Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is an electronic document that confirms to the UK Home Office that the University of Edinburgh wishes to sponsor your study in the UK.
Graduate Route deadline
The deadline to request a CAS for your visa for the 2020/21 academic year has now passed. Therefore, if you will finish your studies in summer/autumn 2021, you must already have obtained your visa and arrive in the UK by 1 June in order to apply for the Graduate Route.
How to request a CAS
How you request a CAS will depend on whether you are a:
- New student (you have not yet started your programme of studies); OR a
- Current student (you have already started your studies, even if you are not yet in the UK).
To request a CAS, follow the instructions below:
- Log into your Applicant Hub through EUCLID – you will then be able to see your offer under ‘My Applications’ or ‘My UG Applications.’
- Select ‘Open Application’
- Select the link which states ‘Please tell us if you require a CAS.’
Indicate whether you will need a CAS for use in a Student visa application
Once it's ready, you will receive a message asking you to confirm your CAS details.
Your CAS will be issued:
- After you have accepted an unconditional offer
- No more than 6 months (or 3 months if you are in the UK) before the start of your programme
- After you have requested, checked and confirmed the CAS details
If you have applied via UCAS, we cannot issue your CAS until we have received notification that your certificates have been checked and verified by UCAS. Once this process is complete, we will be able to progress your CAS within the 3 week window, and you will receive an email when it is ready for you to check.
The current processing time for CAS is 3 weeks after you meet all of the conditions above.
Please note that it is not possible to make a successful visa application more than:
- six months before the start of your programme (if you are outside the UK);
- three months before the start of your programme (if you are inside the UK).
This means that if you request a CAS for use in a Student route visa application, you should expect to receive further details about this no more than six/three months before the start of your programme.
If, due to Covid-19, you have started your studies outside the UK and you have not yet applied for a Student visa, please consider a realistic timeframe for when you wish to come to the UK.
- Do you think you will delay travel if circumstances change?
- Do you think you might complete this academic year by remote learning?
You should not request a CAS until you are sure of when you will travel to the UK.
We will be able to issue a CAS to you within a short timeframe when you have made a decision about when to come. It should then take around 3 weeks to get your Student visa.
If you request a CAS and apply for a Student visa, and then you change your mind, you should be aware that:
- You may need to apply for a new vignette to allow you to travel (this costs £154)
- You will pay the cost for the Immigration Health Surcharge for time that you do not spend in the UK. If you choose not to come for this academic year, this could cost you up to £470.
- If you are an undergraduate student, there may be a limit on the amount of time you can hold a Student visa. Even if you are not in the UK, having a Student visa will count towards the time limits. You may wish to consider this implication and get in touch with us for further advice.
Please be aware that, at present, students who will complete their studies in summer 2021, and who wish to apply for the Graduate Route in future, are required to be in the UK by specific deadlines. For more information, please see our Graduate Route information.
The current processing time for CAS issuance is 3 weeks.
A CAS is valid for six months, so you have plenty of time to get your visa for your programme start date. Please note we cannot issue a CAS until when you have obtained your unconditional offer.
If you have an offer for an English pre-sessional programme, you do not need to request a CAS from us. We will issue your CAS once we receive the required information from English Language Education (ELE) at the end of May.