When can I come?
Your course start date is the date given by your approved education provider on your visa letter.
If you are doing a course that is six months or more, you will be able to come to the United Kingdom up to one month before the date you start the course you are studying.
What to show at port
You must show your visa stamp (also known as a vignette) in your passport or your ID card at port when you arrive.
We advise you to carry the documents you provided with your original application (or copies of them) in your hand luggage, including your original visa letter.
Arrival in the United Kingdom
When you arrive at the airport in the United Kingdom, you will have to go through Immigration Control and Customs. They will ask to see your passport and letter from the College. They may want to know about your payment to the College and also about your sponsor or families bank accounts. It will be useful to have this information ready just in case, as well as the address where you will be living in London. They may ask you when you will be travelling home again.
If you are interviewed be honest and answer all questions, tell them about your course and the College. They will sometimes telephone people to make sure that you are telling the truth. If you are interviewed, do not worry as it is normal procedure.
The College fax number is 020 8889 0188 or the telephone is 020 8889 0707. E-mails may be sent directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
You can telephone between 09.30 and 17.30 Monday to Thursday and between 09.30 and 16.45 on a Friday. It may be advisable to plan your journey to coincide with our availability should you need to contact us in case of any difficulties.
Be aware that you are not allowed to bring unauthorised items into the UK such as knives, guns or drugs like heroin and cannabis as they are illegal in Britain. You will also need to collect your bags from the airport luggage carousel so follow the signs that lead to baggage collection or ask a member or the airport staff.
Arriving in North London
If you intend to use public transport, it would be helpful to plan your route in advance. For information and advice you can contact London Transport Information:
24-hour helpline: +44 (0)20 7222 1234 or http://www.tfl.gov.uk
If someone is meeting you at the airport, ensure that they have your flight details in advance as well as your full name and estimated time of arrival. Typically they will hold up a board with your name on it, if they are a relative then they should also recognise you as you enter the arrivals lounge.