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Guidance for Pre-sessional students studying at QMUL summer 2018

1. I currently have Tier 4 student immigration permission in the UK for my pre-sessional programme at QMUL only. When can I enrol for my degree programme?
2. ​When should I apply for my new Tier 4 immigration permission for my new degree programme at QMUL?
3. How and when can I get my Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for my degree programme at QMUL?
4. How long will it take to get my CAS for my degree programme at QMUL?
5. How do I make my Tier 4 application and what documents do I need?
6. I need to apply for new Tier 4 immigration permission for my new degree programme, but I already have a Tier 4 application at the Home Office
7. I want to return home to apply for Tier 4 immigration permission for my degree programme at QMUL, rather than make an application in the UK
8. Can I enrol on the pre-sessional programme with Short-term student immigration permission, instead of Tier 4? 
9. When should I pay my deposit and / or tuition fees for my degree programme?
10. Money I have already paid to QMUL for my accommodation
11. If I have paid a deposit / fees in advance towards my degree programme at QMUL, but I can’t enrol on that degree programme, can I get a refund?
12. I want to join my degree programme at QMUL later than the standard start date
13. Important information about healthcare
14. What documents do I need to enrol on my degree programme at QMUL?

1. I currently have Tier 4 student immigration permission in the UK for my pre-sessional programme at QMUL only. When can I enrol for my degree programme? 

This is explained here. The enrolment deadline is Friday 5 October 2018. There is a list of documents you will need to show at enrolment, at the bottom of this page. You do not need to have your CAS before you can enrol. 

2. When should I apply for my new Tier 4 immigration permission for my new degree programme at QMUL?

You must make your new application for Tier 4 permission before your exisiting Tier 4 permission expires, or within six weeks of your enrolment on the course, whichever is sooner. If you do not meet this requirement, you are liable to be deregistered from QMUL. 

It is very important that you submit a complete Tier 4 application which meets all of the requirements. Otherwise you risk having your application refused, which has serious consequences. If you are concerned that you will not be able to meet the requirements of a Tier 4 application before your current Tier 4 permission expires, contact a Welfare Adviser in the Advice and Counselling Service as soon as possible to discuss your options.

3. How and when can I get my Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for my degree programme at QMUL?

​You need a CAS for your degree programme before you can make a Tier 4 application. Your CAS will be issued after you have completed your pre-sessional programme and you have met the requirements for your degree programme. The QMUL Admissions office will have your results on Wednesday 12 September 2018 and will confirm places on degree programmes as soon as possible.

Once your offer for your QMUL degree programme becomes unconditional, following your pre-sessional programme results, you will be sent an email explaining how to verify your CAS. All of the instructions will be in the email, explaining how to request your CAS via the 'Admissions Home' section of the QMUL ‘MySIS’ webportal. You must ensure that QMUL has the correct personal email address for you (check that we do not have your agents email address), otherwise you won't receive the CAS verification email and this will delay you getting a CAS. 

4. How long will it take to get my CAS for my degree programme at QMUL?

The period starting from when you make your CAS request, until you receive your CAS number from the QMUL Admissions office, usually takes up to 3-4 days.

You have to complete a task to receive your CAS. How quickly you complete this task will affect how quickly you receive your CAS number:

  • Verify your CAS. You will receive an email to tell you that there is a draft version of your CAS available for you to review in your ‘MySIS’ web portal.

You must check the draft information on your CAS carefully before confirming the details are correct, as errors cannot always be corrected at a later stage. If some of the CAS details are not correct, you must provide the correct details via this verification process. For example, if you have paid a deposit for your degree programme but the deposit is not showing on your CAS, you must use the verification process to explain this mistake.

Once you have verified your CAS information, your details will be forwarded to the Home Office and you will be assigned a CAS number to use in your new Tier 4 immigration application.

5. How do I make my Tier 4 application and what documents do I need?

One of the requirements is that you will need to show that you have held money in your bank account for 28 days before you make your online immigration application, so you need to start planning your immigration application well in advance of the date you actually submit it.
You will also need to include your certificate confirming completion of the pre-sessional programme - you will receive this on 12 September when the programme ends.

The Advice and Counselling Service at QMUL has produced a detailed Tier 4 advice guide to help you make a successful Tier 4 immigration application, including information about all of the documents you need to include. We strongly recommend that you use these resources to avoid your Tier 4 immigration application being refused. Some students have had their applications refused, usually due to insufficient evidence of their funding, or because they do not include of all the required documents. If you follow our guidance carefully, your application should meet the Home Office requirements.

Our guidance explains:

  • How to request a CAS
  • How to check whether you can apply in the UK
  • How to apply for an ATAS certificate
  • How much money you will need to show
  • How to make your application
  • How to submit your supporting documents and enrol your biometrics
  • Information if you want to bring dependant family members with you

Staff from the Advice and Counselling Service run workshops containing essential information to all pre-sessional students about how to make a Tier 4 application and the documents and money you will need. You should ensure that you attend these talks. If you have any questions about the application process or supporting documents needed, you can attend a group session, where your questions will be answered in a group. Please note that we cannot check individual documents in this session. :

Monday 24 September 2pm Bancroft 1.01

Tuesday 25 September 10am Bancroft 1.01

Thursday 27 September 10am Bancroft 1.01

6. I need to apply for new Tier 4 immigration permission for my new degree programme, but I already have a Tier 4 application at the Home Office

If you were studying in the UK before you joined the pre-sessional course, you would have had to make a Tier 4 application before you could enrol on the pre-sessional at QMUL. As Tier 4 applications can take several weeks to process, your application might still be being processed at the Home Office at the time when you need to make a new Tier 4 application for your degree programme. Please contact the Advice and Counselling Service, and a Welfare Adviser will advise you about what to do. You will need a new CAS from QMUL. You will also need to meet the Tier 4 requirements for funds, on the date that you submit your new Tier 4 application, and show evidence of this. You can check the funds requirements in the Advice and Counselling Service Tier 4 advice guide.

Your Welfare Adviser will also need the following information from you, which you should bring when you come to the Advice and Counselling Service:

  • Your nationality
  • Your date of birth
  • Your passport number
  • Your application reference number for your Tier 4 application
  • The date that you submitted your Tier 4 application

7. I want to return home to apply for Tier 4 immigration permission for my degree programme at QMUL, rather than make an application in the UK

Some students want to avoid their passport being at the UK Home Office waiting to be processed, however going home to apply for Tier 4 immigration permission means that you are taking a big risk that you won’t get back to the UK in time to start your degree programme. Please see the section above for more details, and the possible consequences of this.

There are two possible options to obtain a faster decision from the Home Office: 

1) One option may be to make an in person application for your Tier 4 permission, so your application should be decided on the same day and you will not have to leave your passport at the Home Office. However, you can only apply in person via a pre-booked appointment, and there might not be an appointment available in time for you to make your application before your current Tier 4 permission expires. During September and October, UKVI is exceptionally busy with student applications and there may be a wait for appointments to apply in person rather than online.

2) The other option is to use the priority service which aims to decide applications within ten days. 

See the Advice and Counselling Service Tier 4 advice guide, for more information about application options.

8. Can I enrol on the pre-sessional programme with Short-term Student immigration permission, instead of Tier 4?

You can enrol on the pre-sessional programme with Short-term Student immigration permission. Our advice guide 'What immigration permission do I need to study at Queen Mary' has a comparison of Short-term student and Tier 4 immigration permission, to help you decide which is the most suitable one for you. It is very important to remember that if you study on the pre-sessional programme with Short-term student permission, you will have to go home after the course has finished and apply for Tier 4 permission before you can return and enrol on your degree programme. There is a very short amount of time between the end of the pre-sessional programme and the start of the degree programme at QMUL. Depending on the visa processing times in your home country, there is a risk that you will arrive back late and will miss important induction activities and some teaching, and it may be difficult to catch up. If you miss the enrolment deadline, you will have to defer your place until the next academic year. See the section of this page 'I want to join my degree programme later than the standard start date.'

9. When should I pay my deposit and / or tuition fees for my degree programme?

50% of the tuition fee for your degree programme, for the 2018/19 academic year, must be paid before enrolment.

If you want to pay your deposit and/or tuition fees earlier than this, so that you can show your payments on your CAS for your immigration application, you need to allow at least 5 working days for the payments to be processed and show on your CAS.

10. Money you have already paid to QMUL for your accommodation 

If you will be living in QMUL halls of residence, and you have made payment towards your accommodation costs for 'the year' , you can deduct up to a maximum of £1,265 of the money paid to QMUL for accommodation for ‘the year’ from the amount you need to show towards your maintenance.

Warning: If you have paid more than £1,265 you can still only deduct £1,265 from the amount you need to show for maintenance.

You can request the amount you have paid (up to a maximum of £1265) to be shown in your CAS statement.

You can only use evidence that you have paid money for accommodation, if you have paid the money to QMUL or the University of London. You cannot deduct money paid to other accommodation providers, even if QMUL arranged your accommodation with the other provider. 

11. If I have paid a deposit / fees in advance towards my degree programme at QMUL, but I can’t enrol on that degree programme, can I get a refund?

You cannot normally get a refund. However, if the reason you cannot enrol on your degree programme at QMUL is because you cannot make a successful immigration application to study at QMUL e.g. because you have not met the progression requirements, or because QMUL is unable to issue you with a CAS for another reason, you may be eligible for a refund.

For more information see the QMUL Tuition Fees Policy.

If you want to apply for a refund because you are unable to make an immigration application to join your degree programme at QMUL, the Advice and Counselling Service can advise you about what documents and information you might need to provide to the QMUL Fees office to make your application.

12. I want to join my degree programme at QMUL later than the standard start date

The latest start date for most degree programmes at QMUL is 5 October 2018, but check the specific date on your CAS as some programmes may require students to enrol earlier than this.

You must contact your academic school if you are going to miss the school enrolment date. By enrolling late you will miss important induction sessions and module selection meetings, and you will need to arrange with your school to catch up.

If you want to request a later start date than 5 October, you need to ask your academic school for approval, but you should be aware that this is only granted in exceptional cases and it may not be granted at all. If a later start date is approved, your academic school will need to liaise with the QMUL Admissions office and you must ensure that the later start date is updated on your CAS before you make your Tier 4 immigration application. If your academic school approves a later date, you will need to ask them for a 'late enrolment letter' which you need to take to the Student Enquiry Centre at QMUL so that they are aware you will be enroling later than usual.

Also, missing essential teaching and induction activities due to joining your programme late cannot be used as grounds for an ‘Extenuating Circumstances’ claim if you encounter academic problems later in your studies.

13. Important information about healthcare


When you make your Tier 4 application for your degree programme in September, you will normally have to pay an Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) so that you can receive free hospital treatment. However, you should ensure that your private health insurance will cover you until your Tier 4 application is decided, after which time you can access free NHS healthcare. There is more information about the IHS in our Tier 4 advice guide.

14. What documents do I need to enrol on my degree programme at QMUL?

  • Passport. QMUL will accept a high quality copy of your passport details page if the original is not available (You can use the QMUL library photocopiers). 
  • Current immigration sticker, stamp or card. QMUL will accept a high quality copy of your immigration sticker, stamp or card if the original is not available. If you are providing a copy of your card, please make sure that you provide copies of the front and the back of the card.

You will NOT be able to enrol without these original documents or high quality copies

6. I need to apply for new Tier 4 immigration permission for my new degree programme, but I already have a Tier 4 application at the Home Office

If you were studying in the UK before you joined the pre-sessional course, you would have had to make a Tier 4 application before you could enrol on the pre-sessional at QMUL. As Tier 4 applications can take several weeks to process, your application might still be being processed at the Home Office at the time when you need to make a new Tier 4 application for your degree programme. Please and a Welfare Adviser will advise you about what to do. You will need a new CAS from QMUL. You will also need to meet the Tier 4 requirements for funds, on the date that you submit your new Tier 4 application, and show evidence of this. You can check the funds requirements in the Advice and Counselling Service .

Your Welfare Adviser will also need the following information from you, which you should bring when you come to :

  • Your nationality
  • Your date of birth
  • Your passport number
  • Your application reference number for your Tier 4 application
  • The date that you submitted your Tier 4 application

7. I want to return home to apply for Tier 4 immigration permission for my degree programme at QMUL, rather than make an application in the UK

Some students want to avoid their passport being at the UK Home Office waiting to be processed, however going home to apply for Tier 4 immigration permission means that you are taking a big risk that you won’t get back to the UK in time to start your degree programme. Please see the section above for more details, and the possible consequences of this.

There are two possible options to obtain a faster decision from the Home Office: 

1) One option may be to make an in person application for your Tier 4 permission, so your application should be decided on the same day and you will not have to leave your passport at the Home Office. However, you can only apply in person via a pre-booked appointment, and there might not be an appointment available in time for you to make your application before your current Tier 4 permission expires. During September and October, UKVI is exceptionally busy with student applications and there may be a wait for appointments to apply in person rather than online.

2) The other option is to use the priority service which aims to decide applications within ten days. 

See  for more information about application options.

8. Can I enrol on the pre-sessional programme with Short-term Student immigration permission, instead of Tier 4?

You can enrol on the pre-sessional programme with Short-term Student immigration permission. Our advice guide  has a comparison of Short-term student and Tier 4 immigration permission, to help you decide which is the most suitable one for you. It is very important to remember that if you study on the pre-sessional programme with Short-term student permission, you will have to go home after the course has finished and apply for Tier 4 permission before you can return and enrol on your degree programme. There is a very short amount of time between the end of the pre-sessional programme and the start of the degree programme at QMUL. Depending on the visa processing times in your home country, there is a risk that you will arrive back late and will miss important induction activities and some teaching, and it may be difficult to catch up. If you miss the enrolment deadline, you will have to defer your place until the next academic year. See the section of this page 'I want to join my degree programme later than the standard start date.'

9. When should I pay my deposit and / or tuition fees for my degree programme?

50% of the tuition fee for your degree programme, for the 2018/19 academic year, must be paid before enrolment.

If you want to pay your deposit and/or tuition fees earlier than this, so that you can show your payments on your CAS for your immigration application, you need to allow at least 5 working days for the payments to be processed and show on your CAS.

10. Money you have already paid to QMUL for your accommodation 

If you will be living in QMUL halls of residence, and you have made payment towards your accommodation costs for 'the year' , you can deduct up to a maximum of £1,265 of the money paid to QMUL for accommodation for ‘the year’ from the amount you need to show towards your maintenance.

Warning: If you have paid more than £1,265 you can still only deduct £1,265 from the amount you need to show for maintenance.

You can request the amount you have paid (up to a maximum of £1265) to be shown in your CAS statement.

You can only use evidence that you have paid money for accommodation, if you have paid the money to QMUL or the University of London. You cannot deduct money paid to other accommodation providers, even if QMUL arranged your accommodation with the other provider. 

11. If I have paid a deposit / fees in advance towards my degree programme at QMUL, but I can’t enrol on that degree programme, can I get a refund?

You cannot normally get a refund. However, if the reason you cannot enrol on your degree programme at QMUL is because you cannot make a successful immigration application to study at QMUL e.g. because you have not met the progression requirements, or because QMUL is unable to issue you with a CAS for another reason, you may be eligible for a refund.

For more information see the QMUL Tuition Fees Policy.

If you want to apply for a refund because you are unable to make an immigration application to join your degree programme at QMUL,  can advise you about what documents and information you might need to provide to the QMUL Fees office to make your application.

12. I want to join my degree programme at QMUL later than the standard start date

The latest start date for most degree programmes at QMUL is 5 October 2018, but check the specific date on your CAS as some programmes may require students to enrol earlier than this.

You must contact your academic school if you are going to miss the school enrolment date. By enrolling late you will miss important induction sessions and module selection meetings, and you will need to arrange with your school to catch up.

If you want to request a later start date than 5 October, you need to ask your academic school for approval, but you should be aware that this is only granted in exceptional cases and it may not be granted at all. If a later start date is approved, your academic school will need to liaise with the QMUL Admissions office and you must ensure that the later start date is updated on your CAS before you make your Tier 4 immigration application. If your academic school approves a later date, you will need to ask them for a 'late enrolment letter' which you need to take to the Student Enquiry Centre at QMUL so that they are aware you will be enroling later than usual.

Also, missing essential teaching and induction activities due to joining your programme late cannot be used as grounds for an ‘’ claim if you encounter academic problems later in your studies.

13. Important information about healthcare

While you are on the pre-sessional course, you will not normally be eligible for free NHS (National Health Service) healthcare, if you are here for less than six months. You should therefore have private health insurance in case you need to get medical care in the UK.
When you make your Tier 4 application for your degree programme in September, you will normally have to pay an Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) so that you can receive free hospital treatment. However, you should ensure that your private health insurance will cover you until your Tier 4 application is decided, after which time you can access free NHS healthcare. There is more information about the IHS in 

14. What documents do I need to enrol on my degree programme at QMUL?

  • Passport. QMUL will accept a high quality copy of your passport details page if the original is not available (You can use the QMUL library photocopiers). 
  • Current immigration sticker, stamp or card. QMUL will accept a high quality copy of your immigration sticker, stamp or card if the original is not available. If you are providing a copy of your card, please make sure that you provide copies of the front and the back of the card.

You will NOT be able to enrol without these original documents or high quality copies

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