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 and provides confirmation that you've been unconditionally accepted onto a course at NTU. You'll need it before you can make your Student visa application.
CAS numbers verify your personal details, passport information, course details and 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 to 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.
|Your circumstances||CAS issuing team|
|Applicants who haven't yet started their course at NTU||University Admissions team|
|Students progressing from NTIC to NTU||NTU Global team|
|PhD applicants||NTU Doctoral School|
|Students applying for a visa in order to continue a course they've already started at NTU|
Information for continuing students requesting a CAS from NTU
You might need a Student visa to continue a course you've already started. If so, our International Student Support (ISS) service will issue your CAS.
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
ISS will issue your CAS in the following circumstances.
- You started your course remotely. You now need to travel to the UK for classes, and your original CAS has expired.
- You're a PhD student and you need extra time to complete your thesis.
- You need to extend your visa because:
- you have resits or referrals with full-time attendance and can't complete them before your current visa expiry date, or
- you can't complete your course before your current visa expiry date due to previous resits or referrals.
- You're switching from full-time to sandwich course (subject to conditions).
- You began your course on certain other visa (e.g. Student Dependant) and now need a Student visa to finish it.
- You're returning to the UK to complete your course after:
- a period of deferral
- a leave of absence
- repeating without attendance.
- You're an EU student and need a Student visa to finish their course from within the UK, but you're not eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme.
In all cases, ISS will only issue a CAS if you meet all the following requirements.
- You must be in full-time attendance and meet the Student visa attendance requirements.
- You must give ISS a copy of your current visa and passports.
- You must not have any tuition fee debt, and your NTU account must be 'active'.
- You must not spend over five years studying at degree level due to extending your visa.
- If you're applying from outside the UK, you must:
- meet the UKVI financial requirements, and
- provide ISS with financial evidence which meets the UKVI criteria, and
- ensure there's time to make your visa application and return to the UK before your course start date. This is unless the Academic School agrees you can start remotely, in line with COVID-19 policies.
- If you're applying from inside the UK and you've been in the UK for less than 12 months, you must:
- meet the UKVI financial requirements, and
- provide ISS with financial evidence that meets the UKVI criteria, and
- meet this requirement no later than five working days before your visa expires. This requirement also applies to students who qualify for 'differentiation arrangements'.
- Where you're moving between academic years or stages:
- the Academic School must confirm that the student is scheduled to progress. This is via exam board confirmation.
Additional requirements for students requiring ATAS certificates
If you're a postgraduate student in certain subject areas, you must:
- provide a valid ATAS certificate, or
- show evidence you've applied for one.
We can then issue your CAS.
ISS cannot issue you a CAS in the following circumstances
- You don't meet the requirements set out above.
- You have outstanding attendance issues.
- You don't have enough time to apply from overseas and then return to the UK by the set deadline.
- You've received a final deadline extension, but it is not a result of previous resits.
- You have no further outstanding work to complete on your course, but you 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 or the outcome of a School Academic Irregularities Panel (SAIP)
- 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.
If you overstay your visa
If you become an overstayer, we'll only issue a CAS if:
- the period of overstay, or your situation, wouldn't lead to automatic refusal of your visa application.
You can get further guidance on this from our International Student Support Service.
Timescales and processing times
If you're making your application from overseas, you should:
- request your CAS three months before your studies are due to resume.
If you're making your application in the UK, you should:
- request your CAS three months before your visa is due to expire.
Once ISS gets your CAS request, it 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'll regularly update you on the progress of your CAS requests. If we're waiting for details from you, we'll send weekly reminders by email. We could need information like:
- financial evidence
- passport details.
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 you've met the Student Route visa application requirements. This includes situations where:
- there are doubts over the authenticity of documents provided to the University.
Please contact the International Student Support Service for further information.
Financial evidence for Student visa applications
All students need sufficient funds for living costs and tuition fees. This is called the 'financial requirement'. UKVI has specific requirements about how you can prove you meet this requirement.
You must meet the financial requirement if:
- you're applying from outside the UK, or
- you've been in the UK for less than 12 months when you apply for your Student visa.
Students automatically meet the financial requirement if:
- you're applying from within the UK, and you've already been in the UK for 12 months.
To meet the financial requirement, you need evidence that you have the following.
- Enough money to cover the outstanding tuition fees for the first or current year of your course. This is shown on your CAS.
- Another £1,023 per month of your course for your 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.
Using your own or your parents' money
Original bank statements and letters
For your funds to be acceptable, your account must be held in a bank that:
- uses electronic record-keeping
- is regulated by the appropriate regulatory body it is operating under, and
- is somewhere UKVI can make verification checks.
Your funds should be in a personal account where they can be accessed immediately. This could include:
- current accounts
- deposit accounts
- savings accounts
- pensions from which the funds can be withdrawn
- investment accounts.
See the Home Office financial requirements to find out what UKVI deems acceptable.
Your evidence from the bank should be in the form of a letter or a bank statement. It must be printed on official stationery and include:
- the name of the account holder
- the account number
- the date of the statement
- details about the bank UKVI can use to verify the information provided, such as:
- a branch code
- other contact details.
Bank statements should show transactions covering a period of at least 28 days. There must be sufficient funds to meet the financial requirement on each day.
A letter from the bank can confirm the balance and the length of time the funds have been saved.
If you are using your parents' financial evidence
- a birth certificate showing the names of your parents
- a certificate of adoption showing the names of both parents or legal guardians
- a court document naming your legal guardian.
- they are your parents, and
- they have given their consent to the funds being available for you to study in the UK.
You may rely on a loan to meet the financial requirement if it is:
- provided by a government
- provided by a government-sponsored student loan company
- part of an academic or educational loans scheme.
The loan must be in your own name, not that of your parents. You must provide a letter from the lender. The letter must include the following information and meets the following requirements. It 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
- confirm the loan is provided by a relevant:
- government or government-sponsored student loan company, or
- an academic or educational loans scheme
- confirm there are no conditions on the release of the funds to you except your Student visa application being successful
- confirm the funds will be available to you before you travel to the UK, unless they are:
- being paid directly to NTU, or
- being provided by a national government, and will be available to you before the course starts.
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 national government
- the British Council
- any international organisation, international company, university or UK independent school.
The immigration rules don't specify what information must be in your confirmation letter. You should make sure it includes the following information to meet the requirements. The letter must:
- state that you are the recipient
- include the name and contact details of your official financial sponsor
- show the date of the sponsorship, and its duration
- state the amount of money, or confirm the sponsor will cover all course and living costs
- be printed on official letter-headed paper or stationery.
Your financial sponsor may not cover all your tuition fees and / or living costs. If so, you must also provide a bank statement. This must showing you have the funds to cover the outstanding financial 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 your eligibility.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
If you're studying a postgraduate course, you may need an ATAS clearance certificate. You'll have to apply for this before making your Student visa application.
This document is issued by the UK government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It gives you security clearance to study certain subject areas. Namely, ones that may be applicable to the development of weapons of mass destruction.
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. If you're a new student, you must get your ATAS certificate before we can issue your CAS. Our Admissions team will tell you if this is necessary.
You're exempt from the ATAS requirement if:
- you're applying for a Student Route visa, and
- you're a national of:
- the EU
- the EEA
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- the United States of America.
When you will need an ATAS certificate
You must apply for ATAS clearance if you're:
- a new student
- a continuing student who needs to extend your visa mid-course.
How to apply for an ATAS certificate
ATAS applications are free of charge. Full details as to how to apply and the application form are on the FCO website.
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 to 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.
It will take at least 20 working days to process your ATAS application. During the peak period (April to September), it could take at least 30 working days. Make sure you apply well in advance of the date you intend to make your visa application.
Translation requirements for documents not in English
You must supply a certified translation of any documents not in English or Welsh. These must be from a professional translator or translation company that UKVI can verify. This translation must include:
- confirmation from the translator or translation company that it's an accurate translation of the document
- the date of the translation
- the full name and signature of the translator, or of an official of the translation company
- the contact details of the translator or translation company.
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