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80 Drop⬇ in UK Student Visa Dependents Due To UK Visa Changes in 2024

UK Visa Changes Lead to 80% Reduction in Student Dependents

In today’s blog update, we’ll be taking a look at Impact of UK Visa Changes. It was observed that there was 80% Drop in Dependents Accompanying Students.


Recent visa changes have drastically impacted international students in the UK, leading to a dramatic 80% reduction in dependents accompanying them. Between January and March of this year, over 26,000 fewer student visa applications were made compared to the same period in 2023. The UK government’s new rules aim to tighten visa eligibility and reduce immigration numbers.

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Stricter Regulations Target Dependents and Switching Visas

The government introduced new regulations in January 2024, restricting international students from bringing family members to the UK unless certain conditions are met. This move targets institutions accused of exploiting student visas as a “backdoor to work in the UK.” Students are now also unable to switch visa categories before finishing their courses.

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Key Policy Highlights

  • 80% Reduction: A significant drop in the number of dependents applying to accompany students.
  • Immigration Goals: The government aims to reduce net migration after reaching a record 745,000 in 2022.
  • Salary Requirements: Increased thresholds for skilled workers and spouse visa sponsors.
  • Immigration Salary List: Replaces the Shortage Occupation List with stricter guidelines.
  • Ongoing Adjustments: Impact on Skilled Workers and Families


While these changes impact students, dependents of health and care visa holders remain relatively unaffected. However, income requirements for family visas have risen sharply, from £18,600 to £29,000, with further increases to £38,700 by 2025.


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What’s Next?

Home Secretary James Cleverly emphasized the necessity of these measures to restore public confidence in the immigration system. He affirmed that the changes mark just the beginning of comprehensive policy reform aimed at cutting unsustainable migration.


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