Full-Time Programmes/The CAS and Visa Process

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Introduction

All international students will require a Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) Number in order to apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa with the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

We are able to commence processing CAS Numbers 5 months prior to the commencement of your Postgraduate Programme.

Personal Email Address

It is a UKVI requirement that CAS must be sent to an applicant's personal email address.  Please therefore ensure we have your up-to-date personal email address at all times, which must not be that of an overseas representative.

Supporting Documentation

Please click here for a detailed list of the requirements for certified/translated supporting documents.


Programme CAS

In order to be issued a CAS Number for your Postgraduate Programme, applicants must:


We aim to commence this process within 5 working days once the above have been met; however this may take longer during peak periods.

Initially a Pre-CAS email is sent to applicants containing all of the details required by the UKVI to apply for a CAS Number.

Once the Pre-CAS email has been sent we wait for applicants to respond to confirm if any details need amending or whether all details are correct.

Once the applicant responds we will apply to the UKVI for a CAS Number and the CAS Statement is then emailed to applicants. This process takes approximately another 2 to 3 working days.

Please note:  The CAS Statement will only be issued via email; you do not need a hard copy for visa application purposes.  It is vital that we have your up-to-date email address at all times.


Pre-Sessional CAS (for 12-week, 8-week or 4-week pre-sessional English Language programmes)

In order to be issued a CAS Number for a pre-sessional English Language programme, applicants must:

Initially a Pre-CAS email is sent to applicants containing all of the details required by the UKVI to apply for a CAS Number.

Once the Pre-CAS email has been sent we wait for applicants to respond to confirm if any details need amending or whether all details are correct.

Once the applicant responds we will apply to the UKVI for a CAS Number and the CAS Statement is then emailed to applicants. This process takes approximately another 2 to 3 working days.

Please note:  This CAS will only cover the pre-sessional English Language course; you will need to apply for a new visa with a new CAS to cover the postgraduate programme.

Once we have received confirmation from the English Language Centre that applicants have successfully completed their pre-sessional programme we are then able to commence the process to obtain a CAS Number for their postgraduate programme.  Please refer to 'Programme CAS' section above.

Combined CAS

It is possible to issue a Combined CAS Number for applicants who have met all their non-English language offer conditions and have been accepted onto the relevant pre-sessional English language course.  Those applicants with an unconditional offer who choose to do a pre-sessional English language course will also receive a Combined CAS Number.

In order to be issued a Combined CAS Number, applicants must:

Initially a Pre-CAS email is sent to applicants containing all of the details required by the UKVI to apply for a CAS Number.

Once the Pre-CAS email has been sent we wait for applicants to respond to confirm if any details need amending or whether all details are correct.

Once the applicant responds we will apply to the UKVI for a CAS Number and the CAS Statement is then emailed to applicants. This process takes approximately another 2 to 3 working days.


Please note: The course detailed on your CAS will be your main Postgraduate Programme with the addition of the relevant pre-sessional English Language course. You will still be required to successfully complete the pre-sessional English language course in order to progress onto your main Masters programme.  The start date listed on your CAS will be that of the pre-sessional English Language course and the tuition fees will be the combined total of both the postgraduate programme and the pre-sessional English language course.


Transferring your main programme of study

Please see the below web page for information on changing Programmes at Durham:

https://www.dur.ac.uk/immigration/coursechange/changingcourse/


You must also meet the relevant eligibility and entry criteria for the programme you wish to transfer to.


Tier 4 Pilot Scheme

Durham University will participate in a Tier 4 Pilot scheme which could benefit applicants for one-year Master's programmes.  Please click here for further details.  If you are joining the Full-Time MBA Programme and require a student visa, we advise you join the 12-month programme so that you will benefit from this scheme.  You can then transfer to the 15-month route on programme if you wish.


Further Information

Please see further guidance and frequently asked questions here.

Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) - Alternative Collection Location (ACL)

If you will apply for your visa outside the UK, you can collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) from the University when you arrive. To do this, please enter the Alternative Collection Location (ACL) code 2HE632 in your application when prompted

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