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Frequently asked questions for new students (last updated: 30 July 2020)


Frequently asked questions

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  • CAS is a virtual document which contains personal and course information that both the University and the UK visa authorities (UKVI) have access to.

    Our Admissions teams will email you and ask if you need a CAS about 3-4 months before your course start date, and once you accept an unconditional offer - so June/July if you start your course in Sept/October 2020.

    It would normally take no more than 10 working days to receive your CAS (by email), once you have confirmed your personal details via the online webform.

    You should request a CAS once you know your intended travel date, and no later than your course start date.

    If your intended travel date changes after requesting a CAS, you don't need to tell us. If you do not get your visa nearer the course start date, we will contact you again to obtain a new intended travel date.

    For more information, refer to our CAS FAQ webpage.

  • We understand that English language test centres such as IELTS have now gradually begun to reopen. To help students meet their offer conditions, the University has approved a number of new English tests that we can accept, including some which can be taken at your home.

    Admissions teams have updated their website with information on what tests types are now available. You can find more information on our English language test and certificate website.

    If you will study a degree-level course, we can now also accept an English language test certificate which is taken up to 2.5 years prior to your course start date.

    You will also be able to take an online-only Pre-sessional English programme (six weeks, free of charge) at both UG and PG levels if your current English language test certificate is slightly below the course requirement.

  • You will start receiving emails about your CAS from week 3 of your Pre-sessional course. You should apply for a Tier 4 visa when you receive a CAS. See more information on our English language tests and certificates webpage.

    If you are in the UK, please contact us outlining your personal circumstances so that we can advise when you should extend your Tier 4 visa in the UK.

  • Yes. Regardless of whether you hold a Tier 4 visa and whether you are in the UK, on your 'course start date' you will be able to complete course registration online and start studying either on-site or remotely - further details on how you can do this will be communicated to you when you are invited to complete course registration.

    Please try to complete online course registration (enrolment) as soon as you receive your visa (you will receive an email invitation to enrol online from 6 weeks before your course start date). You do not need to wait until you are in the UK to complete online course registration.

    Please note that we aim to offer a campus based experience to students with both online and classroom based education this autumn term and we are making plans to welcome all international students to be on campus at the start of the course. So hopefully, if your circumstances allow, we will see you at the start of the term!

  • You will not need a CAS or a visa to start engaging with your studies remotely, however, you will need to obtain a Tier 4 visa before you can travel to the UK. Please ensure that you allow sufficient time to apply for your visa, receive your documents and travel to the UK before your ‘latest start date’.

  • This is to help with our planning. We are expecting students to arrive on campus throughout the first five weeks of term and it will be useful to have an idea of how these arrivals might be staggered, particularly where students will be collecting their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from the University.

    We understand that at the time of requesting a CAS, you probably won't have a firm plan in terms of the date you intend to travel to the UK. Therefore, the date you provide on the CAS request form is used purely to help with our planning and not for anything else.

    If your 'intended travel date' changes after requesting a CAS, but you still intend to travel to the UK before your CAS latest start date, there is no need to tell us.

    If your 'intended travel date' changes and you are no longer able to travel to the UK by the course start date because you haven't received your visa, you will be asked to provide a new 'intended travel date' when you complete online course registration (enrolment).

    If your 'intended travel date' changes and this means you are no longer able to travel to the UK by your CAS latest start date, you will be able to request an extension to the arrival deadline. Please see more information in Q13 below.

  • Official Course start date:

    The University's term start date is 5 October 2020. Your 'official course start date' is usually contained within your offer letter (and in your CAS) but for ease of reference, they are roughly as follows:

    • Official course start date for the 'International Foundation Programme', all undergraduate courses and incoming undergraduate study abroad courses: 28 September 2020 (the 1st week being the 'Welcome Week').
    • Official course start date for all the postgraduate courses: 5 October 2020 *

    * Exceptions apply to PGCE, MBChB, Economics, WBS Master's, MBA and some Chemistry courses - please refer to your offer letter.

    All students are expected to arrive on campus to start the course before the 'course start date' as outlined above. Students arriving after course start date should do so only as a consequence of difficulty in obtaining academic qualifications or English language certificate to clear offer conditions, or difficulties in physically making your way to campus (for example, difficulties in obtaining a visa, securing flight tickets or international travel restrictions).

    Online course registration deadline:

    • The 'online course registration (enrolment) deadline' is no later than the end of week 5 from your course start date (so 9 November for IFP, all undergraduate and incoming study abroad students, and most PG students - some PG students will have an earlier deadline if your course start date is earlier than 5 October 2020). WMG taught Master's student has a deadline of 7 October 2020.
    • Online course registration is to enable you to complete module registration and start engaging with the course either in the UK or remotely, and is separate to your arrival date. The same online course registration deadline applies to UK, EU/EEA/Swiss, and international students.

    Latest start date (physical arrival deadline):

    • The ‘latest start date’ is the deadline for international students to physically arrive in the UK. You can find your ‘latest start date’ on your CAS and so check carefully.

    If you are going to start a IFP course (International Foundation Programme), your 'latest start date' is 23 November 2020.

    If you are going to start an undergraduate course, or, if you are an incoming study abroad student, your 'latest start date' is 9 November 2020.

    If you are going to start a taught Master's course at WMG, your 'latest start date' is 4 January 2021.

    For all other postgraduate students, your 'latest start date' is 9 November 2020 (except PGCE & MBChB courses).

    Please note, the 'latest start date' applies to all non-EEA students, not just those with Tier 4 visas. If you are unsure of your latest start date because you do not need a CAS, please refer to the above dates or contact us for further clarification.

  • UK visa application centres have started re-opening from 1 June 2020. The UKVI has also confirmed that distance/blended learning will be permitted for the 2020/21 academic year as long as our international students intend to transition to face-to-face learning (i.e., travel to the UK with a Tier 4 visa) as soon as circumstances allow.

    Therefore, we would encourage all our international students to apply for their Tier 4 visa in good time and travel to the UK for the start of the Autumn term if they are able to, or, to travel to the UK by the 'latest start date' as stated on their CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies).

    Regardless of whether you hold a Tier 4 visa or whether you are inside the UK, on your 'course start date' you will be able to complete course registration online and start studying either on-site or remotely - further details on how you can do this will be communicated to you when you receive the invitation to complete course registration.

    Please note that we are anticipating a major immigration rule change in October 2020 and as part of it, the Tier 4 Pilot Scheme will close on 5 October 2020 (this means if you make your Tier 4 visa application online on or after 5 October, you will not be eligible for the scheme). Immigration Health Surcharge is also expected to increase from £300 per year to £470 per year from 1 October 2020. Therefore, we would encourage that you apply for your Tier 4 visa online no later than 1 October 2020, even if you are permitted to travel to the UK at a later date, including in January 2021 (applies to WMG Master’s students only).

  • The UKVI has confirmed that during the year of 2020, a 90-day temporary travel visa will be issued when an overseas Tier 4 visa application is approved. This will be valid from 7 days before the ‘intended travel date’ you put on your Tier 4 visa application form, and you will be able to enter the UK up to 1 month before your 'course start date' (if you are going to study a degree level course).

    For example, if you apply for your visa on 1 August 2020, you put your ‘intended travel date’ as 1 October 2020, and your course start date is 5 October 2020, your 90-day travel visa would be valid from 23 September 2020 (7 days before 1 October 2020), and will expire on 22 December 2020. You will then need to travel to the UK before the ‘latest start date’ as per your CAS AND before your Tier 4 temporary travel visa expires.

  • The process works exactly the same way, however, if you request a CAS after your course start date, it is likely that we will need to put some additional text on your CAS to explain that you started your your course remotely.

    Please note that we are anticipating a major immigration rule change in October 2020 and as part of it, the Tier 4 Pilot Scheme will close on 5 October 2020 (this means if you make your Tier 4 visa application online on or after 5 October, you will not be eligible for the scheme). Immigration Health Surcharge is also expected to increase from £300 per year to £470 per year from 1 October 2020. Therefore, we would encourage that you apply for your Tier 4 visa online no later than 1 October 2020, even if you are permitted to travel to the UK at a later date, including in January 2021 (applies to WMG Master’s students only).

  • As you may be aware, the UK government has announced their intention to introduce a 2-year Graduate Route work visa in the summer of 2021, which will benefit those international students who graduate from a degree-level course or above and who hold a valid Tier 4 visa when the scheme launches in the summer of 2021.

    In a policy guidance document published on 16 June 2020, UKVI stated that those studying by distance/blended learning will also be eligible to apply for the Graduate Route work visa provided they are physically in the UK by 6 April 2021 and complete the final semester of their studies in the UK (provided all other eligibility criteria are met). For further information on this scheme including what we know so far, please refer to our Graduate Route work visa webpage.

  • Under current UK government guidance, international passengers are required to complete an online form 48 hours before arrival and provide an address where they will self-isolate for 14 days.

    According to GOV guidance, from 10 July 2020, some exemptions are put in place.

    The UK government will review the quarantine requirement every 3 weeks, and so far there is no firm end date to the quarantine requirement. Therefore, you should check the latest GOV guidance or this webpage at least 3 weeks before you come to the UK.

    For more information on how to serve quarantine (self-isolate) for 14 days from the date you enter the UK (for example, if you are allowed to do shopping or visit a doctor), see GOV guidance.

    If you are aiming to come to Warwick at the start of the term, you should aim to arrive in the UK 2 weeks before the 'welcome week' which starts on 26 September, as it is an important introduction to life at Warwick and to your academic studies.

    If you need to quarantine after arriving in the UK and have pre-arranged accommodation in the UK, then you will be able to quarantine in that accommodation. If you cannot provide an address then the UK government will arrange accommodation at your expense. Therefore, if you have private accommodation arranged by yourself, you should choose a contract start date which is from your intended arrival date.

    If you are offered campus accommodation, please refer to Warwick Accommodation website for further information, including when you can check in your accommodation, how to get food/grocery shopping done whilst under quarantine and what support our Residential Life team (tutors who live alongside students within the Halls of Residence) will be able to offer.

  • Before you can start the course, you will first need to complete online course registration (enrolment). Please refer to Q7 for online course registration deadline.

    We would hope that the majority of students will be able to complete online course registration, start the course and travel to the UK by their latest start date.

    Further delays to the date you intend to travel to the UK beyond the CAS latest start date may be considered on a case by case basis where there are exceptional circumstances beyond the individual’s control.

    Here is a summary of what we intend to do (updated on 16 July 2020).

    • From 1 week before your official course start date (excluding welcome week), you can start making a request to extend your 'latest start date' (deadline to physically arrive in the UK). A link to the webform for this request will be added here and the form will open on 14 September for students whose course start date is 21 September; 19 September for those whose course start date is 26 or 28 September; and 28 September for those whose course start date is 5 October.
    • Alternatively, if you do not provide us with evidence that you are in the UK 2 weeks prior to your CAS latest start date, you will receive an email from Student Immigration to check whether you expect to be delayed beyond the initial 5 weeks (or your latest start date, if later).
    • If you intend to arrive after the CAS latest start date, you will be given the opportunity to provide a brief explanation of the reason for the delay and provide a date which you believe you are likely to be able to travel to the UK - we are keen to understand the reasons for delayed arrival in the UK and we appreciate that students from different countries may face different types of challenges, many of which are valid and genuinely outside of their control.
    • Once the information is received, it would be submitted for approval by the University and a decision will be made based on the specific personal circumstances within a week of the receipt of your request, and no later than 1 week prior to your CAS 'latest start date'.
    • If the delayed arrival is approved, you will receive a further email confirming the decision and a new approved arrival date and the UKVI will be notified accordingly to facilitate your visa application/ entry to the UK.
    • If the delay is not approved, you will not be able to continue studying on your course, even remotely. Instead, you will be given the opportunity to defer or take a period of temporary withdrawal, with a view to re-start/ resume your course in autumn of 2021 (or possibly sooner for research students). We would then notify the UKVI that we had withdrawn our Tier 4 sponsorship for your visa. You will also be contacted by Student Finance about a partial refund of any course fees already paid.
  • Please refer to our detailed guidance below. You can also download a ‘document checklist’ and ‘application form guidance’ which outline detailed document requirements and provide screen-by-screen help text on how to complete your visa application form.

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