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CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies)


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  • CAS stands for Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies.

    A CAS is a virtual document, that confirms that your institition is willing to act as your educational sponsor.

    You must have an unused CAS for each Tier 4 visa application you make.

    When you put your CAS number on your Tier 4 visa application form, this allows a UKVI caseworker to access your information electronically.

    Your CAS will provide the UKVI caseworker with your personal details, details about your proposed course of study and any course related fees.

    If you:
    • Are an International Student
    • Do not hold an EU, EEA or Swiss passport,
    • Are coming to the UK to study for a course which is longer than 6 months
    You will need a to make a Tier 4 visa application, if you do not already hold a visa for the UK that confers the Right to Study.

    For information on how to request a CAS please see the relevant sections below for who is responsible for assigning your CAS for new students, continuing students and following a visa refusal.

  • Your Admissions Team will issue your CAS if:
    • You are starting a new course at Warwick, after you have accepted an unconditional offer and within 3-4 months of your course start date, including if you are a visiting research student, i.e., you are currently enrolled in your home institution on a research course such as a PhD,
    • You are re-starting a course.
    • You are an incoming student for a period of
      • Study Abroad
      • Visiting Student
      • Research placement
      • Exchange at Warwick for longer than 6 months
        • i.e., you are currently enrolled in your home institution on an undergraduate or postgraduate taught course such as a Master's degree.
    • You are starting a new course at Warwick and require a 2nd CAS because you received a visa refusal before your 'latest start date'
      • You will need to complete a refusal notification form which forms part of the new CAS request.
      • You are taking the 10-week or 6-week Pre-sessional English language course.
    Student Immigration & Compliance Team will issue your CAS if:
  • Due to the coronavirus pandemic, in academic year 2021/21, most students will have the start of Term 2 (11 January 2021) as latest start date. Check the Arrivals page if unsure: https://warwick.ac.uk/coronavirus/students/arrival

    The 'Latest Start Date' on a CAS indicates the last day you need to physically arrive in the UK and upload a scanned copy of evidence of travel (for example, a UK immigration entry stamp).

    This means you must have completed:

    • The Online course registration (Enrolment) - see above arrival page for deadline to enrol
    AND
    • Uploaded evidence of your immigration documents to meet the Right to Study Check requirement (including proof of entry to the UK)

    Once you complete online enrolment, you will be able to start your course (either on-site, or remotely), regardless of your visa status and whether you are in the UK.

    You must then make every effort to arrive in the UK on or before the 'Latest start date' as indicated on your CAS.

  • It depends on whether you will make a visa application within the UK or outside of the UK.

    If you confirmed on your 'CAS request webform' that you will apply for your Tier 4 visa from outside of the UK, the deadline for the University to assign a CAS is detailed below - dates to be back tracked from the 'latest start date':

    • 5 working days + 2 days travelling
      • If you confirmed that you will use Super Priority (1 day) visa application service
    • 2 weeks + 2 days travelling
      • If you confirmed that you will use Priority (5 working days) visa application service
    • 4 weeks + 2 days travelling
      • If you confirmed that you will use Standard (3 weeks) visa application service

    If you are an offer-holder and have confirmed on your 'CAS request webform' that you will apply for your Tier 4 visa from within the UK, the deadline to assign a CAS is detailed below - dates to be back tracked from 'latest start date':

    • We would expect most students to have requested a CAS before their 'Course start date'.
    • If you requested a CAS after the course start date but before the online enrolment deadline (or latest start date, if sooner), Admissions will contact Student Immigration & Compliance and we will request that you submit a Meet an Adviser Request form and bring documents to demonstrate that you are in a position to make your visa application before your online enrolment deadline (or latest start date, if sooner)
    • Once we are satisfied of this, we will ask Admissions to assign your CAS.

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For more information visit CAS FAQ