Before you come to the UK, you need to ensure that you have the correct visa for studying. Many of our international students need a visa to study in the UK. You start your visa application when you have received an offer from us.
Remember that we have a team of advisors on hand to deal with any of your questions.
This visa allows you to study on a course that is longer than six months. Most international students need this visa to study in the UK.
You will be able to use eGates if you are an international student from EU/EEA or Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States of America and are studying for longer than six months and have a Student Route visa (vignette) in your passport or student route biometric residence permit.
However you must prove that you entered the UK within the validity of your visa (vignette).
Here is an example of a vignette you will receive following a successful Student Route visa application. You will find the issue and expiry date of the vignette in the top right corner as shown in the example below:
You must ensure that you travel to the UK within the validity of Student Route vignette. If you enter the UK through eGates before the start date the Student Route visa (vignette), you will have a visitor leave and not Student Route visa.
In accordance with the Home Office regulations, you will have to leave the UK and re-enter on or after the start date of your Student Route visa (vignette) in order to continue your studies.
As part of your induction activities at Middlesex you will be required to go through an ID check process which is an important part of the process to get your student ID card. You will be asked to provide your passport, Student Route visa (vignette) and evidence of when you entered the UK.
You will also need to retain evidence that you travelled to or entered the UK within the last six months if you intend to rent an entire property from a letting agent or private landlord or intend to rent a room (as a lodger) from a private landlord or a host family for more than three months.
Acceptable evidence of entry to the UK may include a boarding card, ticket or booking confirmation for travel to the UK.
If you are coming to the UK as a Short Term Student (less than 6 months) (as part of the Study Abroad programme; short courses, pre-sessional English; taking viva; resits, part of your research), then you MUST seek entry via Immigration Officer and request the entry stamp as in the example below:
The stamp gives you the permission needed for your studies and confirms the date you entered the UK. You should not be using the e-Gates entrance to the UK.
Without the passport stamp you will be unable to study and will be required to leave the UK and re-enter to obtain the entry clearance stamp.