If you are intending to undertake a postgraduate course in certain science, engineering or technology disciplines, you must obtain an ATAS certificate before you can apply for Entry Clearance to come to the UK. You may also need to obtain an ATAS certificate if you are applying to study an undergraduate course with an integrated Masters year. This requirement will not be applicable for all students, it is only applicable for certain subjects at certain levels and certain nationalities*. Check your offer letter from Admissions and your CAS statement to find out if this requirement is applicable for your course. If you are required to have an ATAS certificate you are advised to apply for your certificate as soon as possible. The application is online and free of charge. The average processing time is four weeks, however this will increase during the busy time of April to September, when it can take more than six weeks.
Click here to find out further information about ATAS on the UK government website. You must have your ATAS certificate at the point of submitting your online visa application. If ATAS is required for your course, and you do not submit this certificate with your application, your application will be refused.
*Students who are nationals of EU countries, the European Economic Area (EEA), Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland or the United States of America do not need an ATAS certificate.