You can switch into student dependant visa from inside the UK if you are already in the UK and meet the switching requirements as set out in the Immigration Rules. The applicant should make a valid application for switching into student dependant visa. An application which does not meet the validity requirements for a partner or child on the Student route is invalid and may be rejected and not considered.

Specialist Student Dependant Visa Solicitors

Our expert team of student dependant visa solicitors in LondonManchester and Birmingham specialise in applications for switching into student dependant visa from inside the UK. Our specialist student visa solicitors have successfully helped thousands of clients with their applications for switching into student dependant visa from inside the UK. Our best team of student dependant visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee immigration services concerning your application to switch to student dependant visa. Ask a question to our expert student dependant visa solicitors for free immigration advice or submit an online request to book an appointment for detailed legal advice for your application to switch into student dependant visa.

Who Cannot Switch Into Student Dependant Visa?

An applicant who is in the UK on the date of application must not have, or have last been granted, permission:

  • as a Visitor; or
  • as a Short-term Student; or
  • as a Parent of a Child Student; or
  • as a Seasonal Worker; or
  • as a Domestic Worker in a Private Household; or
  • outside the Immigration Rules.

If you are in the UK with one of the above listed visa, you cannot switch into student dependant visa from inside the UK. Also, an applicant who is in the UK on the date of application must not be on immigration bail.

Eligibility Requirements For Switching Into Student Visa

To qualify for switching into student dependant visa from inside the UK, you should meet the following requirments of the Immigration Rules:

  • You should meet the immigration status requirement and must be permitted to switch into student dependant visa. You are permitted to switch into student dependant visa unless you are someone who cannot switch into student visa
  • The applicant should make a valid application for switching into student dependant visa;
  • The applicant should meet the student course requirement;
  • The applicant should meet the relationship requirement;
  • The applicant should meet the financial requirement;
  • The applicant should meet the care requirement when applying as a dependant child;
  • The applicant should meet the age requirement when applying as a dependant child;
  • The applicant's application for switching into student visa should not fall for refusal under general grounds for refusal as set out in part 9 of the Immigration Rules;
  • The applicant must not be in the UK in breach of immigration laws, except that, where paragraph 39E applies, any current period of overstaying will be disregarded.

Student's Course Requirement For Switching Into Student Dependant Visa

Unless they are a child who meets the requirements in ST 31.2, the applicant must be the partner or child of a person who is:

  • a Student who has received an award from a Government or international sponsorship agency and has, or is applying for, permission to study on a full-time course of 6 months or longer; or
  • a full-time Student who has, or is applying for,permission to study a postgraduate level course of 9 months or longer at a higher education provider with a track record of compliance; or
  • a Student who has permission on the Doctorate Extension Scheme; or
  • a Student who has, or had within the last 3 months before the date of application, permission to study on a full-time course of 6 months or longer, and is now applying for permission to study a full-time course of 6 months or longer where either:
    • the partner or child already has, or had within the last 3 months before the date of application, permission as a dependant partner or dependant child of the Student; or
    • the child was born since the last grant of permission to the Student, where the Student and partner or child are applying at the same time.

If the applicant is a child who does not meet the requirement at ST.31.1, they must instead meet one of the following requirements:

  • the applicant must have been born during the Student’s current period of permission to study a full-time course of 6 months or longer and they are applying for permission during that period; or
  • where the Student has permission to re-sit examinations or repeat a module of a full-time course of 6 months or longer, the applicant must have been born either:
    • during the Student’s original period of permission; or
    • during the period of permission granted for re-sitting examinations or to repeat a module; or
  • the applicant must have been born no more than 3 months after the expiry of the Student’s most recent permission and must be making an application for entry clearance within 6 months of the expiry of their parent’s most recent permission.

Relationship Requirement As A Dependant Partner

The applicant must be related to the student as a spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner or same sex partner of the student.

The applicant and their partner (who is a Student, or applying at the same time as a Student), must both be aged 18 or over at the date of application.

If the applicant and their partner (who is a Student, or applying at the same time as a Student) are not married or in a civil partnership, all the following requirements must be met:

  • they must have been living together in a relationship similar to marriage or civil partnership for at least the two years before the date of application; and
  • any previous relationship of the applicant and their partner with another person must have permanently broken down; and
  • the applicant and their partner must not be so closely related that they would not have been allowed to marry in the UK.

The relationship must be genuine and subsisting. The applicant and their partner (who is a Student, or applying at the same time as a Student) must intend to live together throughout the applicant’s stay in the UK. The applicant must not intend to stay in the UK beyond any permission granted to their partner (who is a Student or applying at the same time as a Student).

Financial Requirement For Dependant Partner Of A Student

If the applicant is applying for switching into student dependant visa and has been living in the UK with permission for 12 months or longer on the date of application, they will meet the financial requirement and do not need to show funds.

If the applicant is applying for switching into student dependant visa where they have been in the UK less than 12 months, the Student or applicant must have funds specified in the table below, up to a total of 9 months or for the period of permission applied for by the applicant, whichever is the shorter.

Place of Student’s study Funds required
Studying in London £845 per month
Studying outside London £680 per month
  • The funds must be in addition to the funds required for the Student to meet the financial requirement, and the funds required to meet the financial requirement for any dependant child who is applying at the same time, or is already in the UK as a dependant of the Student.
  • Unless the applicant is relying on financial sponsorship from a Government or international sponsorship agency that covers living costs of the Student and their partner, they must show that they have held the required level of funds for a 28-day period as calculated in Appendix Finance, FIN 7.1 to FIN 7.3.

Unless the applicant is applying at the same time as the Student and ST 22.1. applies, the applicant must show that they have the required funds as specified in Appendix Finance.

Relationship Requirement For Dependant Child Of Student

When applying as a child of the student, the applicant must be child under the age of 18 of the student.

The applicant must be the child of a parent who has, or is at the same time being granted permission as:

  • a Student, or
  • the partner of a Student.

Each of the applicant’s parents must either be applying at the same time as the applicant or have permission to be in the UK (other than as a visitor) unless:

  • the parent with permission as a Student or as a partner of a Student is the sole surviving parent; or
  • the parent with permission as a Student or as a partner of a Student has sole responsibility for the child’s upbringing; or
  • the decision maker is satisfied that there are serious and compelling reasons to grant the child entry clearance or permission to stay with the parent who has permission on the Student route or as a dependant partner of a Student.

If the applicant is a child born in the UK to a Student and their partner, the applicant must provide a full UK birth certificate showing the names of both parents.

Care Requirement For A Dependant Child Of A Student

The child must live with a parent who has permission on the Student route during their stay in the UK, unless they can demonstrate a valid reason why they should not live with that parent but they have not been leading an independent life.

There must be suitable arrangements for the child’s care and accommodation in the UK which must comply with relevant UK legislation and regulations.

Age Requirement For A Dependant Child Of A Student

The child must be under the age of 18 at the date of application, unless they were last granted permission as a dependant child of the parent who has or is applying for entry clearance or permission to stay as a Student or as a dependant partner of a Student (regardless of the route under which the parent had permission at the time the child’s last permission was granted).

If the child is aged 16 or over at the date of application, they must meet both of the following requirements:

  • they must not be married or in a civil partnership; and
  • they must not be leading an independent life.

Financial Requirement For A Dpendant Child Of A Student

If the applicant is applying for switching into student dependant visa and has been in the UK with permission for 12 months or longer on the date of application, they will meet the financial requirement and do not need to show funds.

Where the child is applying for switching into student depenant visa and they have been in the UK less than 12 months, the student or child must have funds specified in the table below, up to a total of 9 months or for the period of permission applied for by the child, whichever is the shorter.

Place of Student’s study Funds required
Studying in London £845 per month
Studying outside London £680 per month
  • The funds must be in addition to the funds required for the Student to meet the financial requirement, and the funds required for any other dependant of a Student who is applying at the same time or is already in the UK as a dependant of the Student.
  • Unless the applicant is relying on financial sponsorship from a Government or international sponsorship agency that covers living costs of the Student and the dependant child, they must show that they have held the required level of funds for a 28-day period as calculated in Appendix Finance, FIN 7.1 to FIN 7.3.
  • Unless the child is applying at the same time as the Student and ST 22.1. applies, the applicant must show that they have the required funds as specified in Appendix Finance.

Conditions and Period Of Grant

If the application is granted, a partner will be granted permission which ends on the same date as the Student’s permission.

If the application is granted, a child will be granted permission which ends on the same date as whichever of their parents’ permission ends first.

The grant of permission will be subject to all the following conditions:

  • no access to public funds; and
  • work (including self-employment and voluntary work) is permitted except:
    • where the dependant meets the requirement at ST 31.1 (d) and the Student has been granted less than 9 months’ permission, unless that is to continue a course of study where they had previously been granted at least 9 months’ permission; or
    • where the dependant meets the requirement at ST 31.1 (d) and the Student is studying a course below degree level; or
    • for employment as a professional sportsperson (including as a sports coach); and
  • study is permitted, subject to the ATAS condition in Appendix ATAS (if the study will commence when the partner or child is aged over 18); and
  • if Part 10 applies the person will be required to register with the police.

Super Priority Service (Decision Within 24 Hours) For Switching Into Student Dependant Visa

As the expert dependant visa solicitors based in London, Manchester and Birmingham, we are registered with the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) and its commercial partners UKVCAS Sopra Steria to provide Super Priority Service (SPS) for your application whereby decision on your application will be made by the Home Office UKVI within 24 hours of the submission of the application at a designated service centre.

Our immigration solicitors can prepare and submit your Student Dependant visa application to the Home Office, UKVI through Super Priority Service (SPS) and get decision on your Student Dependant visa application within 24 hours. This way, you will not have to wait for the decision on your application for months (sometimes years).

How Can We Help?

Our specialist team of dependant visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for your application for switching into Student dependant visa. We will carry out all the work on your application until you get a decision from the Home Office UKVI on your Student dependant visa application. Our immigration solicitors' work on your Student dependant visa application may include the following:

  • assessing your eligibility for switching into Student dependant visa by considering all the relevant eligibility requirements;
  • advising on relevant documents to be submitted in support of your Student dependant visa application;
  • completing online application form for switching into Student dependant visa;
  • submitting your completed application online, paying the Home Office UKVI fees and booking your appointment with the UKVCAS Application Centre for you to enrol your biometrics;
  • preparing a detailed cover letter in support of your application to explain in detail how all the relevant requirements for Student dependant visa have been satisfied by you;
  • uploading all the supporting documents online in support of your Student dependant visa application;
  • doing all the follow up work including responding to any queries raised by the Home Office UKVI until decision is reached on your Student dependant visa application.

Our Fees For Switching Into Student Dependant Visa

Our fees for providing expert legal help and assistance with an application for switching into Student dependant visa are given in the fee table below:

Our Service Our Fee
Complete help with application for switching into Student dependant visa to cover all the work until decision by the Home Office, UKVI From £700 + VAT To £1,200 + VAT

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the application for switching into Student dependant visa and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for helping with an application for switching into Student dependant visa, the applicant will also have to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the application.