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Visa Information for International Students

Useful Information

If you are an overseas (non-EEA) student and require a visa to study in the UK, you will need a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Study) to apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student visa.

From mid-July onwards, once your offer is unconditional and you have accepted it, we will send you a "Do you need a CAS?" email. This email is sent automatically to the email address(es) you specified on your application form.

When you receive the email, follow the instructions carefully, since it requires you to confirm important details such as your passport number. If you need to change any details, you will receive a second email asking you to check and confirm.

Once you have confirmed your details are correct, we will email you a "CAS number." Remember the information in your "CAS number" needs to be used in conjunction with the Tier 4 information.

If you need specific immigration advice, please first check the information on the Immigration Service website. We're sorry, but the WMG Admissions team cannot help with detailed immigration related questions.

If you reside outside of the UK and require local support, check if we have an overseas office in your country of residence.

Important Visa-related Issues

The Student Immigration & Compliance team has put together a New Student FAQ which contains a list of most commonly asked questions by offer holders and will be updated them regularly in the run up to your course start date.

If you hold an offer to study for a 1-year full time MSc course starting October 2020 at WMG, you will be eligible for the ‘Tier 4 Pilot Scheme’ if you make your Tier 4 visa application online before 1 October 2020 (this is because the UKVI has notified us that the scheme is closing in the first half of October 2020).

This means a far easier visa application process, and a longer visa.

Please check your CAS carefully to make sure that your CAS contains a statement that it is assigned under the ‘Tier 4 Pilot Scheme’.

Although under the Tier 4 Pilot Scheme, you are not required to submit academic qualification or financial evidence with your Tier 4 visa application, it is important that you continue to prepare your financial evidence in good time, and submit your Tier 4 visa application only after you have obtained required financial documents for a Tier 4 visa application. This is very important because visa officials can request financial evidence if they wish to, and failure to provide satisfactory financial evidence will result in your visa application being refused.

You will need to put money in your bank account at least 28 days before you make your Tier 4 Visa Application online.

When the time comes to apply for a visa, you will need to show that you have enough money to cover your course fees and living expenses for the year.

The amount of funding you will be required to show is subject to change by the UKVI, and you will have to show that the required funds have been in your bank account for 28 consecutive days before you submit your Tier 4 visa application online. There are restrictions on the type of bank accounts the UKVI will accept, so please read the guidance carefully.

If you are one of the "Low-Risk Nationalities" and meet other requirements, you are not required to submit financial documents with your visa application.

If you are awarded a WMG Scholarship or bursary the amount will be credited to your CAS after your CAS is issued. You will not be given a new CAS - your CAS will be electronically updated with your Scholarship information - please check that you have received an email from our Student Finance team confirming your CAS has been updated before you apply for your visa.

If you make any tuition fee payments before applying for your visa, this money will also be reflected electronically on your CAS. Again, you will not be issued with a new CAS, so please make sure your CAS has been updated before you make your visa application. You should receive an email from the Student Finance Office confirming that your CAS has been updated. If you have not received this within five days of making your payment and you are going for your visa interview, please check with the Student Finance Office: or the WMG Admissions Team: