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CAS and Visa

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. 

What is a CAS and when can I request one?

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is a unique number issued to you by QMUL 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 QMUL will sponsor your studies in the UK. You must have a CAS from QMUL 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 (UF), 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 UF 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.

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The CAS Request Process

Flowchart of Admissions CAS Request Process


















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Verification of CAS details before we issue a CAS

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.

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Latest Dates for CAS Issue


Type of CourseLatest CAS Issue DateLatest Enrolment Date
13 week Pre-sessional English 1st June 2018 20th June 2018
9 week Pre-sessional English 18th July 2018 18th July 2018
5 week Pre-sessional English 27th July 2018 13th August 2018
September start courses 14th September 2018 5th October 2018

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.

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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 QMUL'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.

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Financial Requirements

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. 

University Fees

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:

  • Your fees are £16,500
  • You have paid the £2,000 deposit plus an extra £2,000 towards your fees

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. 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
Maintenance £11,385
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 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.

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The entry qualification is the academic qualification QMUL 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 original certificates and/or official transcripts of the qualifications as listed on your CAS as part of your visa application, unless it specifically states something else, such as a provisional certificate, which you must then present.  

A certificate must show:

  • Your full name
  • Title of award
  • Date of award
  • Name of the awarding institution 

A transcript must show: 

  • Your full name
  • Course title
  • Confirmation of the award
  • Name of the academic institution 


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.

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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.

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Tuberculosis (TB) Test

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: 

  • You are a diplomat accredited to the UK.
  • You are a returning UK resident and have not been away for more than two years.
  • You have lived for at least six months in a country where TB screening is not required by the UK, and you have been away from that country for no more than six months.

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Visa Application Refusals

If your visa application is refused by UKVI you should send a full copy of the refusal letter from the UKVI to It is essential that you read this section as it includes important information. 

If your visa is refused the QMUL 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 lettrs, 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. 

QMUL 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.

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Studying a second Masters

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:

  1. If you wish to make the visa application in the UK, we will require an official letter from your current institution (a scanned colour copy on headed paper) confirming you are expected to complete the course successfully and provide an indication of the qualification award date. We must have received this before issuing a CAS. Failure to pass the previous course will result in QMUL withdrawing sponsorship of your visa to comply with UKVI rules. 
  2. You can return home to make the visa application and this will be indicated on the CAS. We will require evidence that you have returned home in the form of airline tickets / boarding passes or entry stamps before issuing a CAS.

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CAS for Pre-Sessional English Courses

5 Week Pre-Sessional English

If you are applying for the 5 week Pre-sessional English course, you may be eligible for a joint CAS (to cover both the 5 week 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.

9 and 13 Week Pre-Sessional English

If you are applying for the 9 or 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: 

  • Hold an unconditional offer for your Pre-sessional English course
  • Satisfy any academic conditions attached to your main degree study offer
  • Apply for your joint CAS by the advertised deadline

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 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.

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Still Unsure?

If you are at all unsure, or have any outstanding queries or concerns not answered above, please contact your specialist Admissions team directly via email, the contact address for which will have been communicated to you in emails sent to you throughout the application process. 

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