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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.
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.
You are not required to pay the non-refundable deposit if:
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:
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.
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:
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:
You can show you have enough money using:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
If you have any queries or need further support, please get in touch with the CAS team – we are here to help.