A CAS is a very important electronic document that you will need to request after you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer of a place from us.
Before you can apply for your Tier 4 student visa you will need a CAS number to support your Tier 4 (General) student visa application form. You must request your CAS before you start to complete your visa application form as you will need to include key information as stated on your CAS statement, such as the unique CAS number that confirms Kingston University will become your Tier 4 sponsor. This is not the same as financial sponsor.
It is very important to be aware of the following before you request a CAS:
Kingston University requires all postgraduate taught (masters) applicants*, from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA), who pay international fees to pay a deposit in order to receive their CAS. Although you are able to request your CAS before you pay this deposit, your request won't be processed until your deposit has been received.
Undergraduate students aren't required to pay a deposit.
You may want to pay some of your tuition fees in advance and in addition to any other payments you are required to make, if you do so, you must pay this before you request your CAS. We will then show the amount you have paid on your CAS statement so that you only have to show the remaining balance of your fees and your maintenance funds in your bank account. You must not make any further payments after you have requested your CAS and before receiving your student visa. We cannot guarantee that any payments made later will be confirmed when you apply for your Tier 4 visa.
If you are going to live in university halls of residence you do have to pay a £300 deposit. You can pay more if you choose but in total only £1,000 of the accommodation fee payment is allowed to be offset against the full amount that is due.
Your existing academic qualifications must be confirmed on your CAS and the documents must be submitted with your visa application, you will need to have all the original documents proving your academic qualifications that were used to get your unconditional offer from Kingston.
If your studies are being funded (partially or fully) by a scholarship, international organisation or government, you will need to inform us when you request your CAS. Loan letters must state that the loan is provided by: "the national government, the state or regional government, or a government sponsored student loan company; or is part of an academic or educational loans scheme."
* exclusions apply.
As soon as you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer at Kingston University, you will be sent by email details of how to request a CAS, including your username and password.
This is done through the University's Online Student Information System (OSIS). Once you have requested your CAS and paid your deposit (if you are a postgraduate student), it may take up to 10 working days to receive your CAS number and statement.
To be eligible for a CAS an applicant will need:
*Exceptions apply for pre-sessional English courses
The issuing of a CAS is at the University's discretion and the University reserves the right not to issue a CAS, examples of this include:
A CAS request should not be made if there will be less than 15 working days between the date of application and the latest start date for the course. The only exceptions to this will be if a student is able to use a priority fast track service and can provide evidence of this or if the student has been granted a faculty extension to the latest start date for the course.
A CAS request should only be made if you meet the Tier 4 visa requirements and can submit your visa application prior to enrolling on your course.
The University will not issue a CAS to an applicant who:
Once we have processed your request for a CAS we will email you a draft copy to check. All the information contained in the CAS is extremely important, so you must check it is all correct and up to date. If any of the information is incorrect then you must inform us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org immediately.
Once you have confirmed that your draft CAS is correct this information will be provided to the Home Office so that we can generate your CAS number. We will also email you a copy of your final CAS statement, which will state your CAS number. Although this is a very important statement, please note that it is not an official document, so you won't receive a paper copy.
Your final CAS statement will include:
We advise that you include a copy of your CAS statement with your Tier 4 visa application and use the information contained in the statement to complete the entry clearance application form. The following information will be detailed on your CAS statement and is needed for your visa application:
Refer to your CAS statement when you complete your Tier 4 visa application. Please note that the Home Office official will check the information you have provided on your visa application form against their electronic copy of your CAS.
(If your current visa is due to expire soon or has expired then you should contact the ISAC team urgently.)
Issuing a CAS does not guarantee that a student will be successful in securing a Tier 4 Visa. Kingston University is not responsible for any decisions made by the Home Office and will not accept liability for any student failing to obtain a visa and/or for any losses incurred.
Kingston University has a Tier 4 Sponsor licence (previously known as Highly Trusted Sponsor). This is renewed annually by the Home Office, which is standard across all UK universities.