Applying for your CAS and Visa

Apply For CAS/VISA Banner

How to apply for your CAS and Visa

Before entering the UK to study in Lincoln you may need to obtain a Tier 4 (general) student visa. To do this you will need a Confirmation of Acceptance of Study document (CAS) from the University of Lincoln.

How to request a CAS

New Students

New students can request a CAS from four months before the start of the course. Requests will be processed and sent to applicants from three months before the start of the course.  Requests made within this time should be processed within 3-5 working days.

To request a CAS you will need to:

  • Hold an unconditional offer for the University of Lincoln
  • Have paid your tuition fee deposit. The amount will be outlined in your offer letter and does not apply to pre-sessional courses (PEASS)
  • Complete the CAS request form for new students.

CAS Request Deadlines

  • If you are applying for your visa from outside of the UK the deadline to submit a CAS request is the 17th August 2018. CAS requests submitted after the 17th August 2018 for visa applications to be made from outside the UK will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students must be using a priority visa service and should provide evidence of this.

  • If you are applying for your visa from inside of the UK the deadline is the 10th September 2018

Continuing Students

Existing students can request a CAS up to 6 months before their current visa expires.

To request a CAS you will need to:

  • Be currently enrolled on a full time programme
  • Currently hold a valid student visa
  • Have paid all outstanding fees from previous academic years
  • Have paid all outstanding fees for the current academic year or have a payment plan in place
  • Have been given an extension on your last hand in date which falls after your current visa expires
  • Complete the CAS request form for continuing students.

Applying for your Visa

Before making a visa application, make sure you read and understand the UK government’s Tier 4 Policy Guidance. The Immigration rules change frequently so ensure you meet the requirements that are in force on the date that you submit your application.  You can find further information and guidance to help you by visiting the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.


Credibility interviews

As part of your application, you may be asked to attend a Credibility Interview.  Don’t worry, this is simply to ensure that students who come to the UK for their studies are here for genuine reasons.

Interviews may take place face-to-face, by telephone or via a video link, but you must attend if asked to do so or your visa application could be rejected.

If you are called for an interview, you may be asked questions about:

  • Your ability to speak English (even if you have met the IELTS score for your course).
  • Your knowledge of the course you are going to study
    • Details about your course e.g. the modules you will be studying
    • Details about the qualification which your course leads to
    • Details about how you found the course/university you have applied for.
  • Your academic history
    • Details of your previous study
    • Details of any study gaps you may have
    • Details about why you are returning to education now.
  • Your plans to return home after studies
    • Details about what you are planning to do after you have completed your studies.
  • Your personal details
    • Details about your family at home or in the UK
    • Details about who is supporting your studies
    • Details about what you plan to do with the qualification after the course.
  • Your finances. The Interviewing Officer may ask questions about your financial background. They may question where money has come from based on current wages, family background etc.

The interviews may take place face-to-face or by telephone or via a video link.

If you are asked to attend an interview, you must do so. If you do not attend without providing a reasonable explanation this will result in your visa application being rejected.

What next?

Once you have gained your student visa, you will need to arrive in Lincoln by the start date shown in your CAS. You must enrol as soon as possible after arriving at the University. Find out more about enrolment.

If you currently hold a visa with a different sponsor and are transferring to the University of Lincoln, you must make a new visa application before you can enrol. You can enrol before your application is processed but we will require proof that you have posted the application.


Extra help

If you would like any advice from the University of Lincoln’s Visa Advice Team, please email:

Contact the International Office

Tel: +44 (0)1522 886040 (During office hours, 8:30am - 5:00pm GMT, Monday - Friday)

Email: or use our online enquiry form.