UK Implements New Immigration Policy: Nigerian and Foreign Students Restricted from Bringing Family Dependents

UK Implements New Immigration Policy: Nigerian and Foreign Students Restricted from Bringing Family Dependents

…By Jack Sylva for TDPel Media. Starting from January 2024, the United Kingdom (UK) has introduced a new law that will limit the ability of Nigeria and other foreign students studying in the UK to bring their family members as dependents, except in specific circumstances.


The move is part of the UK government’s efforts to reduce overall immigration numbers, which currently stand at around one million.

Preventing Misuse of Visa System

According to Sky News, the new rule aims to prevent the misuse of the visa system by international students.

It will remove the option for students to switch from the student route to work routes before completing their studies.

The UK government also plans to review the maintenance requirement for students and their dependents, as well as crack down on unscrupulous education agents who exploit the system for immigration purposes rather than education.

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Adapting to the New Law

Fresh students planning to study in the UK are advised to consider and prepare for the implications of the new law, which will come into effect in January 2024.

It is essential for students and their families to understand the changes and make appropriate arrangements.


Rise in Dependants Prompts Policy Change

In a written ministerial statement, UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman explained that recent immigration figures revealed an unexpected increase in the number of dependents accompanying international students to the UK.

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This prompted the government to take action and implement stricter regulations.

Exemptions for PhD Students

However, it is important to note that the ban on bringing family members as dependents will not apply to PhD students.

Typically, PhD courses last between 3 and 5 years and involve highly skilled individuals. Therefore, these students will still have the option to bring their families to the UK.

Adapting to the Changing Landscape

Nigerian and foreign students pursuing education in the UK must be aware of and prepare for the new immigration policy.

It is crucial to understand the restrictions on bringing family dependents and consider alternative arrangements based on the specific circumstances of each student.


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Jack Sylva is an accomplished writer and producer with over three years of experience creating news content for TDPel Media. He is a skilled and dedicated professional who is passionate about keeping his readers informed and up-to-date on the latest news and events. Jack has a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting compelling stories that resonate with his audience. His hard work and dedication have made him a valuable member of the TDPel Media team, and his contributions to the organization have been instrumental in its success. In his free time, Jack enjoys reading, writing, and exploring the great outdoors. He lives in London, United Kingdom.

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