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Guide to Customs and Immigration

Once you land in the UK, you will proceed to one of two queues: one for nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, and one for everyone else. For students in the first category just proceed towards the gates-you shouldn’t be subject to any special checks.

For students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you may be subject to slightly stricter controls. A Border Force Officer will look at your passport and check your visa/entry clearance and landing card, which your airline should have given you to complete.

When you enter the UK on a Tier 4 visa, the Border Force Officer must check that you speak English at the required level, without needing an interpreter. They will ask questions about your arrival in the UK but there is no test involved.

We recommend keeping the following in your hand luggage just in case:

  • Passport (containing your student visa) and ID card if applicable
  • Offer letter from University of Suffolk
  • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) documentation
  • Evidence of your funding – sponsor letter or bank statement used to obtain your visa
  • Details of your accommodation, including address
  • IELTS/English Language qualification certificate (if applicable).

After you have collected your luggage you must go through customs control and join the appropriate queue:

Green channel - if you have nothing to declare

Red channel - if you have items to declare

Blue channel - if you have arrived from an airport within the European Union (EU) where you have already cleared all your baggage through Customs Control.

Now, all you have to do is make your way to Ipswich. Follow our guide to getting here in Article 1 for further guidance!