As an international student planning to study in the UK, there are various documents and processes you need to familiarize yourself with. One important document that plays a pivotal role in your visa application process is the CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) letter. In this blog, we will delve into the significance of the CAS letter, how to obtain it, understand its content, requirements and validity and the application process.. By the end, you will have a complete understanding of the CAS letter and how it impacts your journey as an international student in the UK.
What is the CAS Letter and why is it important for international students?
The CAS letter is a document issued by your chosen UK educational institution to confirm that they have accepted you onto a course of study. It is a crucial document required for your Tier 4 (General) student visa application. The CAS letter contains important information about your course, such as its start and end dates, the duration of your studies, and the level of your course.
The importance of the CAS letter cannot be overstated. Without a valid CAS letter, you will not be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa for the UK. It serves as evidence of you getting an unconditional offer to study a course of study by a recognized educational institution and that you have accepted, providing the UK Home Office with assurance that you are a genuine student.
Details Covered in CAS Letter
- 14-digit CAS reference number
- Course title and duration
- English language proficiency tests scores
- Sponsor License Number (SLN) of your desired university
- First-year tuition fees or the entire course fee including scholarships if any
- Partial tuition fees paid to the university
- Partial accommodation fees paid.
Requirements and Validity for CAS
To apply for a CAS letter, you need to meet certain requirements. These requirements are met by submitting the following documents:
- Academic transcripts
- Valid documents and credential
- Valid passport
The validity for a CAS letter is for six months, hence if your CAS letter was issued more than six months ago and you haven’t applied for your visa then you will need a new CAS number.
How to Apply for the CAS Letter
These are the requirement you need to meet to apply for a CAS:
- All the mandatory requirements mentioned in your conditional offer letter are fulfilled
- You have uploaded all your academic and other relevant documents on the university website
- Confirmation of your admission after making an initial tuition deposit.
Once you get the unconditional offer from the university and you have paid the deposit fee for the course, you can apply for the CAS number on the university website. You will have to register on it, fill the CAS request form correctly and upload the required documents on the portal.
Timeframe for Obtaining a CAS
You must properly plan your CAS form submission because it must be submitted 7 weeks prior to the course start date. You must schedule the form and fee submissions appropriately. The method of payment can occasionally change how long the process will take. To avoid a delay in processing, double-check all of your documents before submitting them.
The CAS letter is often issued on a first-come, first-served basis. As a result, priority will be given to those who submitted their applications early. They will send the letter after confirming all the supporting documentation given by the students in 2–3 business days (it might take longer). Even though the CAS is a crucial document, the institution doesn’t specify a fixed duration of time that they take to release it.
Obtaining a CAS letter is a crucial step for international students planning to study in the UK. It serves as evidence of your acceptance into a course of study by a recognized educational institution and is a vital component of your Tier 4 student visa application. By understanding the CAS letter process, its content, and its role in the visa application process, you can navigate the system with confidence and ensure a smooth application process.
If you have any further questions or concerns about the CAS letter process, feel free to reach out to Edvise Hub. We will provide the necessary guidance and support to ensure a seamless experience.