24 May 2023

New changes to the Immigration rules for students and their dependants.

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New changes to the Immigration rules for students and their dependants.

On 23rd May Home Secretary Suella Braverman announced new changes to the immigration rules focusing on international students and their dependants. The main focus of the changes is to bring net immigration down.

Right of international students to bring dependants

The changes mainly focus on removing rights of international students to bring their dependants to the UK unless they are on a research programme. Previously international students were allowed to bring their dependants if they were studying a postgraduate degree level course of above.

Restriction on switching to work related routes

Currently students are allowed to switch to skilled worker visa and some other work route via categories even if they have not finished their studies. This will stop under the new changes and students will have to finish their studies before they can switch to any work route.

Other minor changes may include changing maintenance requirements for international students and their dependants.


The information in this blog is for general information purposes only and does not purport to be comprehensive or to provide legal advice. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information and law is current as of the date of publication it should be stressed that, due to the passage of time, this does not necessarily reflect the present legal position. Connaught Law and authors accept no responsibility for loss that may arise from accessing or reliance on information contained in this blog. For formal advice on the current law please don’t hesitate to contact Connaught Law. Legal advice is only provided pursuant to a written agreement, identified as such, and signed by the client and by or on behalf of Connaught Law.

About the Author

Awais has an extensive experience of advising high net-worth individuals on all types of immigration matters, ranging from investor and entrepreneur visa applications to appeals and judicial reviews in the Immigration Tribunal and the High Court.

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