What is a CAS
If you require a Tier 4 visa for study, you must receive a 'Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies' (CAS) from the University of Cambridge before making your visa application.
You do not need to submit the CAS statement with your visa application; however you will require the information on your CAS statement in order to complete your visa application form.
The CAS statement is prepared by the Graduate Admissions Office using information provided in your application form and uses the passport and previous UK visa information you have provided. You must ensure that you upload copies of all current and previous UK visas, and your most recent passport, using your self-service.
When you will recieve your CAS
We can only issue your CAS once you have met all of the conditions of your offer (including both academic and financial conditions), and after your admission is showing as confirmed on your self-service account. You should therefore aim to meet the conditions of your offer as soon as possible - we advise at least 3 months before the start of the course.
The Home Office guidelines state that a student may apply for their Tier 4 Visa no more than three months before the course start date. This means that we will not start issuing CAS for courses starting in October until April. After this, we will email you your CAS statement within 5-7 working days of your admission being confirmed.
Exceptions to this are continuing students, who will normally receive their CAS after the new course has started.
Expiry date of a CAS
The CAS must be used with your visa application within 6 months.
Tracking the progress of a CAS
A summary of the progress of your CAS, once issued can be tracked via your self-service account under 'UK immigration Details'.