Students Staff

Arriving in the UK

When you arrive at a port of entry in the UK, your passport and entry clearance will be checked along with your documents, you will then have a date stamp placed in your passport. Your leave to enter the UK will begin from that date. It will expire on the 'valid until' date stated on your entry clearance. If you take a break in your studies or finish earlier than planned your visa will no longer be valid and you should leave the UK.

If your visa is in an old passport you must bring both passports with you to enter the UK.

Tier 4

Since the 21 April 2011, if you are entering the UK as a Tier 4 student the Home Office will have the right to refuse you entry if, when interviewed by a Border Force officer, you are not able to hold a simple conversation in English without the need of an interpreter. Interviews will not be routine.

If you have been issued with a 30 day vignette in your passport you must arrive in the UK by the date it expires. If you can’t you must apply for a new 30 day entry clearance vignette. Within ten days of arriving in the UK you will have to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (your visa) from the collection location you designated.

Make sure you carry ALL the documents you used to apply for your Tier 4 visa in your hand luggage when you arrive in the UK and that includes a copy of your CAS statement and the UKVI outcome letter. You will need these at the border and, if applicable, to collect your BRP.

Short-term student

If you are a non-visa national coming to the UK to study for less than 6 months you may be seeking entry upon arrival as a Short-term student.

Provided you can show that you meet the immigration rules and requirements for the category you are seeking entry under, you should have a stamp placed in your passport. Make it clear to the Border Force officer that you are coming to study and check the stamp they place in your passport is the one for a short-term student.

Registered Traveller service

If you're 18 or over and a national of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand or the USA, you may be able to apply for the Registered Traveller service to get through UK border control faster using ePassport gates or faster entry lanes, if applicable. You'll need to have an eligible visa and visited the UK four times in the last 52 weeks. It costs £70 to apply and is valid for one year.

Before you travel

Before you travel we recommend you read the detailed information regarding customs and travel, including what you can expect when arriving in the UK and appeals, produced by the Home Office. UKCISA and the British Council also produce useful guidance and information that is worth reading.

As well as the detailed online guidance the Home Office have put together a useful checklist to help students at the UK border.

Entering the UK

If you experience any difficulty with Border Force on entry to the UK you should ask the officer to telephone the International Services Team on 01206 874637, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.