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Entry Clearance As / Switching Into Dependants of Government Sponsored Tier 4 General Students

An individual can be regarded as a family member of a Tier 4 (General) applicant in a situation where the applicant is making an application to enter, or have been offered entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain as a Tier 4 (General) Student in the United Kingdom, if the applicant is a student sponsored by the government who is making an application for, or has been offered entry clearance or leave to remain in the UK in order to undertake a course of study which will last for more than six months.

In order to switch into a Point Based System (PBS) dependant of the Tier 4 (General) Student, you must not possess:

  • A Leave to enter or remain as a visitor; or
  • A temporary release or temporary admission.

Entry Clearance As / Switching Into Dependants of Tier 4 Students With Post Graduate Course

An individual can be acknowledged as family member of a Tier 4 (General) applicant in a situation where the applicant is making an application to enter, or have been offered entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain as a Tier 4 (General) Student in the United Kingdom, if the applicant of the Tier 4 (General) student visa is:

  • making an application for, or has been offered entry clearance or leave to remain in the UK in order to undertake a course of study at post graduate level which will last for twelve (12) months or more.
  • Under sponsorship by a Recognized Body or a body that has received funds as a higher education institution from either of the following;
    • The Higher Education Funding Council for England;
    • The Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland;
      • The Scottish Funding Council; or
      • The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

In order to switch into a Point Based System (PBS) dependant of the Tier 4 (General) Student, you must not possess:

  • A Leave to enter or remain as a visitor; or
  • A temporary release or temporary admission.

Entry Clearance As / Switching Into Dependants of Tier 4 General Students On Doctorate Extension Scheme

An individual can be acknowledged as family member of a Tier 4 (General) applicant in a situation where the applicant is making an application to enter, or have been offered entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain as a Tier 4 (General) Student in the United Kingdom, if the applying individual is making an application for, or has been offered entry clearance or leave to remain in the UK on the Doctorate Extension Scheme.

In order to switch into a Point Based System (PBS) dependant of the Tier 4 (General) Student, you must not possess:

  • A Leave to enter or remain as a visitor; or
  • A temporary release or temporary admission.

Extension Of Stay As Dependant Of Tier 4 General Student

An individual can be acknowledged as family member of a Tier 4 (General) applicant in a situation where the applicant is making an application to enter, or have been offered entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain as a Tier 4 (General) Student in the United Kingdom, if these requirements are fulfilled:

  • that the applicant is making an application for entry clearance, leave to enter, or leave to remain in the UK in order to undertake a course of study which will last for more than six months and has either of the following:
    • an entry clearance, leave to enter, or leave to remain in the UK as a Tier 4 (General) Student so as to undertake a course of study which will last for more than six months; or
    • previously possessed an entry clearance, leave to enter, or leave to remain in the UK within the three months before the application for the Tier 4 (General) Student, in order to undertake a course of study which will last for more than six months
  • the family member of the applicant must either;
    • possess an entry clearance, leave to enter, or leave to remain in the UK as a family member of a Tier 4 (General) Student or a student granted entry clearance, leave to enter, or leave to remain in the UK as a Tier 4 (General) Student so as to undertake a course of study which will last for more than six months; or
    • previously possessed an entry clearance, leave to enter, or leave to remain in the UK within the three months before the application as family member of a tier 4 (General) Student to undertake a course of study which will last for more than six months was made.
  • - The applicant of the Tier 4 (General) Student visa and the family member must make the application simultaneously.

Funds For Maintenance

The ability of the family members of the applicant of the Tier 4 (General) student visa to fend for themselves without sourcing for help from public funds is an important requirement under the Points Based System. For the individual to satisfy this requirement, he would need to make show evidence of funds that would last for at least 28 days in maintenance before the date of the application.

This fund that the family member will need to show is dependent on the circumstances of the Tier 4 General Student. These circumstances includes:

  • How long the course of study will last;
  • The place where the individual will be studying; and
  • If the individual is presently studying or have studied recently in the UK.

Either the family members or the individual will need to have sufficient funding to cover the cost of living to be incurred whilst in the UK. The family member may pay lesser for living cost in circumstances where the individual makes an application after concluding an initial course of study, or will soon finalize one in the United Kingdom which lasted for at least six months, within the last four months. In a situation where family members cannot show proof of the availability of this money, his/her application will be rejected.

The required money to be shown which includes the money for living expenses either by family member or the individual himself is elaborated below:

Place of Study Required Amount
In London The individual or each member of his family will need to make available £600 monthly for the duration of the course for up to nine months at most.
Outside London The individual or each member of his family will need to make available £450 monthly for the duration of the course for up to nine months at most.

For an individual who makes an application after concluding an initial course of study, or will soon finalize one in the United Kingdom which lasted for at least six months, within the last four months, the required money is give as thus:

Place of Study Required Amount
In London The individual or each member of his family will need to make available £600 monthly for the duration of the course for up to two months at most.
Outside London The individual or each member of his family will need to make available £450 monthly for the duration of the course for up to two months at most..

Documents that show the evidence of money available must be included with the application form of your family members as proof.

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