When you arrive – Bath Spa University

Welcome to Bath Spa! Once you arrive there are some things you'll need to do and be aware of as you're settling in.

Online registration and in-person enrolment

All students are required to complete online registration.

Additionally, sponsored international students (those on a student visa) will need to complete in-person enrollment during the Welcome Weekend.

Collecting your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

Students that were not granted 'digital status' or are considered 'visa nationals' will be issued a BRP. 

Once you have entered the UK, your BRP is your visa. Keep it safe with your passport as it can be expensive and inconvenient to replace if it's lost or stolen.

Where can I collect it from?

You'll need to collect it from the location you specified in your online student visa application.

If you selected to use the Alternative Collection Location Code (ACL) code for Bath Spa when you made your visa application, then your BRP will be delivered to us. You'll need to bring your passport and your decision email or letter from the Home Office. 

If you did not select the ACL delivery process, then please go to the post office in Bath city centre to collect your BRP. The address is 6-7 Union Street, Bath, BA1 1RT.

When do I need to collect it?

Legally, you'll need to collect your BRP within ten days of arriving in the UK, or before your Entry Clearance vignette in your passport expires, whichever is later. 

However, you'll need to collect it in order to complete your in-person enrolment.

Issues with your BRP

As your student sponsor, we have a responsibility to check your BRP for any mistakes and report these to the Home Office. If there are mistakes we'll notify you. 

You'll also need to report mistakes to the Home Office yourself, to get a new corrected card. We can assist you with this at your in-person enrolment. 

Registering with the police

Who needs to register with the police?

The condition to register with the police is given to people who are from one of the below nationalities and who are in the UK on a Student visa for more than six months:

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Columbia
  • Cuba
  • Egypt
  • Georgia
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Macao
  • Moldova
  • Morroco
  • North Korea
  • Oman
  • Palestine
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • UAE
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Yemen

When should I do it?

You must go to the police within seven days of arriving in the UK if you applied for your visa from outside the UK, or getting your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) if you applied for your visa from inside the UK.

How to register with the Avon and Somerset Police

To register and book your appointment, visit the Avon and Somerset Police website. You'll need to visit the online registration and appointment portal to book your appointment. You can't save your application and come back to it later, so make sure you have the relevant information in front of you before you begin.

There's a fee of £34 to register with the police. When you register, you'll receive a Police Registration Certificate.

You'll need:

  • Your personal details, UK address (and postcode) and your contact details - please check that you have the full address, including room number or house/flat number, and a family member’s details (if applicable)
  • Your passport
  • Your visa and travel details
  • Your study details (your CAS)
  • The ability to upload a passport style photograph.

When you've completed the online registration, you'll be required to make an appointment to register in person.

When you go to your appointment, you must bring your:

  • Passport
  • Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), if you have it
  • UK Visas and Immigration decision letter or email
  • £34 registration fee in cash.

The nearest Registration Unit is:

Beware of frauds and scams

Since the pandemic has hit, criminals are taking the opportunity to devise more ways to take your money. Scams can be very sophisticated and usually start with attempts to obtain your personal information or persuading you to pay money for items or a service.

Things to consider

  • Fraudsters may use cold calling and high-pressured sales techniques to convince you to invest in worthless, cloned or non-existent items, including cryptocurrencies. They will claim the opportunity is time limited so that you have to act quickly, with little time to consider or investigate further.
  • Unsolicited cold calling about investment opportunities is illegal – if you've received a cold call, this could be a sign that you're being solicited to pay into a scam.
  • Cryptocurrencies are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority so you're completely unprotected, if you lose money it won't be returned to you.
  • Scams may be promoted on social media with an almost too-good-to-be-true outcome if you invest your money. They may use fake celebrity endorsements to draw you in.
  • Email confirmations and websites may look official but it doesn’t mean they are genuine.
  • Legitimate investment companies are listed on the FCA’s Financial Services Register. You should always check before committing to investing any funds.
  • Never download any suspicious software that allows people to access your device.
  • Remember, if something sounds too good to be true – it probably is!

Scams targeting international students

There have been a number of scams targeting international students across the UK, including:

  • Callers pretending to be from the Home Office or the police
  • Tuition fee scams, where a person offers to pay the students’ tuition fees at a discounted rate or favourable conversion rate.

Please remember:

  • The Home Office and police will never call an international student to request payments or ask for personal details
  • You should only ever pay your tuition fees directly to the University.

For more information, please see the Government's Frauds, Tricks and Scams information.

Student responsibilities

As well as collecting your BRP and registering with the police when you first arrive, there are additional responsibilities for all sponsored international students. Please make sure you're aware of these and follow them at all times.

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