International students requiring a CAS and a Tier 4 Visa will find useful information below regarding student immigration information.
The information on this page is intended for new students joining Queen Mary University. Current and continuing students should view our Immigration pages for current students, and contact the Student Enquiry Centre directly for further information.
We encourage you to visit our Advice and Counselling Service pages and book onto a webinar which provide guidance on the Tier 4 application process from overseas and the UK and how to evidence that you have the required funds for your visa application.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is a unique number issued to you by Queen Mary which allows you to apply for a Tier 4 visa with the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) service. When we issue a CAS to you, we are confirming that Queen Mary will sponsor your studies in the UK. You must have a CAS from Queen Mary to be able to apply for a Tier 4 visa to study here.
To request a CAS you must be holding an unconditional offer of study which you have firmly accepted (Unconditional Firm), and your fee status must be 'overseas.'
For courses starting in September we typically start issuing CAS' from the middle of May onwards.
Once your Admissions status is Unconditional Firm and your fee status confirmed as 'overseas,' you should receive a CAS request email with instructions on requesting your CAS. Applicants are advised to regularly check their junk / spam inbox folders as some email providers will mistakenly filter this communication into these folders.
Please note, we cannot issue a CAS earlier than six months before the start of your course, so you will not be contacted until the CAS issuing period has begun.
The CAS can only be used once and is valid for six months from the date of being issued. You cannot use the CAS for a visa application until three months before the course start date. The CAS will be sent electronically via email and will be available in your MySIS portal.
As part of the CAS request and issuing process, you will be asked to verify your CAS details via MySIS before the CAS number is issued. It is very important that you check the details carefully and let us know if any changes are required before we issue the CAS.
IMPORTANT - we may not be able to change or update the details included in your CAS once it has been issued. If there are any errors, you are at risk of having your visa application refused.
|Type of Course||Latest CAS Issue Date||Latest Enrolment Date|
|Courses starting on 6th January||20th December 2019||17th January 2020|
|Courses starting on 20th January||10th January 2020||31st January 2020|
|13 week Pre-sessional English||29th May 2020||17th June 2020|
|9 week Pre-sessional English||19th June 2020||15th July 2020|
|5 week Pre-sessional English||17th July 2020||10th August 2020|
|September start courses||7th September 2020||5th October 2020|
If your course starts on a different date, we will calculate the latest date for issuing a CAS, but you should note that this is normally three weeks before the start of your course.
Individual exceptions may apply - if you are at all unsure, please contact your specialist Admissions team directly via email, the contact address for which will have been provided in earlier applicant email communications.
If you are required to pay a university fee deposit, please be aware that the CAS process can only begin once we have received a deposit payment.
Where applicable, any university fee deposit must have been completed, and the payment received by the University before we will issue a CAS. Students should ensure that necessary fee deposits are completed in a timely fashion before the latest CAS issue dates.
Full information on Queen Mary's fee deposit policy can be found here. If you wish to check that the deposit payment has been received, please contact the Finance Office directly.
When making your Tier 4 visa application, it is essential that you meet the UKVI financial requirements (please see the section titled 'Money' in our Tier 4 Policy Guidance). 80% of visa application refusals are caused by the applicant's failure to meet UKVI financial requirements.
The general requirement is to show you have enough money to pay your 1st year course fees plus the required maintenance available in your bank account 28 days prior to making your visa application.
For immigration advice including information on the financial requirements of a Tier 4 visa application, you can contact a member of our Advice and Counselling team.
Any payments you have made towards your university fees will be stated on your CAS. For example, if you are applying for a visa to study a 1-year Master's course and:
Then your CAS will state: "Course Fees for the Year: £16,500, Course Fees Paid so far: £4,000 and you must have £12,500 in your account for your university fees in addition to the funds for your living costs."
As well as the university fees you must be able to show the UKVI you have the required living costs of £1,265.00 for each month of your course for a maximum of 9 months. Most students studying for longer than 9 months will need to show £11,385 for their living expenses. Please see our funds guide to check.
Therefore, you must have a total of £11,385.00 for your living costs. (This figure relates to study in the academic year 2018/19 and is subject to change.)
A worked example of this using the above figures is shown below:
|Balance of university fees to pay||£12,500|
|Total you must show in your bank account 28 days prior to visa application||£23,885|
The 28-day rule
Any money you use for maintenance (university fees and living costs) must be in your account for a period of 28 consecutive days. During this 28-day period, the money in this account must not fall below the required amount for even one day. If it does fall below the requried amount, you will not meet the Home Office requirements and your visa application will be refused.
Your bank statement must be no more than 31 days old on the date of your visa application.
If you make a course fee payment after you have been issued the CAS it is important that you let the CAS Admissions team know, so this can be reflected on your CAS. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your application reference number, confirming the amount that has been paid. Once this has been verified with our Finance team, your CAS will be updated and you will be sent confirmation.
When making payments, it is important that you include your application reference number as a reference so our Finance team can link the payment to you. We will not include the £300 deposit payment for accommodation as this is a returnable deposit.
We strongly recommend that you refer to the Tier 4 Policy Guidance, or read our Advice and Counselling page on Funds for your Tier 4 visa application before making your visa application. If your visa application is refused because you have failed to meet the UKVI Financial requirements, you will be required to pay additional costs to make a new visa application and the delay may mean that you cannot start your course on time. Please also refer to the section below, titled 'Visa Application Refusals' for further information.
The entry qualification is the academic qualification Queen Mary used to assess your university application and make an offer of study. The qualifications will be listed on your CAS and should contain the correct academic title, awarding body and year it was awarded.
You must present your qualifications as listed on your CAS as part of your visa application.
A certificate must show:
A transcript must show:
If your documents are not in English or Welsh, you will need to submit translations of these documents. For further information, please see the Tier 4 Policy Guidance.
If your course requires Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance, we will not issue a CAS until we have received a copy of the ATAS certificate.
ATAS applications do not cost anything and can be made from 9 months before the course start date. Your visa application will be refused if an ATAS certificate is requried and not submitted. Information about which courses require ATAS clearance can be found on the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Course Finders respectively.
You will be required to have a Tuberculosis (TB) test if you are coming to the UK for more than six months and are resident in any of these listed countries. If you fail to submit a required TB test with a Tier 4 visa application, it will be refused.
You will not require a TB test if any of the following apply:
If your visa application is refused by UKVI you should send a full copy of the refusal letter from the UKVI to email@example.com. It is essential that you read this section as it includes important information.
If your visa is refused, the Queen Mary Advice and Counselling Service has a guide titled 'Tier 4 - what to do if things go wrong'. If you understand the grounds for the refusal, which are explained in the refusal notice, the guide includes detailed information about what options may be available to you now, and important information about deadlines you will need to be aware of.
If after reading the guide you need further advice about your situation, you can contact the Advice and Counselling Service with your specific questions or concern.
We will only issue a second CAS once you have supplied proof that you have all the relevant documents and financial evidence in place to submit a valid visa application. This will include bank statements / financial letters, qualification documents, TB certificates (if required) and any other information which is relevant to the reasons for the refusal. Please do not contact us until you have all the documents in place to request a second CAS.
Queen Mary will not issue you a third CAS if you receive two visa application refusals. We reserve the right not to issue a second CAS if we believe the second application is likely to be refused.
If you are accepted to study a second Master in the UK and require a CAS to make a Tier 4 visa application, you have two options:
If you are applying for the 5 or 9 week Pre-sessional English course, you may be eligible for a joint CAS (to cover both the pre-sessional programme and the degree that you are progressing onto.) This means that you may apply for one visa which will enable you to remain in the UK for the duration of both courses.
If you are applying for the 13 week Pre-sessional English course, then you will usually require one CAS for your Pre-sessional programme, and another CAS for your main degree study.
If you already hold an unconditional offer for your main degree study, and have chosen to complete a Pre-sessional language course on a voluntary basis, then you will be eligible for a joint CAS.
In order to apply for a joint CAS, you will need to have met all of the following conditions:
If you are unable to meet the above conditions, you will require one CAS for your Pre-sessional programme and another CAS for your main degree study. Please note that if you require a single CAS for the pre-sessional course you must be holding a SELT (UKVI) IELTS to apply for a Tier 4 visa.
Please also note that you must fully engage with your Pre-sessional programme. This means that you must attend all classes, submit all assessments by the due date and undertake all exams. If you fail to engage as required you will be de-registered from the Pre-sessional programme. If Queen Mary is a student's Tier 4 (General) Student Immigration permission sponsor, we will report the deregistration to the UK Government, who will curtail (cut short) your immigration permission (visa). This will mean that you will be required to leave the UK, and will not be able to join your main degree programme. Further details and information can be found here.