Revealed : Category Of Students Who Can Bring Dependents To UK


The United Kingdom says only international students coming in for their Doctor of Philosophy studies were eligible to bring in dependents to the country.

Dr. Richard Montgomery, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, revealed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday.

The Envoy said the educational system policy changed earlier this year for international students in higher education not to bring dependents into the UK was to curb the increase of foreign students bringing in dependents.

He explained that the huge surge in dependence was putting an unsustainable pressure on many universities, adding that it was the reason these changes were introduced.

Montgomery added that before his posting as High Commissioner to Nigeria, he had spoken to some of these universities on the policy change, which had been in the pipeline for some time.

He noted that the universities Chancellors had complained of the huge student population, highlighting that accommodation was a huge challenge, access to medical services under the National Health Service and access to school if they brought in dependents.

According to him, the restrictions do not apply to all categories, adding that those doing a long term research degree like a PhD or Doctorate were not affected.

Montgomery said: “Those coming to the UK for doctorate can still bring their dependants, but if you are coming to the UK with a study visa for an undergraduate degree or short term master’s degree, I’m afraid the rules have been changed.

“People need to understand why this change was brought in.

“And it is a sensible change because we have a large higher education sector and most of these universities are in towns across the country.

“There has been a surge recently in demand for British education and I can give you the macro figures and there has also been a huge increase in foreign students bringing their dependants.

“In the case of Nigeria, in 2019, before the Coronavirus pandemic, there were only one and a half thousand dependents being brought in from Nigeria, with those on study visas,

“In 2022, that figure had increased to 52,000 dependants.

“So that’s a 30 fold increase in dependence. 

“And it’s not just about Nigeria by the way.

“It is also about all foreign students.

“We saw similar rises, for example, amongst Indian students coming to study in the UK.

“It is early to ascertain the impact of the policy on undergraduates because these changes were announced in 2023, but came into effect early this year and we would have to wait until September 2024 before we get the next run of academic tickets.

“I think what your wider audience needs to hear is that the demand for UK education is really strong.

“In 2022, 65,000 study visas were approved to Nigerian applicants, 65,000, while in  September 2023, we received about 115,000 study visa applications from Nigeria, of which 95 percent were approved and over 110,000 study visas were issued last September compared to 65,000 of the previous year.

“There’s almost a doubling of Nigerian study visas in 2023, which means the demand is really high.

“And it is something which I am genuinely pleased and proud about that the UK has such a good higher educational sector….

“So we have 17 of the top 100 universities in the world. 

“We have 17 percent of the top universities.

“So it is one of our units.

“I really like the demand, but there are other factors at play in terms of schooling in the UK.

“The value of the Naira in the coming months will also determine how easy or hard it will be for many people to afford our education.

“But I really hope that the number of people who bring dependants to UK may actually not be a majority, but a minority of people have tried to study in the UK.

“So I am hoping that the demand will be sustained."


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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