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ATAS for continuing students

The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) is a scheme run by the UK Government which to check and approve studies and research undertaken by certain nationals in science and technology-related fields.

How long is an ATAS certificate valid for?

Your ATAS certificate will remain valid for as long as your programme of study, provided that your subject area does not change. If you lose your ATAS certificate, you should email the ATAS team

What if I change my area of research or course?

If you wish to switch to a course that requires ATAS clearance, you must obtain an ATAS certificate before you can transfer to that new course.

If your area of research or course is likely to change to one still affected by the requirement to have an ATAS certificate, then you should not register on the new course or start the new area of research until a new ATAS certificate has been applied for and has been successful.

Will I need an ATAS certificate to extend my visa?

An ATAS clearance certificate is issued for a specific course with a named Student Sponsor (typically a university) and remains valid as long as the Student Sponsor and/or course details do not change, including the length of the course. 

You will need to apply for a new ATAS certificate if:

  • you change your course; or
  • you apply for an extension of leave to continue and complete a course; or
  • the area of research/modules change for the course you originally applied to; or
  • you move to another institution

Do I have to provide the University with a copy of my ATAS certificate?

If you are continuing student changing the programme or requesting a visa extension you will be required to provide us with an ATAS certificate before we can approve your change of programme form or process your CAS. Therefore we strongly advise that you apply for an ATAS certificate in advance as we are not able to process any change of programme requests without ATAS clearance.

Where can I find more information?

There is a lot of information and guidance available on the ATAS website, including frequently asked questions and information on what to do if your ATAS application is refused.

You may also seek advice from the QMUL Advice and Counselling Service.

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