Student Immigration

All you need to know about VISAs and studying


Guidance and links on how to apply for a CAS from the University of Kent

A CAS issued by the University of Kent can only be used to study at the University of Kent. If you apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa using a CAS from another university, you will not be able to use the visa to study on a programme at Kent. See FAQ's.

Students starting a new course

Our Admissions Team is responsible for issuing CASs to students starting a new course at the University. This includes both new students to Kent and existing students who are starting a new course.

STEP 1: Apply to University of Kent for your (new) course

You should apply for your course early enough to take into account that the University's CAS Team will issue your CAS no more than 3 months prior to your course start date. You must accept our offer officially and meet all outstanding conditions of your offer.

STEP 2: CAS Team reviews application

The CAS team will conduct a review of your file and request any missing information after your offer has become unconditional. This may include contacting you to conduct an immigration history and/or financial check.

Financial Checks:

  • Why? UKVI impose specific financial requirements for Tier 4 (General) visa applicants and this is a good chance for us to identify upfront that your financial documents are appropriate for obtaining a successful Tier 4 visa.
  • When? We will notify you if you need to provide us with financial documents when we assess you for a CAS. If we request any information from you it is important that you supply the appropriate documents as quickly as possible to allow us time to review your documents. Any delay at this stage may cause a delay in the issue of your CAS.
  • Data Protection: The financial documentation you provide to us is stored securely, never passed on to anyone outside the University and is only used for the purposes of conducting the financial document check for assessing you for a CAS.

Fee Payments to the University:

If you have made payments to the University of Kent towards your tuition fees and/or University accommodation this should be recorded on your CAS and show on your CAS statement.

  • You can pay your tuition and accommodation fees before you apply for a visa.
  • Once the University's Income Office has confirmed receipt of your payment the Admissions Team will update your CAS to show you have paid your fees. Please note that some payments, particularly bank transfers, can take 3-5 working days to be processed and received by the University. In busy periods, such as the summer, this can take longer.
  • Once your CAS has been updated we will contact you via your Kent Portal.
  • If you make payments after we have issued your CAS, or think the amount shown is incorrect, you can request that your CAS is updated by contacting the team that issued it.

The Finance site has more information on how to make a payment. If you would like a record of your fee payments included in your CAS please submit the online form.

If you wish to receive advice about your financial documents and how they may or may not comply with UKVI guidance you should send these documents and an explanation of your situation to the Kent Union Advice Centre (Canterbury Campus), or GK Union Advice Centre (Medway campus).


The University will issue you with an electronic ‘pre-CAS’ document before issuing you with a formal CAS number. The pre-CAS will be sent to you via your student portal on KentVision, our application system. The pre-CAS is a draft version of the CAS. You must carefully check the details are all correct and approve the pre-CAS before we will issue your actual CAS. We will only issue you with a pre-CAS once we are satisfied you meet the conditions of our Tier 4 Sponsorship and CAS Issuing Policy.

You must approve the pre-CAS and approve the University’s terms and conditions of Tier 4 sponsorship.

STEP 4: CAS Issued

The CAS team will then issue you with your CAS number.

Your CAS can only be used for the visa application to study the course you applied for at the University of Kent. If you do not take up your place your CAS will be withdrawn (cancelled). If you decide to change courses before you apply for your visa then you will require a new CAS.

STEP 5: Apply for your Tier 4 (General) student visa


Current Kent students

The Student Immigration Compliance Team is responsible for issuing a CAS to current and eligible students.

When do I have to apply for a CAS?

The main reasons you will need to apply for a CAS are explained below: (Please note that this list is not exhaustive and if you require leave to return to the UK to study or have queries, you should contact

1. Extension:

This will be the case if your Tier 4 grant of leave expires before your course completion date. This could be due to resitting/repeating or a course change. Thus, you will require an extension to your Tier 4 grant of leave to continue your course or to complete.

2. Change of course

If you are requesting a change of course - which is different to the course for which you were originally granted a CAS or Tier 4 leave - you may have to apply for a new CAS and new Tier 4 leave. In accordance with UKVI regulations, you will have to apply for a new CAS and be granted Tier 4 leave before your change of course request is processed by the University. For example, if you are applying for an extension to your Tier 4 visa to complete your course after having completed a work placement/year abroad, or if you are requesting a change of course to add a work placement/year abroad. You can read more about this here.

4. Intermission:

If you are returning from intermission and your previous Tier 4 sponsorship has been withdrawn, you will require a CAS to apply for new Tier 4 leave to return to the UK to study. Please note that if your intermission was due to medical reasons then you must provide a note from your doctor to your School confirming that you are fit to return to your studies. You can read more about this here.

What to do next?

In order to request a new CAS, you must follow the process outlined below.

  • Complete a CAS Application form, complete the CAS checklist and sign the declaration
  • Complete and sign the Terms and Conditions of Tier 4 sponsorship document
  • Email scanned copy of CAS application form and signed Terms and Conditions document to with required documents or bring it to the Central Student Administration reception in the Registry between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm Monday to Friday
  • Ensure that all your financial documents meet all the requirements set out in the Financial Guidance Document on our website and the Policy Guidance - please see below for more details
  • Read through the information on how to apply for a CAS below and the Policy Guidance
  • Gather all of the required supporting documentation

Points to note:

  • If sponsorship has been previously withdrawn: We can only issue a CAS 3 months prior to the start of your course.
  • If sponsorship has not been withdrawn: We can only issue a CAS 3 months prior to the start of your course, which for UKVI purposes is the date after your current leave expires.

Financial Checks:

Please ensure that:

  • You send your financial documents/evidence separately from the application form in order for us to securely store them in your case file. (We will delete this financial information once we have your visa decision)
  • All your financial documents meet all the requirements set out in the Financial Guidance Document and the Policy Guidance.
  • You provide everything on the checklist in order to avoid any unnecessary and unwanted delays in processing your application

We will not consider your application until we are in possession of ALL required documents/evidence.

Fee Payments to the University:

Your CAS will be produced on the basis of your financial status at the time you request it and will state any tuition and accommodation fees you still need to pay for the relevant academic year. If we issue you with a CAS and you then make further payments before you have applied for your visa, the financial information on the CAS will no longer be valid.

If you intend to make any fee payments, please do so before applying for your CAS or contact as soon as possible so that your CAS can be updated accordingly.

After you apply:

Once the Student Immigration Compliance Team is satisfied that you have provided all the required and correct supporting evidence, we will review your CAS request and may request further documentation or complete additional checks prior to issuing your CAS. If your CAS request is granted, we will email your CAS to your University of Kent email address and you can use it to apply for your Tier 4 visa.

For help with submitting a Tier 4 application to the Home Office, we strongly recommend that you seek advice from Kent Union Advice Centre (Canterbury) or GK Unions (Medway) as they can offer free immigration advice to all University of Kent students. 



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Last Updated: 17/05/2019