International

Visa and Immigration Advice

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before applying for your visa (or a visa extension) you will need a CAS statement from Loughborough University as your sponsoring institution. The CAS statement gives information on the course you have been accepted onto, what level it is, how long it lasts, what the tuition fees are and what documents the University used to accept you.

It also contains a CAS number which will be unique to you, and is the number you will use when you submit your visa applications. The CAS statement will be emailed to you as a pdf document.

If you apply for a Tier 4 visa to study at Loughborough Universityor Loughborough University London, you must use a CAS issued by Loughborough, which contains Loughborough’s Sponsor Licence Number – G9M4TDXV1.  If you try to register at the University using a Tier 4 visa with another Sponsor Licence Number, you will not be allowed to register or start your course.

It is important that you check the information on your CAS as you will need to ensure that this matches the information you provide when you submit your visa application. Any documents mentioned in the ‘Evidence used to obtain offer’ section will also need to be provided with your application.

  • If you are a new student applying for a new visa to study with us, you will be provided with a CAS once you have meet the full conditions of your offer and confirmed how you will be funding your studies.  You cannot use the CAS to apply for a visa earlier than three months before your start date, so we normally start to issue CAS from May onwards for those students starting studies in the autumn.
  • If you are a current student and are applying for a visa extension to complete your programme, you can seek advice from the Student Advice and Support Service in the Bridgeman Building. They can check your application, ensure the application meets the requirements of UKVI and advise on the suitability of your evidence. Alternatively, you can make the application yourself if you prefer. A CAS should be requested from the relevant office for your course i.e. Student Office or Research Student Office.
  • Please note that the University is only permitted to sponsor students attending full-time courses under Tier 4. If you are not attending any formal lectures, tutorials etc. as part of a taught degree programme or undertaking supervised research-based activities as part of a research degree you will NOT be eligible for a CAS. 

Prospective Undergraduate Students

The CAS will be issued by the Admissions Office to you once you have:

  • Made Loughborough University your firm choice through UCAS
  • Satisfied all the conditions of your offer
  • Obtained an ATAS certificate if required
  • Provided the University with a scanned copy of your current passport via email to admissions@lboro.ac.uk
  • Entered your current passport number on UCAS Track.

If you have a conditional offer, you need to send us the results of your examination and English language qualification before we can issue a CAS.

If you are booked onto a Pre-Sessional English Language Course that is shorter than three months, and have met all other conditions of your offer, you may be issued with a CAS which covers both your pre-sessional course and your undergraduate degree programme.

Prospective Postgraduate Taught Students

The CAS will be issued by the Admissions Office to you once you have:

  • Satisfied all the conditions of your offer
  • Obtained an ATAS certificate if required
  • Accepted your offer through the Application Portal
  • Provided the University with your passport number

A CAS may be issued earlier than three months prior to the commencement of your studies, but you will not be able to use it to apply for your visa before this three month period.

Please note that if you are booked onto a Pre-Sessional English Language Course that is shorter than three months and have met all other conditions of your offer, you may be issued with a CAS which covers both your pre-sessional course and your postgraduate degree programme. 

Prospective Postgraduate Research Students

The CAS will be issued by the Research Student Office to you, once you have:

  • Satisfied all the conditions of your offer and accepted it.
  • Obtained an ATAS certificate if required.
  • Provided a letter confirming your financial sponsor (if applicable)
  • Provided us with your passport number

A CAS will be issued no earlier than three months prior to the commencement of your studies.

Please note that if you are booked onto a Pre-Sessional English Language Course that is shorter than three months and have met all other conditions of your offer, you may be issued a CAS which covers both your pre-sessional course and your postgraduate study.