Arriving in Belfast
When should I plan to arrive in Belfast?
You must plan to arrive at Queen’s in time for the International Students’ Welcome and Orientation Programme.
Your attendance at the International Students’ Welcome and Orientation is mandatory. If you have an exceptional circumstance that means that you won’t be able to attend you must let us know when you plan to arrive by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a Tier 4 visa holder, your visa will be issued as a vignette in your passport. This will be valid for 30 days starting either 30 days before the course start date on your CAS Statement or 7 days before the date you stated on your visa application form as your intended date of travel to the UK, whichever is later. You should check the expiry date of your vignette carefully, and ensure you travel to the UK before this expires. When you arrive in the UK, you will receive a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) which will contain the details of your immigration permission for the UK . You must collect your BRP within 10 days of your arrival in the UK. If you have selected Queen’s University Belfast as your designated Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) collection point in your visa application form, you will be able to collect this from International Student Support when you are completing your Right to Study Check.
If you do not think you will be able to travel to the UK before the expiry of your vignette, please ensure you contact International Student Support as soon as possible for advice by emailing email@example.com.
What contact information should I have with me when I arrive in Belfast?
First night’s accommodation: address and telephone number
International Student Support - 028 9097 3820 (Office Hours: 9:00am - 5.00pm)
Queen’s 24-hour Security Service - 028 9097 5099
What will happen when I arrive in a UK airport?
When you arrive in the UK you will have to pass through ‘Immigration Control’ and ‘Customs’. We recommend that you travel to Belfast directly or via another UK airport (e.g. London Heathrow, Gatwick etc.) and not via the Republic of Ireland (e.g. Dublin).
What will happen if I arrive via the Republic of Ireland?
Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom. There are no border controls between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland for your passport to be checked or stamped to give you permission to enter the UK.
If you are planning to enter Northern Ireland via this route, please contact International Student Support on firstname.lastname@example.org before you book your ticket.