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What is a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)?

To apply for a Student Visa (formally Tier 4), you must have a CAS from Northumbria University.  A CAS is a unique reference number that you will need to put on your visa application.  Once you have satisfied the conditions for a CAS, we will issue you a CAS Statement which details your CAS number. It also includes all the information that we have based the decision on, which may help you in your visa application.  

How you will receive your CAS will depend on whether you are an applicant or a current student extending your visa for your current course.

Once you have received your CAS, the first thing that you should do is check all the information on your CAS statement is correct. If there are any discrepancies in your CAS, you should inform Northumbria as soon as possible. You should not use the CAS if any of the information is incorrect. Your visa application may be refused if there are any discrepancies between the information used by Northumbria and the information on your application form. When you have received your CAS, and meet all other visa requirements, you can apply for your visa. You can find information on applying for your visa here.  

Please note that each unique CAS number can only be used once. If your visa application is refused, or you have already used your CAS number for a previous application you will need to request a new CAS number for any new applications.


Applicants should request a CAS via the Applicant Portal.  You should do this when you have met the following: 

  • You hold an unconditional offer and have firmly accepted it.

  • You have provided all documents, requested by Applicant Services.

  • You have paid your deposit – or hold a valid financial sponsor letter.

To request your CAS, you should click on the Visa/Immigration box on your portal and follow the on screen instructions to request your CAS and inform the university whether you are applying for your visa inside or outside the UK.  

Before we issue your CAS, we may contact you to check that you have prepared all the information that you need to apply for your visa. 

How will I receive my CAS?

Applicants applying for a visa outside of the UK will receive their CAS via the applicant portal. You will receive an email when its it available to download.

Applicants applying for a visa inside of the UK will be contacted by the University’s Welfare, Immigration and Funding Advisers when your CAS is ready to discuss your next steps and assist you with your visa application. You can find information on applying for your visa in the UK, via Northumbria on the Student Portal.

Students who require a CAS to continue on their course must request a CAS here. You must submit your CAS request more than 4 weeks before your application is required, or if you are requesting a CAS towards the end of your course at least 8 weeks. Applications submitted outside of these deadlines will be processed where possible but a CAS would not be guaranteed. Applicants and continuing students are required to submit any requested documents before the University will issue a CAS.

How will I receive my CAS?

You will be contacted by the University’s Welfare, Immigration and Funding Advisers when your CAS is ready to discuss your next steps and assist you with your visa application. Applicants applying for leave within the UK are required to apply via the Welfare, Immigration and Funding Team to whom the CAS will be issued.

Northumbria University CAS issuance conditions

The University is under no obligation to assign a CAS and a CAS may be declined in the following circumstances:

  • Where academic progress requirements, as set out by UKVI, are not met. This includes students who require additional time to complete their course having not previously undertaken an assessment (some resits/repeat study and deadline extensions, although doctoral students are likely to be exempt). Such students are required to submit evidence that they have left the UK before a CAS will be issued for an entry clearance application.

  • To extend leave for any purpose where the student’s continued participation (attendance) is not required. The sponsored student will be expected to make arrangements to return to their home country and, where requested, will be given advice regarding making arrangements to return to the UK if appropriate.

  • Where the student has been permanently financially excluded for non-payment of tuition fees.

  • Where a student has, or needs to, resit examinations or repeat study more than twice any CAS issued to students who exceed this limit will be done so only in exceptional circumstances.

  • Where a student has exceeded, or will exceed by the end of their course, the maximum amount of time permitted to study in the UK.

  • Where the student is required to have obtained ATAS clearance prior to application, but has failed to do so.

  • Where a student has official financial sponsorship (or has done so within the 12 months prior to the new visa application), the University will not issue a CAS until evidence is provided that the student continues to be sponsored or that the sponsor has given permission for the student to continue studying without sponsorship.

  • Where a student has previously made any application for leave that the University considers to be circumventing the immigration rules.

  • The University does not consider that an applicant/student will arrive in time for the course start date.

  • Where there are credibility concerns.

  • The University does not believe that the student intends and is able to follow the course of study.

  • If the student has failed to submit any documents requested by the University.

  • Financial Credibility when present in UK for 12 months. Regardless of the UKVI waiving the maintenance requirement the University must consider any risk in not undertaking an assessment. The University is responsible for any risks should the student fail to be able to maintain themselves and thus not complete their studies. Therefore checks will still be done. Any CAS as issued is done under our Licence and therefore Nu compliance and welfare processes come into play for the visa appointments to go ahead.

  • Students returning from a break in study will be asked to evidence proof of satisfying the maintenance requirement, via the Welfare, Immigration and Funding Team ahead of CAS issuance.

  • If the applicant/student has submitted documents which are proven or suspected to be fraudulent.

  • If the University believes that sponsoring a student will put its sponsor licence at risk.

  • If the University has concerns about the student’s genuine intention to study.

  • If there is any reason to believe that a student will not comply with the conditions of their leave.

  • The University has concerns about the student’s ability to pay, e.g. where a sponsored student has outstanding tuition and accommodation fee debts with the University.

  • If it has any other reason to believe that assigning a CAS is not appropriate.

  • The University reserves the right not to assign a CAS to any applicant/student who has overstayed in the UK. Applicants/Students who have overstayed by less than 14 days may be assigned a CAS, but only where there are exceptional and compelling circumstances that were beyond their control.

The assignment of a CAS does not guarantee success in securing a Student Route visa, although the University will assist students to make a successful application. The University is not responsible for any decisions made by the Home Office and does not accept liability for any sponsored student failing to obtain a visa and/or consequences, loss (whether financial or otherwise) of such failure; nor is the University liable for the consequences of refusing to assign a CAS. A CAS will be assigned to eligible students and made available to them at a visa appointment with an Immigration Adviser. A CAS will only be given directly to the student in exceptional circumstances. 

The University may make any additional checks it deems necessary to ensure that it only sponsors genuine students who will successfully obtain a visa. Such checks may include but are not limited to, UKVI eligibility check, reviewing bank statements/financial documents, requesting copies of previous visas, and requesting details of any CAS assigned by previous institutions.

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