We recommend you print a copy of your email containing your CAS and keep this with you in your hand luggage when you arrive in the UK. You should also carry your conditions letter for BRP collection and the original qualifications as stated on your CAS. Your original qualifications stated on your CAS will be required for Qualification Checks by the university during the year.

If you have obtained your visa in your home country, you must ensure your visa is stamped upon entry to the UK. As part of your continued requirement to adhere to GCU student and visa conditions, your visa must be stamped with your date of entry to activate it.

UK Border Force is getting ready for the expansion of eGates to nationals from seven additional countries at 15 major airports and Eurostar terminals for mid May 2019.

The eGate expansion will mean that eligible nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States of America can use the automated eGates on arrival into the UK, free of charge. Nationals from these seven countries will also no longer need to complete a landing card on arrival.

Please note you must not use the eGate if you are entering the UK as a student. You must see a Border Force Officer on arrival to stamp and activate your visa.

If your visa is not stamped on entry, you must present yourself to an immigration official at the airport in the UK and explain that you have not had your visa stamped. It is advisable to keep copies of your flight booking, tickets and boarding passes for your personal record to confirm your date of entry to the UK in addition to the stamp on your passport.

The university will monitor this during Registration and Tier 4 Checkpoints. This is required by UKVI as part of our Tier 4 Sponsor Duties.

If you are from a country that requires you to register with the police once in the in the UK, you must do this with OVRO within 7 days of arrival.

Entry advice for students from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States

Travelling to and Entering the UK

UK Border Force introduced e-gates earlier this year, allowing eligible nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States of America to use the automated eGates on arrival into the UK, free of charge.

Please note you must not use the eGates if you are entering the UK on a study visa. You must see a Border Force Officer on arrival to stamp and activate your visa. If this is not stamped, please present yourself to an Immigration Official at the Airport requesting your visa to be stamped. You must do this in the first airport in which you enter the UK as you will not be able to seeing an official or have your visa stamped at another UK airport if you have a connecting domestic UK flight.

TOP VISA TIP: We advise you to keep copies of your flight bookings, tickets, boarding passes for your personal records as evidence of your entry into the UK. We may require this as part of your student registration process.