The ATAS application is free, submitted online and takes 10 working days (15-20 working days between April and September) to be decided.
To complete the application, information on the correct CAH3 code, approved research statement and details of the research arrangements must be provided by the Department, Faculty or college to the individual using the template letter provided by the Staff Immigration Team.
The online application has 10 sections which request information on;
- Personal details
- Contact details
- Other education
- Published Papers
- Employment history
Guidance on the ATAS application from the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office should be read carefully, alongside the information provided by the Department, Faculty or College.
The ATAS certificate must match the details entered onto the Skilled Worker/Tier 5 (GAE) Sponsored Researcher Certificate of Sponsorship or for the research visit. Any errors will lead to delays in the visa application, the visa application being refused, or the planned visit being unable to go ahead.
There is no option for a priority application, but in some cases the Staff Immigration Team may be able to chase up an application that has not been processed within the published timescales.