In order to apply for a Student visa you will need a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from LSBU.
This is a virtual document generated by the Home Office. It 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 sponsored student.
Please ensure that you read the Sponsorship and the issuing of Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) Policy (PDF File 324 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.
- Accept an unconditional offer from the University
- Pay a non-refundable deposit which is 50% of your tuition fees *** some exceptions apply***
- Start the Pre-CAS process
You can find further guidance about the first two steps in your offer letter.
Overseas applicants can request a CAS up to 3 months in advance.
The last date that LSBU can assign your CAS is 28 July 2023, so the University should have received your deposit payment by 14 July 2023. You may be expected to provide valid proof of payment, if necessary.
The last date that LSBU can assign your CAS is 1 December 2023, so the University should have received your deposit payment by 24 November 2023. You may be expected to provide valid proof of payment, if necessary.
If you are in the UK already, please contact our Enquiries Team to discuss your situation and to get updated deadlines: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that the dates above are subject to change.
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.
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 Student visa in order to reduce the likelihood of a visa refusal
- Step 1 money-check
Pay the deposit
- Step 2 file-text
Prepare your documents
Document checklist (PDF File 290 KB) *if you are from a differentiation nationality, you will not have to provide financial documents or qualifications, see link here under ST.22.1 b*
You will be sent a link to register on our Pre-CAS platform to upload your Immigration History and required documents.
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.
- Step 3 calendar-check
Overseas - interview via Skype. You need a computer with a microphone and webcam which has Skype installed. If you are unable to use Skype for any reason, email us on email@example.com or telephone +44 20 7123 4842.
Read our guidelines on Credibility interviews (PDF File 363 KB).
- Step 4 users
CAS Panel - decision
All the pre-CAS information will be reviewed at a CAS Panel. We will re-check all your supporting documents and review the answers to your Interview (if applicable). We may request further documentation or conduct a second interview before a decision has been made.
If you are successful, your CAS will be assigned and sent via email. The CAS can be used to apply for a Student visa to study at LSBU.
If you do not meet the Student Sponsor 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 CAS Team is available to help and support you through the pre-CAS process. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Step 5 users
Apply for your Visa
Once you obtain your CAS, please check all the details are correct.
If the details are correct, you can use it to apply for a Student Visa. You must inform us of the outcome of your visa applicationas soon as it is confirmed by UKVI.
As a current LSBU student, if you need a CAS to extend your visa, please use your MyAccount to get in touch us.
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 Advisor so that they can check your supporting documents meet all the requirements. See the guide: How to book an appointment using MyAccount.