Family members can join you during your study time on either a Student Dependant Visa or a Standard Visitor Visa. For the latest qualifying criteria, please see the UKCISA website. Within the immigration policy, Solent University is defined as a 'higher education provider with a track record of compliance'.
Student Dependant Visa
Your partner and children ('dependants') may be able to apply to come to the UK or stay longer in the UK.
You must be one of the following:
- a government-sponsored student starting a course that lasts longer than six months, or
- a full-time student on a postgraduate-level course (RQF level 7 or above) that lasts nine months or longer.
If you postgraduate level course starts on or after 1 January 2024, it must be either:
- a PhD or other doctorate (RQF level 8), or
- a researched-based higher degree.
If you have started your studies before 1 January but have suspended and planning on resuming studies, you will still be able to bring your dependants under the old rules, if you were eligible to do so.
Note that (with a few exceptions) both parents must be planning to come to the UK in order for your children to accompany you as your dependants.
Dependants will need to submit their application separately from the student application here.
For more information please visit the UKCISA website.
If you do not meet the criteria above, your family may visit you on a Standard Visitor visa.