Whichever airport you come into, your first stop will be Passport Control. You will need to show the Immigration Officer:

  • your passport
  • entry clearance papers
  • Offer letter and contract from the University of Huddersfield
  • evidence of financial support
  • evidence of recent medical examination or international vaccination certificate - if required
  • Academic Visitors will require proof of their present job and their financial support
  • not all of this information may be required by EEA nationals

Remember to keep these documents in your hand luggage, not in your suitcase, as you will not be allowed to collect your luggage until after you have passed through passport control.

If you are in the UK on a visa, you will be required to return home on completion of your authorised period of stay. It is not advised to tell the Immigration Officer that you would like to stay in the UK longer than the period agreed in your contract of employment or visa.

When the Immigration Officer has checked your documents, a signed stamp will be placed in your passport stating the length of time you can stay in Britain. If this period is insufficient, please contact the Human Resources Department.

You should NOT enter Britain as a tourist visitor since you cannot change your visitor's stamp to a different status without leaving the country.


You will either have to pass through the green passage - which means you have nothing to declare, or the red passage - which means you have goods to declare. If you are carrying more than the permitted duty or tax free allowance, or any prohibited goods, you must go through the red passage and declare those goods.

You will usually be allowed to import free of charge some of your personal belongings provided they are for your own use and that you will take them out of Britain when you leave.

Under current rules you may not import more than one kind of each of the following articles: one radio, one tape-recorder, one camera etc. Items such as these must be declared to the Customs Officer who may enter them in your passport.

Extra articles may be charged at the appropriate rate of duty plus VAT (Value Added Tax currently 17.5%). It is advisable to check whether any changes have occurred if you intend to take advantage of these rules.

If you are unsure about what you can or cannot bring into the UK, you should check with the British Council, your local British Embassy or High Commission before you begin your journey.

First day of work - document checks

On your first day of work you must bring your passport and Visa document to the Human Resources Department which is located on the 6th floor of the Central Services Building. If you are an individual sponsored by the University of Huddersfield under Tier 2 or Tier 5 of the UKVI’s points based system you have certain duties that you must perform whilst living in the UK relating to: absences, change in circumstances, change in work status and annual eligibility to work checks.

Registering with the Police

You may need to register with the police on arrival to the UK as part of your Visa conditions depending on which country you are coming from. This requirement can be found on your entry clearance Visa, which is in your passport. You must register within seven days of arrival in the UK or within seven days of your Visa being granted by the UKVI (if already in the UK). If you have brought dependents with you (spouse/children) and their entry clearance has the same requirement, they also need to register within 7 days. You must register in person.

To register you will need to take the following to your nearest police station:

  • your passport
  • two passport sized photographs
  • your BRP if you have one
  • the Home Office letter that approved your application for leave
  • the appropriate registration fee, currently £34 per person

Your nearest police station can be found at http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/kirklees.

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