When you have been granted your Student visa you must check it and arrange for any corrections to be made before you travel. Your visa will have a valid from date, you can travel to the UK from the date it is valid. If you have made an application for a Student visa but do not have the outcome, you must not travel to the UK.
If your course has already started, you must only travel to the UK if you have completed your online registration and can arrive by the latest accept date on your CAS. Read the section below if you can’t arrive in time to start your course.
If you have been issued with an entry clearance vignette (sticker) that is valid for 90 days - you must arrive in the UK during its validity, you must not attempt to enter the UK before the date it is valid from or after the date it expires. If you can’t arrive by the day the vignette expires, provided you are able to arrive in time to start your course, you will need to apply for a new entry clearance vignette from overseas. You will have a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) to collect as soon as you arrive in the UK and will have chosen a collection location when you applied for your visa. If you are required to self-isolate, you can collect your BRP once that period has passed. Read our BRP page for more information.
If you have been issued with an entry clearance vignette (sticker) that is valid for more than 90 days - you should be studying a course, or part of a longer course, of up to 6 months duration only and should arrive by the course start date. If you are studying with us for more than 6 months and your entry clearance vignette is for longer than 6 months this will have been issued incorrectly and you should contact our International Services team for advice attaching a copy of the vignette.
If you have been issued with digital immigration status and do not have a physical document (an entry clearance vignette/BRP) - Digital immigration status is only issued to some nationals with certain types of visa, this includes some EEA/Swiss nationals issued with a Student visa. You must not travel to the UK before the date your visa is valid from as you would be entered as a visitor and cannot study a full-time course that is longer than 6 months in duration. If you have a Student visa and have digital immigration status, you will not be issued with a BRP.
Read our Student route outcome information to find out more about the length of immigration permission and conditions you should have been given and what to do if anything is incorrect.