Document checking for new international undergraduate and postgraduate students
If you have an overseas fee status or need immigration permission to study in the UK, you must complete a document checking session before starting your course.
Why you must have your documents checked
If you have been assessed as Overseas for fee purposes, or need immigration permission to study in the UK (even if you have been assessed as Home / EU fees), you must show us documents that prove you can study in the UK. You may also have to show us documents proving your qualifications.
You will not be allowed to start your course until you have completed a document checking session.
In 20/21, document checking is likely to take place virtually.
Further information on the document checking process will be available soon.
If you have been assessed as having a Home or EU fee status, you should follow a separate process.
Upload copies of your documents before travelling
Before you come to the UK, you should upload scans of these documents to Application Tracker:
- the 30-day travel vignette in your passport
- the letter confirming you have been granted a Tier 4 visa
Once you have uploaded your documents, we will contact you about the next steps.
We will also contact you to ask you to provide us with evidence of your entry into the UK.
If your fee status is Overseas but you are travelling on something other than a Tier 4 visa (like a UK or EU passport), we will contact you to tell you which documents to upload.
Collecting your biometric residence permit (BRP)
When you arrive in the UK, you must collect your biometric residence permit (BRP). You will have chosen where to pick it up from when you applied for it.
If you chose not to pick it up from the University, you can find out how to collect your BRP on gov.uk.
If you have chosen to collect your BRP from the University, the Student Immigration Service will contact you. Due to social distancing measures currently in place, we are anticipating that BRPs will be sent directly to students' UK addresses. It is therefore essential that you confirm your contact address details once you are in the UK, and during the virtual appointment.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, please note that the BRP distribution process has not yet been entirely finalised and you are strongly advised to keep checking these pages regularly for the most up-to-date information.
What to bring to a virtual document checking session
Your virtual appointment will take place once you are in the UK.
During your virtual appointment, you will be asked to show your biometric passport and proof of your entry into the UK.
If you have collected your BRP from a Post Office, you will also need to provide an electronic copy of it to the Student Immigration Service and show the original BRP at the appointment.
You will not be able to start your course until the checks have been successfully completed.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, please note that the above appointment process has not yet been entirely finalised and you are strongly advised to keep checking these pages regularly for the most up-to-date information.
What to do if UKVI has your documents
If UKVI is still processing your visa application and has your passport, visa and qualifications documents, you must still complete a document checking session.
You must show evidence of your application to the session and provide an electronic copy of it. This could be:
- a letter from UKVI confirming they have received your application
- a letter from UKVI asking you to make an appointment to give your biometric data
- the Document Checklist from the online visa application
- confirmation from the Student Immigration Service that they have checked your visa application and helped you send it
You will not be allowed to start your course until you have a visa for the University of Bath.
If you have a visa for another institution, you must apply to UKVI for a visa for the University of Bath before you can register.