SOAS University of London

International Students

Tier 4 Student Visas

Everything you need to know about getting a Tier 4 Student Visa, including applying for a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS). 

If you can’t find what you need here, try our  Information for International Students (pdf; 709kb) and the Student Advice and Wellbeing web pages on Immigration.

Please note: If we sponsor you for your Tier 4 Student Visa, we might ask you to verify your immigration status at various points during your studies with us. Please make sure you respond if we get in touch, otherwise we’ll have to withdraw our sponsorship.

Choose from: 

Applying for a CAS for the start of your programme

New students

Our Admissions team will issue your Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS). You’ll need it to apply for a Tier 4 Student (General) Visa.  

Please complete and submit the application forms with appropriate supporting documents:

You’ll need to do this if you’re starting a new registration period with us – even if you’ve previously completed studies with us and are applying to join us again for a new degree.

Undergraduate students - you will tell us that you need a visa when you apply through UCAS and you'll be able to provide the relevant details.  We will contact you to let you know if we need any more information or when we have allocated your CAS.

If you’ve transferred from one degree to another

This might mean you need to extend your visa, in which case, the Registry will issue your CAS.

See the important documents section below for what you need to bring.

If you need more advice or information on the Visa application process try our Student Advice and Wellbeing immigration page. 

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Applying for a CAS during your studies

If you’ve already started studying with us and you need to apply for a new visa (either as an extension or because your previous visa application was refused), you need to apply for your CAS with the Registry. There's a form for taught students (undergraduate and masters)  CAS Request Application (msword; 56kb) and postgraduate research students CAS Application (PhD) (msword; 54kb) .

Read the important documents section below to see what you need to bring.

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Important documents to get your CAS

Before we issue your CAS, we need to verify some information. It’s very important that you respond to these requests for information as quickly as possible, to avoid delaying your start at SOAS.  

We have to verify:

  • Level of any previous study in the UK
  • Number of years of any previous study in the UK
  • Current Passport and any current visa
  • Reason for visa refusal (if it applies here)

We’ll email your CAS to you and it’s valid for 6 months. Make sure the information on your visa application matches the information on your CAS, otherwise your visa could be refused.

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Making your visa application

Before you start applying for your visa, make sure you have all of the documents that UKVI need. Otherwise your visa could be refused.

If you need help at any stage, get in touch with our Student Advisor (Immigration and Finance) (

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Visa Refusals

If your visa application is refused, please let the Registry know as quickly as possible.

We’ll need to see a copy of your refusal letter. Then we’ll be able to advise you on what to do next, and whether we can issue you with a new CAS.

If your visa is refused on financial grounds, or because the required documents were not received, we’ll only be able to issue you with one further CAS. If you’re refused again, we won’t be able to sponsor you for your studies and you won’t be able to stay on as a student at SOAS.  

Before you apply again for a visa after a refusal, we strongly recommend getting advice from the Student Advisor (Immigration and Finance) ( to avoid being refused again.

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At the start of each year, you’ll be asked to come to the Weston Student Hub in the Paul Webley Wing, Senate House with your passport and visa. We’ll scan these documents to your record – your enrolment won’t be complete without this step (which means you won’t have access to your course materials).

We’ll email you with full enrolment details before the start of the new academic year, but you can read more in the Enrolment section.

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Re-registration audit

Each year, we have to re-register our Tier 4 Visa students for a UKVI audit.

This audit looks at your visa and other relevant documents, your attendance and engagement in studies, and confirms your current UK address.

We’ll email you during the 2nd term of each year to let you know how we’re doing this audit and what we need from you. Please make sure you follow the instructions and give us all the information we need. If you don’t it could mean we have to withdraw you from SOAS.

Read more in our  Information for International Students (pdf; 709kb)  

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Changes to your personal details

If your details change, you must let both SOAS and UKVI know about it.

You can let UKVI know online but you might have to send in documents in some circumstances. Please make sure you get in touch directly with UKVI – we can't do it for you.

If you have a police registration requirement on your visa, you must also let the police know of your changes in details – you can do this at any Police station within eight days of the change. You’ll need to take your Police Registration Certificate with you.

Read more in our  Information for International Students (pdf; 709kb)   

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