To enter the UK on a student visa, you will need to demonstrate that:
*A 'bona fide' institution is one that offers appropriately recognised qualifications, or is accredited by an appropriate body.
Upon arrival in the UK you may be asked to provide chest x-rays, regardless of your country of origin.
If you do not have x-rays with you then you may be subject to a health check at the airport, this can delay your journey by a few hours, particularly if there are long queues. To avoid delay, arrange to have a health check and any necessary x-rays in your home country before departing for the UK. It is also useful to bring information on any vaccinations that you have received, as well as any medication that you take regularly. You should carry this documentation in your hand luggage for ease of reference in the event of any queries.
Pre-entry tuberculosis screening:
UK Visas and Immigration have recently announced that they are extending the list of countries that will require screening before being granted a visa for the UK. Check the following website for further information:
On arrival in the UK your documents will be checked. There will be separate control points for EEA (European Economic Area) nationals and other passport holders.
You will be asked to tell the immigration officer the purpose of your stay in the UK, and will need to show:
After immigration control you will pass through customs control, which is divided into three channels:
You are permitted to bring a personal allowance of goods into the UK without paying duty or tax. There are very strict rules about what you may and may not bring in to the UK with you. Please visit the UK Visas and Immigration information page below for further information:
Refusal of entry
If you have no entry clearance and the immigration officer refuses to allow you to enter the UK, you may be removed immediately or you may be given temporary admission for a short period. If this happens, you should contact the following organisations for help:
Immigration Advisory Service
Telephone: +44 207 967 1200
Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants
Telephone: +44 207 251 8708