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About CAS

A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is a unique reference number issued to you by the UKVI and sent to you by the university. 

It is valid for use in a Tier 4 (General) application for six months. A CAS confirms that the university has agreed to be your Tier 4 sponsor for a particular course of study.

Ulster University will normally email your CAS statement to you. 

It will provide you with all of the information about your course and sponsor that you need to complete your Tier 4 (General) application form:

  • your CAS number: 14 digit unique reference number.
  • Ulster's Sponsor Licence Number (SLN).
  • start and end dates of your course.
  • course title.
  • tuition fees for the first year of the course.
  • tuition fees paid to date.
  • accommodation fees that you have already paid to Ulster, if a separate receipt has not been issued.
  • any academic qualifications used to make you an offer to study on the course.
  • an assessment of your English language ability, including any formal qualifications considered.
  • if you have previously been granted immigration permission to study in the UK, either under Tier 4 or under the student rules that were in place before Tier 4 was introduced on 31 March 2009, your CAS statement will confirm that the new course demonstrates academic progress from your previous study.

How do I get a CAS?

Before we can issue you a CAS, you must provide certain information and documentation. 

Our Compliance Team will email you a CAS application form

You must complete all of the questions and return the form along with the required documentation. This will include a bank statement showing that you have sufficient funds in your account and details of any previous study in the UK and previous UK visas.

A member of our Compliance Team will review your information and documentation. If everything is in order, your CAS statement will be emailed to you.

CAS Deadline

If you are overseas, Ulster University can give you a CAS up to six weeks before the latest enrollment date of your course. 

A CAS can be issued if you have submitted all of the information and documentation requested in the CAS application form.

This deadline is in place to give you enough time to make your visa application, get your finances in order and make all of the necessary travel arrangements to come to Ulster University in time for the start of your course.