A CAS is required before you can make an application for Student immigration permission. It is an electronic document created by your immigration sponsor when they are satisfied you and your course meet all the Home Office requirements and are eligible for sponsorship, as outlined in the Student Immigration Rules and Student Sponsor Guidance.
As a Student Sponsor, the University of Essex must adhere to all the requirements set out in the Home Office, Student Sponsor Guidance document to maintain our sponsor status. Before we can confirm you are eligible for our immigration sponsorship and issue a CAS to you, we must satisfy ourselves that you are a genuine student and can meet all the requirements to make a successful Student route application. We will need to gather information and documents from you in order to carry out the necessary checks, these checks can take a while to complete.
When we’ve completed our checks and are satisfied you are eligible for our immigration sponsorship, we will issue you with a CAS and your CAS statement will be available to view on your myEssex portal. Your CAS is valid for six months from the date of issue and can only be used to make one Student route application. As a sponsored student (immigration), you will have many additional responsibilities and considerations and should read all the information within our During Studies Student Directory pages to find out all you need to know.
As a Student Sponsor, we reserve the right to refuse to sponsor you and issue a CAS. We will withdraw our sponsorship/a CAS if we believe you are not a genuine student or cannot meet all the requirements of the Student Immigration Rules and Student Sponsor Guidance.
If your course is up to 6 months long we would not usually sponsor you for Student immigration permission, you may be able to study as a Visitor, read our guidance to find out more.
When and how you can request our sponsorship and a CAS will depend on whether you are starting a new Essex course or, need to extend your immigration permission to finish an Essex course you have already started.
You must make sure you are able to meet all the requirements of the Student Immigration Rules on the date you will submit your Student route application online and have all the evidence in the required format plus translations. There are very strict requirements about the money you need to show is available to you for your fees and living expenses so start preparing everything as early as possible, at least 2 months before your course is due to start. Read our Student route application page for more information about the money and evidence you will require. If you are in the UK, don’t assume you can apply in the UK as it is often not possible, read the UKCISA guidance ‘Can you apply in the UK?'.
Our Admissions team are responsible for issuing CAS to eligible applicants who will be making a Student application to start a new course at the University of Essex. Including, current Essex sponsored students holding an offer to begin a new Essex course and some pre-sessional students studying with Kaplan at the University of Essex International College.
As explained above, we are unable to issue your CAS until we completed all our required checks to ensure we can sponsor you. Therefore, it is not possible for your CAS to be issued as soon as you have paid your deposit (where a deposit is required) or had your place at Essex confirmed. However, we will always work hard to issue your CAS statement as quickly as possible.
|5-6 months before the start of course||Admissions will start to send out CAS questionnaires and request any outstanding information and documents. Look out for emails from us! If your CAS questionnaire confirms that you intend to apply for your visa within the UK, we will need to pause your CAS issue process and restart 3 months before the start of your course, due to Home Office rules.|
|5-6 months before the start of course||Admissions will start to issue CAS to eligible applicants intending to apply for their Student visa outside of the UK.|
|3 months before the start of course||Admissions will start to issue CAS to eligible applicants intending to apply for their Student visa in the UK.|
|1 month before the start of course||We will have issued the majority of our CAS, and will normally only issue new CAS on a case-by-case basis at this point.|
The University of Essex International College offers a range of pre-sessional English courses which you may choose to take, before you start your main course of study. These programmes aim to support applicants to achieve the English language conditions of their offer and/or improve academic study skills commonly used in the UK.
These programmes are available to take either on campus in the UK or online from your home country.
If you need to improve your English you will need to hold a Secure English Language Test (SELT) if you wish to study the Pre-Sessional programme on campus, in the UK.
If you meet the eligibility criteria, we will issue you a single CAS to cover both your pre-sessional English course and your main course of study. Where we are not able to issue you with a single CAS to cover both your pre-sessional English course and main course, you will be considered for a CAS for your pre-sessional English course only. Once you have successfully completed your pre-sessional programme, we will issue a CAS to cover your degree course, if eligible, and you will need to make a new Student route application to cover this period of study. You will be able to make this application inside the UK provided you are eligible.
If you study your pre-sessional programme online we will issue you a CAS for your main course programme once we receive confirmation that you have successfully completed your pre-sessional programme and your offer is unconditional.
Once we have received your completed questionnaire and any additional information we may request from you, it can take up to 4 weeks to issue CAS. This time allows us to check the information thoroughly to ensure you are eligible for our sponsorship and avoid problems occurring with your Student route application.
If you haven't been issued your CAS within 4 weeks, it is likely that we are double-checking part of your application or waiting for additional information from you. If you have any concerns, please contact us with your applicant number and we will reply within a week to report the progress of your CAS.
Once we have issued your CAS, you will receive an email to let you know that your CAS statement is available to view in your myEssex portal.
As a sponsored student (immigration), you will have many responsibilities both to us and the Home Office. Please ensure you are aware of what your responsibilities are and keep up to date with changes to the Immigration Rules and guidance as they occur.
If you require your CAS in a shorter timeframe, for instance because you are in the UK and your immigration permission will expire soon, please email us, include ‘urgent’ in the subject and in the email provide your application number and explain why your request is urgent.