July 2016

The stories below are taken from the July 2016 edition of the Agents Newsletter.

Deposits for Postgraduate Offer Holders

Please be aware that the next deadline to pay a deposit for postgraduate taught programmes for some students is July 31st 2016.  Students will have been notified of this deadline date via their original offer and on their SIMS Online account.

International applicants who need to obtain a Tier 4 student visa will be emailed their Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) statement only when the deposit has been paid, or exemption granted, and, all academic or non-academic conditions of the offer have been satisfied. The statement will include both tuition fees due and any advance payments, including deposit, received at the date of issue.

Further information on the deposit scheme and information on how to pay is online.

Visa Application Reminders

BRP Card Collection

Please remember to ensure that students include the Cardiff University ACL code within their visa application form. Students should use the ACL code on the visa application form when asked where they want to collect BRP from so that they can collect this from Cardiff University and not a local Post Office.
Cardiff University ACL code – 2HE562

Visa Refusals

In the last academic year, Cardiff University saw an increase in the number of visa refusals and requests for new CAS numbers because of this. The main reason for visa application refusals was due to failure to meet the UKVI proof of finances requirement, in most cases by submitting their visa application before the finances had been in the bank account for the required period.

Past problems encountered by students when applying for a Tier 4 General Student Visa:

Proof of finances
The applicant must show that they have held the required money for a consecutive 28 day period (finishing on the date of the closing balance) ending no more than 31 days before they submit their visa application.  The personal bank or building statements must show:

  • The name of the applicant or their parent’s/legal guardian and (if their bank account is being used)
  • The account number
  • The financial institution’s name and logo
  • The amount of money available

Credibility interviews
The majority of students will now be interviewed prior to the visa being granted.  The interviews are intended to form part of the checks on whether an applicant is a genuine student and as well as checking that the level of English is at the required level, may include questions concerning:

  • Why did you choose Cardiff University?
  • What do you know about Cardiff?
  • What modules will you study?
  • How will this programme of study help your career plans?

Pre-departure Updates

All students should have received a link to our pre-arrivals guide. If you need another copy, this can be downloaded as a PDF here.

In addition to this, our YouTube page features lots of helpful videos about what to do before heading to Cardiff, as well as interviews with current international students! Here are a few examples of our videos, make sure to check out the rest!