Applying for Your CAS and Visa

Applying for your CAS and Visa

How to Apply for Your CAS and Visa

The majority of international students studying in the UK require a visa prior to arriving. To help you prepare for your journey to the University of Lincoln, this page contains important information about the visa application process, and the help and support available. If you are unsure whether you need a visa, please visit the UK Government website before reading the information below.

A Step by Step Guide to Applying for Your VISA

The information on this page is intended as a guide only and is subject to change. Please refer to the Tier 4 (General) Student Visa page on the UK Government website for the most up-to-date information prior to submitting your visa application.

Accept Your Offer and Pay Your CAS deposit

Once you have accepted your offer of a place, you will be required to complete the Confirmation of Acceptance of Study (CAS) request form and pay your deposit.

New students can request a CAS from four months before the start of their course. CAS 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 from 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 English and Academic Study Skills (PEASS) Courses
  • Complete the online CAS request form by logging into the University's online application system, OneUni. Once you have logged in using your applicant ID number and password, please click on the 'My Details' function in the 'Forms' tab.

CAS Request Deadlines

If your course commences in October 2020 and you are applying for your visa from outside of the UK, it is important that you apply for your CAS prior to the deadlines below.

Visa Application Type

CAS Request Deadline

Standard Visa Application

Monday 14 September

Priority Visa Application

Monday 28 September

Super Priority Application

Monday 5 October

The CAS request deadline for students applying for a visa from inside of the UK is Monday 5 October.

Once you have received your CAS, it is important that you carefully check the details are correct and accurate.

Prepare Your Financial Evidence

As part of your visa application, you will need to show evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover the cost of the first year of your course, or the whole course if it is less than 12 months long. You will also be required to show that you have enough funds to cover your living costs such as food and accommodation – this is often referred to as ‘maintenance’ by the UK Home Office.

The amount of money you need to show for your living costs is currently £1,015 per month of your course, up to a maximum of 9 months. If you are bringing dependants such as a partner or child with you to the UK, you will need to show an additional £680 a month for each of them, up to a maximum of £6,180.

The above amounts are set by the UK Government and are subject to change, so it is important that you carefully check the most up-to-date information prior to submitting your application.

If you are self-funding, you will need to provide evidence that you have held the required amount of money for at least 28 consecutive days before the date of your visa application. This will usually be in the form of a bank statement, or a letter from your bank. Detailed information regarding acceptable forms of evidence can be found by reading the Tier 4 policy guidance document on the UK Government website.

Your bank statement must be in your name, or in one or both of your parent’s or guardian’s names. You can use more than one bank account if you wish.

If you use a parent’s bank account as evidence, you must also provide a birth certificate or household register showing the relationship between you and a letter from your parent giving you permission to use the money in the account. If your funds are not in British pounds (GBP) then you should use the OANDA currency converter to show how much your money is worth on the date of your visa application.

Sponsored Students

If you have an official financial sponsor, you will be required to provide a letter from your sponsor confirming this. If your sponsor is not covering all your maintenance requirements, you must show that you have the remaining funds yourself (see above). Further information regarding who can be an official financial sponsor and the details they must provide can be found by reading the Tier 4 policy guidance.

Prepare Your Supporting Documents

In addition to preparing your financial evidence, you will also be required to submit supporting documents. This includes:

  • Evidence of any qualifications or English language tests that are referred to on your CAS
  • Receipts for any money you have paid to the University for tuition fees, or for University accommodation (up to £1,265)

Additional supporting documents that maybe required include:

  • ATAS certificate If you are studying a certain science or technology based course, you may be required to obtain an ATAS certificate. If this applies to you, the University’s Admissions team will specify the requirement in your CAS
  • TB test

Depending on your country of residence, you may be required to have a tuberculosis (TB) test. Further information regarding TB tests can be found on the UK Government’s Tuberculosis tests for visa applicants page.

It is important that your supporting documents are originals as copies are not accepted. If the documents are not in English or Welsh, you will be required to provide an official translation.

Complete Visa Application Form and Attend Your Appointment

After you have prepared your supporting documents and financial evidence, you will need to complete a General student visa (Tier 4) application. As part of your application, you will be required to pay a visa fee in addition to the Immigration Health Surcharge.

You can apply for your visa no more than 3 months before your course start date, and no more than 6 months after you get your CAS. The time it takes to process visa applications can vary so we recommend that you visit the UK Government website to see how long this is likely to take.

As part of the online visa application, you will be required to book an appointment to attend a Visa Application Centre in order to submit your documents. You will also be required to have your biometric information taken such as your fingerprints and a photograph. You may also be asked to attend a Credibility Interview.

After your Visa Application Centre appointment, you will receive a decision letter from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) regarding the status of your visa application. If your application has been approved, you will be issued with a visa sticker (called a vignette) in your passport. The vignette will be valid for 30 days to enable you to travel to the UK. It is important that you carefully check that your details are correct on the vignette and your decision letter as soon as you receive it.

Credibility Interviews

As part of your visa application, you may be asked to attend a credibility interview to ensure that you intend to travel to the UK for genuine reasons. Interviews may take place face-to-face, by telephone or via a video link, and 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.

Arrive in the UK and Collect Your BRP Card

Once you have received your visa, you will need to arrange your travel to the UK and ensure you arrive in Lincoln by the start date displayed on your Confirmation of Acceptance of Study (CAS) document.

When you arrive in the UK, you will be required to show the vignette and your decision letter (mentioned in step 4) to immigration officials at the border.

Your visa information will be printed on a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card. This must be collected from the Post Office that you selected on your visa application form within 10 days of arriving in the UK. Once you have collected your BRP card, it is important that you check the information is correct, we also advise you to keep a scanned copy of the card and keep it safe at all times. You will need to bring your BRP card to the University alongside your other documents to be copied.

To help you prepare for your travel to the UK, our pre-departure webpages contain lots of helpful information and advice, including details of our free airport pick-up service from London Heathrow Airport.

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Can We Help?

The University of Lincoln’s International Advice team is here to help answer any questions or queries you may have about the visa application process.

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Enrolment

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.

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.