Requesting a CAS to continue or complete your studies

If you are a continuing student who wishes to extend their visa either in the UK or overseas you must request a Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) from Student Immigration advice and Compliance (SIAC).

When we can issue you with a CAS

SIAC will issue a CAS to registered continuing students who are:

  • extending their visa to complete their PhD studies*
  • renewing their visa because of a change in programme of study, e.g. MEng to BEng or Law (Senior Status) LLB to Law LLB*
  • adding an approved work placement or period of study abroad*
  • returning from a break in studies, including a suspension or a period of resit without residence
  • resitting studies and need more time on their visa to complete their programme of study
  • returning to campus based studies after a period of remote learning overseas

When we cannot issue you with a CAS

SIAC cannot normally issue a CAS to:

  • students who want to extend their visa to attend their graduation
  • students who have no academic requirements in the UK*
  • students who want to extend their visa but who can complete their studies within their current visa**
  • **If the rules above mean you will become ineligible for the Graduate route when you think you qualify please email visas@le.ac.uk for further information. This applies in particular to students with mitigating circumstances who have deferred exams or assignments to later in the year.**

How to request a CAS

To obtain a CAS please complete the CAS request form for registered students and return it to Student Immigration Advice and Compliance attaching the documents below. The team will issue your CAS within 10 days of receiving all the required documentation. It is your responsibility to read the information below and provide us with the correct documentation. More information is available by clicking on the CAS scenario which applies to you.

Documents you need to provide to obtain a CAS

Students who areCopy of a valid passportCopy of a valid visa

 

Police Certificate

ATAS or 6 digit reference numberFlight ticket + Exit/entry stampRefusal notice + application documents Previous Study Form
Changing or extending a visa in the UK Yes Yes Yes - if your nationality is listed here. Yes - if course requires ATAS. No No No
Renewing a  Student/Tier 4 visa overseas Yes No Yes - if your nationality is listed here. Yes - if course requires ATAS. Yes No No
Re-applying for a Student/Tier 4 visa after a refusal Yes No If your nationality is listed here and you have previously been issued with a certificate whilst studying at the University of Leicester. Yes - if course requires ATAS. Yes* Yes No
Applying for a Student visa for campus-based studies after a period of remote learning Yes No No Yes - if course requires ATAS. No Yes - if your last visa application was refused.

Yes*

If you were already issued with a CAS for your current studies which you did not use you do not need to provide this form again.

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