Studying abroad comes with a tedious process- filling out the application form, qualifying English proficiency tests, framing a personal essay, and completing other formalities. Apart from other essential documents, the importance of a CAS letter can not be ignored as it is essential to apply for a Visa to study in the UK. It is a letter issued by the institution that you have applied to, and it is counted as one of the crucial documents for a UK visa application.
Still confused about what a CAS letter
is? Please read the entire blog to know more about it in detail.
What is a CAS letter
CAS, Confirmation of Acceptance for
Studies, is a crucial document you must know if you are trying to secure
admission in the UK. You must hold a CAS before applying for the UK Student
Visa (Tier 4 General). It is an electronic document issued by the college or
university that you have chosen to study at.
CAS will be valid for student visa applications
for six months from the date of issue. You will also receive a unique reference
number from your institution that will match up with your CAS. This reference
number is to be mentioned on the Tier 4 visa application form. This number and
corroborating documents will be checked by the visa official processing your
application to confirm an unconditional offer from the university has been
given to you.
You will also receive a ‘CAS statement’
from your institution, and it is sent to you by email. It is not needed for
your Tier 4 visa application. Still, it gives the information about your
course, sponsor and some information about money that you require to complete
your Tier 4 visa application form.
The CAS statement tells you the following
14 digit reference number
for the CAS
Sponsor License Number
(SLN) of the university where you wish to study
Title of the course
Tuition fees of the first
year or the entire course
Start and end dates of the
Any tuition fees that has
already been paid to the university by you
Any accommodation fees that
has already been paid by you
English language ability,
i.e. IELTS or TOEFL scores
How to Apply for
International students who want tostudy in the UKand have accepted the offer from the university as well as paid the deposit amount for the program are issued a CAS letter and reference number from the university. Once students get the CAS letter, they are eligible to apply for the student visa application.
Every university follows a different
procedure. Once the offer is accepted, the University, on behalf of the
student, contacts the UK government’s UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) for CAS
number and verifies that the student is accepted to study at the university.
UKVI issues the CAS number to the
university, and the university issues it to the student. Many universities
automatically issue the CAS letter after the offer is accepted and the fee
deposit is paid. In contrast, some universities require students to register on
the official website and then obtain the letter.
Documents Required for CAS
To receive the CAS letter without any
obstacles, make sure to submit some documents during the application process.
Along with an updated passport, you will also have to submit marksheets or
transcripts of the previous UG or PG course you completed. Ensure that all the
documents are valid and have all the proper credentials. Your CAS number will
be issued only after verification of the documents.
Points to Remember
There are various reasons which can lead
to delay of the CAS letter. It is essential to carefully complete all the
formalities to receive the letter on time. Some reasons which can cause a delay
in the issue of your CAS letter are:
Not enough time left to
apply for the Tier 4 visa
You are not able to arrive
at the university before the start of the course
The applicant is already
enrolled in a part-time course
Lack of required funds
Submission of illegal
The request for CAS is
filed after the deadline
Processing Time for a CAS Letter
The CAS letter is generally issued on a
first-come-first-served basis. Because of this, the students who have submitted
their applications at an early date will be given the priority. The institution
will check the set of documents provided by the students, and once confirmed,
you will secure the letter in 2-3 business days (it can take a few days more).
Though CAS is an important document, there is no fixed time duration that a
university takes to release it.
What to do in the Case of Delay in a
A CAS Number is issued 4 months before
beginning the program. International students have enough time to apply for a
student visa and prepare for their trip to an unknown country. If there is a
delay, international students can reach out to the University and know the
reason for the same.
The application process of taking
admission to universities abroad can be an ambiguous task. Hopefully, this blog
on the CAS letter was helpful for you.