Student visa requirements

Find out about Student visa requirements.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number is a unique reference number. It's issued by the University. It's confirmation that you've been unconditionally accepted onto a course at NTU.

CAS numbers contain information like:

  • your personal details
  • your current passport
  • your course of study
  • any payments made towards tuition fees.

Who needs a CAS number?

All students applying for a Student visa in order to study at NTU need a CAS number. A CAS is valid for six months from the date it's issued. It can only be used once.

How do I get a CAS number?

Different teams at NTU will issue your CAS depending on your circumstances. See the table below to find out which department you should contact for enquiries.

CAS Issuing Team
Applicants who haven't yet started their course at NTUUniversity Admissions team
Students progressing from NTIC to NTUNTU Global team
PhD applicantsNTU Doctoral School
Students applying for a visa in order to continue a course they've already started at NTUInternational Student Support Service (see further information below)

Information for continuing students requesting a CAS from NTU

The International Student Support Service issues CAS numbers to international students. They do this when the student needs a Student visa for a course they've already started.

Before issuing a CAS, they liaise with other departments to get the information they need. These can include, but are not limited to:

  • the Academic Schools
  • Academic Registry
  • Finance.

The International Student Support Service can issue a CAS to the following students.

  • Non-EU students who began their course remotely and need a visa to come to the UK for blended learning.
  • PhD students requiring extra time to complete their thesis.
  • Students extending their visa to complete resits or referrals with full-time attendance.
  • Students extending their visa to complete their course due to previous resits or referrals.
  • Students switching from full-time to sandwich course (subject to conditions).
  • Students who began their course on certain other visas (e.g. Student Dependant) and now need a Student visa to allow them to finish it.
  • Students returning to the UK to complete their course after:
    • a period of deferral
    • a leave of absence
    • repeating without attendance.

In all cases, a CAS will only be issued where the student meets all the following requirements.

  • The student must be in full-time attendance. They must meet the Student Visa attendance requirements.
  • The student must give ISS a copy of their current visa and passports.
  • The student must not have any tuition fee debt, and their NTU account must be "active".
  • The student must not spend over five years studying at degree level or above due to extending their visa.
  • Students applying from outside the UK, or who've been in the UK for less than 12 months:
    • must meet the UKVI financial requirements, and
    • must provide ISS with financial evidence which meets the UKVI criteria.
  • Students applying from inside the UK:
    • must meet the UKVI financial requirements, and
    • must provide ISS with financial evidence which meets the UKVI criteria, and
    • must meet this requirement no later than five working days before their visa expires. This requirement also applies to students who qualify for 'differentiation arrangements'.
  • Where the student is overseas or required to make their visa application outside of the UK, they must:
    • ensure there's time to make their visa application and return to the UK before their course start date. This is unless the School agrees they can start remotely, in line with COVID-19 policies.
  • Where the student is moving between academic years or stages:
    • the School must confirm that the student is scheduled to progress. This is via exam board confirmation.

Additional requirements for students requiring ATAS certificates

Postgraduate research students in certain subject areas must:

Only then can they be issued with a CAS.

ISSS cannot issue a CAS to students in the following circumstances:

  • Students who do not meet the requirements set out above.
  • Students who have outstanding attendance issues.
  • Students who don't have enough time to apply from overseas and the return to the UK by the set deadline.
  • Students who have no further outstanding work to complete on their course but wish to stay in the UK. Reasons can include:
    • attending a graduation ceremony
    • waiting for the results of an exam board
    • waiting for the outcome of an appeal
    • waiting for the outcome of a re-submitted thesis, in the case of PhD students
    • other personal circumstances, including looking for work in the UK.

Students who overstay their visas

In the case of a student becoming an overstayer, a CAS will only be issued if:

  • the period of overstay, or the student’s situation, wouldn't lead to automatic refusal of their visa application.

The International Student Support Service can provide further guidance on this.

Timescales and processing times

If the student is making their application from overseas, they should:

  • request their CAS three months before their studies are due to resume.

If the student is making their application in the UK, they should:

  • request their CAS three months before their visa is due to expire.

Once a CAS request is received, the International Student Support Service will:

  • liaise with both the student and different University departments
  • gather the required details and correct supporting documentation
  • issue your CAS within five working days of receiving all the relevant information.

There may be delays between the CAS being requested and actually being issued. This can occur in circumstances including:

  • waiting for an exam board to meet to confirm progression on the course.

We regularly update students on the progress of their CAS requests. If we're waiting for details from a student, we'll send weekly reminders by email. We could need information like:

  • financial evidence
  • passport details.

CAS withdrawal

In all cases, the University reserves the right to withdraw a CAS if:

  • it's no longer possible to maintain Student Route immigration sponsorship of the student
  • we're not satisfied that a student meets the Student Route visa application requirements. This includes situations where:
    • there are doubts over the authenticity of documents provided to the University.

Further information

Please contact the International Student Support Service for further information.

Financial evidence for Student visa applications

Financial evidence for Student visa applications

Students must meet the financial requirement if:

  • they're applying from outside the UK, or
  • they've been in the UK for less than 12 months when they apply for their Student visa.

Students automatically meet the financial requirement if:

  • they're applying from within the UK, and they've already been in the UK for 12 months.

To meet the financial requirement, students need evidence that they have the following.

  • Enough money to cover the outstanding tuition fees for the first or current year of their course. This is shown on their CAS.
  • Another £1.023 per month of their course for their living costs, up to a maximum of £9,207.

You must make sure that:

  • you have sufficient funds, and
  • your documents include all the required details.

If not, your application is likely to be refused.

Any document not written in English must be accompanied by a translation. This must be a fully certified translation by a professional translator.

Students using their own or their parents' money

Original bank statements

You must save enough money to:

  • meet the maintenance requirement for at least 28 consecutive days.

The bank statements must end no more than 31 days before the date you make your application.

The statement should include all the following information:

  • your name, or your parents' names*
  • the account number
  • the bank's name and logo
  • the date
  • the amount of money available
  • a list of transactions covering at least 28 days, and no more than 31 days, before you apply for your visa.

Online bank statements should include the same details. They must also include the bank's official stamp on every page.

Letter from the bank

This must confirm you've saved enough money to meet the maintenance requirement. The money must have been held in the account for at least 28 consecutive days.

The letter must also be dated no more than 31 days before the date you apply for your visa.

The letter should include the following details:

  • your name or your parents' name*
  • the account number
  • the bank's name and logo
  • the date of the letter.

If you are using your parents’ financial evidence

You may be using your parent's bank statements or bank letter. If so, you must provide one of the following additional documents:

  • your birth certificate, showing the name of the parent who is providing the funds; or
  • a certificate of adoption, showing your name and the name of your parent who is providing the funds; or
  • a court document stating the name of your legal guardian and your name.

You must then also provide an original signed and dated letter from your parent(s). This must confirm that:

  • they are your parents, and
  • they have given their consent to the funds being available for you to study in the UK.

Loan letter

The loan must be:

  • in your name; you cannot use a a loan in your parents’ name, and
  • provided by a government, or a government-sponsored student loan company, or
  • part of an academic or educational loans scheme .

The letter must:

  • be dated less than 6 months before you apply for your visa
  • confirm the following details:
    • your name
    • the date
    • the financial institution's name and logo
    • the amount of money available as a loan.

There must be no conditions placed on the release of the loan funds to you, except:

  • your Student visa application being successful.

Students who have an official financial sponsor

Only the following organisations may be defined as an official financial sponsor:

  • the UK government
  • the student's home government
  • the British Council
  • any international organisation, international company, university or UK independent school.

The student should provide a letter from their official financial sponsor. It must:

  • be printed on official letter-headed paper, and
  • have the official stamp of the organisation on it.

It should include the following details:

  • the student's name
  • the name and contact details of their official financial sponsor
  • the date
  • the length of the sponsorship
  • the amount of money the sponsor is giving the student, or
  • confirmation they will cover all the student's tuition fees and living costs.

The financial sponsor may not cover all the student's tuition fees and / or living costs. If so, the student must also provide:

  • a bank statement showing they have the funds to cover the maintenance requirement.

Financial evidence that is not accepted

  • Bank statements from relatives other than the student's parents.
  • Bank statements in a company’s name.
  • Sponsorship letters written by a local (not international) company or organisation.
  • Sponsorship letters written by a family member.

Differentiation arrangement for 'low-risk applicants'

See UKCISA's information on 'low-risk applicants' to check the student's eligibility.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

EU and EEA nationals applying for a Student Route visa are exempt from the ATAS requirement. Nationals from the following countries are also exempt:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • United States of America.

You must apply for ATAS clearance before applying for the UK study visa if you're:

  • studying certain postgraduate research courses in sensitive subjects.

Do I need an ATAS certificate?

The ATAS scheme affects only a small number of NTU courses. They're all research courses, e.g. PhD, MPhil, and MRes. Taught masters programmes, e.g. MSc, aren't affected.

You must apply for ATAS clearance if you're:

  • a new student
  • a continuing student who needs to extend your visa mid-course.

New students must get their ATAS certificate before we can issue their CAS. Our Admissions team will tell you if this is necessary.

How do I apply for an ATAS certificate?

ATAS applications are free of charge. You make them online.

Before you apply, we'll give you a letter that includes:

  • the CAH3 code of your course
  • further details about the research you'll be undertaking.

When should I apply for an ATAS certificate?

If you're starting a new course, you must get your ATAS certificate to meet the conditions of your offer.

Once you've met all the conditions, you'll receive a CAS. You'll then be able to make your visa application. You'll need to include your ATAS certificate with your visa application.

If you're a continuing student who needs to extend your visa mid-course:

  • you must get a new ATAS certificate before making your visa extension application.

ATAS certificates are valid for six months. It's most likely you'll need to apply for a new one for each visa application you make.

You need to allow at least 20 working days for the processing of your ATAS application. Make sure you apply well in advance of the date you intend to make your visa application.

Translations Requirements for documents not in English

Any documents not in English must be accompanied by a fully certified translation. This must be by a professional translator. This translation must include:

  • confirmation from the translator or translation company that it's an accurate translation of the original document
  • the date of the translation
  • the full name and signature of the translator, or of an authorised official of the translation company
  • the contact details of the translator or translation company.

If you're applying from within the UK, you must also include:

  • certification by a qualified translator, and
  • details of the translator or translation company’s credentials.

Translation services in and around Nottingham

Here are details of some local translation companies for your information.

Please note that the University does not endorse these companies. You're free to choose any translation agency as long as:

  • they're able to give you a fully certified translation
  • the translation includes all the required details.

To use their services, please follow the steps below.

  1. Email a good-quality scanned copy of the document you'd like them to translate. Make sure you include all the pages. The company will let you know how much it will cost. Ask if they offer discounts for NTU students, and how long it'll take for the translation to be ready.
  2. Tell them what information the translation should include – see list above. Specify that you need the translation for your Student visa application. Check the translation will include all the details mentioned above.
  3. Choose the company you want to use. Send them a message or call them to confirm you'd like them to do the translation for you. Some companies may ask you to pay in advance; others will take the payment when you collect your document.

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  • Last updated: 15/02/2021