CAS and Graduate Route information for Tier 4 Student visa holders

Further information is available regarding Tier 4 Student Visa Holder Responsibilities

What is a CAS?

Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) will provide you with 30 of the 40 points awarded for your Tier 4 visa application.

For new students applying for Tier 4 visas

Once you accept an unconditional offer, the Admissions Team will issue you a CAS around three months prior to the start of your study. If you accept an unconditional offer within three months of the start of your study, a CAS will be issued within three working days of your unconditional offer being accepted.

CAS details are sent by email and the 14 digit CAS reference number issued to you is required to be submitted as part of your Tier 4 visa extension application.  

For current students extending Tier 4 visas

For CAS extensions to Tier 4 visas, the Graduate School will approve and confirm your study details with the Admissions Team who issue the CAS.

CAS details are sent by email and the 14 digit CAS reference number issued to you is required to be submitted as part of your Tier 4 visa extension application.  

You can get help with visa applications from International Student Support

Where can I find a CAS extension application form?

CAS extension application form‌ 

Prior to submitting the form for completion and final approval to the Graduate School, please fully complete PART 1 of the CAS extension application form and ensure one of the following sign the Supervisor Signature College Requirement section at the bottom of PART 2 to confirm their approval of your extension:

  • PGR Students - PhD Supervisor
  • PGT Students - PGT Convenor or Adviser of Studies
  • Undergraduate Students - Advisor of Studies

When should I request the CAS extension application form?

Check the expiry date of your current visa and make your CAS extension application well in advance of this date. You may start preparing for your visa extension application 4 months in advance. 

The CAS extension application form‌ must be completed and submitted with supporting documents to the Graduate School office for approval via email before a CAS can be issued. 

Please ensure that you provide scanned copies of your current passport and visa for verification with your form. 

Please allow 10 working days for your CAS to be processed by the Graduate School.

Postgraduate Research (PhD) only - if you are leaving the UK to apply for your visa in your home country, please ensure you complete and submit an Application for Approved Leave of Absence‌ prior to your departure.  

Further CAS information

For further information regarding visa applications and extensions please visit the International Student Support webpages. You may wish to contact an International Student Adviser for specific advice and information. 

Graduate Route

The Graduate Route opened on 01 July 2021.

  • Undergraduate and Masters degree students who meet the eligibility criteria will be able to apply to stay for 2 years.
  • PhD students who meet the eligibility criteria will be able to apply to stay for 3 years. 

You may wish to contact an International Student Adviser for specific advice and information.

Visit the Graduate School

The Graduate School is currently closed and you can contact the team via email: gradschool.socsci@glasgow.ac.uk 

The Graduate School office is based in Room 104, Florentine House, 53 Hillhead Street and can be located at E4 on the Gilmorehill campus map. Further locations details can also be found at Maps and travel