the changes are due to take place from July 2011 but the exact wording of the changes has not yet been announced.
What the statement of intent
"From summer 2011 students applying for their
initial grant of leave as a student will only be able
to bring their dependent family members (limited
to spouses/partners and children aged under 18)
where the course is at least 12 months long and the
student is either doing post-graduate level study
at a higher education institution (NQF 7/QCF 7/
SCQF 11 and above) or is Government sponsored"
From July 2011: "We will only allow new students studying at
a higher education institution on a course on
NQF 7 / QCF 7 / SQCF 11 or above lasting 12
months or more to sponsor their dependants.
The dependants will be able to work."