ATAS stands for 'Academic Technology Approval Scheme'. It is a clearance certificate issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and is only required for certain courses.
A BRP stands for a 'Biometric Residence Permit'. This is a small credit card sized card which is the visa of the holder. All Tier 4 visas are issued in the form of a BRP.
A CAS stands for 'Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies'. It is a virtual document required for Tier 4 visa applications which confirms the details of the course the student will be studying, the level of the course and the dates of Tier 4 sponsorship.
DES stands for the 'Doctorate Extension Scheme'. This is a scheme that allows PhD students who have completed their PhD studies to apply for additional 12 months in the UK for the purpose of work.
FCO stands for the 'Foreign and Commonwealth Office'.
- IELTS UKVI
IELTS stands for 'International English Language Testing System'. The IELTS UKVI is the only acceptable English language qualification accepted for Tier 4 visa applications.
- Leave to Remain
A 'Leave to Remain' application is an application made from within the UK. It is only possible to make this type of application if you already have valid leave i.e. a current Tier 4 visa.
A SELT stands for 'Secure English Language Test'.
SMS stands for 'Sponsor Management System'. This is the Home Office computer system used for creating CAS and notifying them of any changes to a student's circumstance, including reports of the ceasing of sponsorship or the change of a student's study location or change of course details.
- Schengen visa
A Schengen visa is the visa required for travel throughout Europe. More information can be found here.
UKCISA stands for 'UK Council for International Student Affairs'. This is an advisory body based in the UK that serves the interests of international students and universities.
UKVI stands for UK Visas and Immigration. This is section of the Home Office responsible for visas and immigration related matters in the UK.