Dependants under the Student route

This online session will focus on the provisions for family members, known as ‘Dependants’, under the Student route. It will touch on which students can have family members join them in the UK, who meets the definition of being a Dependant, as well as looking at other relevant Immigration Rules for this route and the rights/restrictions for those who choose to use it. 

No prior knowledge of this area is required, though an overview of how the Student route works would be useful background before attending – see The course is recommended for people working closely with Student route applicants and their family members who wish to come to the UK as Dependants. If you are new to the Student route, you might want to attend UKCISA’s Introduction to the Student route online course before coming to this course. The session will include presentations and the opportunity for you to raise your question.  

Aim and objectives 

By the end of this session, you will understand relevant Immigration Rules and guidance for Dependants under the Student route.   

In order to achieve this aim, you will learn:  

  • which people with Student route permission can have family members with them in the UK 
  • which relationships of someone with Student route permission qualify a person for immigration permission as a Student route Dependant – we will look at the requirements partners and children need to meet 
  • how to apply for permission – this will include looking at financial requirements, when to apply, where to apply from 
  • what length of permission a Student route Dependant receives if they are successful in their application
  • what a person can do when they are in the UK as a Student route Dependant – this will include Dependants’ rights to study 

We will not have time to discuss areas of immigration law other than those relating to Dependants under the Student route. We will not cover the requirements of the Student route in any depth. This means we will not be considering other Student route requirements or different immigration routes, such as Child Student, Short-term student and Visitors. These areas are covered in detail in other UKCISA courses. 

This course can be taken as a stand-alone course or in conjunction with some of our related courses. 

To support this course we will be introducing the use of Padlet for delegates to access and use. Padlet is an online collaboration tool, much like an online notice board, where tutors and delegates can post text, video files, images etc. Tutors will use this space to share slides that support our online training, provide a networking space for delegates who attend the training and to follow-up on any questions that tutors take away during the training. We look forward to using this as an additional way to engage with our attendees, and we encourage you to use this to connect with other UKCISA members. Further information on how to use Padlet will be provided alongside the joining instructions to this training 


Christopher Benjamin, Advice and Training Officer, UKCISA  

Deepa Chadha, Advice and Training Officer, UKCISA 


  • Date(s): 27 May 2022
  • Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm
  • Price: £85 for UKCISA members and Student Unions. £150 for non-members
  • Location: Webinar
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