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Supporting documentation

You will need to submit the following supporting documentation in your visa application (please note the English translation guidelines for documentation).

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Your CAS is an essential part of the Student visa application process. Offer holders who have met all conditions (academic and non-academic) will be eligible to receive a draft version of their CAS from early November for courses starting in January 2021 and from summer 2021 for courses starting in October 2021. The email containing this draft CAS will outline all steps needed to receive the final CAS and then move onto applying for your Student visa. Please be aware that current UKVI Student Route Guidance (para 2.11) indicates new students who begin a course via distance learning will not require a CAS, until the point they are required to begin face to face teaching. Birkbeck will continue to review the ongoing situation with COVID in line with UK Government advice.

More information about your CAS

  • A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is a ‘virtual document’ like a database record, issued by Birkbeck in support of your Student visa application.  
  • As part of this process, we may request your previous studies history in the UK if this information isn't included in your application form, to ensure that you don't exceed the maximum time limit on studying in the UK you are allowed and satisfying academic progression outlined in the Student visa route guidance.
  • Important: Please note that a CAS can only be used once. If your visa application is refused, you will need a new CAS. 

How to apply for a CAS

  • New students: if you are eligible, we will usually contact you a few months before your course start date, in order to arrange a CAS for you. 
  • Continuing students: you will need to complete a CAS request form.
  • Your CAS will be emailed to your email address once it has been issued. 


The UK Government department responsible for issuing ATAS certificates was closed during April and May and has only recently reopened. As such please be aware that there is a delay in ATAS certificates being issued as they work through the backlog of applications.


  • You will need to provide evidence that you have enough money to pay for your studies support yourself in the UK while studying.
  • You will need to present an original birth certificate if you use your parent's financial evidence.
  • You don't need to provide financial evidence with your visa application if: 
    • you hold a valid passport of certain countries (under ‘differential evidence agreement’) and are making your visa application from the country where you're living, or from in the UK. However, you should still hold the required level of funds as the case worker of your application can request this evidence.
    • you have been living in the UK with permission, i.e. a visa, for at least 12 months on the date of your Student visa application. You will meet the financial requirement and do not need to show funds.  

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance certificate (if applicable)

  • Certain students who wish to study a Master's or research degree programme in the physical sciences, computing and mathematics will need to obtain an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS).
  • If it applies to your programme of study, Birkbeck will formally notify you through our formal offer of admission, which is sent electronically.
  • It is important to note that, if required, both new and continuing students must obtain an ATAS clearance certificate before starting their programme of study.
  • Continuing students must obtain a new ATAS clearance certificate for a further period of study before a new CAS can be issued.
  • The process normally takes a minimum of 20 working days and, therefore, you are advised to submit your ATAS clearance check application well in advance. An ATAS clearance certificate is valid for six months from the date of issue.
  • For an ATAS clearance certificate, the following information is required from the College:

Valid passport

  • Your passport should have at least one blank page (both sides) left.
  • Although it is not a mandatory requirement that your passport has a specific amount of time left, we advise you to renew your passport before making your visa application if your current passport will expire during your studies in the UK.

Tuberculosis (TB) certificate

  • Residents of certain countries wanting to come to the UK for longer than six months must obtain a certificate confirming that they are free from tuberculosis before you apply for a visa.
  • Students applying to extend their Student visa from the UK or returned home recently are not normally required to provide a TB certificate. Please check the section entitled 'Who doesn’t need to be tested' on the website to see if this applies to you.

Police registration certificate (if applicable)

  • International students of certain nationalities may be required to register with the police within seven days of arrival in the UK
  • Due to coronavirus, you are required to make an appointment for your police registration within the required time but the actual appointment date can be later than the seven days of your arrival.
  • Find out whether you need to register with the police and where to register. You will need to book an online appointment before going to the police station to complete your registration. 
  • You must keep the Police Registration Certificate up to date by telling the police for changes of the information you gave them.

Evidence of academic qualifications

  • You must include all original academic qualifications stated on your CAS statement. They will usually be your final academic certificate, such as degree certificate or A-Level certificate.
  • In cases where you have not yet received your final academic certificate, we may list a final transcript or final certificate of credit. Please note that a provisional degree certificate or provisional certificate of award will not be accepted.
  • If you are applying for an extension of your Student visa from inside the UK to start a new programme of study at Birkbeck (including if you are currently on a Tier 4 General visa), you will need to include official evidence that you have successfully completed your original course of study.

Evidence of English language qualifications

English translation guidelines

If any of your documents are not in English, you must submit the original and a fully certified translation by a professional translator or translation company. This includes your financial documents.

For applicants who are already in the UK

  • Translation must include:
    • details of the translator or translation company's credentials
    • confirmation that it is an accurate translation of the original document
    • the translator or translation company's contact details.
    • It must also be dated and include the original signature of the translator or an authorised official of the translation company.

For applicants who are overseas

  • The original translation must contain:
    • confirmation from the translator or translation company that it is an accurate translation of the original document
    • the date of the translation
    • the full name and signature of the translator or of an authorised official of the translation company
    • the translator or translation company's contact details.