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If you are applying for independent status through self support, your application will be decided on your full circumstances rather than solely on your level of income. Each case is looked at on an individual basis using the application information and the evidence provided.

To apply for independent status through self support, you must have supported yourself from your own income via employment, either on a part-time or full time basis and be able to satisfactorily demonstrate that you have done so for a period of 36 months in total. Earnings from work done in other countries can be considered. We can also take into account periods that you have been supported by state benefits.

Income received through being a student, such as loans or grants, cannot be used towards your 36 months of being self supported total. However income earned from work whilst you were studying may be considered. Wages from apprenticeships can be taken into account.

Your period of self support does not have to be a continuous 36 months, but must add up to a total of 36 months.

We are unable to advise you if your individual circumstances will qualify you for independent status. You will need to submit an application and provide all requested evidence and this decision will be made at the time of your assessment.

All the evidence provided must be from prior to the start of the first day of your first academic year.