What is a CAS?
A CAS is a unique number which confirms you have been accepted on a course of study in the UK. It is an electronic document generated using the Home Office’s system and is essential in order to make a successful Tier 4 application. You will need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from The University of Law in order to apply for a Tier 4 Student visa.
How do I receive a CAS?
- In order to receive a CAS from The University of Law, you must complete all of the steps below in the correct order.
- You will receive an email confirmation as you complete each step of the CAS request process and this will allow you to track the progress of your request.
- It can take some time to complete all of the steps below and so you must submit your Visa Requirements Form and documents as soon as possible. Otherwise, you will not have enough time to apply for your visa and start your course.
Step 1: Submit the Visa Requirements Form
You will receive an email with a link to the Visa Requirements Form when you accept your offer to study with us. Please make sure that you complete the Visa Requirements Form in full and provide all the required documents or your CAS request will not be processed.
You must submit copies of the following documents with your Visa Requirements Form:
- Information page of your passport
- Copies of any previous UK visas or immigration stamps
- Copies of the refusal notice for any visa refusals for the UK.
We will check your Visa Requirements Form and contact you if you require any additional documents or information.
Step 2: Accept an Unconditional Offer to study with us
We cannot issue you a CAS unless you have accepted an unconditional offer to study with us. You must have provided our Admissions Team with evidence of the academic qualifications which are the basis of your offer to study with us and evidence of your English language ability (if applicable).
Please email our Admissions Team for any queries about your offer conditions or receiving an unconditional offer.
Step 2: Make the pre-payment towards your course fees
You will be asked to make this payment after accepting your offer to study with us. It will be deducted from your total course fees. We cannot proceed with your CAS request until you have made this payment and it has been allocated to your student record. It can take several days for a payment to appear on your student record depending on the payment method.
For any queries about making this payment, please email our Student Finance Team.
Step 4: Assessment of Tier 4 Sponsorship
We will check whether you qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship by referring to the Home Office regulations. We may request further information on your immigration history, why you want to study your course and your future plans. You may also be asked to attend an online interview with the Visa Compliance Team and you will receive further instructions by email if this applies to you.
We cannot assess your eligibility for Tier 4 sponsorship until you have completed Steps 1-3 and it is no more than 3 months before your course start date.
Step 5: Submit your financial evidence
You will receive an email asking you to send us the financial evidence you will be submitting with your Tier 4 visa application to be checked.
Please see our information on financial requirements and supporting documents for further guidance on the financial evidence which will be accepted by the Home Office. If you qualify for the Home Office’s Differentiation Arrangements we will not ask to check your financial evidence, as you are not required to submit this with your visa application.
We cannot issue a CAS until we have checked your financial evidence and confirmed it fully meets Home Office requirements.
Step 6: Receive the CAS statement
We will send you a CAS Statement email, which will contain your CAS number and other information you will need to include with your online visa application.
If any of the information on the CAS statement is incorrect, please write to our Visa Compliance Team immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take to receive my CAS?
You will receive your CAS within 3 working days of completing all of the steps above. It is very important that you check your documents carefully before sending them to us. Failure to submit the correct documents in a timely manner will delay the processing of your CAS request.
Please note that the steps in the CAS request process are Home Office compliance checks and we cannot issue any student a CAS until we are completely satisfied they fully meet their Tier 4 requirements.
When do you start and stop issuing CAS?
The dates that the University will start and stop issuing CAS can be found in this document. Please note that the deadlines for issuing CAS for our courses are final. We cannot issue any student a CAS after these dates, as we must be able to demonstrate to the Home Office that you can enrol by the start date for your course.