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CAS guidance for pre-sessional students

How to get a CAS

In order to be eligible for a CAS you must hold an Unconditional Accepted offer on your chosen course of study.

Once you hold an Unconditional Accepted offer you will be sent an email asking you to complete our University CAS Questionnaire.

You should complete and return the CAS Questionnaire to

Once we receive the CAS questionnaire, we try to process it within 7 working days (excluding weekends and Bank Holidays). We will then send you an email containing your CAS Statement.


Joint CAS

You may be eligible for a Joint CAS. The CAS Questionnaire includes a section about Joint CAS. Eligibility for a Joint CAS is assessed after submission of the CAS Questionnaire. 

There are a number of benefits to having a Joint CAS, which include: saving approximately £500 in visa renewal fees; not needing to worry about retaining visa maintenance funds in a UK bank account upon arrival to the UK; having the opportunity to travel home or to Europe at Christmas without the worry of waiting for a decision and your visa (BRP) from the UKVI.

In order to be eligible for a Joint CAS, you will need to:

1.    Provided evidence of meeting the academic conditions for your degree programme.

2.    Completed and returned the CAS Questionnaire.

3.    Where applicable, paid the deposit for your degree programme (Master’s programmes in the Southampton Business School, Southampton Law School and Winchester School of Art only).


You must have completed these steps by the dates shown below;

·         Pre-sessional course (6 week) : 25th June 2021


Important information for students wanting a Joint CAS:

You will need to be able to evidence that you have access to a higher amount of funds for 28 consecutive days prior to the visa application, to include:

·         Pre-sessional tuition fees

·         Substantive degree tuition fees

·         Maintenance (£9,207)

In addition to the visa fee, you will also need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) on application (£470 per year of study).

You may also need to have an up to date Tuberculosis (TB) certificate. 

If your main degree course requires ATAS, you will need to secure your ATAS certificate before you make your visa application.

If you are successful, providing the above eligibility criteria has been fulfilled, you will be issued with a Joint CAS will be raised. In order to comply with the terms of your Student Visa, you will be required to fully engage with both the Pre-sessional Academic English programme and your degree programme. Failure to fully engage will lead to the University withdrawing visa sponsorship resulting in you having to leave the UK.

When making your visa application you may wish to consider using a priority visa service. Some countries offer a 3-5 day priority visa service, and although this is for an additional fee, the cost is significantly less than applying for two individual visas. For further information on available priority services, please visit:

If you are not able to fulfil the eligibility criteria by the date listed above or if it is determined that you are not eligible for a Joint CAS, we will raise a CAS  for your Pre-sessional Academic English programme only. You will be issued with a single CAS within 7 days of returning your completed CAS questionnaire. You will then be required to apply for a second visa for your degree programme. A CAS for your degree programme will be issued on successful completion of your Pre-sessional Academic English programme in September.

If you are not eligible for a Joint CAS, you will have to complete a CAS questionnaire for your pre-sessional course and once you have successfully completed that course, we will provide you with a CAS statement for your main course.


Applying for a visa

Further guidance and information on applying for a visa can be found on the Visa and Immigration Student Advice Service (VISAS Team) webpages. Students should record their CAS number in the visa application form. It is not necessary to submit the CAS Statement email with the visa application. The CAS will be valid for 6 months from the date of issue.

After you have obtained your visa

You should bring all relevant original evidence of academic and language qualifications with you on arrival in the UK. You should also bring your passport and visa or biometric visa card, if you have been issued one by the UKVI.

As soon as you arrive in Southampton, you will need to attend a Visa, Passport and Identity ‘Check In’ with Registry Services. Information about what you will need to do will be sent to you before you arrive.

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