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On July 17, the UK Government announced changes to the Immigration Rules that affect international students studying in the United Kingdom. As of January 2024, significant changes will be made to the student visa. According to these changes, students, except those in postgraduate research programs, will no longer be able to bring their dependents with a student visa.

Additionally, as of July 17, with this change, international students will no longer be granted permission to switch to work route visas unless they have completed their courses. This change took effect on July 17, 2023.

As a result of this change, we gave some examples below.

  • If your spouse is here as your dependent they can switch to a Skilled Worker Visa before you have completed your course at the time of this article.
  • If your course started in September 2023 you can still bring your dependents before January 2024.
  • If you received an offer for a course in September 2023 but deferred it to January 2024 means that you will start your course in January 2024, so the new rules will apply.
  • If your course starts in January 2024 and after successfully completing your studies and obtaining a Skilled Worker Visa sponsorship, current immigration rules allow dependents of Skilled Worker Visa holders to apply from their home countries.
  • Even if your course starts in January 2024 you can still continue to work part-time while on a student visa. According to the current Immigration Rules, international students can work up to 20 hours per week during term time and have unlimited work hours during official vacation periods. There are no planned changes to this rule.

If you need more detailed information about the student visa or require an assessment of your specific situation, you can contact us.

Halil İbrahim Koca

Immigration Adviser

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