PSW Visa Fees for Dependant Applicants: What You Need to Know

PSW Visa Fees for Dependant Applicants: What You Need to Know

The Post-Study Work (PSW) visa allows international graduates to remain in the UK to find employment after their studies, contributing significantly to the UK’s talent pool. For family members of these graduates, the PSW Dependant visa facilitates their ability to stay in the UK alongside the main PSW visa holder.

It is crucial for applicants preparing to apply for a PSW Dependant visa to understand the associated fees. Keep reading the article to learn about the visa fees and additional expenses you will need to be aware of. 

What Is a PSW Dependant or Graduate Dependant Visa UK?

The PSW dependant or graduate dependant visa is a provision for family members of international graduates who are in the UK under the Post-Study Work visa regime.

This visa category is designed to ensure that dependants, including spouses, partners, and children, can legally reside in the UK alongside the primary visa holder, who is taking advantage of the graduate route to seek employment after graduation from a UK institution.

To be eligible for a graduate dependant visa, the primary applicant must have successfully completed a qualification from a recognised UK institution and must hold a graduate visa. The application for the dependant visa needs to be submitted either at the same time as the main applicant’s or while the main applicant’s graduate visa is still active.

The duration of stay granted under the Graduate Dependant visa mirrors that of the main applicant’s Graduate visa, typically extending to two or three years, depending on the main applicant’s level of qualification.

During their stay, dependants are granted the flexibility to work in the UK, pursue studies, or simply enjoy family life in the UK. However, it is important to note that access to public funds or benefits is unavailable under this visa category, highlighting the need for financial planning and stability.

UK PSW Dependant Visa Eligibility Criteria

Below, we will explore the requirements set by the Home Office that the PSW dependants must meet for a successful visa application.

For Partner 

For your partner to qualify as a dependant under the PSW visa, they must have previously received the dependant visa under the main visa holder’s Student visa. Proof of the continuing relationship is mandatory. There are three main scenarios under which you can validate your partnership:

  1. Marriage or Civil Partnership: You are in a legally recognised marriage or civil partnership in the UK.
  2. Cohabitation: You have lived together in an association comparable to marriage or civil association for a minimum of two years at the time of application.
  3. Long-Distance Relationships: You have been in a relationship for at least two years when applying but live apart due to work, study, or cultural reasons. In such cases, evidence of ongoing commitment is required, including regular communication, financial support for each other, joint care for any children, and spending time together when possible.

Documentary evidence to support your relationship status could include joint bank statements, communication records, financial support documents, and photos or travel records of times spent together.

For Child 

Children applying as dependants under the PSW visa must meet specific criteria based on their living situation and age:

  • General Requirement: The child should live with you unless they are away for full-time education, like boarding school or university. They should not be married or in a civil partnership.
  • Proof of Address: Documentation verifying the child’s address must be provided. This can include bank statements, credit card bills, a driving licence, NHS registration documents, or official letters from their educational institution.

For children under the age of 18, they must have been previously granted the dependant visa on the main visa holder’s Student visa by the UK immigration authorities. Nevertheless, this stipulation is waived if the child was born within the UK. Documentation establishing the child’s relationship to the main visa holder, such as a birth certificate or a court-issued special guardianship order, is required.

Regarding children who are 18 years old or older, they are required to have been formally acknowledged as your dependants during the time you were on your Student visa or Tier 4 (General) student visa.

Also Read: UK Student Dependent Visa New Rules 2024

UK Graduate Dependant Visa Fees

Applying for a UK Graduate Dependant Visa involves careful financial planning. The fees include: 

Visa Application Fee

The application cost for a Graduate Dependent Visa is £822 for each dependant applicant under the graduate route. It covers the administrative costs of processing the visa application by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and is payable at the time of application submission.

Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)

In addition to the application fee, applicants must also disburse the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). This surcharge ensures that individuals coming to the UK can benefit from healthcare services without additional charges at the point of use.

The annual IHS charge is  £1,035. So, the cost of the IHS depends on the duration of the visa granted:

  • For a 2-year Graduate visa, the IHS fee totals £2,070.
  • For a 3-year Graduate visa, the IHS fee increases to £3,105.

Payment of both the visa application fee and the IHS is required to complete the application process and move forward with the visa application review by the Home Office.

Also Read: IHS Fees for UK Dependant Visas Explained 2024

Additional Fees for the UK Graduate Dependant Visa

Beyond the primary visa application fee and the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), applicants should be aware of potential additional fees like:

  • Biometric Fees: As part of the application process, dependants are required to provide their biometric information, which includes fingerprints and a photograph. This step may incur a fee, especially if appointments are scheduled at certain premium service centres or for expedited processing.
  • Translation and Certification Costs: Should the original documents not be in English or Wales, they need to be presented along with a certified translation. The expenses associated with translation services can vary based on the document’s length, complexity, and other factors.
  • Legal Advice and Representation Fees: While not mandatory, legal representation can be a significant additional cost for those who opt for it. The fee of the lawyer can vary widely depending on the legal professional’s experience and location. 

Also Read: Ultimate Guide to UK Dependant Visa: New Rules, Requirements, and Process 2024

Let Us Help You With the PSW Dependant Visa Processing

The PSW Dependant Visa process can be challenging, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. At Spouse Visa Lawyers, our team of experienced immigration lawyers are here to guide you through every step to ensure your application is thorough, compliant, and positioned for success.

From understanding fees to preparing documents, we’re here to provide the support you need. Contact us today and take the first step towards securing your family’s future in the UK.

You Ask, We Answer


Yes, children over 18 can be included as dependants if they were previously granted dependant status on the main applicant’s student visa. They must not be married or have children and should be financially supported by the main applicant.

Individuals holding a PSW Dependant Visa have the right to work in the UK and pursue education.

Holders of a Dependant Visa do not qualify for public funds, such as welfare benefits or social housing. However, they are entitled to utilise the National Health Service (NHS).

If your application is denied, the Home Office will provide grounds for the denial in their decision letter. Applicants can review the reasons for refusal and may be eligible to apply for an administrative review if they believe an error was made during the decision process. Alternatively, correcting any deficiencies and re-applying is another option.

The duration of the main applicant’s stay in the UK depends on the type of visa they have been granted. For those on a Post-Study Work (PSW) Visa, the typical period allowed is either 2 or 3 years, based on the level of qualification achieved. They may be able to stay in the UK after this period by switching to a skilled worker visa by fulfilling the requirements. 

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