Visas and immigration.

The visa and immigration process can seem complex. Our team is here to help and guide you every step of the way. We can help you with your application whether you are a new student looking to start studying with us, or are renewing an existing visa.

We have created a detailed guide for international students which contains information and advice that you should be aware of which can be downloaded from the documents section of this page. 

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

If you are intending to study at degree level or above you will need a Tier 4 visa. If you accept an unconditional offer from us, the University will officially support your visa application with the UK Visa and Immigration Authority – often referred to as UKVI.

This sponsorship will be in the form of a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) document and a unique number which the University submits to the UKVI to confirm your acceptance to the course, along with various details about you.

Please note that you may be granted an 'academically unconditional offer' if you apply via UCAS. However, you will still be required to meet several immigration-related conditions before the University will grant your CAS. 

If you apply for a Tier 4 visa without a CAS document, your application will be refused. Only Canterbury Christ Church University can give you this to use in your visa application. 

If you meet the relevant criteria, we will issue you with your CAS up to three months before the start of your course. The CAS will be sent to you via e-mail which lists the information we have provided about you to the UKVI. You will be required to enter the 14-digit CAS number contained in the document into the UKVI’s online application form. 

Be aware that for students from a high-risk country as defined by UKVI are required to pay a £4,000 deposit, and students from a low-risk country as defined by UKVI a £2,000 deposit before a CAS number is issued.

If you need help, please contact our Admissions team on: +44 (0)1227 925 555

If you are currently studying with us and need a visa extension to finish your course, our Compliance Team can help. They can check your application and provide guidance on any evidence you plan to send and ensure that it meets the standards required by UKVI. 

Contact them via email: ukvi.compliance@cantebury.ac.uk 

We require a variety of different information to process and issue you with a CAS number. Below is a list of the key things required to ensure that your application goes as smoothly as possible.

  • Your passport number 
  • Your personal statement 
  • The academic qualifications you used to apply for your course 
  • Evidence of your English language ability 
    • Unless you are exempt from the English Language requirements for English language ability, you must have a valid English Language qualification that meets both the UKVI and Canterbury Christ Church University requirements for your course. 
  • Evidence that you will be making academic progression 
    • Applicants who have previously studied in the UK on a Tier 4 visa are required to demonstrate that their new course is at a higher level than their previous course, with few exceptions. The International Admissions Team will be able to advise you if this is the case in your situation. 
  • A completed Immigration History Declaration Form 
    • Tier 4 students are not permitted to spend more than five years in the UK studying at degree-level, or more than three years at below degree level. There are exemptions to this rule which the International Admissions Team will advise you of, if they apply to you. 
  • A completed Tier 4 Agreement form - in this document, you formally agree to abide by the conditions attached to your Tier 4 visa, and to fully engage with your studies 
  • A signed Acceptance of Offer form 
  • Any academic references requested by Canterbury Christ Church University 
  • Evidence of funds required to pay your tuition fees and support you whilst in the UK. 
  • An ATAS (academic technology approval system) certificate (if needed). We will advise you whether you require an ATAS certificate at the point of acceptance, and guide you through the process of obtaining one if necessary 
  • Evidence that your first year tuition fee deposit has been paid 
  • Parental Consent Form if under 18 years of age.

Short-term visas

Short-term Study Visas are available if you are undertaking a course lasting less than six months, or on English Language-only courses for up to eleven months through the Extended Short-term Study Visa. In certain situations, a short-term study visa is appropriate if you need to return to the UK in order to complete your course, and will need less than six months to do this (for example to retake exams), or if you are visiting the UK for a short period as part of a degree through the distance learning route. 

Applying for a short-term study visa

The UK Government’s website will give you more information about how to apply for a short-term study visa.

Nationals of certain countries (known as ‘non-visa nationals’) do not need to apply for a Short-term study visa before they travel, and can request one on arrival at the airport. Other countries which are on the visa national list require you to apply for a visa before travelling to the UK. You can view the government’s Immigration Rules to get a better understanding of how short-term visas work. You can also contact the Admissions Team if you are unsure whether you require a Tier 4 or short-term visa.

Important information about eGates

If you are from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea or the USA, are coming here to study for six months or less and have not applied for your short-term study visa in advance, you must not use eGates when entering the country.

Instead, ensure you see a UK Border Force officer (follow "see an officer" signage) using the non-UK/EU queue when entering the country at an airport. Even if airport staff encourage you to use an eGate, please insist that you see an officer because you need to make sure that they stamp your passport using the short-term study visa stamp. 

To help you, UKVI has created a document you can download and show officers to help explain why you must get your passport stamped. If you do not get the short-term visa stamp on your passport you will be recorded as a 'general visitor' and will not be able to enrol on your course. 

Schengen visas

If you are a non-EEA citizen studying in the UK under Tier 4 and you decide to travel to Europe for study or pleasure, you may need to apply for a Schengen visa to do so. This only applies to nationals from certain countries, so it is important to check whether you will need to do this.

Read more about Schengen visas and how to apply for one.

If you need help with your Visa application, CAS or other immigration-related issues, please contact:

International Compliance Team

E: ukvi.compliance@canterbury.ac.uk

Admissions team

T: +44 (0)1227 925 555

Any questions?

Phone us

+44 (0)1227 928000