Swansea University

Visa Renewal – Tier 4 Students

Procedure for Applying for a CAS Statement from Academic Services

All students wishing to apply for an extension to their Tier 4 student visa must obtain a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) Statement from Academic Services.

In order to obtain a CAS statement you must meet the requirements as set by the University and UK immigration laws. These requirements are as follows:

  • Time limit
    On 6th April 2012, the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) introduced a limit to the length of time a student may study at Bachelor degree (NQF 6) and Masters (NQF 7) levels whilst on a Tier 4 visa or an old style student visa. In most case the limit will be 5 years, but there are some courses where you will be allowed to study for longer.
  • Identification documents
    You must provide us with copies of your current passport and all visas/biometric identity cards, expired and current. 
  • Academic progression
    The immigration regulations require students to show academic progress by moving to courses at a higher academic level. However, you do not need to show academic progression if you are extending your leave to complete an existing course.
  • Tuition/Accommodation fees
    All payments of your tuition and accommodation fees must be up to date prior to you obtaining a CAS statement.

To enable us to assess your eligibility for a CAS statement you must complete a Previous Study Questionnaire, detailing all your previous study in the UK and providing all supporting documents and copies of all previous visas as stated in the questionnaire.

Click here to download a copy of the Previous Study Questionnaire

The purpose of the Previous Study Questionnaire is to establish whether you have enough time to complete your programme of study and to confirm you are making academic progression.

The information you provide must be complete and accurate. It is your responsibility to ensure that no information requested or other material information has been omitted. Swansea University reserves the right to check the authenticity of this information by contacting any of the institutions where you have studied.

If the evidence provided in your Previous Study Questionnaire meets the requirements stated above and we are satisfied that this is accurate we will then compile a pro-forma statement containing all the information that will appear on your CAS statement. It is your responsibility to ensure that this information is correct. Once you confirm the details of your Pro-forma statement we can issue your CAS statement.

PLEASE NOTE: Given the amount of information that must be compiled and verified in order to establish that you meet the requirements for a CAS, this can be a lengthy process. Each request for a CAS is processed individually, therefore we cannot guarantee issuance within a set amount of time.

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