A Tier 4 (General) student visa is a point-based visa for students studying on a full-time programme for longer than 6 months. You need to score 40 points to be eligible for a visa. 30 of these points are awarded for having a valid CAS number (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies), and 10 points are awarded for holding the required maintenance funds, which is your course fees and living costs.
A CAS is a unique 14 digit long reference number, provided to the University by the UKVI via an online database, when we have provided them with information about you, and your intended studies. You will need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number to submit with your visa application to the UKVI, as they use this number to identify your information. A CAS can only be used once.
For September/October 2020 entry please note:
The last date of admittance onto undergraduate courses is 12/10/20, and for postgraduate taught courses it is 19/10/20. We are aware of delays in booking appointments at some Visa Application Centres due to limited opening hours and staff numbers, and this is affecting visa processing times. To ensure that all applicants arrive in the UK in time, the last date for issuing any CAS will be Monday 28/09/20. Any applicant issued a CAS between 14/09/20 and 28/09/20 must use a Priority or Super Priority visa application service, and so will need to check whether these services are available through the VAC that they have selected.
Where it is not possible to issue your CAS for September/October entry, you will have the option to defer to the next entry point for your chosen course.
Before we can proceed with a CAS request, you need to have done the following:
At this point your application will be referred to our Compliance Team who will consider your CAS request further. Please note that we cannot guarantee that we will be able to issue you with a CAS number.
For full details, visit the your CAS number page.
Please remember that it is your responsibility to apply for and receive your visa in time to start your course. The University recommends that you apply for your visa three months before the start of your course. Visa offices are extremely busy in July and August, and in December and January, so it is important to give yourself plenty of time.