Before you leave – Bath Spa University

Once you've received your visa you're ready to make your arrangements for travelling to the UK and arriving in Bath.

This may be your first time travelling to the UK and living away from home. The experience can be both exciting and overwhelming and you may not know what to expect when you finally arrive.

Here, we cover everything you need to know before you leave. You may also like to read our information on travelling to Bath and important information for when you arrive.

Checking your visa is correct

Once you've received your visa acceptance email or letter, and if applicable, your Entry Clearance vignette, you must check that all of the details are correct.  

If you used the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app and received 'digital status'

If you used the Home Office's ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app for your Student visa application you'll receive 'digital status' and an email from the Home Office when your visa application has been successful.

The 'digital status' means that the chip in your passport carries the information that you have been granted permission to enter or remain under the Student route.

Please remember that if at any point you replace your passport, you'll need to register the new passport against your UKVI account you made at the time of applying for your visa. The details of your new passport will not be moved to the new one automatically. 

When you receive your visa acceptance email from the Home Office, you'll need to check the following details:

  • Your name
  • The reference number (should match the reference number you received when you made the application)
  • That your application has been successful
  • Start date (should be one month before the start date stated on your CAS)
  • End date (this will depend on the length of permission you have applied for)
    • If your course is longer than 12 months, you should be granted four additional months of immigration permission after the course finishes
    • If your course is 12 months or less then you should be granted two additional months of immigration permission after the course finishes
  • Study conditions (the sponsor is Bath Spa University and the course title is the course you're going to study)
  • Work conditions (we would expect that you're permitted to work 20 hours a week during term time and full time during scheduled vacations according to the term dates)
  • The condition to register with the police (if this applies to you, see the police registration section on our when you arrive page).

If you're a visa national, you'll receive a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) as well as 'digital status'. 

If you attended a Visa Application Centre (VAC) and provided biometric information

If you did not use the app and instead made an application online and attended a biometric appointment at a Visa Application Centre (VAC), you'll receive a visa acceptance letter when your passport and documents are returned to you.

You will not have 'digital status' and instead have an Entry Clearance vignette (visa sticker) in your passport.

When you receive your visa sticker in your passport and accompanying letter, you'll need to check that the following details are correct:

  • Your name, date of birth and gender
  • That you have permission under the Student route
  • The Sponsor Licence Number (SLN) is JVACU29U9, correct for Bath Spa University
  • Start date (should be one month before the start date stated on your CAS)
  • End date (this will depend on the length of permission you have applied for)
    • If your course is longer than 12 months, you should be granted four additional months of immigration permission after the course finishes
    • If your course is 12 months or less then you should be granted two additional months of immigration permission after the course finishes
  • Working conditions (we would expect that you are permitted to work 20 hours a week during term time and full time during scheduled vacations according to the term dates)
  • The condition to register with the police (if this applies to you, see the police registration section on our when you arrive page).

If you're expecting to be issued a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

If there are any mistakes on your visa email, Entry Clearance vignette or accompanying letter, these will likely also be on your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).

When you collect your BRP you'll need to inform the Home Office to have these corrected, as described in your responsibilities as an international student. The Immigration Advice Service will be able to advise and assist you to address any corrections when you arrive.

The University, as your student sponsor, has its own responsibility to report mistakes on your BRP to the Home Office.

Planning your journey

When to travel

If you've been given 'digital status' then you can travel from the date stated in your visa email. It will say:

"You have been granted permission to enter and stay in the UK as a Student from..."

If your passport has been endorsed with an Entry Clearance vignette then you can travel to the UK on or after the ‘valid from date’. 

Tell us if you're delayed

It's important that you tell us if you're going to be late arriving to the UK – in particular, if you'll miss the registration and welcome week activities when we hope to see you for in-person enrolment.

You must arrive by the last course acceptance date stated on your CAS.

Ready to travel?

When you’re ready to make firm travel arrangements please have a look at our Travelling to Bath page.

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