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Arriving in the UK

To comply with your visa, you might need to do several things when you get here.


When you can arrive

You can arrive in the UK up to one month before your course start date, if your course is six months or longer, or a pre-sessional course that is less than six months.

If your course is fewer than six months long, you can arrive seven days before your course start date.

Important: You must always arrive in the UK within the validity of your Student visa. This will either be within the validity of your 90-day vignette (if you have been issued one) or after the valid from date of your Student visa (this applies to most EU nationals who have been issued a digital immigration status).

As part of the University registration procedures, you will need to show either your date stamped 90-day vignette or a flight ticket/boarding pass showing the date you entered the UK. If you have entered the UK before the validity of your Student visa, you will not be able to register for your course. You will need to leave the UK and re-enter during the validity of your Student visa.

What to do at the UK border

When you arrive in the UK, you must show the Border Force Officer (BFO):

  • your 90-day vignette (sticker in your passport), if you have been issued one
  • the letter that came with your vignette, if you have one
  • copies of your financial documents.

Important: You may be able to use an ePassport gate at the UK border. If you use one, bring your flight ticket or boarding pass to registration so we can take a copy. We can’t register you for Sussex without this.

Find out what to do at the border if you have a visa for a short course.

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