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Your Right to Study Check

Once you’ve arrived, you must complete a Right to Study check before starting your course.

The Student Immigration Service will check and verify that your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), visa, or other immigration permission allows you to remain in the UK and study at Durham.

You must complete a Right to Study check, if:

  • You don’t have British (or Irish) nationality
  • You’re an EU /EEA national with Settled or Pre-settled status

If you have a BRP, visa or other type immigration permission in your passport, you’ll need to complete your Right to Study check in-person at the Palatine Centre. If you only have a 90 day UK Entry Clearance visa in your passport, you'll need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) first.

If you chose to collect it at the University you can do this at the same time you complete your Right to Study check at the Palatine Centre. If you chose to collect it from the Post Office you must do this before you come to the Palatine Centre for your Right to Study check.

If you have a ‘Digital’ visa you’ll be given instructions on how to complete your Right to Study check online.

If you’ve applied in the UK and expect to be issued with a BRP but haven’t received it by the time your course starts, you can provide evidence of your application instead and complete the Right to Study check once you’ve received your BRP.

Right to Study check information, (including where to collect your BRP) will be emailed to you in the weeks before the start of your course. 


Durham University makes every effort to ensure that the information published on this page is accurate. However, the University cannot guarantee the information may not be altered owing to circumstances beyond the University’s reasonable control. Such circumstances include (but are not limited to) change in Government policy, or change of law. Any changes will be incorporated into the University’s website as early as possible.