If you come from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), and are thinking of bringing your family to the UK with you as 'dependants', you need to check the rules and documents required.
Dependants considered under UK immigration rules are:
Details on the documents required can be found in the Points Based System Dependants’ guidance, on the UK Border Agency website.
The United Kingdom Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) also provide reliable guidance on bringing dependants to the UK:
Since July 2011, students on an undergraduate programme of studies, unless sponsored by a government sponsorship, will be unable to bring dependants to the UK.
Generally, students who are on a postgraduate course of studies which lasts at least 12 months, can apply to bring dependants with them to the UK.
More information about dependants is available in the International Guide which contains sections on arranging childcare and applying for education for children. The International Guide will be sent to all new international students in their information pack about joining the University.
This article was published on May 8, 2013