If you require a visa to study in the UK, you may also need to apply online for an ATAS clearance certificate.  ATAS applies to Tier 4 visa nationals who wish to carry out studies in certain areas of study as designated by the UK Government.  More information on ATAS can be found on the ATAS website.

You can apply for an ATAS certificate as soon as you have received a conditional or unconditional offer from GCU. You are advised to apply as soon as you receive your offer for your course. You will receive an email from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to confirm if your application has been approved or refused.

You must apply for an ATAS certificate through the ATAS website.  This website also contains full details of the documentation required to complete your ATAS application.  When you make your online application for your Tier 4 visa you will need the information in the ATAS Statement.

There is no charge to make your ATAS application. It should take around 30 minutes to complete, and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office aims to process applications within 20 working days but this may take longer during busy periods.

We cannot issue your CAS until you have supplied evidence of your ATAS clearance. You cannot apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa without your CAS or ATAS certificate.

GCU’s VISA Team can support you with advice and information about your ATAS application, please contact them by emailing visa@gcu.ac.uk or see their website