What is a CAS?
A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (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 Student visa application. You will need a CAS from The University of Law in order to apply for a Student Route visa.
How do I receive a CAS?
- In order to receive a CAS from The University of Law, all of the steps below must be completed in the correct order.
- You can track the progress of your CAS request by logging into the Applicant Portal. Once you have logged into the portal, select Your Applications and then Right to Study.
- It can take some time to complete all of the steps below and so you must submit your CAS Request Form and documents as soon as possible. We cannot issue any student a CAS until we have carried out all the checks required by the Home Office.
Step 1: Submit the CAS Request Form
You will receive an email with a link to the CAS Request Form when you accept your offer to study with us. Please make sure that you complete the CAS Request 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 CAS Request 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 CAS Request Form and contact you if you require any additional documents or information.
Step 2: Accept an Unconditional Offer
It is a Home Office regulation that we cannot assess your eligibility for Student visa sponsorship unless you have accepted an unconditional offer to study with us.
To receive an unconditional offer, 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).
For any queries about your offer conditions or receiving an unconditional offer, please email our Admissions Team.
Step 3: Make the deposit payment towards your course fees
You will be asked to make this payment after accepting your offer to study with us and it will be deducted from your total course fees. You can also make payments by contacting our Student Finance Team.
Please note that it can take several days for a payment to appear on your student record depending on the payment method and some payment methods such as bank transfers may take longer.
Please note that this is not a payment to receive a CAS, but a deposit payment towards course fees for international students. For any queries about course fee payments, please email our Student Finance Team.
Step 4: Assessment of Student Visa Sponsorship
Once you have completed steps 1-3, we will check whether you qualify for Student visa sponsorship by referring to the Home Office regulations. You may be asked to attend an online interview with the Visa Compliance Team and you will receive an email with further instructions if this applies to you.
Please note that we cannot advise students how long this assessment will take, as it depends on several factors including your course of study, immigation history and previous studies in the UK and your home country.
Step 5: Submit your financial evidence
You will receive an email asking you to submit the financial evidence you will be using for your visa application. We must check it meets the Home Office requirements before issuing you a CAS. Please see the 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 any of the Home Office's exemptions for some international students, we will not ask to check your financial evidence, as you are not required to submit this with your visa application.
Please do not send us any financial evidence until you receive an email asking you to upload it through the Applicant Portal.
Step 6: Receive your 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. Once you receive your CAS statement, you can make your Student 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 can I get an update on my CAS request?
You can track the progress of your CAS request by logging into the Applicant Portal. Once you have logged into the portal, select Your Applications and then select Right to Study. The next screen will show you the latest information about your CAS request.
The portal is the quickest way to receive an update on your CAS request, as it is linked to your student record and it will update as soon as a change is made by the the University.
How long will it take to receive my CAS?
You should receive your CAS within 3 working days once all of the steps listed above are completed.
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.
We cannot tell any student exactly how long it will take to receive a CAS, as it depends on several factors, including their course of study, immigration history and previous studies in the UK and their home country.
Please note that the steps in the CAS request process are checks we are required to carry out by the Home Office. We cannot issue any student a CAS until we are completely satisfied they fully meet their Student Route requirements.
When do you start and stop issuing CAS?
We start issuing CAS three months before the course start date and not before.
The deadlines for issuing CAS are as follows:
- If you are applying for your Student visa outside the UK, the deadline is 7 weeks before your course start date
- If you are applying for your Student visa inside the UK, the deadline is 1 week before your course start date if your current visa permits study. If your current visa does not permit full time study the deadline for CAS issuance will be as stated above for students applying from outside the UK.
Please note that the CAS deadlines are final and cannot be extended. We cannot issue any student a CAS after these dates.
CAS issue is also subject to availability. The University has a finite allocation from the UKVI, so we recommend that you complete all requirements as early as possible.