Important eGate update for short term study

The Home Office are requesting help in communicating messages to visitors coming to the UK for short term study 

Whilst the eGates have made a positive difference to travellers from the new eligible countries (America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, South Korea) there has been some feedback regarding eGate exception travellers not receiving the stamp they need to undertake the activities they’re coming to the UK to do.

Exception travellers include short term students and Tier 5 – who should NOT use the eGates.

If these exception travellers, which includes short term students and Tier 5 Creative and Sporting Certificate of Sponsorship holders, don’t receive the passport stamp that they need they will not receive the permission needed to come to the UK to do their activities.   This will mean that travellers will need to leave the UK and re-enter to get the stamp they need in their passport.



How can you help?

To address this we encourage you to help by communicating the key messages for eGate exception travellers, including:

  • Raising awareness of the eGate exception travellers are to your staff agents, and stakeholders
  • Updating your arrival airport instructions

If you have any students being affected by these changes, please do let us know so that we can feed back to Home Office and measure the impact.

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