New Students

Arriving in the UK

Below are some helpful tips for when you arrive in the UK

Arriving in the UK

Important information

eGates At The Airport 

Students who are nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States of America may be directed to enter the UK using the electronic gates (‘eGates’) rather than speaking to a Border Force Officer.

If you are a national of one of these countries and have already applied for a visa in your home country, and this has been granted as a sticker in your passport (‘visa vignette’) you may enter the UK through the eGates. You must keep a copy of your boarding pass/flight ticket as evidence of the date that you entered the UK. You will need evidence of the date you arrived in the UK in order to enrol at Queen Mary.

If you have not applied for a visa in your home country, and are requesting Short-term Student immigration permission on entry to the UK, you MUST NOT use the e-gates, because you will need a stamp in your passport from the Border Force Officer. If you are requesting permission as a Short-term Student on entry to the UK, you must speak to a Border Force Officer, and request a Short-term Student stamp to allow you to study in the UK.

BRP Collection 

If your Tier 4 leave has been granted for more than six months, you'll need to collect your BRP card from your chosen Post Office within 10 days of arriving in the UK. If your collection location is the Whitechapel Post Office, you can meet us by the Information Point in Library Square (Mile End campus) on Monday 16 September at 1pm where we will take you to collect your BRP card. If you are not able to make this time, please drop by the information point anytime during Welcome Week and we can take you there.

Police Registration 

You may also need to register with the police if you are of a certain nationality (check your entry clearance visa, BRP or Home Office letter). Check the Advice and Counselling Service website for information on how to do so, and book an appointment to register.