If you have been issued a CAS between 24th January 2020 and 31st December 2020 and it has now expired, we can confirm that you can continue to use the expired CAS to make your Student Visa application in accordance with UK Visas and Immigration, COVID-19 policy guidance.
In your visa application you must provide a covering letter and explain why you could not previously use your CAS or travel to the UK due to Covid-19. You will need to:
- explain why you could not travel (this must be due to COVID-19);
- that you are a registered as a student and started you studies in 2020 during the pandemic; and
- that you are continuing to engage with your studies and are successfully moving onto the second year of your programme.
You must still ensure that all your visa documents are up to date and valid when you make your visa application, for example your TB clearance certificate or your ATAS certificate (if applicable). You must also ensure that your passport is valid for your planned length of stay in the UK.
(1) If you have transferred your programme since your CAS was issued to you, you must not use the same CAS. You must let us know so that we can support you with a new CAS. Details on how to contact the IST can be found below.
(2) If you have renewed your passport since your last CAS, you can use your new passport and your expired CAS (with your previous passport details) to make your visa application. UKVI have recommended that you:
(a) Provide a covering letter to explain that you have a new passport since your CAS was issued to you; and
(b) Take both passport to the visa application centre in case there are questions.