International

When you arrive


Teesside University is ranked number one of 107 world universities for welcome (International Student Barometer 2017)

At the airport

Make sure you are well prepared and have all your documents ready, so that you can move through UK Border checks quickly and easily and have a good experience when you arrive.

The UK Border Force have created a 10 top tips document which we recommend you read. You can download it here. There is also a short video which will help you with general advice about arriving at the airport in the UK.

Here is some additional advice which will help to make your arrival in the airport simple and stress-free.

- When you complete your landing card, write an address where you can be easily contacted while you are in the UK.
- Keep all your documents in your hand luggage and have it ready to present to a Border Force officer before you arrive at the Passport Control area. You will need to present paper copies - electronic copies are not acceptable.

First year students will need:

• Admission/Offer/CAS letter(s).
• Confirmation of payment/receipts for course and accommodation OR documentary evidence that you have sufficient funds to pay for these.

Returning students will need:

• Student ID Card or Admission/Offer/CAS letter(s).
• Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) or evidence that you have continuing leave to remain as a student. Leave to remain will normally be indicated on your visa; but if this is endorsed in a passport that has now expired, you must also bring your old passport with you.

All returning students are advised to check their email accounts prior to travelling back to the United Kingdom for messages from the Home Office. If you have received email notification that your Student leave has been cancelled/postponed, you are strongly advised not to travel and you must contact your nearest British Diplomatic mission immediately for help.

Please remember- even if you have arranged our free airport pick-up service, you will not be able to meet the representative from Teesside University until you have successfully passed through Passport Control and collected your luggage. It is very important that you read the above advice and make sure you are organised and prepared for arrival at the airport by yourself.

Free meet and greet service for international students

When you have applied for your accommodation, don’t forget to apply for our free Meet and Greet service. You will be welcomed by one of our friendly student ambassadors when you arrive at either Durham Tees Valley or Newcastle International Airport and taken straight to your new home.

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Equality and diversity

We welcome applications from every section of the community as part of our commitment to equality of opportunity within a diverse working and learning environment.

 

 

Welcome and orientation event

The welcome and orientation event provides international students with an opportunity to find out more about what it's like to live and study in the UK. It's a chance to meet other students from all over the world and will help you organise some of the things that are a priority for international students when you first arrive at Teesside.

We will post further details of the orientation programme here on our website closer to the date.

Teesside University is ranked number one in the UK for institution orientation (International Student Barometer 2017, 31 UK universities participated, based on the views of 409 students at Teesside University)

Police registration

You may need to register with the police if you come to the UK for longer than 6 months, extend your current leave or switch to a different visa. You’ll be told if you need to register with the police on one of the following documents
- your entry visa vignette (sticker in your passport), if you’re travelling to the UK
- the Home Office letter that approved your application for leave

Who needs to register with the police?
You may be told to register with the police if all the following apply:
• you’re 16 or older
• your visa or immigration application is for longer than 6 months
• your visa or immigration application is not exempt from the police registration requirement
• you’ve been told to register on your entry visa vignette or Home Office letter that approved your application for leave
• you’re from one of the countries on the list below:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Palestine, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yemen.

When should I register?
You must register within 7 days of arriving in the UK or, if your leave has been extended, within 7 days of getting your BRP card.

If you do not register:
• any future immigration applications will consider that you did not register.
• your current leave can be shortened.

How much does it cost to register?
It currently costs £34.

Where can I register/ update my registration?

You need to create an account and book an appointment via the online system, delivered by the Police at the following link https://www.cleveland.police.uk/Services/foreign-nationals.aspx

The Police Registration Process involves 2 stages:

  1. Create an account and book an appointment via the online system delivered by the Police.  There will be some appointments available at the University however if these are full you will need to attend a police station for your appointment and details of the relevant station will be provided to you as part of the booking process. You must do this stage within 7 days of arriving in the UK
  2. Once an appointment has been booked to attend a face to face appointment, you should take the relevant documents listed below with you.
    Note: this stage does not need to be completed within 7 days of arriving in the UK, although you must have booked the appointment within that time

If you have any questions about the process you can contact Cleveland Police directly on the following email address ForeignNationalsRegistrationUnit@cleveland.pnn.police.uk

Renewing your registration is free of charge.

Failure to register with the police, if required to do so, is a criminal offence and could lead to prosecution. You should carry your Police Registration Certificate at all times and it must be produced to a police officer or an immigration officer on request.

Which documents do I need to be able to register?

You’ll need to take:

• £34 in cash
• 2 recent passport size colour photographs
• your passport with your entry clearance vignette
• your BRP card
• the Home Office letter that approved your application for leave
• Confirmation of your address in the UK
• University enrolment letter (you can print this from your e-vision account)

Notifying the Police of any changes

Throughout your time in the UK, you must report to the police within seven days of the following changes:

  • change of address
  • change of course, school, college or university
  • change of marital status, name or birth of children
  • extension of stay granted by UK Visas and Immigration
  • change of passport
  • transfer from another Police force area
  • temporary absence of eight weeks or more from your registered address

You can do this by logging onto the online registration system delivered by the Police. You will need to book and attend an appointment, but will not be required to pay the fee again.

Change of Address, You must bring the following –
•Police Registration Certificate
•Proof of address e.g. Tenancy agreement/letter confirmation from university including room number
•Passport
•Visa/BRP/Home Office Decision Letter showing requirement to register with Police

Change of College/University/Course/Employment. You must bring the following –
•Police Registration Certificate
•Offer letter from University/CAS or Employment contract
•Passport
• Visa/BRP/Home Office Decision Letter showing requirement to register with Police

Change of Marital Status/name/birth of children. You must bring the following –
•Police Registration Certificate
•Marriage certificate/proof of name change/birth certificate of child
•Passport
• Visa/BRP/Home Office Decision Letter showing requirement to register with Police

Visa Update. You must bring the following –
•Police Registration Certificate
•Passport
• Visa/BRP/Home Office Decision Letter showing requirement to register with Police

Passport Update. You must bring the following –
•Police Registration Certificate
•Passport
• Visa/BRP/Home Office Decision Letter showing requirement to register with Police

Transfer from another Force
If you have already registered with the Police in another force area and have now moved to this area, you must update your Police Registration Certificate with this information. You must bring the following –
•Police Registration Certificate
•Passport
•Proof of address e.g. Tenancy agreement/letter confirmation from university including room number
•Offer letter from University/CAS or Employment contract
• Visa/BRP/Home Office Decision Letter showing requirement to register with Police

Lost or Stolen Police Registration Certificates
If you have lost you Police registration certificate:
Please look carefully for your police registration certificate. If you have left it at a previous address, whether overseas or in the UK, try to get it posted to you, even if it takes several weeks to arrive. If you definitely cannot find your police registration certificate you must apply for a replacement via the online system.
Please note: you will be charged £34 for a replacement certificate.

If your police registration certificate is stolen:
You must report this to your local police station immediately and get a crime number. You will then need to apply for a new police registration certificate via the online system. When you register for your new police registration certificate you will need to provide your crime number.
Please note: you will be charged £34 for a replacement certificate.

Leaving the UK
If you hold a Police Registration Certificate, you need to notify the police when you leave the UK for the last time.

Opening a UK bank account

It is important to open a bank account in the UK as soon as possible so that you are able to access your funds to pay for day to day expenses. It will also be useful to have funds held within a UK bank account should at any point in the future you need to apply to extend your visa or switch into another immigration category. In order to do this you will need to take certain information along to the bank of your choice. For bank account appointments you will need:

• Passport including entry clearance vignette
• Biometric Residence Permit (BRP card)
• A letter of introduction showing your UK student details (bank letter), including the name of the UK Bank that you wish to use. This can be printed off from your University e-Vision account after you have completed enrolment.

Registering with a doctor (general practitioner)

There will be an opportunity to register with a local doctor (we call this a general practitioner or ‘GP’) at the welcome and orientation event. However, you can also do this directly with a GP practice yourself once you are here. As soon as you have a UK address you can use the NHS website to find the closest GP to where you live. When you have decided which GP you would like to register with, you will need to go there in person and complete the registration process. Once you are registered with a GP, you will be able to access NHS Secondary Healthcare Services, although there will be services that you need to pay for, so always check.

 
 
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