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You can apply for your visa up to 3 months before the start date of your course.
The time required to process your visa will depend on the country where you are making your application but is likely to take around 2 months, so you must start the process early.
The UKBA website lists recent processing times for visa applications from different countries.
You must use the information on your confirmation of acceptance for study – CAS email, sent to you by Cardiff University to apply for your Tier 4 student visa. Your CAS must not be more than 6 months old when you apply for your student visa. If you use it after this date, your application will be refused.
- What do I need to apply for my Tier 4 student visa?
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Guide for International Students 2013
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