When you arrive in the UK, you will go through immigration and customs control, also known as Border control.
You will need to show:
- Your identity document, such as your passport (and your visa if applicable).
The Border officials may ask why you are travelling to the UK. You should explain that you are coming to the UK to study and it would be advisable to carry a copy of your offer letter and Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) with you in your hand luggage to confirm this.
You must travel to the UK within the validity of the 90-day entry visa (if applicable) and before the last date of enrolment unless special permission has been given.
It is important when you arrive to the UK to ensure that you see an immigration official/officer and request a date stamp on your 90-day entry visa vignette, as this is your evidence of when you entered the UK. You will need to provide evidence of this to complete your Right to Study check.
It is important to be aware of the eGates when arriving in the UK. They are automated self-service barriers located at immigration areas in UK airports. You can enter the UK via the eGates if you are a national from an EU country, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland or the USA for quicker entry.
If you enter the UK using the eGates, you will not be given a stamp in your passport and will need to keep evidence of the date that you entered the UK (such as flight tickets and/or boarding pass) and provide these in addition to your other documents when you enrol. You will also need to keep these documents safe for the duration of your stay in the UK to prove the date that you entered the UK.
It is important that you enter the UK during the validity of your student visa. If you enter the UK before the start date of your student visa permission (for some of you before the start date of your 90-day entry visa vignette) using the eGates, you will enter the UK as a visitor. You will not be able to enrol onto your course as a visitor and will be required to leave the Common Travel Area (UK, Ireland, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey) and re-enter the UK after your student visa is valid in order to 'activate' your student visa.