Applying for a Student Visa (from outside UK)

Getting your Student Visa

If you have an offer to study one of our courses and are applying from overseas, this page will tell you how to get a Student Visa. 

Or, if you are applying for a visa from inside the UK, or are a returning student, you can find relevant information on our askUS pages instead. 

What type of visa do I need?

Most international students will require a Student Visa (formally called Tier 4 Visa) to study in the UK, including students from the EU if they have not applied to the EU settlement scheme by 30 June 2021.*  

You can find out more about Student Visas from the Home Office, and more information and a video further down this page. 

*There are some instances where you may still be able to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, check on the Home Office website for more information. 

What do I need to apply for a Student visa?

To be eligible for a student visa, you will need the following: 

  • An unconditional offer. Make sure you have met all the conditions stated in your offer letter, before the specified deadlines.

  • A valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the University of Salford. This is a unique reference number that you receive from us to confirm we will be your immigration sponsor. Find out more below. 

  • Proof of your ability to pay your tuition fees and to support yourself in the UK, for example, bank statements. Find out more below. 

  • Proof of English Language ability for your chosen course (if required).

  • Proof of your academic certificates and transcripts.

How to get your CAS

STEP 1 - Watch the below video to find out how you can apply for your CAS and what you will need. 

Remember, as soon as you have an unconditional offer, you are ready to apply for your CAS.

How to get your CAS - video

STEP 2 - Please wait for us to email you with further instructions about how to request your CAS.

STEP 3 - Once you have received an email from our CAS team, please check your draft CAS is correct.
If there are any mistakes in your personal information in your draft CAS, please email us with the details to salford-cas@salford.ac.uk, using “CAS corrections” as the subject header, so we can correct this for you.

STEP 4 - Request your CAS. You can do this by filling in the CAS request form which is contained in an email from our CAS team. 
It is essential to make sure that, firstly, you upload the correct documentation when you request your CAS, and secondly, that your documents are clearly visible. Failure to do this will cause delays in us processing your CAS.

You can find detailed information about how your documents should meet the financial requirement from the Home Office's Appendix Finance.

STEP 5 - Wait for us to email you with your CAS. 
We will send you an email to acknowledge your CAS request and confirm when you will get your CAS. 
Once you receive your CAS from us, you are ready to apply for your visa. See the next section for more information on how to do this.

You can find some frequently asked questions below which may help you. If you don't find what you need below you can also check our CAS and visa pages for more information.

CAS - Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

I have submitted my CAS request form, when will I get my CAS?

Once you have submitted your CAS request form, we will email you to confirm when you should expect to receive your CAS.

It is very important to firstly, check the information in your draft CAS carefully, and advise us of any mistakes to salford-cas@salford.ac.uk

Secondly, it’s essential to ensure that your documentation is correct and fully visible and legible when you submit your CAS request, otherwise this will cause delays to you receiving your CAS

How do I access the CAS request form?

We will email you when it is time to request your CAS. We will send you the CAS request form in an email which also contains your draft CAS. You should check your draft CAS carefully and if there are any mistakes you should notify us by email at salford-cas@salford.ac.uk so we can correct this, before you complete your CAS request form. 

I have an unconditional offer, but I have not yet been contacted about getting my CAS?

It can take time for us to process your offer of admission including your study deposit. So please wait for us to email you about getting your CAS. 

I have made a mistake on my CAS request form, what can I do?

You can email us at salford-cas@salford.ac.uk to let us know and send any corrected documentation. You should include the details of what you submitted incorrectly on the CAS request form and what the correct information should be. Please use "CAS corrections" as the subject title for your email. 

Can my agent complete my CAS request form on my behalf?

No, you should complete your CAS request form yourself. 

How long is my CAS valid for?

It is valid for 6 months from the date the University of Salford completed it. It will expire if it is not used. However, we advise that you use your CAS in your visa application as soon as you have your CAS, so that the financial documents you used are still valid and do not expire. 

I have a conditional offer to study at Salford, where is my CAS?

You need to meet all the conditions of your offer first, including paying your study deposit, before we can issue you with a CAS. 

How to get your Student Visa

STEP 1 - Watch the below video to find out how to apply for your visa
The video will explain everything you need to know, from what costs you will need to pay, to the documents and other things you should consider. 

Applying for your student visa - video

STEP 2 - Check when you need to apply for your visa.
You can apply up to 6 months before your course start date, provided you already have your CAS from the University of Salford. For example, if your course starts in September, you can apply from March. You should allow plenty of time, as it can take 3 weeks, or longer in busy periods, to get your visa from outside of the UK. 

Check the application processing times, and make sure you apply early so that you get a decision with enough time to arrive in the UK before your course start date. Some countries may allow you to pay an extra fee to get a quicker service. 

STEP 3 - Before you make a visa application, it’s very important to refer to the most up to date Home Office rules and guidance

STEP 4 Confirm what the process is for applying for a Student Visa from your country. 
You may need to make an appointment or complete the form online, or comply with other requirements specific to your country.

STEP 5 - Prepare your documents.
Some of these are the same documents that we asked you to submit with your CAS request, and include: 

  • CAS number – you will need the 11-digit reference number from your CAS from the University of Salford to add to your visa application. You do not need to submit the CAS letter/statement to apply, only the reference number. You will be given a visa based on your CAS number from the university you will be studying at, so it must not be an old CAS from any previous universities you applied for. 

  • Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) – If you were asked to supply an ATAS when requesting your CAS (only certain courses require this), then you should submit this with your visa application. See a guide to ATAS

  • Certificates and transcripts – if you were asked for this information to get your CAS, you should send the Home Office your original documents as part of your visa application. 

  • Financial evidence to support study – if we asked you for evidence that you can support yourself financially during your studies at the CAS stage, you will be required to share the same documents with the Home Office.

  • Translations – if any of your documents are not written in English or Welsh, you should provide original certified translations of each of these in English as part of your application. These documents must also meet specific criteria.

Getting your CAS

STEP 6 -  Apply online for your visa at www.gov.uk/student-visa  
As part of the application, you may be asked to attend your local visa application centre to provide biometric information. 

You will also be required to pay some fees including: 

  • Application fee, which is £348 (correct as of September 2021) to apply for a Student visa from outside the UK* 

  • Immigration Health Surcharge, to ensure you get health care whilst you are in the UK.* 

*You may find that some visa application centres also charge a “User pays fee”. Find the latest information about fees for Student visas, including a tool to calculate how much your visa fees will cost

Remember to add details of what dependents (your partner or children) you would like to bring with you. 

Make sure you take your time and check everything on your form carefully before submitting it. 

Getting your Student Visa

STEP 7 - Check if you need to make an appointment to provide biometric information

STEP 8 - Prepare for your visa interview, if you are invited to one.
You may be invited to attend a visa interview before you are granted a decision. If you are invited to an interview, it is essential that you prepare carefully for this. The Home Office want to know that you have a genuine interest in the course. 

You should check our website and attend events to find out more information about your course. If you are using an agent, they can help you with this, or contact our team at salford-international@salford.ac.uk who can support you further.

Visa interview questions could include: 

  • Why do you want to study at the University of Salford?  

  • Why do you want to study in the UK?  

  • Why do you want to study your course?  

  • What modules will you study for your course and how will you be assessed? 

  • What other institutions have you looked at in addition to the University of Salford? 

You can watch this video from one of our international students about her visa interview experience. 

Getting your visa decision

How long it takes to get a decision on your visa, depends on which country you are coming from. Find out more about waiting times

My visa application was successful, what's next? 

Congratulations! What you do next depends on how you applied for your visa: 

I applied using a visa application centre to confirm my identity:
The visa application centre will notify you when you can collect your documents. Your visa will be printed as a sticker (vignette) in your passport.

You will need to collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) once you are in the UK. If your course requires you to be in the UK for longer than 6 months, you should collect your BRP within 10 days of arriving in the UK, or before the vignette sticker in your passport expires, whichever option is later. 

Find more information about collecting your BRP

I applied using the UK Immigration: ID Check app:
If you used the UK Immigration: ID Check app, and if your visa decision is successful, you will not need a biometric residence permit (BRP), and your immigration status will be fully online

My visa application was unsuccessful, what should I do? 

You should contact the CAS team at salford-cas@salford.ac.uk to discuss your next steps. 

If you think the evidence you submitted with your visa application was sufficient and should not have been rejected, you can request an administrative review. You can find more information about this on our askUS pages under “Home Office Decision”. 

Your Student Visa responsibilities

Your visa comes with responsibilities, which you will be personally accountable for. You should read the information from our Home Office Compliance team about your responsibilities.

As we are your immigration sponsor, you will need to undertake a Right to Study Check as part of Registration to verify your immigration status to us. 

You can find some frequently asked questions about Student Visas below.

Student Visa - Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How much does a Student Visa cost?

Find the latest information about fees for Student visas, including a tool to calculate your visa fees

How soon will I get a visa decision?

Visa processing times vary, depending on which country you are coming from. Read about visa waiting times

What are the financial requirements for getting a Student Visa?

Students are required to demonstrate that they can financially maintain themselves while studying in the UK. You must demonstrate to the Home Office that you have held the balance of any unpaid tuition fees plus the required maintenance fees in an account for at least 28 consecutive days (or that your financial sponsor will cover these costs). 

You can read the Home Office's guidance for details concerning the required format of your documents, and more detail within the Immigration Rules Appendix Finance.

What is the current maintenance amount required?

The current level of funds required to prove you can maintain yourself whilst in the UK is £1,023 per month for yourself and £680 per month (each) for your dependant(s), up to a maximum of 9 months.*

If your course duration isn’t given in whole months, the number of months’ maintenance costs you are required to show will be rounded up a month (so, if your course is 3 months and 1 week long, you’ll need to show 4 months’ maintenance costs). 

*Costs correct as of September 2021. You should check on the Home Office website for the latest information.

My visa application was unsuccessful. What should I do next?

Please send us scanned copies of your refusal documentation to salford-cas@salford.ac.uk so we can discuss your options with you. 

Need more support?

We hope you found this information useful. If you have any questions about your CAS, you can get in touch with us at salford-cas@salford.ac.uk, or if you have any questions about your visa, contact us at homeofficecompliance@salford.ac.uk or call +44 (0)161 295 0023.