It is important to make sure that you show the required maintenance funds for you (the student and main applicant) and all dependants who are applying for immigration permission as your dependants. If not, all applications, including yours, will be refused.
How much money will my dependants need to evidence?
Please read all of the section on 'Money Required' of the UKCISA 'Dependant' guidance very carefully, along with the PBS Dependant Policy Guidance and the Tier 4 Policy Guidance.
Each dependant is required to show £460 for each month or £680 per month for applications on 12th November 2015 onwards (if the student is studying at Warwick) up to a maximum of 9 months.
Until 12th November 2015, the number of months needing to be shown depends whether or not the main applicant (Tier 4 student) has an 'established presence' as per the Tier 4 Policy Guidance. In order for the dependant to take advantage of the main applicant's 'established presence', the main applicant must have claimed an 'established presence' in a previous Tier 4 application. If a dependant is applying to join a main applicant (student) through Entry Clearance, to be safe it would be advisable for the dependant to show the higher amount of living costs as both the main applicant and dependant will not be applying together. From 12th November 2015 onwards, students will only be able to claim established presence if they are making an application for the Doctorate Extension Scheme.
The student has entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain as a Tier 4, Student or Postgraduate Doctor or Dentist, which has not expired and:
- are applying for immigration permission to continue to study a course of which you have completed six months OR
- have completed a course of study in the UK and that course was six months or more in length within your most recent period of immigration permission
the amount of money that each dependant has to show is reduced to £920, if you will be studying somewhere other than inner London. This situation is referred to as 'having an established presence' in the Tier 4 Policy Guidance.
No Established Presence after 12th November 2015
From 12 November 2015, there is no longer an 'established presence' provision. ALL students and their dependants must show they have sufficient funds to support themselves throughout the duration of their course/ remaining study, or for up to a maximum of nine months, whichever is shorter (part month is rounded up to one month). The only exception is if you are making a Tier 4 application as a dependant under the Doctorate Extension Scheme, in which case you will only need to evidence 2 months of maintenance.
Do my family members need to show financial evidence if their nationality is on the list of 'low risk nationalities' issued by the UKVI?
Please note that, for family members of low risk nationals, if the student in the family is defined as a 'low risk' national studying with a Tier 4 Sponsor and applying for leave in his or her country of nationality or in the UK, a family member who is of the same nationality and who applies for leave at the same time as the student is not required to provide evidence of funds unless requested to do so by the UKVI. Therefore, if the student dependant is not of the same nationality as the main applicant (even if they are from a country which is considered low risk according to the UKVI), or the student dependant is applying to join the student from outside of the UK, the requirement for them to show funds in a bank account will not be waived.