Visa Information

Uk Border Force releases information for students coming to the UK. 

Top Ten Tips for First Time Students Entering the UK

  1. If you're from a country not in the EU or European Economic Area, please complete the landing card given to you during your flight before you arrive at border control. 
  2. Have your passport ready. Remove if from any coverm and remember to remove sunglasses and hats before reaching border control. 
  3. Keep information about the course you're studying in your hand luggage. This must be in paper copy (not an electronic copy on a tablet or phone). This includes your university confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) number. 
  4. Kepp recent bank statements and details of where you are staying in your hand luggage, border Force officers may ask to see this information. 
  5. Expect Border Force officers to ask simple questions about your stay in the UK when you arrive at passport control. 
  6. Do not bring in any meat or dairy products from the outside the European Union (EU). There are restrictions on traditional medicines, food products such as fish, eggs and honey, and some fruit, vegetables and plants (including bulbs, seeds, cut flowers and tree bark). 
  7. There are also restrictions on the amount of tobacco, alcohol and gifts that you can bring to the UK, if you exceed your duty free allowance and do not declare them, all of your items could be taken away from you.
  8. If you plan on travelling in/out of the UK more than four times this year, why not become a Registered Traveller. Members do not fill in landing cards and are able to access ePassport gates. Find out more here. 
  9. You must declare any sums of cash of 10,000 euros or more (or the equivalent in another currency) if you are travelling from a country outside the European Union.
  10. Never give false or misleading information, including forged or counterfeit documents.

Non-EEA students arriving at the UK border this summer

As you are aware, the majority of students coming to study in the UK from abroad will arrive over the next two weeks.

There are a number of ways that preparation can improve your students’ border experience and help us process them more quickly. To assist arriving students, we have created a top 10 tips for travelling through the UK border, which is attached to this message. We would appreciate it if you could please forward our advice to students prior to their journey.

When completing landing cards, students should write an address where they can be easily contacted during their stay in the UK. Paperwork should be kept in students’ hand luggage and should be ready to present to a Border Force officer before reaching customs control.

Documents students will need to present to Border Force (please note: electronic copies are not acceptable) include:

1st Year Students:

•    Admission/Offer/CAS letter(s)
•    Confirmation of payment/receipts for course and accommodation OR documentary evidence that the student has sufficient funds to pay for these.

Returning Students:

•    Student ID Card or Admission/Offer/CAS letter(s).
•    Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) or evidence that the student has continuing leave to remain as a student.  (The latter will normally be indicated on their visa; but if this is endorsed in a passport that has now expired,  students should bring their old passport with them.)
•    Finally, all returning students are advised to check their email accounts prior to travelling back to the United Kingdom for correspondence from the Home Office.  In the event that they have received email notification that their Student leave has been cancelled/postponed, you are strongly advised not to travel, but instead to contact your nearest British Diplomatic mission immediately for advice and assistance.  

Following these steps can cut students processing time at the border considerably. More details on the best way to navigate through the UK border can be found in our new video guide.