Immigration and Visa Advice

Studying abroad is a big step for many students, but everyone within our community is committed to making you feel part of our family from day one.

If you’re offered a place to study with us, there’s lots of things to consider before you arrive in Manchester. To help things run as smoothly as possible, we’ll be in touch throughout the year with all the information you need to successfully start your studies.

In the meantime, the tabs below outline important details regarding visa applications, but if there’s anything you’re unsure of, please email for help and advice.

Advice for EU/EEA students

EU, EEA, or Swiss students who intend to study in the UK after 31 December 2020 will need ‘Immigration Permission’. Those who enter the UK before 31 December 2020 will be able to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme. You may receive either Pre-settled or Settled status and, in either of these scenarios, there will be no restrictions on what or where you choose to study in the UK.

Those who arrive in the UK after 31 December 2020 will need to obtain a visa. Details of the new ‘Student Visa Route’ have not yet been confirmed by UKVI. We will add further details as soon as they become available.

Advice for international students

As an international student, you’ll need to check whether you need a visa to study in the UK. You can do this by visiting

If you need a visa, you’ll need to follow the steps outlined below to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) and apply for your visa.

Obtaining a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

The RNCM will only be able to issue a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to students with a Guaranteed Unconditional (GU) Offer. You’ll also be required to pay a 25% DEPOSIT of your tuition fees for 2020/21.

Meeting your offer conditions

Please ensure that the RNCM has received copies of:

  • Qualifications/Certificates/Transcripts (including translations, where necessary)
  • IELTS Certificate or equivalent (if requested)
  • References – Music and Academic
  • Written Work (MMus applicants only)

Please do not ‘Request a CAS’ until you have submitted all of these documents to our Admissions Team and have a Guaranteed Unconditional Offer.

Paying your deposit

You must pay the RNCM 25% of your tuition fees for 2020/21. If you have been awarded an RNCM scholarship or bursary, please deduct these from the total fees and pay 25% of the remaining figure as your deposit. This deposit will be recorded on the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

You can pay your deposit by BANK TRANSFER or by DEBIT/CREDIT CARD.

Bank Transfer

Transfer Reference: Ensure that YOUR FULL NAME is included in the transfer reference field. This must be AS IT APPEARS ON YOUR PASSPORT.
Bank: Royal Bank of Scotland
Address: 38 Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3AZ
Sort Code: 16-25-14
Account Number: 13365425
IBAN Number: GB 53 RBOS 16251413365425
Account Name: RNCM Business Account

Please email when you have made the transfer, remembering to include YOUR FULL NAME, DATE OF TRANSFER and TRANSFER AMOUNT.

Debit/Credit Card

To pay by debit or credit card, please call Daniel Bennett on +44 161 907 5314. You must know the amount that you need to pay and have your debit/credit card details to hand.

Requesting your CAS letter

You can submit a CAS Request Form once you have a Guaranteed Unconditional (GU) Offer and have submitted a 25% DEPOSIT of your tuition fees for 2020/21.

  • Please fill out all sections of the form. If a section does not apply to you, enter Not Applicable (or N/A)
  • Please ensure that you include a copy of your passport photo page with your CAS Request Form. You may submit this as a scan or a clear photograph.

Once we have conducted our initial checks, we’ll be in touch to let you know if we need any further information.

Please note that you must meet all of the RNCM and UKVI conditions for CAS and, in some instances, the RNCM may request further information, or may wish to see the evidence that you will submit, inclusive of financial evidence (e.g. bank statements).

Tier 4 eligibility and requirements

We recommend that you use the resources available via UKCISA to ensure that you understand the requirements of the Tier 4 (General) Visa and the evidence that you will need to submit with your application. If you have any questions about the evidence required, please contact us

Tier 4 Eligibility and Requirements
Making a Tier 4 (General) Application from outside the UK
Making a Tier 4 (General) Application in the UK

Low risk nationals

Nationals of ‘Low Risk’ countries will not need to submit evidence with their Tier 4 (General) Visa application. This is known as ‘Differentiated Circumstances’. However, as UKVI have been known to conduct ‘Spot Checks’ it is essential that you collate your evidence before submission of your Tier 4 (General) Visa application, in case it is requested. UKVI may refuse your application, if you are not able to submit evidence, if requested.

Please note that you must meet all of the RNCM and UKVI conditions for CAS and, in some instances, the RNCM may request further information, or may wish to see the evidence that you will submit, inclusive of financial evidence (e.g. bank statements).

Your application

Please visit UKVI for an overview of the Tier 4 (General) Student Visa for details of how to apply for, extend or switch to, a Tier 4 Visa.

Visit Find A Visa Application Centre (VAC) to find a list of the closest available Visa Application Centre (VAC) You will also be able to find information about the services available at each VAC; appointments and current visa processing times.

Ensure that you have all your evidence ready before you submit your final application and book an appointment.

You’ll need to have your fingerprints and photograph (known as ‘biometric information’) taken at a VAC as part of your application, and then submit your supporting documents either in-person (when you have your biometric appointment) or by post.

Credibility interviews

You may be invited by UKVI to attend a short ‘Credibility Interview’. These are usually carried out at the Visa Application Centre (VAC) when you attend to submit your biometric details. A UKVI will ask you some questions which may include:

  • Why have you chosen to study in the UK?
  • Why have you chosen to study at RNCM?
  • Did you consider any alternative universities/conservatoires?
  • What made you choose your course of study?
  • What do you intend to do after your course?
  • How are you paying for your tuition and maintenance?
  • Where will you live while you are in the UK?
  • How did you choose your accommodation?

Please answer these questions as fully as you’re able, as an overview of the interview will be included in the case file to be reviewed with your Tier 4 (General) Visa Application.

Immigration health surcharge

If you apply for a Tier 4 (General) Visa which will last for more than six months, you will need to pay towards the Immigration Health Surcharge. This covers the cost of health care, available via the National Health Service, while you are in the UK. You will pay for the Immigration Health Surcharge when you submit the application for your Tier 4 (General) Visa.

When you receive your visa decision letter

Please inform when you’ve received your Visa Decision Letter, so that we can update our records.

Please make sure that you retain a copy of the email or letter from UKVI. You’ll need this to collect your Biometric Residence Permit when you arrive in the UK.

What to do if you receive a visa refusal

If you receive a visa refusal, please email for advice and attach a copy of the visa refusal notice.


The RNCM provides information in good faith, based on details that you give to us about you and your current situation. We endeavour to ensure that the information is accurate, but since both your situation and the legislation relating to immigration status can change at short notice, we cannot accept any responsibility for any errors, omissions or other consequences arising, nor for decisions made by the Home Office or other agencies regarding immigration applications.