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Requesting a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Last updated: 1 November 2021

What is a CAS?

CAS stands for ‘Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies’. This is a secure electronic record, created by the university and shared with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). It contains detailed information about you, your course of study and your fees, and has a unique reference number. Once a CAS has been generated, you will ordinarily be emailed a statement of the relevant information (known as a ‘CAS statement’), which you will need when completing your online visa application form. If a visa application is submitted before a corresponding CAS has been generated, it will be refused by UKVI.

How do I request a CAS?

  1. To request a CAS, please work your way through the following steps:If you are starting a new course, submit your advance tuition fee payment of £3000 using the university’s Quick Pay facility. (Please note: if you have a complicated immigration history and are uncertain as to whether you will be eligible to receive a CAS, you may initially submit your CAS Request without making this payment. Once your eligibility for a CAS has been confirmed, you will then be instructed to submit the advance tuition fee payment.)
  2. Download a CAS Request form and complete it using Microsoft Word.
  3. Print the completed CAS Request form, and add your signature and date to the Declaration section (Section F).
  4. Scan the signed CAS Request form, and email an electronic copy to the Immigration Team, along with the following supporting documents:
    – An electronic copy of your passport photo page
    – Electronic copies of all your previous UK visas
    – An electronic copy of the financial document(s) you propose to submit with your visa application.

When should I request a CAS?

You should submit your CAS Request form (plus supporting documents) as soon as practicable after meeting the conditions of your offer, and no later than the relevant deadline stated below. Please note, however, that in accord with UKVI regulations, the university will issue a CAS no earlier than
three months before your course start date.

What is the latest date the university will accept a CAS request?

The latest date the university will accept a CAS Request is dependent on the course start date. Please see the table below for further information. By the respective date listed below, you must have submitted a CAS request, all supporting documentation, have an Unconditional Firm offer, and the University must have received your deposit payment.

Depending on whether you qualify as fully vaccinated according to the UK Government’s relevant guidance, you may be required to self-isolate for 10 days prior to being able to join the programme.

With this in mind, you should ensure you apply as early as possible and do everything you can to arrive two weeks prior to the Induction week for your programme.

CourseStandard ApplicationPriority application
Overseas Application

All January/February start courses
Application from within the UK

All January/February start courses
One week before course start dateOne week before course start date

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