Bringing your family to the UK

PBS Dependants

Friends and Family

If you are coming to the UK as a Postgraduate student on a programme of 9 months or more, or as a financially sponsored student on a programme of 6 months or more, you may be eligible to bring your dependants with you under the Points Based System (PBS).

Babies born in the UK as PBS Dependants

It is not mandatory for a baby born in the UK to apply for a PBS Dependant visa. If you would like to apply for a PBS dependant visa for a baby born in the UK, please use our guidance to assist you with this process.

Without PBS Dependant status, however, your baby will:

  • Only benefit from access to NHS healthcare for the first 3 months from the baby’s birth, and
  • May not be able to re-enter the UK (unless you obtain entry clearance as a PBS Dependant) if the baby travels with you overseas.

Family members as visitors

Family and friends who wish to visit you, may enter the UK with a Standard Visitor visa. Please see further information if you would like them to attend your Congregation ceremony.

How can the Visa Support Team help?

The Visa Support Team cannot assist with PBS Dependant or Standard Visitor Visa applications for family members wishing to enter the UK.

If you have a family member already in the UK as a PBS Dependant or under a different immigration category which allows switching in to PBS Dependant in the UK (for example Tier 2, Tier 4), then the Visa Support Team may be able to assist you with an application for leave to remain as a PBS Dependant. You should refer to the UKCISA website for guidance on making the visa application.

The Visa Support Team can also assist with PBS Dependant applications for babies born in the UK. You will need to follow our guidance to prepare the relevant visa application. When you have completed the application form and collected all the relevant documents, you should contact the Visa Support Team arrange an appointment with the Visa Support Team to submit the baby’s dependent application.


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