Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
When you apply for a Student visa you must have a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number. This unique 14-digit reference number confirms that Queen’s University has agreed to be your Student sponsor. Queen’s University will provide you with a CAS number once you have satisfied all of the eligibility conditions.
If you are already a student at Queen’s University, you must complete a Queen’s University CAS Request Form, which you can request from International Student Support by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before the University can give you a CAS, ISS will check the information provided with your School to confirm that you are permitted to continue on your course.
If you are eligible, you will receive a CAS statement, which is an electronic document containing essential information you will need to fill in your Student visa application, including:
- Your unique CAS number;
- The University’s Sponsor Licence number
- Your course title, course level and course start/end dates
- Details of your course fees and any deposits paid or any scholarships or stipends awarded
- Details of your entry qualifications (‘evidence used to obtain offer’ section of CAS) which were used to make the decision to offer you a place or confirmation that you are continuing on the same course of study
- Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS): some courses will require you to have an ATAS certificate. Your CAS will state if this is a requirement for your course. You must have this before you can apply for your visa therefore you should apply for your ATAS certificate as soon as possible.
Documents which meet the UKVI requirements
Our guidance document Preparing documents for your Student visa application provides details of all the documents you will need to prepare. Some documents will be mandatory which means that you must submit them to UKVI as part of your application. Some documents will not be mandatory, which means that you should not submit them to UKVI. However, non-mandatory documents may be requested at a later date by UKVI, therefore you need to make sure that can provide these documents if necessary. Some documents will not be applicable to you.
Money you will need
In the UK for 12 months or more
If you have been living in the UK with valid immigration permission for at least 12 months or more on the date of your application, you will meet the UKVI financial requirement and therefore you will not need to show funds.
In the UK for less than 12 months
If you have been living in the UK with a valid immigration permission for less than 12 months, you will need to meet the UKVI financial requirement and you will need to show that you have this money before submitting your visa application.
You must have enough money to pay for your tuition fees for one academic year. These tuition fees will be stated on your CAS statement.
You will also be required to show you have enough money for living costs (maintenance funds).
If you are self-funded, this means that you will need to save a certain amount of money in your bank account for at least 28 days. You must be able to provide financial evidence to demonstrate that you have saved this money, for example, a personal bank statement or bank letter in your name or in the name of a parent. If you are receiving money from an official financial sponsor, you must be able to provide an official financial sponsorship letter.
Our guidance document Preparing documents for your Student visa application provides more details about the amount of funds you will need to prepare and the type of financial documents that are acceptable.
Differential evidence requirement
Our guidance document includes information for nationals of certain countries who are subject to different documentary requirements and therefore do not have to submit evidence of finances or academic qualifications. UKVI calls this the Differential evidence requirement. However, even if you benefit from this special arrangement, you must still ensure that you have these documents in place at the point of applying for your visa. If you cannot provide proof if requested, your visa application may be refused.