Apply for your visa
UK Visas & Immigration is the part of the UK Government that manages the visa process. You can apply for your student visa using the CAS Statement issued by the University of Liverpool once you have accepted your unconditional offer.
About the visa process
There are two main requirements for students wishing to enter the UK to study at a UK university. These relate to funding and your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies.
You will find full information on the visa application process - including eligibility, how to apply, application fees and timescales - on the UK Visas & Immigration website. Student visas are issued under Tier 4 of the system. The full policy guidance for Tier 4 can be found on this page of the UK Visas & Immigration website.
- You must provide proof of having enough funds to cover course fees for the first year of study
- You must have a specific amount of money to prove to UK Visas & Immigration that you can afford living expenses, for the first year of your studies this is also also known as 'maintenance' (please see below for specific amounts of maintenance/funds required).
For UK courses in all areas of the UK outside of London, in addition to proving you have funds to cover your full course fees for the first year of your studies, UK Visas & Immigration also require you to prove that you have an additional £9,135 to cover your living costs for a period of nine months. If you are spending more than half of your time studying in inner London, which you will be if you are studying at our Liverpool in London campus, you will need to prove that you have £11,385 in your account to cover your living (maintenance) costs.
The University of Liverpool is not involved in this part of your visa application and you should direct any queries about this to UK Visas & Immigration directly.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
To apply for your visa, you will also need to provide proof that you must first have a Certificate of Acceptance Study (CAS). This CAS can only be issued by a Tier 4 sponsor, usually an educational institution with a Tier 4 license, such as the University of Liverpool.
Your CAS is a unique reference number which links you to the University. It confirms that we have accepted you on to a relevant course and includes all the details that UK Visas & Immigration has asked universities to provide (including a unique ID number).
For undergraduate students, we will send you your CAS statement when:
- you have firmly accepted our offer of a place; AND
- you have met any academic and non-academic conditions of the offer (which means your UCAS status is Unconditional Firm at Liverpool and we have received evidence of your qualifications).
For postgraduate students, we will send you your CAS statement when:
- you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer of a place; AND
- you have met any academic and non-academic conditions of the offer and we have received evidence of your qualifications
Please note, we will accept copies of academic documents during the application process as evidence of your qualifications. However, the orignal documents must be presented when you register at the university in September. We are directed by UK Visas & Immigration to request this evidence; you will not be able to complete the registration process until you have presented your original academic documents.
The earliest a CAS statement can be issued is three months prior to the start date of your programme of study which means we will only send CAS statements out from June 2017 onwards, even if you firmly accept your unconditional offer earlier. If you are applying for a place as a postgraduate research student and your programme starts before September, we will issue you a CAS statement as soon as you have accepted an unconditional offer and we have all the evidence of your qualifications.
We will contact you by email if we need to discuss anything with you. Please make sure that you have provided your current email address and that you check it regularly. Please also ensure that you send us proof of your qualifications as soon as you have them, so there is no delay in the production of your CAS statement.
Finally, it is a good idea to get all your other paperwork that is required ready so that you can apply for your visa as soon as you receive your CAS statement from us.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) is a UK Government verification process for international students. Having an ATAS clearance certificate is mandatory for some students who need Entry Clearance to study in the UK. This will affect you if you are from outside the UK and you plan to undertake an undergraduate integrated Masters programme (MEng, MMath or MPhys) or a postgraduate taught Masters programme in any of the following programmes:
- F303 MPhys Physics
- F344 MPhys Theoretical Physics
- FGH1 MMath Mathematical Physics
- H301 MEng Mechanical Engineering
- H402 MEng Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies
- H421 MEng Aerospace Engineering
- H431 MEng Avionic Systems
- AAEG MSc Advanced Aerospace Engineering
- AMEG MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering
- PNST MSc Nuclear Science and Technology
- PPRA MSc Radiometrics
Further advice and information
Staff in International Advice and Guidance (IAG) at the University are qualified to provide information and advice about immigration and visa procedures and you may find it useful to look at the IAG webpages for contact details and further information about applying for your visa.