Top compliance tips for a smooth transition to studies in the UK

Immigration rules can be complex and confusing and they change regularly. In fact the British Government has recently replaced the Tier 4 route with its new Student Route. Although the name has changed, many aspects, such as needing a CAS for study, providing evidence of English Language etc, will remain the same. However to prepare our international students for their journey to the UK, we are providing some top tips to help them make their arrival in the UK as smooth as possible as well as making sure they keep to the conditions of their Student Route visa.

1. Email contact

Prior to coming to the UK, the main method of contact with prospective students will be via their personal email. It is essential, therefore, that students have their own personal email and that they check their emails regularly as this is how they will receive important information about all aspects of their course.

The University’s Student Engagement team (studentengagement@bcu.ac.uk) will contact new students before they arrive in the UK to check on visa outcomes and arrival details. It is essential that students respond to emails from this team so that the University can support their arrival and enrolment at the University.

2. Enrolment

Students are able to complete some of the enrolment process online before travelling to the UK. When students arrive in the UK (and after any period of quarantine) their top priority in relation to their Student Route Visa is to attend their on-campus enrolment appointment and present their BRP and passport.

Students who fail to attend their enrolment appointment risk being withdrawn from the course. Also, students must NOT send their BRPs to any other organisations before they have first presented it to the University at enrolment.

3. BRP Collection Point

Birmingham City University is a registered ACL which means that students can opt for their Biometrics Residence Permits (BRPs) to be delivered directly to the University rather than a Post Office. By selecting BCU as the collection point, we can resolve issues with incorrect or undelivered BRPs more quickly than if they have been delivered to the Post Office.

Our ACL Code is 2HE522

4. BRPs for dependents

As well as receiving BRPs for our students we will also take delivery of BRPs for their dependents. To collect these, the student must present their dependent’s passport.

5. Contact details

It is ESSENTIAL that students provide their full UK contact address and mobile number as part of the online enrolment process as the University can be asked to provide these to the Home Office at any time. This should NOT be any of BCU’s campus addresses. One of the many exciting things about studying at Birmingham City University is taking advantage of all of our excellent facilities and being part of our university community. Therefore, when looking for accommodation, prospective students should live within the Birmingham area so that they can easily and affordably be able to travel to campus.

6. Engagement

Birmingham City University expects all students to be on campus to study their classes. If students are delayed in arriving and this has delay has been approved, they will need to start engaging with their studies online in their home country before they even travel to the UK. It is really important that students are aware of this requirement and understand that they won’t be accepted onto their course if they arrive late and haven’t done any online studying.

7. Visa Refusals and Administrative Reviews

If any of your students do receive a visa refusal, please do let the University know as soon as possible as not only do we have a legal requirement to report this to the Home Office but also we may be able to assist in the process of getting it overturned. Equally, we need to know if a student has submitted an Administrative Review as we can support them in following this up directly with the Home Office.