Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

If you have accepted an unconditional offer to study a full-time course at Kingston University, you should immediately request a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) before you apply for your Student Route visa.

The CAS is not automatically issued. You must pay your non-refundable deposit first (if you are a postgraduate student), upload your supporting documents, and then submit a CAS request via the Online Student Information System (OSIS) up to six months before your course start date.

Important update: UK Visa priority services are suspended UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) have stopped priority and super-priority visa processing services for all applications being made from outside the UK as they continue to prioritise applications from Ukraine. This means that student visa applications are taking much longer to process. We strongly recommend that you apply for your Student Route visa at the earliest possible opportunity (as soon as you accept your unconditional offer) and for most courses, you must be here on-campus by 19 September 2022.

Please read our helpful FAQ section with the latest information we have received from UKVI about student visa applications for September.

  • CAS applications from overseas: Please visit our information for applicants section for up-to-date information.
  • CAS applications from within the UK: CAS requests can only be accepted if you meet the Student Route visa requirements and can submit your student visa application before the 'stage two' enrolment specific to your course.

How to request your CAS

Step 1: Pay the non-refundable deposit

All postgraduate taught (masters) applicants (excluding Masters by Research MPhil/PhD) who require a Student Visa must pay a £5,000 non-refundable deposit*, which is treated as part of the first instalment of your tuition fee before you can request a CAS.

* Exclusions

You are not required to pay the non-refundable deposit if:

  • you are an undergraduate student;
  • you do not require a Student Route Visa to study at Kingston University;
  • your studies are being sponsored by your government or a company (evidence of your sponsorship must be provided);
  • you are receiving funding or a student loan from Lånekassen, US Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Canada Student Financial Assistance Program (CSFA Program) (evidence must be provided);
  • you are receiving a student loan from a regulated student loan scheme (evidence of your student loan for the full fee amount must be provided).

Pay your non-refundable deposit now

Step 2: Log into OSIS

After you have paid the postgraduate deposit (if applicable), log into OSIS select the 'Your Visa' tab and then click ‘Request a CAS'. Remember you must pay the deposit first.

Follow the steps and answer the questions – we will ask you:

  • If you are studying or have previously studied on a student visa in the UK
  • If you have had any previous UK visa refusals*
  • If you have any other pending applications with UKVI
  • If your studies are either partially or fully funded by a scholarship, organisation or government

Our CAS team will assess the documents you have uploaded to ensure they meet UKVI requirements and may contact you if they require any additional documents or information, so check your email regularly. You can also track the progress of your CAS request by logging in to OSIS.

* Please note: You must tell us about any previous visa refusals, and upload scanned copies of the refusal notice (or other confirmation) onto OSIS using the instructions outlined below.

Step 3: Upload the supporting documents

You will be asked to upload supporting documents to OSIS. Our CAS team will assess the documents you upload to ensure they meet UKVI requirements. If we require any additional documents or information, the CAS team will contact you directly, so check your email regularly.

You can track the progress of your CAS request by logging in to OSIS.

You must submit copies of the following documents:

Financial documents

You must be able to show that you have enough money to pay your course fees and living costs while you study in the UK.

Your supporting documents must show the full amount needed (first year course fees + £12,006 maintenance funds) held for a consecutive 28-day period. At no time can the funds dip below the total amount required.

A bank statement should:

  • be printed on the 29th day.
  • show the closing balance on the account – the date on the statement should be no more than 31 days before the date you submit your student visa application.

You can show you have enough money using:

  • an official financial or government sponsorship or grant;
  • a student loan from a government, government-sponsored loan company, or a regulated student loans scheme;
  • your own money;
  • your parents' money (if they provide a letter confirming they agree to you using it this way);
  • your partner's money if your partner is present in the UK or applying at the same time.

If using your parents' bank statements, you must include a letter of support from your parents and proof of the relationship (such as a birth certificate). Read the Kingston Guide to bank statements (PDF), Bank Verification Form and UKVI Student Route Guidance for detailed information about the financial requirements. 

Tuberculosis (TB) certificate

If you are resident in any of these listed countries, you'll need to have a TB test from a UKVI-approved TB test centre.

ATAS certificate

Students intending to study certain science or engineering degrees will need to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate. You can apply for an ATAS certificate up to nine months before the start date of your course. Find out if you need an ATAS certificate.

Step 4: Approve draft CAS

When your draft CAS is ready, you will receive an email asking you to check and confirm that the details on your draft CAS are correct.

  1. Log into OSIS.
  2. Go to the Your Visa page on OSIS.
  3. Click View draft CAS against your CAS request record.
  4. Check that each section is correct and confirm the information by approving your draft CAS.

Step 5: CAS is issued

You will receive a copy of your final CAS statement by email when you have approved your draft CAS, and our CAS team has checked your supporting documents.

The CAS statement is an 'e-document', so you will not receive a paper copy.

You can apply for your student visa when you have receive your final CAS statement.

Do I need to provide supporting documents?

Low-risk nationals

Students from one of these countries are classified as a 'low risk national' (LRN) and will not be required to submit supporting documents with their student visa application. However, UKVI may still request to see your supporting documents after you submit your application, so you must ensure you have them.

If you are a low-risk national you must complete the Low-risk National Self-Declaration Form (Word) and upload it to OSIS.

As a low-risk national you must have access to the required funds for your tuition and maintenance fees but you do not need to provide evidence of this if you complete the LRN form.

The following documents are also required where applicable:

Tuberculosis (TB) certificate

If you are resident in any of these listed countries, you'll need to have a TB test from a UKVI-approved TB test centre.

ATAS certificate

Students intending to study certain science or engineering degrees will need to apply for a clearance certificate as part of the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate. You can apply for an ATAS certificate up to nine months before the start date of your course. Find out if you need an ATAS certificate.

CAS request video guide

Please note

Important notice

Having a CAS does not guarantee that you will be successful in securing a student 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.

Points to help you avoid a visa refusal

  • A CAS is only valid for six months from the date it is issued.
  • When you make your student visa application you must include all original documents stated on your CAS, where required (low-risk nationals do not need to submit original documents). Failure to do so could result in a visa refusal.
  • If you are applying for your student visa from inside the UK your course must start within 28 days of your current visa expiry date.
  • If your current visa is due to expire soon or has expired then you should contact the CAS team urgently.

CAS is at the University's discretion

The issuing of a CAS is at the University's discretion and Kingston University reserves the right not to issue a CAS under certain circumstances. This includes:

  • insufficient time to make a successful student visa application
  • unlikely to arrive before the latest course start date
  • incorrect or insufficient funds to meet the requirements
  • not have the required maintenance funds
  • if documents submitted are deemed to be fraudulent
  • CAS request is submitted after the latest course start date deadline
  • student has exceeded (or will exceed by the end of their course) the maximum time allowed on a student visa.

Using your CAS when you apply for a visa

You should include a copy of your CAS statement with your student visa application.

When you complete your student visa application form, refer to your CAS statement, as the information you state on your visa application form will be checked against the information listed on your CAS statement:

  • 14-digit reference number (known as your CAS number) containing a mixture of letters and numbers
  • Kingston Sponsor Licence Number (SLN)
  • Start and end dates of your course
  • Title of your course
  • Tuition fees for first year of your course (if your CAS has been issued for an extension at Kingston, the "first year of study" means the first year of this new period)
  • Tuition fees you have already paid to Kingston University
  • Accommodation fees you have already paid to Kingston University (up to £1,334)
  • Academic qualifications we used to make you an offer to study at Kingston University
  • Assessment of your English language ability, including any formal qualifications
  • Confirmation of any previous study in the UK on a student visa.

Scholarships and government loans

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 (this will be a question on the CAS request form in OSIS).

Loan letters must state that the loan is offered in one of the following ways:

  • provided by the national government;
  • provided by the state or regional government;
  • provided by a government-sponsored student loan company;
  • part of an academic or educational loans scheme.

Pre-payments

You may want to pay some of your tuition fees or halls of residence fees in advance. We can confirm the following pre-payments on your CAS:

  • Up to 100% of your tuition fees
  • Up to £1,334 of your halls of residence fees (you can pay more, but this is the maximum we can confirm on your CAS)

We can only include details of your pre-payments on your CAS statement if you make the payment before requesting your CAS (so the prepaid amount will be deducted from the overall financial requirement you need to show in your financial documents).

If you make a payment after you request your CAS, we cannot guarantee that those payments will be received and confirmed in time to include in your CAS statement.

Contact us

If you have any queries or need further support, please get in touch with the CAS team – we are here to help.