Since the end of May 2019, nationals from a number of non-EU countries have joined EU and UK citizens in being able to use eGates when entering the UK at certain air and rail ports.
International students from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States of America coming to study for longer than 6 months on a Tier 4 visa and travelling on a biometric passport can now use the eGates.
eGates are an automated self-service option that eligible travellers can use at passport control at 15 UK airports and Eurostar rail terminals. They are a quicker way to cross the border. The eGates use facial recognition technology to check your identity against the photo in your passport.
Students on a short-term study visa who are eligible to use eGates should not be using the eGates and instead see a Border Force officer at passport control. This is to ensure their entry visa gets stamped to their passport.