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This condition does not apply to EEA nationals, applicants with indefinite leave to remain or those who hold a visa which was issued before 6 April 2015 and does not expire until after the end of the intended course.

If you are applying for a PhD/master's-level course in a listed science or technology subject and you will be studying in the UK on a visa and you are a national of a non-EEA country, you will also need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate. Applicants with indefinite leave to remain are exempt.

ATAS clearance will be a condition of your offer if required by your course. You will find your ATAS research statement on your Self-Service account; this is the statement which you must use in your application. Once received, you must upload the ATAS certificate to your Self-Service account.

You may not begin the course without a valid ATAS clearance certificate for the course to which you have been admitted – if you change course, you will need to obtain new ATAS clearance.

Student visa applications will be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one. You must obtain this clearance before making your visa application.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) manage this scheme. You must therefore apply online to the FCO. The application is free.

If you have more than one offer from different universities or institutions you will need to apply for separate ATAS clearance certificates for each university or institution and programme of study. Please visit the FCO ATAS website for further ATAS application guidance.

Please note:

  • The issuance of an 'ATAS Certificate' does not guarantee that a visa will be granted.
  • It can take 20 working days to obtain an ATAS certificate. Between April and September this can increase to 30 working days or more. If ATAS applies to you, you will not be able to obtain your visa until you have ATAS clearance.
  • The ATAS certificate must be valid at the course start date. As an ATAS certificate is only valid for 6 months, do not apply for an ATAS certificate earlier than 6 months before your course start date.

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