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Getting your CAS

CAS stands for 'Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies' - you will need a CAS number to apply for a Student visa under the UK points based immigration system. 

The CAS number is a unique alphanumeric code that links to a virtual document on the UK Visa & Immigration (UKVI) online Sponsorship Management System.

The CAS is institution and programme specific.  That means that a CAS number issued by the University of Southampton can only be used in a visa application for study at the University on the programme of study for which the CAS was issued.

 

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UKCISA

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The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) - further information on visas for study.

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Students that are subject to immigration control ie those from outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, are automatically sent an email with a link to complete a CAS questionnaire when the status of their application to the University becomes unconditional accept provided that:

  • the programme of study is taught in the UK and not at one of our campuses based overseas
  • the programme of study is not by distance learning

If you do not receive an email then please click on the relevant link below:

CAS Questionnaire to start new programme of study

CAS Questionnaire to complete a programme of study (following repeat year/return from suspension/extension of candidature)

When the completed CAS questionnaire is received, the University will check the information and request a CAS number from the UK Visa & Immigration (UKVI).

 

Contact us

Contact us

You can contact us by email and through online chat. We also offer online 1 to 1 appointments.

UKCISA

UKCISA

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) - further information on visas for study.

The information contained on this website is believed to be correct at the time of publication.

Please note: The University of Southampton is not responsible for the content of any external websites.

 

QuestionGuidance
University of Southampton ID Number This is an 8 digit number that you will find on your offer letter. If you applied through UCAS and do not have a University of Southampton ID number please use your UCAS ID
Surname/Family Name As it appears in your passport
First/Given Name As it appears in your passport
Email Address If you have a University of Southampton email address, please use your University email address.   
Nationality Enter your nationality as stated in your passport that you will use to apply for your visa
Passport Number Enter the passport number of the passport that you will use to apply for your visa
Passport Nation of Issue Enter the name of the country that issued the passport
Please confirm you have uploaded documents Please upload a clear, colour image of your passport biometric page by clicking here
Agent/representative details Enter the name and email address of your agent (if applicable)
Name of course Enter the name of the programme of study that you will be undertaking
Are you transitioning from UoSM, Dalian campus or will you be studying the BM(EU) Programme? Select as appropriate
Course start date - as stated on your offer letter As stated on your offer letter.
Course end date - as stated on your offer letter As stated on your offer letter.
Are you studying a Pre-sessional course? Select as appropriate
Tuition Fees - as stated on your offer letter Enter the tuition fees stated on your offer letter, if you are unsure then please refer to the University webpage on Tuition Fees
Have you made any payments towards tuition fees? Select as appropriate
Tuition fees paid Enter the amount of tuition fees in GBP that you have paid
Have you been awarded a University of Southampton Scholarship, Bursary or Studentship Select as appropriate
Please provide details of your Scholarship, Bursary or Studentship As confirmed on your offer letter.  If you are entitled to a tuition fees reduction, enter the details in this section
Please indicate which of the following apply to you Select as appropriate
If you currently have immigration permission in another visa category, please confirm your current visa details and or provide your Share Code Provide details as appropriate. If you do not believe that you need a visa to study in the UK, enter this reason here.
Where do you intend to apply for your Student visa Select as appropriate
Have you ever studied in the UK before on a Student or Tier 4 Visa? Select as appropriate - if you have studied in the UK on a Short-term Study visa/Standard visit visa enter 'No'
If you have studied in the UK, please list the details of all study undertaken (whether completed or not). Please include the dates of study, the name of the course, level of course and institution.

Enter as appropriate.

General guide to academic levels: 

RQF8 = PhD; RQF7 = Masters; RQF6 = Bachelors; RQF5 = HND; RQF3 = A levels

English language courses: CEFR scale, typically B2

 

Have you ever been refused a visa for the UK? If you have been refused a visa of any type (Student, Tier 4, Visit) then please select 'Yes'
Please give details of the refusal including, date, type of visa & reason for refusal

Enter as appropriate.

We may contact you for further details.

Have you ever overstayed your visa in the UK?

Select as appropriate.

We may contact you for further details.

Please give details of the reasons for overstaying including, date, type of visa

Enter as appropriate.

We may contact you for further details.

Have you ever been: convicted of criminal offence etc

Select as appropriate.

If you select 'Yes', we will contact you for further details.

 

Students are issued their CAS number in an email CAS statement. The CAS statement includes:

  • the full details of the student (name, date of birth, passport number, nationality)
  • the academic level of any previous UK study undertaken on Tier 4/Student visa
  • details about the programme of study (name of course, start/end date, tuition fees payable, ATAS requirement)
  • the academic qualifications used to obtain offer and how the student has met the English language requirement

It is really important for students to check their CAS statement very carefully and inform the University by relevant email (see below) if any of the details on the statement are incorrect and/or they make a payment towards tuition fees. 

  • New undergraduate and postgraduate students should email casteam@soton.ac.uk
  • New postgraduate research students, continuing students, students transitioning from our Dalian and Malaysian campus' should email visa@soton.ac.uk
Contact us

Contact us

You can contact us by email and through online chat. We also offer online 1 to 1 appointments.

UKCISA

UKCISA

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) - further information on visas for study.

The information contained on this website is believed to be correct at the time of publication.

Please note: The University of Southampton is not responsible for the content of any external websites.

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