Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

ATAS

ATAS clearance is a specific clearance granted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for international full-time students who are coming to the UK to study in certain areas.

ATAS clearance must be secured before a new Tier 4 visa application can be made and before an application to extend Tier 4 study is considered by the UKVI. Details of how to apply for ATAS clearance can be found below.

Courses that Require ATAS Clearance

You will need ATAS clearance if you are studying one of the following courses:

Biochemistry Research Genetics Research
Biology Research Mathematics Research
Chemistry Research Mathematics MRes
Computer Science Research MRC Toxicology Research
Aerospace Engineering with a Year Abroad MEng Cell Physiology & Pharmacology Research
Aerospace Engineering with Industry MEng Geography (Sci) Research
Aerospace MEng Physics MPhys
Mechanical Engineering with a Year Abroad MEng Physics Research
Mechanical MEng Physics with Astrophysics MPhys
Mechanical with Industry MEng Physics with Nanoscience and Technology MPhys
Engineering Research Physics with Planetary Science MPhys
Engineering MRes Physics with Space Science and Technology Mphys
New Students

 If you are applying to start a new degree the Admissions Office will send you an ATAS statement with your official offer letter.

You should use the information provided on this statement to make your ATAS application online and although the minimum processing time is 20 days it can take up to 8 weeks at busy times.

Please make sure you read and follow the advice on the ATAS website and within the application form itself to avoid delays. Be sure to provide the information requested in the required format – problems with references, missing research statements, or an incomplete education and employment history will cause delays in processing your ATAS application. It is worth noting that ATAS processing does not start until ATAS are satisfied that your application is complete and they have all the documents they require from you.

Existing Students

If you are already studying with us and need to renew your visa then you'll also need to renew your ATAS clearance and your this application must be made before you apply for your new visa.

Step 1 Submit a CAS Request Form to Extend your Visa
            

A CAS request form should be completed and submitted to the Registry:

In person at the Student Service Centre. This is open Monday-Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm (except Wednesdays 10:00am - 11:00am) and can be found in the Charles Wilson Building.

By email to registry@le.ac.uk

You must attach copies of your existing visa and your current passport with your CAS Request Form.

Step 2 Your ATAS Statement Will be Sent to you With your CAS Statement

Your ATAS statement will be sent to you by email with your CAS statement and will give you all of the information that you need in order to make your application with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Step 3 Apply Online for ATAS Clearance

Your request for ATAS clearance should be made using the Foreign and Commonwealth Offices online system.

You should make your application before applying for an extended Tier 4 visa and although the minimum processing time is 20 days it can take upto 8 weeks at busy times.

Be sure to provide the information requested in the required format – problems with references, missing research statements, or an incomplete education and employment history will cause delays in processing your application. It is worth noting that ATAS processing does not start until ATAS are satisfied that your application is complete and they have all the documents they require from you.

Step 4 Bring your ATAS Clearance Certificate into the Registry

You must provide the Registry with a copy of your ATAS clearance certificate once you have received it:

In person at the Student Service Centre. This is open Monday-Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm (except Wednesdays 10:00am - 11:00am) and can be found in the Charles Wilson Building.

By email to registry@le.ac.uk

Please note that you will still need ATAS clearance if you are a studying with the University as a visiting scholar or on a visa other than Tier 4.

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