What is a CAS and when will I receive it?
A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is a reference number issued by UK universities and other educational institutions. You need a CAS to apply for immigration permission – whether you are applying from outside or inside the UK.
To find out how to request your CAS visit our Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) webpages.
Can I work in the UK while I am studying?
You may be able to work while you are studying - it depends on the visa/leave to remain you hold. Your visa or residence permit should state whether you have permission to work and the number of hours you can work during term time.
If you have a Tier 4 or Student visa for the University of Brighton to study a degree course you can work 20 hours a week during term time, and full-time outside of term time and once you have completed your course. If you have a Tier 4 visa for a below degree level course (including a pre-sessional course) you will only be able to work for 10 hours a week during term time. Those here as Student Visitors are not permitted to work at all, even if the work is unpaid.
Working in breach of your visa conditions (eg over 10 or 20 hours a week or working at all while here as a visitor) is a criminal offence which can lead to a fine and imprisonment and can lead to removal from the UK.
The university careers service has information and sources of vacancies for students looking for while they study.
There is also information about working during and after your studies on the UKCISA website.
If you are unsure about whether the work conditions of your visa/leave to remain please contact the International Student Advisers.
Will I be able to travel outside of the UK on my visa?
If you wish to go to another country for a study trip or holiday, you should contact that country's embassy in London to find out if you need a visa and how to apply.
There is a list of embassies on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.
How do I contact the international student advisers for help with my visa application?
If you have accepted an unconditional offer to study at the University of Brighton and you have a question about applying for entry clearance, complete our visa enquiry form.
Is the course I want to study at the University of Brighton at a high enough level for the Points Based System?
Yes, all of the university's courses are at a high enough level for the purpose of the PBS.
What sort of sponsor is the University of Brighton?
The University of Brighton is registered as Licensed Sponsor (pdf) under the Points Based System (PBS) immigration system and has Highly Trusted Status under Tier 4 of the PBS.
My CAS statement says that I need an ATAS certificate. What is this?
You will require an ATAS certificate if you are coming to the UK to study a PhD or MPhil in:
- Biomedical sciences
- Biomolecular sciences
- Healthcare professions
- Occupational therapy
- Counselling and psychotherapy
- Mathematical and information sciences
- Information technology
- Clinical research
Masters (including undergraduate with integrated masters) in:
- Aeronautical engineering
- Automotive engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- 3D materials practice
- Industrial and product design
- Product innovation and development.
Your CAS statement will tell you if you need to apply for an ATAS certificate before you can apply for entry clearance. For details about the scheme and how to apply for your ATAS certificate visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office information about ATAS.