Pre-CAS process

Student Visa document checks and credibility assessment

Please note the pre-CAS process is for new applicants and students

When does the pre-CAS process formally start?

If you are new to LSBU or starting a new course with us, you need to have accepted an unconditional offer from the University and paid a non-refundable deposit of £3500 (see refund T&Cs on your unconditional offer letter) before we can consider issuing you with a CAS.

You will start the pre-CAS process formally after you have paid the deposit of £3500. You will receive an email which outlines exactly what you will need to do next after the deposit has been paid and confirmed.

You can still start preparing for the pre-CAS checks before you pay the deposit to ensure that you can complete the process as quickly as possible after paying.

Why does LSBU have a pre-CAS process?

The pre-CAS process enables us to check you meet the requirements for a Student Visa to reduce the likelihood of a visa refusal. We will assess that you meet the Student Visa financial requirements, demonstrate you are a genuine and credible student, and meet all other visa immigration regulations (for example, you have a Tuberculosis Test Certification, if applicable).

What has to be done?

Please follow these steps:

  • Shortly after paying the deposit, you will receive the pre-CAS email - please read this carefully as it explains what to do next.
  • Prepare your supporting visa documents as listed in the Document Checklist (PDF 348KB - opens in new window)
  • Please complete an Immigration Information Form  if you haven't done so already
  • Take part in a pre-CAS Credibility and English Interview, (or a pre-CAS - PGR appointment if you are in the UK applying to study a postgraduate research (PGR) course). The pre-CAS email will tell you if we require you to attend a pre-CAS credibility and English interview or pre-CAS - PGR appointment. Please note, the University reserves the right to conduct a pre-CAS credibility interview with any applicant if we deem it necessary.

If you are overseas we will conduct the interview via Skype and you will also be expected to send your supporting documents to global@lsbu.ac.uk.

All the pre-CAS information will be reviewed at a 'CAS Panel' (please see the ‘CAS panel’ section below for more information). You will receive the decision of the CAS Panel by email. If we agree to issue you with a CAS then a CAS Statement will be emailed to you. The CAS can be used to apply for a Student Visa to study at LSBU.

Do the documents have to be submitted before attending pre-CAS credibility and English interview (if I am requested to have one)?

If you have been asked to attend a pre-CAS credibility and English interview you can do the Skype call before you submit your supporting documents. However, you can still submit them before you attend the Skype call if your supporting documents are ready. If any of the supporting documents are ready please email them to global@lsbu.ac.uk or to your agent or academic counsellor as soon as possible.

What happens when the supporting documents have been submitted?

The documents you submit will be assessed by a member of the International Office team. If necessary, we may contact you to request further documentation if we do not think it meets the visa application requirements. It is therefore important that you understand the requirements by reading our How to guide Tier 4 Visa Guide and FAQs so that you have the best chance of submitting correct documentation on your first attempt.

Please ensure that you read the document Student Sponsorship and the Issuing of CAS (PDF) under the Immigration Regulations which outlines LSBU’s position on the issuing of CAS to students.

Pre-CAS credibility and English interview, or pre-CAS - PGR appointment - how do I book?

After you pay the deposit of £3500, you will be given further instructions about documentation and how to book an appointment.

About the pre-CAS credibility and English interview and pre-CAS - PGR appointment

The interview will last approximately 15 to 20 minutes and you will be asked a set of questions. The interview is to check you are a genuine international student seeking to study in the United Kingdom and may also check your English language speaking and listening ability (see English section below). It will be a relaxed atmosphere and we want you to feel at ease and be yourself. The interview will also help you with your future visa application.

If you are overseas we will conduct the interview via Skype. You will need a computer with a microphone and webcam which has Skype installed. If you don’t already use Skype you can download it and create an account here. If you are unable to use Skype for any reason please let us know: global@lsbu.ac.uk.

Will LSBU test my English speaking ability?

We may need to assess your English language speaking and listening ability. This will usually be done as part of your pre-CAS interview.

We will need to assess your English language ability if you have used one of the following qualifications as proof of your English language ability:

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test)
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL
  • Indian Standard XII English (ICSE, CBSE and Maharashtra exam boards)
  • West African Senior School Certificate English (WAEC and NECO exam boards)

Please note, we may still wish to conduct an assessment of your English language ability if you have used any other qualification for admissions purposes and we are not satisfied that it shows your ability in speaking and listening.

What is the ‘CAS panel’?

The CAS Panel is usually made up of two or three members of staff who will re-check all your supporting documents, review the answers to your pre-CAS credibility and English interview (if applicable), and review your English language ability (if applicable).

The CAS Panel will decide whether the University is happy to issue you with a CAS. The CAS panel may decide to contact you to request further documentation or conduct a further pre-CAS credibility and English interview before a decision has been made. Any new documentation submitted or further answers in a second pre-CAS credibility and English interview will be considered at a CAS panel again before a decision to assign a CAS is made.

Are all applicants issued with a CAS to apply for a visa to study at LSBU?

The pre-CAS process will enable us to check you meet the requirements for a Student Visa in order to reduce the likelihood of a visa refusal. LSBU reserves the right not to assign a CAS if you do not meet the Student Visa financial requirements, demonstrate you are a genuine and credible student and meet other visa immigration regulations. The International Office is available to help and support you through the pre-CAS process. If you have any questions please email global@lsbu.ac.uk.

Please ensure that you read the document Student Sponsorship and the Issuing of CAS (PDF) which outlines LSBU’s position on the issuing of CAS to students.

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