Student route visa guidance
The Student Route Visa is part of the UK visas and immigration’s points based system for students who wish to study in the UK. To make a successful application you must meet the full requirements of the immigration rules and achieve 70 points.
Breakdown of 70 points
You will obtain 50 points for the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) sent to you by the University.
You will obtain 10 points for the financial requirements which will show that you have sufficient money to cover your course fees and living expenses.
You will obtain 10 points for your English language qualifications. If we have used a local equivalent qualification to assess your English ability in all four components, you will be required to undertake a short interview with the University.
What is a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)?
A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is an electronic document which contains a unique reference number. The CAS is issued to you by the University, and you must use the reference number when applying for a Student visa.
You need to have a CAS issued to you before you make a Student visa application. A CAS is valid for 6 months and can only be used once.
However, you can only apply for a Student visa up to 6 months before the course start date.
How do I get a CAS?
To receive your CAS the following documents are required by the University:
- Unconditional offer to study at the University.
- Completed University application – including a detailed personal statement
- Copies of your qualifications
- Completed Immigration History Questionnaire (IHQ)
- Copy of your passport photo/name page
- Copy of any previous UK visas (if applicable)
- Copy of any previous CAS which you used to obtain a Tier 4 visa (if applicable)
- Copy of all visa refusals you have received for any country (if applicable)
- ATAS certificate (if applicable)
- Tuition fee deposit.
- If requested – your bank statements/sponsor letter which you intend to use with your visa application.
When you receive your CAS
Your CAS will contain the University’s sponsor license number (SLN), all of your personal information, your course details, details of your qualifications that the University assessed to make you an offer to study and your course fees (including how much you have already paid to the University). You will need all of this information to complete your Student visa application form.
It is important that you check your CAS for any errors – including spelling mistakes. Personal details on your CAS (name, date of birth, nationality, gender, country of birth) must match the details in your current passport.
In order to apply for a Student visa you will need to show that you have enough money to cover your first year’s tuition fees and to support yourself (and any dependants) during your studies (Financial).
Meeting the financial requirements for a Student visa makes up 10 points of the 70 points required, so it’s important that you understand exactly which financial documents to submit with your visa application.
If you are applying for a course lasting 9 months or more, the maximum amount that you will need to show for financial requirements is £9,207 which is the equivalent of £1,023 per month. These funds need to be in your bank account for a minimum of 28 days prior to making your visa application.
Please read our guide to the Student visa financial requirements.* Our guide will advise you on the following areas:
- How much money you need.
- How long you need to have the money for.
- Documents needed to meet the strict Home Office requirements.
*Please be aware that we'll be updating this guide based on the Home Office's published guidance in the next few weeks to reflect the changes in the visa rules.
Whether you are applying from overseas or from the UK, credibility interviews are part of the Student visa application process.
The purpose of a credibility interview is to ascertain that a student’s intentions to study in the UK are genuine. During the interview you will also be expected to demonstrate that your English language ability is sufficient to follow your chosen course and level of study.
One of the most common reasons that a Student visa is refused is because the applicant does not show that they either have the correct amount of funds, or they do not provide the correct financial documentation.
Please read our Credibility Guide. Our guide will advise you on the following areas:
- who will be called to interview
- when and where the interview will take place
- how you will be interviewed
- typical questions you may be asked