Salam semua,

Kali ini saya nak bincang ringkas tentang CAS number. CAS bermaksud confirmation of acceptance for studies.  Apa signifikan CAS number ini? Kalau tak ada nombor ini, maka proses permohonan visa tak boleh diteruskan. Ada satu kolum khas dalam borang permohonan visa berkenaan CAS number ini.

Saya banyak berhubung terus dengan staf di Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi (En. Husin, En Zaman dan Puan Eisya), Prof Eleanor dan staf (Allison Dingwall) di Post Graduate School berkaitan dengan urusan CAS number ini. Mula-mula rasa cuak juga, takut permohonan nombor ni makan masa yang panjang. Pengajian bermula 1 Februari 2012, tapi bulan December 2011, CAS tak dapat lagi.

Saya rasa setelah KPT selesai membayar yuran pengajian di universiti, pihak universiti dengan sepantas kilat akan proses CAS number ini. Oh mata duitan betul universiti di UK ini. No money no talk. Saya mohon dalam masa 1 minggu, terus dapat dokumen melalui email tentang CAS number ini dari pihak universiti.

Sekarang urusan CAS number sudah selesai. Saya sedang tunggu ATAS clearance. Silap saya lambat mohon, sepatutnya sejurus dapat surat tawaran saya terus mohon. Tak apa, masih ada SEDIKIT masa. Ya Allah mudahkan kami.

Serba sedikit tentang CAS number ( http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/cas-application/faqs )

What is a CAS number?
CAS stands for Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies. New UK immigration rules require the University to sponsor your application for a student visa (note that this is not the same as financial sponsorship). This involves the University confirming to the UK Border Agency (UKBA) that we have made you an unconditional offer of a study place at Sheffield, and that you have accepted this. The UKBA will then issue a CAS number for you. They will send this to the University, and we will let you know what this is.
Why do I need a CAS number?
You will need a CAS number to apply for a visa to allow you to study in the UK.
When will the University apply for my CAS number?
The University will only apply for your CAS number 1) when it is less than six months until your course is due to start, 2) when you have accepted an unconditional offer of a study place at the University and 3) (for postgraduate taught applicants only) when you have paid any fee deposit we have requested.
Do I have to pay a fee deposit before the University applies for my CAS number?
If you have applied for a taught postgraduate course and we have asked you to pay a fee deposit, we will only be able to apply for your CAS number when you have paid your fee deposit.
I have already accepted an unconditional offer for a course starting in September, but you have not yet emailed me about applying for my CAS number. Why?
CAS numbers are only valid for six months, so we will only apply for your CAS number when it is less than six months until your course is due to start.
Can I apply for a student visa with my offer letter?
No, you can only apply for your visa with the CAS number arranged by the University.
Can I apply to the UKBA directly for my CAS number?
No. Only government-approved education providers can apply for CAS numbers, on behalf of applicants who have applied to study there. The University of Sheffield is an approved education provider.p/s= Staf KPT sangat membantu. Moga Allah balas jasa kalian dengan sebaik-baik balasan.Ummu AbdanPutrajaya