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.

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.

Helpful CAS FAQ

What is the processing time for a CAS?

The processing time for each CAS is unique and depends on the documents that we need to assess. You can help to speed up the process by providing all documents in a timely manner. If all the documents are correct, it usually takes around 2-4 weeks to issue a CAS.

When and how do I have to pay the £5,000 non-refundable deposit?

To avoid delay, you should aim to pay your non-refundable deposit as soon as possible. You can still submit a CAS request without having paid this, however, we cannot issue your final CAS until we have received this payment.

Payments can take a few working days to process. For faster verification, you can obtain an official receipt from the finance team at accountsreceivable@kingston.ac.uk .

Please note you need to pay 50% of your first year's tuition fees during or before enrolment.

For more information regarding the payment methods, visit the Kingston University payment page.

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)

Can I use the Kingston University bank details to make fee payments?

Students are not allowed to pay directly into our bank account.

International transfers must be made via the Western Union link on our website. This can be found under the "International bank transfer and online payments" tab on the how to pay your fees page.

Do I need an ATAS certificate?

Students intending to study certain science or engineering postgraduate level (RQF7) 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.

You must carefully check all your personal details and your passport information. Any errors on the ATAS certificate will delay your CAS application, as you will need to obtain a new ATAS certificate.

 

Do I need a Tuberculosis certificate?

A Tuberculosis (TB) medical certificate is required if you are coming to the UK for more than six months and are a resident of one of the countries listed on the UK Government's Tuberculosis tests for visa applicants web-page.

You must be tested at an approved UKVI clinic. Some countries don't have approved testing centres so you will need to get tested in a neighbouring country.

If you would usually require a TB certificate but have resided in a country for at least six months that does not require a TB certificate, you will be exempt from this requirement. You must upload a written explanation of your circumstances with any relevant residence permits.

Can I bring a dependant on a Student Route visa?

Your partner and children (‘dependants') may be able to apply to come to the UK or stay longer in the UK.

You must be one of the following:

  • A full-time student on a postgraduate level course (RQF level 7 or above) that lasts nine months or longer
  • A new government-sponsored student on a course that lasts longer than six months
  • A Doctorate Extension Scheme student

For more information, visit the UK Government's Student visa 'Your partner and children' page.

Does my dependent require a CAS?

Your dependent does not require a CAS but you need to show enough funds for your dependents while making a CAS request.

If you will study in London, each dependant must show £845 for each month of immigration permission you have been granted (if your dependants are applying after you have received your permission) or will be granted (if your dependants are applying at the same time as you). This is up to a maximum of nine months (therefore, a maximum figure of £7,605).

To find out more how much money your dependent(s) will require, visit the UK Government's Student visa family members page.

I am an alumni of Kingston University, will my alumni discount be deducted from my fees before I request my CAS?

No, please note you will receive an invoice for the full course fee. The discount is applied as a credit to this invoice shortly after your enrolment. You will receive a separate credit note via email.

To find out more, check out our alumni discount page.

After you arrive in the UK

How do I collect my BRP card and what information do I need to provide?

When you collect your BRP, you will need to note the following:

  • When completing your visa application, you will be required to provide the postcode of your BRP collection point
  • The University uses a designated post office located at Kingston upon Thames Post Office, Unit L7 Bentalls Shopping Centre, Dolphin Street, Kingston Upon Thames. Post code: KT1 1TP
  • When you arrive in the UK, you must collect your BRP from this post office
  • You will then be required to upload images of the front and back of your BRP card to OSIS
  • Ensure that your Visa and BRP details are added on your visa section on OSIS
  • Provide your stamped vignette which displays the date of your arrival to the UK
  • If you entered through an eGate you must upload your boarding pass to confirm the date of your arrival
  • Ensure that your UK address, UK mobile number and email address is added to OSIS under the personal details section

What do I do if my residence permit has the wrong dates?

Any errors on the BRP card must be immediately reported to the Home Office's report a problem page.

Please note, physical BRP cards will soon be replaced with an online immigration status. Due to this, the expiry dates on the BRP may not reflect the end of the course.

Please make sure to check in the Visa Decision letter from UKVI that the correct end dates of your visa are stated.

The UKVI website states: "You do not need to tell UKVI if your BRP expires on 31 December 2024 but your immigration status (for example, your visa) allows you to stay longer.

"You will not need a BRP from 1 January 2025. You'll be able to prove your immigration status online, without a BRP.

UKVI will update their information on how to prove your immigration status in early 2024. You do not need to do anything, and your immigration status will not be affected."

For more information, visit the UKCISA website.

How do I show evidence of my digital visa status and what details do I need to provide?

When providing evidence of your digital visa status, be aware of the following:

  • EU/ EEA nationals and British Nationals Overseas using the Immigration ID check app will not receive a BRP
  • You will instead need to show evidence of your digital visa status
  • Upload your confirmation email from UKVI to OSIS regarding your visa application outcome
  • Upload your boarding pass to confirm the date of your arrival to the UK
  • Prove your immigration status on gov.uk and send your authentication code to KU-UKVI@Kingston.ac.uk
  • Ensure that your UK address, UK mobile number and email address is added to OSIS under the personal details section

As an international student, am I required to have 100% attendance?

The University Attendance Policy clearly states that students are expected to attend all scheduled teaching events. Attendance is recorded using SEAtS and you must scan your ID card onto card readers located on campus. Any absence from teaching activities must be recorded using the SEAtS app.

The compliance team are required to monitor your engagement with your studies. If your level of attendance raises concerns, the compliance team will investigate your situation. Lengthy periods of absence could result in the withdrawal of your student visa.

Please read the University Attendance Policy and ensure that you fully understand the requirements.

How often do I need to update my contact details?

You need to confirm your contact details after every 3 months; a reminder email will be sent. Any changes must be updated on OSIS under the personal details section.

Can I work whilst studying?

Your BRP card or Digital Immigration Status will display the number of hours that you are permitted to work during term time.

You are permitted to work full-time hours outside of official term time and after you have completed your course whilst in your extant leave. A course completion letter can be requested from the faculty student office if an employer requires confirmation that you have completed your studies.

Before you start work alongside your studies, be sure to read our guidance on working during studies for international students.

To discuss your right to work further please contact KU-UKVI@Kingston.ac.uk or ImmigrationAdvice@Kingston.ac.uk.

Placement year FAQ

Can I add a placement year after starting my course?

If you would like to add a placement year, you must first secure the placement by the relevant deadline. The placement office must then approve the placement before your course can be transferred.

You will need to apply for a new CAS as a continuing student to obtain a new visa that will cover the remaining length of your course.

Can I work while on my placement?

You are permitted to work full time hours for your approved placement employer. You can only work a maximum of 20 hours per week for any other employer.

For more information, visit our Working in the UK page for international students.

What happens if I do not secure a placement and I complete my course early?

Your faculty will need to transfer you to the one-year version of your course. Once this is completed, the compliance team will report your change of course to the Home Office and your visa will be curtailed (shortened).

Can I work full time after dropping a placement year?

After you receive the email confirmation of your visa curtailment from the UKVI team, you will have about four months of extant leave.

You can then request a course completion letter from your faculty student office after your new course end date. You can provide this to your employer as proof of your course completion.

For more details on working requirements, read our advice on working in the UK on a Student Visa. Or contact our immigration advice team for more detail ImmigrationAdvice@Kingston.ac.uk.

Can I travel outside the UK after dropping the placement route if I want to apply for the Graduate Route?

Students who are transferred off the placement route and complete the one-year masters are reported to the Home Office by the compliance team. We are required to report your early completion and new end date. Your visa is then curtailed by the Home Office to reflect your new course end date.

If you travel outside the UK after your new end date has been reported to the Home Office, you risk not being eligible to apply for the Graduate Route. If your student visa is cancelled when you are overseas, all of your extant leave (the additional four months you would usually receive after your new course end date) lapses and you are not permitted to re-enter the UK on your student visa.

The advice from the Home Office is not to travel outside the UK until your Graduate Route visa has been granted.

For further guidance on this matter, contact ImmigrationAdvice@Kingston.ac.uk.

Other FAQ

If my financial situation changes and I cannot pay my fees, what action do I need to take?

If you are unable to pay any outstanding fees, you will need to contact your student office and the finance department by emailing AccountsReceivable@kingston.ac.uk.

If you miss any payments, your status will be suspended. Whilst you are suspended, you will not have any access to your student account. This includes your student email and Canvas access. This will only be reinstated once you have paid the outstanding fees.

For more information on when to pay fees, please visit our fees and funding page.

If I fail a module, would I be able to apply for the Graduate Route?

The Graduate Route is only open to those who have successfully completed their course and who have valid Student Route permission when they apply. The qualification must be fully awarded before you can apply. Therefore, if you are required to use your extant leave to complete failed modules, you may not have enough time left on your visa to apply for the Graduate Route.

Whether you are still eligible will depend on your individual circumstances. For more information, please contact the immigration advice team on immigrationadvice@kingston.ac.uk.

Read the full requirements of the Graduate Route on the UKCISA website.

Will I be notified if I am eligible for the Graduate Route?

You must wait until your degree has been officially awarded, which will be following the exam board. Assuming you have been awarded your full degree, you will be automatically reported for the Graduate Route. You will receive an email confirmation of this with your CAS number and further details on the application process.

Read the following resources for more information on the full eligibility requirements of the Graduate Route:

Do I need to notify the University if I am travelling outside the UK?

You are permitted to travel outside of your official term time and do not require permission.

If you are required to travel outside the UK during your official term time, you must obtain an Authorised Absence letter by contacting your student office and the CAS team at KU-UKVI@Kingston.ac.uk.

This will only be issued in exceptional circumstances. To find our more, read our information on authorised absence for international students.

Contact us

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