Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
To apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa you will need a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number. The CAS is a virtual document which confirms that an institution is willing to act as your educational sponsor.
It provides UK Visas and Immigration (part of the Home Office) with your personal details and details of your course of study and can include details of any fees you have paid to the University.
Depending on your situation you will either receive a CAS as part of the admissions process if you are applying to study a new course, or you will apply to the Points Based System team if you are applying for more time to complete an existing course.
In order for your CAS to be valid it must:
- have the same identity details on it as in your passport;
- have been assigned no more than six months before the date of the application;
- not have been withdrawn or cancelled by the Tier 4 (General) sponsor (UWE) Bristol or the Home Office;
- not have been used with an application which was processed and refused (where the fee was processed).
Having a CAS does not guarantee your application will be successful. You must meet all the requirements of a Tier 4 (General) application.
You should ensure that the course information (course title, start and end dates etc.) that appears on your CAS is copied exactly onto your application form.
Applying for a CAS
How you apply for a CAS will vary depending on whether you are a new or continuing student. See below for details:
Offer holders and new students
If you have received and firmly accepted an unconditional offer from UWE Bristol and have paid your deposit, the Admissions team will contact you in due course to begin the CAS process. If you believe you should have received this information but have not, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CAS will not be issued until you have paid the appropriate deposit or tuition fee for your course and completed all the CAS assessment tasks.
If you have a conditional offer to study a degree-level course and have been accepted onto one of our Pre-sessional English programmes your CAS for your main award will only be issued to you following the successful completion of your Pre-sessional course.
You will be able to complete the CAS assessment task and pay your deposit during your Pre-sessional programme.
If you need to apply to extend your Tier 4 (General) visa to complete a course at UWE Bristol you will need to complete a CAS request form. You will only be considered for a CAS if;
- you are unable to complete your course within your existing visa or
- you have resits that take place on or after the existing end date of your visa.
Students who choose optional hand in dates later than original submission point will not be given a new CAS and will be expected to submit their dissertation before their visa to be in the UK expires or submit remotely from outside the UK.
Requesting a new CAS after a visa application has been refused
Inside the UK
If your Tier 4 (General) visa application has been refused and you are inside the UK you will need to speak to an Immigration Adviser as soon as possible.
Depending on your individual circumstances it may be necessary for us to advise you to leave the UK and make a new application from overseas. In this case we will generally not assign a CAS until you have returned home.
If you are overseas when your visa application is refused you will need to contact an Immigration Adviser and provide a copy of your Refusal Notice which confirms the reason why your application was unsuccessful.
Before you can make a new visa application you will need to request a new CAS. Your CAS will be assigned to you once an Adviser has reviewed your case. If we are not satisfied that there is sufficient time for you to obtain a new visa and travel to the UK before the latest course start date agreed by the University, we may be unable to assign a new CAS and will advise you to defer your studies until the next academic year.
When will I receive the CAS?
CAS are issued up to three months before course start dates for new students and it is advisable to be ready to make an application for a Tier 4 (General) visa as soon as you have the CAS.
Before a CAS can be issued UWE Bristol needs to be certain that:
- you have not exceeded your five year or eight-year cap (either before starting your course or during the duration of your course);
- you have a genuine intention to study the course you have applied to study;
- your course leads to an approved qualification, which must be full-time.
- you meet the English language requirement;
- you can demonstrate academic progression if you have previously studied in the UK (Admissions will confirm this);
- you have sufficient funds for your tuition fees and living costs for yourself and any dependants who are applying with you;
- you are not an overstayer if you are currently in the UK;
- if you have had a previous Tier 4 (General) visa refusal, you satisfy the University that you have addressed the reasons for that refusal;
- if you will be doing a work placement this is an assessed, integral part of your course which does not exceed 50% of the course duration.