Students who require a Tier 4 (General) Student visa will need a valid CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) in order to make a Tier 4 application. The CAS is an electronic document that confirms that we are willing to act as your sponsor for your studies in the UK. You only require the CAS reference number however we will generate a document which is called a CAS statement.

Your CAS will confirm your personal details, information about the course you will be studying, tuition fees and how much you have paid along with information on how we have made an assessment on your previous qualifications and English language ability to confirm that you are eligible for a CAS. You will need to input the CAS reference number on the visa application form to allow UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to access the information. If there are any discrepancies between the information that you put on your application to the CAS statement that is sent to you then your application may be refused.

Your CAS will be issued by International Student Support Services, however, dependant on if you are a new student to Northampton or a continuing student the process of requesting a CAS may differ.

New Students

New students to Northampton will be required to email the following documents to International Admissions at Intadmissions@northampton.ac.uk before International Student Support Services will issue a CAS:

  • Current Passport
  • All previous UK visas
  • A completed UK Visa History Form
  • Evidence of official financial and/or government sponsorship letters required (if applicable).
  • Certain nationals will also be required to submit evidence of their maintenance (living costs) in the form of a bank statement to ensure that they meet the maintenance requirements to submit a successful visa application. In addition if you are being sponsored for your studies by your parents or legal guardians then a letter of consent from your sponsor will be required together with proof of your relationship. Further information on maintenance requirements can be found on the UKCISA website.

In addition you will be required to pay a minimum of 50% off your tuition fees before your CAS will be issued. We recommend to speed up the process that you email International Admissions once you have made your payment. Please quote your full name and student id number along with evidence of your payment such as bank transfer receipt or card payment receipt.

International Student Support Services will only process your CAS once you have submitted the above documents to International Admissions and once your tuition fee payment of the required 50% has been received. We recommend that you allow yourself plenty of time to submit these documents and make your payment to the University well in advance of the start date of your course.

International Student Support Services will email your CAS statement to you once completed. Should there be a problem with your CAS or if any of the information within your CAS statement is incorrect then please contact International Student Support Services on cas@northampton.ac.uk. Please quote your full name and student id number in your email.

If you have submitted all of the above and paid your tuition fees but still haven’t received your CAS after 14 days then please contact International Student Support Services.

Existing students starting a new course

If you are already studying with us and are progressing onto a new course, for example from the Pre-sessional English Programme to BA in Business and Management, or BA in Accounting and Finance to MSc in Marketing, then you will require an unconditional offer for your new course before your CAS letter can be issued. If you are still waiting for an unconditional offer than please contact International Admissions.

In addition you will be required to pay a minimum of 50% off your tuition fees before your CAS will be issued. We recommend to speed up the process that you email International Admissions once you have made your payment. Please quote your full name and student id number along with evidence of your payment such as bank transfer receipt or card payment receipt.

International Student Support Services will only process your CAS once you have submitted the above documents to International Admissions and once your tuition fee payment of the required 50% has been received. We recommend that you allow yourself plenty of time to submit these documents and make your payment to the University well in advance of the start date of your course.

International Student Support Services will email you when your CAS is ready. If you are applying in the UK then you will need to book an appointment with ISSS to extend your visa. We also recommend that you attend a visa workshop. Please contact ISSS for further information on when these will be held. If you are applying outside of the UK then you may be required to show evidence that you are back in your home country before your CAS statement is emailed to you. If you are applying outside of the UK and there is a problem with your CAS or if any of the information within your CAS statement is incorrect then please contact International Student Support Services on cas@northampton.ac.uk. Please quote your full name and student id number in your email.

If you have submitted all of the above and paid your tuition fees but still haven’t received your CAS after 14 days then please contact International Student Support Services.

Existing/Returning students continuing on the same course

If you are an existing student or are returning to resume your studies at Northampton and require a CAS to continue on the same course, for example to repeat modules or resume your studies after a study break, then you will need to complete the CAS Request Form and submit it back to International Student Support Services.

International Student Support Services will be in contact with you within three working days after receipt of your email. If you are in the UK then it may be that they arrange a meeting with you to discuss this.  If you are worried about extending your Tier 4 visa to continue on the same course or returning back to the UK to continue on the same course then please contact ISSS for further guidance.