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Tier 4 Visas

All international students making a Tier 4 Visa application require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). This is a virtual document, similar to a database record, that the university assigns to an applicant using the UK Border Agency’s online Sponsorship Management System portal.

The CAS is issued to the applicant by the university in the form of a unique reference number (CAS number) within a ‘CAS Statement’ email.

The University of Southampton has Tier 4 sponsor status. This status is given to those sponsors who have the highest levels of compliance with their sponsor obligations, and whose students are showing the greatest compliance with the terms of their visas.

This section provides CAS guidance for students and staff.

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