You should see a border officer if you are:
- Travelling with children under 12 years old
- Travelling on your National Identity card (Only EU/ EEA nationals can enter the UK on a National ID card)
- Travelling with a passport that doesn’t have a biometric chip
- You are a visitor who can apply for their entry stamp when they enter the UK (See ‘Visits of less than 6 months’ below)
I am a student coming to study for more than 6 months. Can I use the eGates?
Yes - longer term students with a visa or a student biometric residence permit to allow you to study, can use the eGates.
I am a student coming to study in the UK for less than 6 months. Can I use the eGates?
No- International students from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States of America who are coming to study in the UK for less than six months need to see an officer and get a stamp in their passport unless they have applied for entry clearance before travel.
These travellers will require a specific grant of leave, which has to be given by an officer (in the form of a stamp).
Without this passport stamp these individuals will be unable to do the activities they are coming to the UK to do.
I am coming to visit the university for up to 6 months, for a reason other than study can I use the eGates?
Citizens of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea or the United States of America can use the eGates unless you are coming to the UK for a specific reason, including:
If you are a national on UKVI Appendix 2, you must apply for your visa before you leave your home country, regardless of the length of your visit.
If you are a national of a country that is not listed on Appendix 2 above, for visits of up to six months, you may have a choice of applying for your visa before you travel or you can have an entry stamp when you arrive in the UK. In either case you must have immigration permissions to engage in your activities with the University of Birmingham. If you do not apply for your visa before you travel, you will need to see a Border Officer when you come through Border Control - you must not go through the eGate. The Border Officer will ask you for the purpose of your visit, you will show them your visa letter from the University and they will put a stamp in your passport that will permit you to carry out your activities.