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Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

In order to obtain your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), LSBU will assess whether you meet visa immigration regulations

In order to apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa you will need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from LSBU.

The CAS is a virtual document, which contains information about you and your course of study. You will need your CAS number - a unique reference number - to make an application for entry clearance or leave to remain as a Tier 4 (General) student. Please ensure that you read the Tier 4 Sponsorship and the issuing of Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) Policy (PDF File 108 KB) which outlines LSBU’s position on the issuing of CAS to students.

If you are new to LSBU or starting a new course with us (having completed a course with us) then you will need to complete the following steps before we can start the process of issuing you with a CAS.

  1. Accept an unconditional offer from the University
  2. Pay a non-refundable deposit of £3500
    Students who are joining LSBU having followed the initial part of an LSBU programme at an overseas collaborative partner institution, and are sponsored by the partner institution, will be exempted from the requirement to make a compulsory deposit payment. In addition, those students sponsored by governments, employers or other recognised scholarship agencies – e.g. Commonwealth, Chevening etc – may also be exempted from this requirement at the discretion of LSBU.

Applicants applying from overseas: the last date that LSBU can assign your CAS is 8 September 2017 so the University should have received your deposit payment by 1 September 2017. You can find further guidance about these two steps on your offer letter.

Once the deposit has been paid and confirmed you will receive an email outlining the pre-CAS process. It is important that you complete these steps as early as possible to ensure that you can complete our pre-CAS process.

If you have any questions about your CAS request, email

Continuing students

If you need to request a CAS number to extend your visa to complete your course you will need to complete a CAS request form, found on the student portal MyLSBU. Please allow plenty of time for it to be issued as each request for a CAS is assessed on a case by case basis. You will need to book an appointment with an International Student Adviser so that they can check your supporting documents meet all the requirements.

Pre-CAS process

The pre-CAS process is for new applicants to LSBU and students at LSBU who wish to start a new course after successfully completing one with us. The process enables us to check you meet the requirements for a Tier 4 (General) student visa in order to reduce the likelihood of a visa refusal.

We will assess that you meet the Tier 4 (General) visa financial requirements, demonstrate you are a genuine and credible student, and meet all other visa immigration regulations (for example, you have a Tuberculosis Test Certificate, if applicable).

Shortly after paying the deposit, you will receive the pre-CAS email - please read this carefully as it explains what to do next:

  • Prepare your supporting visa documents as listed in the Document checklist (PDF File 343 KB)
  • Complete an Immigration Information Form if you haven’t done so already
  • Take part in a pre-CAS Credibility and English Interview (or a pre-CAS Postgraduate Research (PGR) appointment if you are in the UK applying to study a PGR course). The pre-CAS email will tell you if we require you to attend one of these. Please note, the University reserves the right to conduct a pre-CAS credibility interview with any applicant if we deem it necessary.

Pre-CAS Credibility and English Interview and PGR appointment

The interview will last approximately 15 to 20 minutes and you will be asked a set of questions. The interview is to check you are a genuine international student seeking to study in the UK and may also check your English language speaking and listening ability. It will be a relaxed atmosphere and we want you to feel at ease and be yourself. The interview will also help you with your future visa application.

If you are already in the UK you will be expected to attend an appointment in-person at LSBU as we will need to see originals of all of your supporting documents.

If you are overseas we will conduct the interview via Skype. You will need a computer with a microphone and webcam which has Skype installed. If you are unable to use Skype for any reason please let us know on or +44 (0)20 7815 6189. You will also be expected to send your supporting documents to either before or after the call.

The documents will be assessed by a member of the International Office team. If necessary, we may contact you to request further documentation if we do not think it meets the visa application requirements.

Book a pre-CAS Credibility and English Interview. If you are booking a Skype interview you will need to provide your Skype ID.

Book a pre-CAS PGR appointment.

Read our guidelines on Credibility interviews (PDF File 363 KB).

CAS Panel

All the pre-CAS information will be reviewed at a CAS Panel. The CAS Panel is usually made up of two or three members of staff who re-check all your supporting documents, review the answers to your pre-CAS Credibility and English Interview (if applicable) and review your English language ability. The CAS Panel may decide to contact you to request further documentation or conduct a further pre-CAS Credibility and English Interview before a decision has been made. Any new documentation submitted or further answers in a second pre-CAS Credibility and English Interview will be considered at a CAS Panel again before a decision to assign a CAS is made.

If the CAS Panel agree to issue you with a CAS then you will receive a CAS Statement by email. The CAS can be used to apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study at LSBU.

If you do not meet the Tier 4 (General) student visa financial requirements, demonstrate you are a genuine and credible student and meet other visa immigration regulations, LSBU holds the right not to assign a CAS. The International Office is available to help and support you through the pre-CAS process. If you have any questions please email

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