If you are a Doctoral or Masters by Research student and you have received a Joint Academic Coding of Subjects (JACS) code, then you can check this code against the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Do I need an ATAS Certificate informaiton to see whether it is identified as ATAS applicable . A JACS code consists of a letter followed by 4 digits and they are attributed by educational institutions to each course or area of research.
You canContact the ATAS Team if you are concerned you have missed their response. Please note that they will not respond if 20 working days have not elapsed since your time of application.
If your course start date is more than 6 months after the ATAS has been issued, or if your course end date has changed by more than 3 months you will need to make a new ATAS application.
Failure to make a new application could lead to problems with any immigration applications you make, and could mean the University is unable to enrol you onto your course.
Once you have obtained your ATAS certificate you will be able to be issued a CAS to use in your student visa application. You should forward a copy of your ATAS to the relevant University Department which is Enquiries and Admissions for new courses and your Advice Zone or the Graduate Research Office for a CAS to complete courses.