Your husband, wife, civil partner or eligible partner and children under 18 can join you as your dependant in the UK if:
Please note that if your dependant is a child, then the child will not be given a dependant visa unless both parents are applying for visas to stay in the UK or unless one parent is already in the UK. If only one parent is going to be in the UK, the Home Office will not grant the child’s visa unless it can be proven that the other parent does not have any responsibilities towards the child as proven by a court or other legal document.
The dependants of international students are normally given permission to remain in the UK for the same period as the student, on the understanding they can be maintained and accommodated without recourse to public funds. They may also need to register with the police.
Your dependant may take up employment as long as you have leave to remain in the UK for 12 months or more. Please note that anticipated earnings cannot be presented as evidence of funding when applying to come to the UK.
The new maintenance requirements for student dependants can be found on pages 10 – 13 of the Policy Guidance on dependants of points-based system migrants, which can be downloaded from the Home Office website. Currently, this states that a dependant (of a student studying outside London) must be able to show living costs of £450 per month for up to 9 months (£4,050) depending on the length of the student’s course.
Unless they are applying from Cuba, North Korea or Zimbabwe, your family members must apply online.
They’ll need to have their fingerprints and photograph (known as ‘biometric information’) taken at a visa application centre as part of their application.
If they are applying from Cuba, North Korea or Zimbabwe, they must apply using the paper application form VAF10- PBS Dependant. This form can be downloaded from the Home Office website. They should also refer to the 'PBS Dependant Guidance Notes’ and 'Guide to Supporting Documents’ that are available on the same web page when completing the form.
The length of time in which applications are processed varies, so it is advisable to contact the British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in your own country as soon as possible.