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CAS Process

This information is for applicants who are either New to Northumbria or are starting a new programme at Northumbria. If you are a current NU student wishing to extend your visa on the same course, please see our Extending your Visa information  

To apply for a Student Visa (formally Tier 4), you must have a CAS from Northumbria.  A CAS is a unique reference number that you will need to put on your visa application.  Once you have satisfied the conditions for a CAS, we will issue you a CAS Statement which details your CAS number. It also includes all the information that we have based the decision on, which may help you in your visa application.  

You should request your CAS via your Applicant Portal.  You should do this when you have met the following: 

  • You hold an unconditional offer and have firmly accepted it 
  • You have provided all documents, requested by Applicant Services 
  • You have paid your deposit – or hold a valid financial sponsor letter  

To request your CAS, you should click on the Visa/Immigration box on your portal and follow the on screen instructions to request your CAS and inform the university whether you are applying for your visa inside or outside the UK.  

Before we issue your CAS, we may contact you to check that you have prepared all the information that you need to apply for your visa. 

If you are applying for a Visa from inside the UK, this is known as Leave to Remain. 


How will I receive my CAS? 

Your CAS will be sent to the University’s Welfare, Immigration and Funding Advisers. They will contact you when your CAS is ready and discuss your next steps and then assist with you visa application. You can find information on applying for your visa in the UK, via Northumbria on the Student Portal.

If you are applying for a visa outside the UK, this is known as Entry Clearance 

How will I receive my CAS? 

Your CAS will be uploaded to your applicant portal for you to download. You will receive an email when it is available.  

What to do when you receive your CAS  

Once you have received your CAS, the first thing that you should do is check all the information on your CAS statement, is correct. If there are any discrepancies in your CAS, you should inform Northumbria as soon as possible. You should not use the CAS if any of the information is incorrect. Your visa application may be refused if there are any discrepancies between the information used by Northumbria and the information on your application form. 

What do I do next? 

Once you have your CAS and you have checked all the information is correct, you are now able to apply for your visa.  You can find information on applying for your visa here.  

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