Obtaining your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
The Institute can only issue a CAS when you have met the following conditions:
- You have achieved unconditional offer status;
- You have provided evidence of all qualifications as requested;
- You have provided a copy of the passport you intend to use to apply for your student visa
- You have demonstrated that you are a genuine student and have met all of UKVI's student visa eligibility criteria;
- You have met all of the Institute’s CAS eligibility criteria;
- You have provided evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover your tuition fees and living expenses during your studies; and
- You have paid either your full first semester tuition fees unless you are exempt.
UKVI Finance and Maintenance Requirement
Please note: If you have studied in the UK for the last 12 months and making an in country student visa application you do not need to provide financial evidence to the UKVI.
The UKVI requires you to show that you have at least £1,265 for each month of your studies up to a maximum of nine months which is £11,385 If you're a financially sponsored student, your sponsor must be officially recognised as such (e.g. British Council, a government, an international organisation or company, a university).
If your sponsor is not meeting all your costs then you must provide proof that you have the remaining funds available.
Students who are applying for permission to stay in the UK and have been living in the UK with permission for 12 months or more on the date of application won’t need to meet the financial requirement.
Your tuition fees can either be held in your bank account for the 28 days required or you can pay them directly to the Institute. Your
CAS can be updated with any additional fee payments you make if you inform us.
You must provide the Admissions Team evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover your tuition fees and living expenses during your studies (this applies to all applicants including nationals from countries that are eligible for 'different documentary requirements' by UKVI). This evidence must be in the form of a bank statement (covering28 consecutive days period-finishing on the date of the closing balance) or other document confirming the funds available to you.
The tuition fee amount you need to pay will be indicated in your CAS. Please note that any outstanding tuition fees must be paid by or on enrolment.
Please note that once we have received all required documents and/or fee payment your CAS will normally be issued within 5 working days from the date of receipt.
Issuing a CAS and/or a CAS Letter does not guarantee that an applicant will be successful in securing a UK visa/leave to remain permission. The Institute is not responsible for any decisions made by the Home Office/UKVI and cannot accept any liability for an applicant failing to obtain a visa/leave to remain and/or for the consequences and/or losses (whether financial or otherwise) of such failure. Nor is Sotheby’s Institute of Art liable for consequences of declining to issue a CAS/CAS Letter for an applicant on request.
Deadline for Applying for a CAS
If you are applying for a CAS from outside the UK. Latest date we will assign you with a CAS if you have confirmed you will be using one of the following visa applications services
Standard Visa Application service – 4 weeks before latest start date
Priority Visa Application Service- 3 weeks before latest start date
Super Priority (1 day) Visa Application Service- 1 week before latest start date.
Requesting your CAS
Please click here to be redirected to the CAS Request form.