Tier 4 (General) student visa
The University will e-mail you a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) number when your offer becomes unconditional. Your CAS number, which you need for your visa application, will be emailed to you in a 'CAS statement' which lists the information that we have sent to the UK Border Agency (UKBA). This email will also tell you our Tier 4 Licensed Sponsor number, name and address.
You cannot use your CAS number to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course. This means that if you intend to begin a course on 16 September 2013, the earliest you can apply for your visa is 16 June 2013.
The earliest you can apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa is three months before the start date of the course. This means that if you intend to begin a course on 16 September 2013, the earliest you can apply for your visa is 16 June 2013.
Find out where and how to apply for your visa in your home country from the UK Border Agency website.
Please be aware that visa applications may take extra time if your country sends applications to another country for processing.
Tier 4 time limits on study
If you have previously studied in the UK, please be aware that the UKBA has introduced a limit on how long a person can hold a Tier 4 visa. The time limit depends on your level of study.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has created a flowchart to help students calculate whether an application for a further period of study will be possible under the time limits. Please visit the UKCISA website to access the flowchart.
As you make preparations for your visa application/appointment, please bear in mind that any fee or accommodation prepayments to the University will need to clear in the University’s bank account and be receipted in order for them to be reflected in your CAS.
Some postgraduate students and some undergraduate students in science, engineering and technology subjects will need to obtain an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate before applying for a visa. If this requirement applies to your course, your academic School will inform you that you need to apply for an ATAS certificate when it makes you an offer. Your CAS will also record that you need to obtain ATAS clearance.
ATAS applications are free, submitted online and take at least 20 working days to process. Certificates are sent to you by email. Given the delays in obtaining ATAS clearance, and the fact that you can apply when your offer is still conditional, we recommend that you apply as soon as you are able.
Nationals of some countries are required to obtain a certificate from an International Organisation for Migration (IOM) accredited clinic showing that they are free from infectious tuberculosis (TB).
You can use the UKBA country finder to find out if nationals of your country are required to obtain a certificate and, where this screening is a requirement, to obtain details of the clinics and fee in your country.
You can find out more about how the latest work visa regulations affect opportunities to work in the UK on our careers service website: