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CAS worries/Tier 4 visa question
« on: July 29, 2013, 03:22:15 PM »
Hi everyone! I just came across this forum today in my endless, somewhat obsessive Googling/trying to find answers to all sorts of questions. I'm hoping maybe someone can help me out a little.

I'm starting a master's program in London in September, and basically, I'm wondering how long it takes for a CAS to be issued. I can't seem to find a good answer for that. I'm having a hell of a time trying to get any answers from my school's international office, and I have some reason to believe there may be something weird going on (was mistakenly sent a weird email in the beginning of July asking if I'd be attending when I had already accepted my offer--last I heard (nearly a month ago) they were checking with finance that I'd paid the deposit and then my file would be ready for a CAS, international office has been annoyingly unresponsive to emails).

Unrelated, but I'm here so I may as well ask anyway: when applying for the tier 4 student visa, do I need to send school transcripts? I have a BA and an MS and I'm not sure if I'd need to send one/both (UKBA site confused me, saying US residents backed by a "highly trusted sponsor" are exempt from a lot of these sorts of things?)--or is this all something that would be on my CAS?


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Re: CAS worries/Tier 4 visa question
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2013, 06:29:41 PM »
I'm starting a master's program in London in September, and basically, I'm wondering how long it takes for a CAS to be issued. I can't seem to find a good answer for that. I'm having a hell of a time trying to get any answers from my school's international office, and I have some reason to believe there may be something weird going on (was mistakenly sent a weird email in the beginning of July asking if I'd be attending when I had already accepted my offer--last I heard (nearly a month ago) they were checking with finance that I'd paid the deposit and then my file would be ready for a CAS, international office has been annoyingly unresponsive to emails).

The CAS cannot be issued more than 6 months before the course starts and most universities will issue them in June or July for courses starting in September/October.

However, they cannot issue it until they have all of the information from you, such as transcripts, financial evidence etc., so if they are still waiting on confirmation of your financial deposit, then there's nothing you can do but wait.

I seem to remember someone here on the forum a year or two ago who was waiting and waiting for her CAS, wondering why the university hadn't issued it yet, when it turned out she hadn't paid a mandatory deposit to the university yet, and they were waiting for her to pay it before they could issue the CAS.

I would keep trying to contact the international office until they can give you the information about your CAS.

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Unrelated, but I'm here so I may as well ask anyway: when applying for the tier 4 student visa, do I need to send school transcripts? I have a BA and an MS and I'm not sure if I'd need to send one/both (UKBA site confused me, saying US residents backed by a "highly trusted sponsor" are exempt from a lot of these sorts of things?)--or is this all something that would be on my CAS?

As you are from a 'low-risk' country (the US), then you don't actually have to send all of the usual required documents (http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/studying/adult-students/evidence/).

However, UKBA reserves the right to request that you provide them if they so wish, so I would make sure you have all of the required documents available - transcripts, financial evidence, etc. - even if you don't actually send them with your application.

Here is a list of the supporting documents for a Tier 4 visa: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/out-of-country/documents-t4-gen.pdf


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Re: CAS worries/Tier 4 visa question
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2013, 10:18:23 PM »
Thanks! Do you happen to know how long it takes for a CAS to be issued, once the university has everything it needs? Curious if I'm looking at a few days more wait, or weeks. It's just so frustrating because I'm sure I've sent in everything they need, but no one will get back to me about it. I'm trying to balance needing information from the international office with not wanting to come across like a panicky crazy person. Probably not succeeding there.

I thought that was the case for the visa. I spent so long reading through all the guidelines that it all became a jumble after a while.


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Re: CAS worries/Tier 4 visa question
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2013, 07:12:29 AM »
Thanks! Do you happen to know how long it takes for a CAS to be issued, once the university has everything it needs? Curious if I'm looking at a few days more wait, or weeks.

No idea - that's between the university and UKBA, it's not information that we really have access to here. It depends how quick the university are with doing the paperwork and how quick UKBA are with issuing them.


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Re: CAS worries/Tier 4 visa question
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2013, 07:41:06 PM »
Well, problem solved. Got my CAS today. Along with many apologies for the delay. Pheeeew!  :D


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