Each Tier 4 Dependant needs to submit their own visa application as a Tier 4 Dependant Partner or a Tier 4 Dependant Child. Each application should include the required supporting documents.
Please see the guidance below on how to apply for a Tier 4 Dependant visa and what documents are required.
You will need to apply online using the UKVI website:
The online application form contains details of all the supporting documents dependants are required to submit with their application. You should also read the UKVI Dependant Guidance.
If the main applicant is a PhD student who is at the end of their programme of study and is eligble to apply under the Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme, dependants may still claim established presence. This means that they only need to show 2 months of maintenance for their visa application. This is only applicable to dependant of a student applying for the Doctorate Extension Scheme.
Some applicants do not need to include financial evidence with their Tier 4 Dependant visa applications. If you meet the following criteria you do not have to include your financial evidence (bank statements or sponsor letter) when applying for your Tier 4 Dependant visa, however you should still meet the financial requirements because UKVI can contact you and ask to see your financial evidence:
If all of the above criteria are not met then the financial evidence must be included with the other supporting documents as part of the visa application.
The cost of making a standard Tier 4 Dependant Visa application overseas is £348, payable in local currency. In-person or priority applications, if available, will be at a higher cost.
There is also a mandatory Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS). This is an additional payment which the applicant must make as part of the Tier 4 Dependant visa application form, just like a Tier 4 Student must pay. It provides the Tier 4 Dependant with access to the UK's National Healthcare Service (NHS)
The IHS payment is £300 for each year until the expiry date of their visa (which will be the same as the main student's visa), plus £150 for any part of a year that is less than 6 months. The amount you need to pay will be calculated automatically as part of the online visa application process.
If you do not submit your visa application at the same time as the main applicant, you should make sure that you include in your application a copy of the main applicant's UK student visa and passport. Your application form should state clearly that you are joining the main applicant who will be in the UK as a student and you intend to live together.
If you are joining the student in the UK and you are married but have not lived together then you should provide evidence that your relationship is genuine and subisting e.g. signed letters to say you intend to live together in the UK, photographs and correspondence covering the duration of your relationship. This evidence could include dated photographs of your wedding or honeymoon, or photographs of the two of you together, as well as email or text messages covering the duration of your relationship.
Please note that if you (the dependant) applies separately to the Tier 4 Student then you will not be considered under the Tier 4 Pilot Scheme, even where the Tier 4 student has applied under this. You must include all evidence with your visa application, including financial evidence.