UK Student Visa New Rules


Good day, readers! We welcome you to our latest blog post about the UK student visa new rules.

For the past couple of months, the students have discussed a hot topic with worry and concern. It was all about the recent change in immigration rules for student visas.

As an aspiring student who dreams of higher studies in the UK, you must be aware of the UK student visa new rules.

There might be confusion as many websites provide different information on UK student visa new rules. It will make it harder for you to decide about your study abroad plans.

That is why we are here to clarify all your doubts and worries about the recent immigration rules change to Tier-4 student visas.

Shall we dive deep into the UK student visa new rules made by the UK government?


Many changes have been recently made to the UK's immigration policies on various visa types like Skilled worker visas, Health and care visas, Dependent visas and student visas. Let us see what the proposed changes are in the UK student visa new rules:

  • Increasing the salary threshold for skilled worker visa
  • Raising the Minimum Income Requirement (MIR) for family visa
  • Not allowing the dependents for student visas unless it is a research programme
  • Preventing overseas health and care workers from bringing dependents
  • Increasing the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for all visa types.
  • Reviewing of Graduate Work visa

Even though these proposals are discussed, only some of the UK student visa new rules have been implemented. Some have been implemented since January 2024, while many are still under discussion.

In this blog, we will discuss the UK student visa new rules that have been implemented and are currently in use since January 2024.


Now let us see which of these UK student visa new rules will impact students and their dependents.

1.Bringing Dependents:

  • Previously, all international students doing a post-graduate course or above could bring their spouse and children using the student Dependent visa.
  • However, after the recent UK student visa new rules, students who start their course after January 2024 cannot bring their family to the UK.
  • Similarly, this rule will apply to students who switch to a graduate visa from a student visa.
  • Only those students who are doing a research programme can bring their dependents.
  • The UK government proposes this policy to reduce the net migration figures to foster a controlled migration pattern.

2.Switching to Work visa:

  • Initially, students could switch to a work visa before their course ends if they fulfil the Tier 2 Skilled Worker visa requirements.
  • But now, according to the UK student visa new rules, the job start date will correspond with the course completion.
  • It will provide a limited window for the students to apply for sponsored work routes during their studies.
  • By implementing these restrictions, the UK government is anticipating that students will channel their energies more into studies.
  • It aims to prioritize the students' primary objective, education, thereby increasing the academic standards and outputs.


Do you think these UK student visa new rules will affect international students like you?

The answer is “NO”.

Albert Einstein said, “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity”.

You can face many challenges from the UK student visa new rules as a student. These policy shifts may prompt you to reconsider your choice of studying in the UK. According to the above quote, you will have notable opportunities among all these changes and challenges.

Below are some of the reasons as to why the UK remains an attractive study destination for students:

1.Post-Study Work Visa:
  • After completing your course successfully, you will have the possibility to stay in the UK for another two years by using the Post Study Work visa, also called Graduate visa
  • If you have a PhD or Doctorate qualification, your graduate visa can last up to 3 years.
2.Work Rights:
  • The new UK student visa rules have not affected the part-time work opportunities for the students.
  • Students can still work 20 hours per week during the University working days.
3.Student Visa Extension:
  • Due to unavoidable circumstances, if you need to extend your student visa, it can only be possible if your course starts before January 2024.
  • In such cases, your dependents can also extend their visa according to the validity of your student visa.
4.Graduate Visa for Dependents:
  • If you switch from a student visa to a post-study work visa, your spouse and children can also apply for a dependent visa.
  • It will only be possible if they have already lived with you as dependents while you are studying.
  • As per Graduate visa rules, new dependent visas cannot be made when a student applies for a graduate visa.
5.Young Professional Scheme Visa:
  • This visa permits Indian citizens between 18 and 30 to stay and work in the UK for a maximum of two years.
  • The student chosen by the Young Professional Scheme ballot in India will be eligible for this visa.

Even though there are many UK student visa new rules, the UK is still considered to be one of the best student destinations in the world. It has many internationally recognized universities, and British Higher Education is considered prestigious.

The world's recognized qualifications help students become employed and achieve their career dreams.

Shortly, if you are talented, no immigration rules or other factors could hinder achieving your dreams.

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