Skip to main content

Information you will need for your application

Last updated: 03/10/2022 12:44

To apply for your Student visa, you'll need to provide the following pieces of information.

Length of study

Students coming to the UK on a Student visa are limited to studying for five years on courses at the degree level.

There are some exceptions to this but most students will be subject to the five-year limit. For more information visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) web pages and access our downloadable guides.

Your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number is your unique reference number which you will need to include in your visa application. Your CAS will be emailed to you and is not required in paper copy.

The CAS email will include:

  • your personal details
  • the qualification upon which your offer was based
  • details of your course
  • our address
  • our sponsor licence number: NB0C74WCX

To get your CAS email you must have:

  • passed all your exams and sent us copies of your qualifications or transcripts
  • accepted an unconditional offer for a course at Cardiff University
  • paid your deposit (if applicable)
  • checked that all the information on your CAS email is correct.

Before you are sent your CAS, we will email you and ask you to check that all the details on your CAS are correct on the Online Applicant Service. Make sure the following are correct:

  • your personal details - for example, that your name is exactly as it appears on your passport
  • all the details of the qualifications shown in the evidence section of the CAS
  • details of the course that you are coming to study at Cardiff University
  • course duration
  • any tuition fee payment that you have made to the University is recorded on the CAS.

Your CAS email must not be more than six months old when you apply for your student visa. If you use it after this date, your application will be refused.

If you haven't received your CAS

You will not be emailed your final CAS until you have checked your CAS online. Take time to check your CAS carefully and make the corrections on the Online Applicant Service (SIMS online).

It takes time to change your CAS after it has been issued, and your visa application could be delayed or even rejected if your CAS is wrong. No changes can be made to the CAS once your visa application is submitted.

If you require any changes or have any questions at this stage, please contact the Student Visa Compliance Team via our web form.

This must be completed online. Select 'Student Visa'.

To read the guidance notes and download paper application forms, visit the GOV.UK website.

For your Student visa application, you will need to submit your transcripts, exam certificates, and references showing that you have satisfied the entry requirements for your course at Cardiff University.

Your CAS will list the qualifications you need to submit.

If any of the documents (for example, references, qualifications, transcripts, and bank statements) you are submitting are not in English, then you must also include a fully certified translation by a professional translator.

You need to show that you have a certain amount of money to cover your tuition fees and living costs in order to get a Student visa.

Please see our relevant ATAS page for more information.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance is required for postgraduate qualifications (taught and research) in certain science, engineering or technological disciplines but also includes some enhanced undergraduate courses such as MEng.

ATAS requirement will be stated in your offer letter and on your CAS. The relevant Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) code can be found on your offer letter.

Please contact your academic school if you are unsure of your CAH code.

Residents from some countries are required to obtain a certificate confirming they are free from infectious TB before applying for a visa.

For more information see our vaccinations and health checks page and the Home Office information page.

You will need to send your passport with your student visa application. Please check that it is valid on the date you intend to travel to the UK.

As part of your visa application, you will need to visit the British Embassy or visa application centre to have your fingerprints and photograph taken.

The immigration health surcharge is a financial contribution to the UK's National Health Service (NHS). Find out more about this on our medical insurance page.