International students SCQF level and dependants

As a Student visa holder, you may be able to bring your partner and children to the UK with you as your dependant. This will depend on the SCQF level noted in your offer letter.   There are some exceptions to this rule and are noted below:

Check your offer letter

If your offer letter states that your course is at SCQF11_RE or SCQF12_RE, you will be eligible to bring dependants.

Check your offer letter

If your offer letter has an SCQF level noted that is not SCQF11_RE or SCQF12_RE;  you will not be able to bring your dependants to join you in the UK.

There are some exceptions to this rule that can be seen in the next section.

Only students studying a full-time course 6 months or longer and who are fully sponsored by a government for their study are exceptions to the above.

To be eligible to bring dependants on a scholarship the scholarship must be:

  • A Government funded scholarship
  • From a central Government department
  • Covering all fees and living costs for the student

If a scholarship does not cover the living costs for any dependants of the student then the applicant must provide separate financial evidence to cover them.

Dependant partner

A dependant partner is defined as:

  • your husband, wife, or civil partner
  • your unmarried partner (you will have to provide additional evidence if this is your relationship status)

Dependant children

A dependant child is defined as:

  • your child under 18 years old - including if they were born in the UK during your stay

If you, the main Student visa applicant, plan to bring your children to the UK both parents must also be coming to the UK. This is confirmed in paragraph 34.2 in the Immigration Rules Appendix Student.

Other family members

Other family members are not considered to be dependants.