Final UK Student Visa changes implemented

- Posted in United Kingdom by Visa Bureauon 23 February 2010

Now, all potential Tier 4 students applying from within or outside the UK must use a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) in their application, and applications that do not contain a CAS will be refused.

All education providers must provide potential students with a CAS reference number and a sponsor licence number (SLN), as well as a CAS statement detailing to the student the information they need.

While each education provider may decide a CAS statement format and the method of sending it to their potential students, a statement may contain the:

  • Student name;
  • Student date of birth;
  • Course title;
  • Course start and end date;
  • Details of any financial sponsorship/deposits taken;
  • Documents that should be included as part of an application to prove qualifications;
    CAS number; AND
  • ATAS certificate (if appropriate).

Pospective students, who have a Tier 4 visa letter issued before 22 February 2010 can no longer use it to apply for a visa and all education providers who have issued a visa letter to a student who is intending to apply to the UK immigration department must replace the visa letter with a CAS.

Education providers also now must report via the sponsorship management system (SMS) on students who have used a CAS in an application to the UK Border Agency.

The changes are part of an ongoing review of the system to ensure legitimate students are able to come to the UK to study.


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