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Immigration compliance

The University’s Immigration Compliance team are on hand to advise you on all the documents that you need to provide before we can assign a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

We are here to support you every step of the way, and these pages have been designed to help you with any questions or queries you may have.

Supporting your journey to international study

The University of Sunderland uses CAS Shield to make it easier for you to tell us what we need to know. CAS Shield allows you to check the accuracy of your details and upload all vital information and documents required for us to issue a CAS. Making sure your CAS contains correct information is important when you apply for your student visa.

The two types of visas you can apply for are Student visa (courses that last longer than 6 months) and Short-term study visa (for courses lasting longer than 6 months and up to 11 months).

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Step one: Travel history, passport and personal information

As part of your pre-CAS checks, we will ask for your travel history and whether you have previously studied in the UK before, and if you have any visa refusals from the UK or any other country. We also need to ask if you plan on travelling to the UK with any dependants. 

Find out more about what travel history information you need to provide.

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Step two: English language evidence

We will ask you to provide us with evidence that you meet the Home Office English language requirements. Learn more about what forms this might take.

Learn more about English language evidence.

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Step three: Pre-CAS questionnaire

The Pre-CAS questionnaire is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your research into the University of Sunderland, the UK, and to tell us why you have applied for your course. Learn more about it.

Find out about the Pre-CAS Questionnaire.

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Step four: Financial evidence

Unless you are a national whereby providing financial evidence is not required by the Home Office, we will want to see that you have enough funds to meet the Student Visa maintenance requirements. Learn more about the evidence the UK Home Office will typically accept.

Find out more about providing financial evidence.

Contact us

You can contact the Immigration Compliance using the chat function in CAS Shield if you are an applicant and have question about the steps you must take to be issued a CAS from the University of Sunderland.

If you are a current student in the UK, see International Student Support team if you need visa-related information, advice or guidance once you have arrived in the UK.