Your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
A CAS is an electronic document created by your Tier 4 sponsor using the Home
Office Sponsored Management System (SMS). It is not a paper document and is:
- valid for six months or until it is used, withdrawn or made obsolete; and
- can only be used to make one Tier 4 application.
How can I obtain a University of Essex CAS?
Starting a new course
Our Admissions team is responsible for issuing CAS's to eligible applicants, this
includes current Essex students who are starting a new course with us.
When will you issue my CAS?
We will issue your CAS once we have confirmed your place at the University. In order to
confirm your place you must accept our offer officially and meet all outstanding academic and,
where relevant, English language conditions.
How will I receive it?
Once we have issued your CAS you will receive a statement that sets out all the information
we have provided to the Home Office. If you are a postgraduate applicant, your statement will be
available to view in your myEssex applicant portal.
All other applicants will receive their statement by email.
Will I have to pay a deposit?
If you are a self-funded postgraduate student or you are joining a foundation course delivered by our
International Academy, you will normally be asked to pay a tuition deposit
of one-third of your first year’s tuition fees before we issue your CAS. There is more information in our
Tuition Fee Deposit Policy (.pdf).
If you are coming to study a pre-sessional programme or an English language course you are normally asked to pay a £250 deposit.
Pre-sessional English courses
Our International Academy offers a range of pre-sessional English courses and
you may choose to take one in order to meet an outstanding language condition. Where this is the case, we can only issue
a CAS for your pre-sessional English course. Once you have completed this successfully we will issue another CAS to cover
your degree course and you will have to apply for a new Tier 4 visa to cover this period of study. You can normally apply
for an extension to your Tier 4 visa from within the UK.
If you have an unconditional offer to study your degree course and would also like to study a pre-sessional English course
before it starts, you may be eligible for a linked CAS that will cover both courses. Please read the information from our
International Academy about our Essex Academic Skills Programme (EASP).
We provide further information about the Home Office English Language requirements.
I am a Study Abroad student, can I get a CAS?
If you are a studying with us for more than six months you should be eligible and your CAS would be issued by our Admissions
team. However, our Essex Abroad office will deal with your initial request.
If you will spend up to six months studying with us you may be eligible to apply for entry as a
Contact Essex Abroad by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will be studying an English Language Programme, can I get a CAS?
It will depend on the level and length of your course and evidence of your English language ability. Further information can be
provided by the International Academy.
If you are eligible, your CAS will be issued by Admissions, though the International Academy will deal with your initial request.
If you are not eligible for a CAS you may be able to apply for entry as a Short-term student.
Contact our International Academy by emailing email@example.com.
Who do I contact about my CAS?
If you have any questions about your CAS or you have a CAS that needs amending, contact our Admissions team by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your UCAS or PG application number.
Continuing the same course
Our International Services Team are responsible for issuing CAS's to all current,
eligible students who are continuing to study the same course with us.
When and how can I request my CAS?
We recommend you request your CAS at least four months before your current visa is due to expire as it can
take some time to gather all required evidence, especially evidence of available funds.
To request a CAS, please email our International Services Team: email@example.com.
How long will it take for you to send me my CAS?
Your CAS request will be assessed and, if you are eligible, will be issued to you. We aim to issue your CAS within five
working days and will send your CAS statement to your @essex email address.
Please note that at certain times of the year it may take longer to process a request and we may have to prioritise
I am returning from intermission/to resit exam(s), how do I request a CAS?
You will be able to request a CAS up to four months before you are due to restart your course. We recommend you apply
between three and four months before you are due to return to your studies as it can take some time for an entry clearance post to process
your visa application. You can submit your request by emailing the International Services Team: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are coming back to resit an exam, and after that your course will have finished, you will not be eligible and should apply for
entry clearance as a Short-term student.
I would like to apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme. how do I request a CAS?
This scheme is for students who have almost finished their UK PhD or other doctorate qualification and gives an additional 12 months of Tier
4 (General) immigration permission to remain in the UK. Please be aware that you cannot apply for DES if your award has already been conferred.
If you haven't yet completed your PhD with us and are interested in applying to remain in the UK under this scheme, please read our information
on how and when to apply for DES permission.
Who do I contact about my CAS?
Please email our International Services Team email@example.com if you:
- have any questions about your CAS
- have a CAS that needs amending
- need to request a CAS
Payments to our University for tuition fees and accommodation
If you have made payments to our University towards your tuition
fees and/or University accommodation this should be recorded on your
CAS and show on your CAS statement.
If you make payments after we have issued your CAS, or you think
the amount shown is incorrect, you can request that your CAS is
updated by contacting the team that issued it.
All the tuition fees you have paid for the academic year, as stated
on your CAS, can be deducted from the total amount you must have available
to you for tuition fees. It may be possible for you to deduct some of the
fees paid to us for your University accommodation from the amount you must
have available to you for maintenance. Please read the Tier 4 rules and guidance
and our applying for a visa section
for more information about the Tier 4 financial requirements.
Please check that you have the correct level of available funds and the evidence
to prove it, this is the most common reason for an application to be refused by the Home Office.
As a Tier 4 sponsor we are only able to issue a CAS if you and your
course meet all the Home Office requirements and you are required to be
in attendance. By using our CAS you will have many responsibilities both
to us and to the UK Government. Please ensure you are aware of what your
responsibilities are by reading our
information and guidance
and keeping up to date with changes to the immigration rules.
The CAS number you state on your Tier 4 application will be the one
used by the Home Office. If you have been issued with more than one CAS
number, all other CAS's will be cancelled (made obsolete) by the Home Office
when you make your Tier 4 application.
If you have had a Tier 4 visa application
rejected or refused and think you need
another CAS, you should seek advice if necessary. If you or your course do
not meet the requirements to be issued with a CAS you may be able to apply
for Entry Clearance as a Short-term student.
In line with our duties as a Tier 4 sponsor, we reserve the right to withdraw or refuse to issue a CAS.