how much money you’ll need and the full list of documents you need to provide.
Dependants applying outside the UK
Your family members must apply online.
They’ll need to have their fingerprints and photograph taken at a visa application centre (to get a biometric residence permit) as part of their application.
They’ll have to collect their biometric residence permit within 10 days of when they said they’d arrive in the UK.
They may be able to get their visa faster or other services depending on what country they’re in - check with the visa application centre.
Your family members cannot apply online if they’re applying from North Korea.
Each family member will need to make their own application. They must:
- download the application form and guidance - they can read the guidance if they need help filling in the form
- read the instructions to find out where they need to take their completed form
Dependants applying in the UK
If you cannot do it at the same time, your dependants can apply to extend or switch their visas at a later date.
They cannot apply in the UK as dependants if they already have a Standard Visitor visa.
Each person will need to pay:
- £475 for the visa
- the healthcare surcharge - check how much they’ll have to pay
- £19.20 to have their biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) taken
If they want to get a decision more quickly than the standard 8 weeks, they can pay £500 for the priority service to get a decision within 5 working days.
They can pay £800 for the super priority service to get a decision:
- by the end of the next working day after providing their biometric information if their appointment is on a weekday
- 2 working days after providing their biometric information if their appointment is at the weekend
Working days are Monday to Friday, not including bank holidays.
Your family members must apply online if they’re your:
Providing biometric information and supporting documents
When you apply, you’ll be asked to make an appointment at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point to provide your biometric information (your fingerprints and a photo).
You’ll also need to submit your supporting documents. You can:
- upload them into the online service
- have them scanned at your UKVCAS appointment
You must not travel outside of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man until you get a decision. Your application will be withdrawn if you do.
Children born in the UK
If you have children while you’re in the UK, you can apply online.
You must do this if you want to travel in and out of the UK with your child.