How to Obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) in Canada

The Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is a pivotal electronic document for your student visa application. Understanding the CAS process is crucial whether you’re a fresh student or already studying in Canada. This guide will walk you through the steps of getting your CAS and provide essential information.

Understanding the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

The CAS is a document generated by your institution for the Home Office and is essential for your student visa application. It includes vital information like your CAS code, program dates, sponsor license details, study location, and payment details. This information is sent to the UK visas and immigration unit. Your CAS statement also encompasses the following:

  • Confirmation of your program details, including dates and sponsor license.
  • Verification of your English language proficiency.
  • Payment details for your program.
  • Scholarship information (if applicable).
  • Your passport information.

Getting a CAS as a Fresh Student

Fresh students usually need to pay a deposit before receiving a CAS. However, there are exceptions:

  • US or Canadian loan recipients.
  • Students with waived university fees.
  • Scholarship recipients cover their entire fees.
  • Students are fully sponsored by the Saudi Arabian government.

Once your payment is received, you’ll be prompted to provide the necessary details online. This could include your passport name, previous UK study details, and how you meet the visa financial requirements. After submitting this information, your CAS will be issued within ten days, along with a CAS statement for visa application.

Note: Do not attempt to apply for a student visa using your offer letter; it will lead to rejection. Always use your CAS for a valid application.

Current Students Applying for CAS

Existing students can download and fill out the CAS form, sending it to the university’s compliance team for CAS application. Processing usually takes a week, provided all fees are paid by the due date.

Pre-sessional Students

If you’re joining a pre-sessional program that leads to a degree program, pay the deposit alongside your pre-sessional program fee. Once payment is confirmed, you’ll receive an email requesting information for your CAS. Double-check your CAS statement for accurate details, ensuring your name matches your passport.

A second CAS is needed for a degree program visa extension, confirming your deposit payment. Alongside previous details, this CAS statement includes:

  • Financial details for the pre-sessional program.
  • Program name and qualification details.
  • Pre-sessional program payment information.
  • List of qualifications used for pre-sessional program admission, including IELTS scores.
  • Affirmation of educational progress from previous UK studies.

Obtaining a CAS is a crucial step in your student visa application process. Ensure you follow these guidelines accurately to facilitate a successful visa application. Contact your admissions office or student advice services if you need further assistance.