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How remote study could affect your CAS and visa

Choosing to study remotely in Semester 1 may have an impact on your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) letter and visa application.

UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) does not permit students on a student visa to study entirely remotely while physically in the UK. This means that if you select to study the first semester remotely and then travel to the UK on your student visa before the end of the extended remote study period, you will be required to join any classes delivered on-campus (after completing any mandated self-isolation).

There is an exception for full-time remote study during periods of self-isolation. This means that you will be able to study remotely for the duration of any required self-isolation period in the UK (unless your course does not offer any remote study options- please check with your School or on our website).

All requests for remote study must be submitted via SIMS so that you can access appropriate support from your academic School. If you do not register your request via SIMS, you may be considered absent from your class, which could affect your visa validity.

If you have used your CAS to apply for a student visa and obtained a 90-day vignette but now plan to apply for remote study and travel to the UK after your vignette has expired, you will need to apply for a replacement vignette. Please contact our Student Visa Compliance team for an updated CAS letter with an amended ‘latest arrival’ date.

Please be aware that if you need to apply for a replacement vignette, you will need to do this through your local visa office, at your own cost.

If you are a returning student with a BRP with valid dates for your programme you will be permitted to re-enter UK, as per the conditions of your visa.

Please check the latest arrival date on your CAS letter. If you intend to apply for remote study and travel to the UK after this date, please contact the Student Visa Compliance team to have your letter amended.

Your CAS letter can only be issued after you have met all the conditions of your offer. Please ensure that you have uploaded all required documents and accepted your offer.

Our Admissions team will process your documents. After your documents have been processed, you will be able to access online enrolment and apply for remote study via SIMS. You will also receive your CAS letter. Please check the dates on your CAS letter carefully, especially if you will be taking part in extended remote study in Semester 1.

If your course requires an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance certificate, it will be stated in your offer email and your CAS email from us.

You can be exceptionally permitted to commence your course remotely without ATAS clearance, providing you are outside the UK.

When you decide to travel to the UK, you will still need to apply for an ATAS clearance certificate as part of your visa application. Applications for ATAS clearance are submitted online and are free of charge. However, it can take up to 2 months for an ATAS clearance application to be processed so please apply early. You can apply up to 6 months before your course start date.

If your ATAS clearance is refused, you will not be issued a visa and will be unable to join your course in the UK. If this happens, you will still be liable for a period of tuition fees, which are non-refundable even if you are unable to continue your studies.

If you are studying on an eligible degree course, the UKVI has confirmed that students beginning their course this autumn or early next year will need to be in the UK by 6 April 2022 to be eligible to apply for the Graduate visa. This means that you can take part in extended remote study in Semester 1.

Getting advice

You can get further advice on remote study and preparing to travel to Cardiff through Student Connect.

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