Before you apply for your visa you should ensure you have the required supporting documents. You should refer to the Student Visa Government and Home Office Student and Child Student Guidance for full details on applying for a Student .
The more prepared you are before making your visa application the less risk there is of making a mistake. In order to become more familiar with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements you can also refer to the advice from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.
If you are currently enrolled at the University of East London, you should refer to the Student Visa Guidance on the Intranet for further information.
CAS letter (Confirmation of Acceptance)
You must have a CAS, for the University of East London, before you make your student visa application. When you receive your CAS check that the information is correct, and your personal details match your passport.
A CAS is valid for 6 months only.
Please refer to our student visa page for more information about a CAS.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate
You may require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate if you are undertaking certain courses in subject areas such as, but not limited to, engineering, technology and science at Master's or PhD level. Your offer letter and your CAS will tell you if you need an ATAS certificate.
The ATAS certificate is issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for permission to study the course. You must be issued an ATAS certificate before you make your Student visa application.
Students and researchers who are nationals of EU countries, the European Economic Area (EEA), Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland or the United States of America do not need an ATAS certificate.
You will be sent an ATAS certificate by email from the FCO. You can find more information about the ATAS certificate on the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
You will need your up-to-date Police Registration Certificate if you were required to register with the police as part of your current visa conditions. You can find out more information about this here.
- A letter of consent from your financial sponsor to continue your studies in the UK if, in the last 12 months before the date of application, you have completed a course of studies in the UK for which you received funding from a Government or international scholarship agency covering both fees and living costs.
- If you are under 18 years old at the time of application, proof of parental consent and proof of relationship (a birth certificate or equivalent). A template letter will be provided by the University for proof of consent.
Your CAS will state any qualifications used as part of the assessment for your admission to your course.
As the University of East London is a Higher Education Provider (HEP), if you are applying to study a course at degree level (RQF 6) or above you are not required to provide evidence of your qualifications.
English Language documents
Your CAS will state any English language document used as part of the assessment for your admission to your course, which you need to submit to make your Student visa application.
If you are under 18 years old at the time of application, you will need to provide a letter from your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to show that they support your application. You will also need to provide a copy of your birth certificate (or another government issued document) that shows the names of your parents.
You can find more information under the 'Parental Consent of Students and Child Students under 18' section of the Student Route Caseworker Guidance.
If your documents are not in English, you will need to submit the document in your language and include a fully certified translation by a professional translator or translation company of these documents.
The translation must provide the following:
- A statement from the translator or translation company confirming that it is an accurate translation of the original document
- The date of the translation
- The translator or an official of the translation company's full name and signature and,
- The translator or translation company's contact details.