1) BRP pick up location
If your visa application is successful, you will notice when you get your passport back that you will only have a 30 day entry sticker. You must enter the UK within these 30 days and you will collect a BRP card in the UK which will contain the full time for your Tier 4 visa.
To collect your BRP card from Aston University, write 2HE554 for the alternative collection code in your Tier 4 application form [ASTON STUDENTS ONLY]. You must collect your full visa issued on a BRP card within 10 days of arrival in the UK or before your 30 day entry visa expires, whichever is later. Please refer to the picture below for reference.
2) Book an appointment at a visa application centre
You will book an appointment at a nearby visa application centre to submit your biometric information (fingerprints and digital photo).
Usually, you will also submit your documents at this appointment (visa application centres in some countries, such as the USA, may ask you to post your documents after completing biometric enrolment).
You may also be interviewed during the appointment - please see the information on credibility interviews below.
*PLEASE NOTE – The UKVI have introduced changes to some visa application centres overseas (e.g. China, India, Malaysia and others) where you will have the opportunity to upload your documents to a third party website prior to attending your appointment. If you are presented with this option, you can upload your documents but we always advise that you still bring your documents to your appointment just in case.
3) Print the UKVI Checklist and attend your appointment
You will be prompted to print the checklist and take this and your documents to your appointment.
Make sure to arrive in good time - once you have attended this appointment and submitted your documents, you will usually just need to wait for a decision.
We recommend that all applicants make photocopies of all documents being submitted. In the event of a visa refusal, this will make challenging the decision easier.
4) Use of E-Gates
The following nationalities when arriving in the UK are permitted to use the “E-Gates” for quicker entry into the UK.
- New Zealand
- South Korea
This means that if you are a national of any of the above countries and once your Tier 4 visa is approved and you have your “30 day visa sticker”, you can choose to use the E-Gates at a UK airport instead of waiting in line to see a Border Officer. It is not mandatory to use an E-Gate and you can still see a Border Officer if you want. More information here.
All other nationalities still must see a Border Officer and present their visa/passport in person when entering the UK
If you have been advised to get a Short Term Study visa at the airport and are a national of any of the above countries, you must NOT use the E-gates as only a Border Officer can give you the stamp you require to verify Short Term study in the UK. More information here.