Immigration Rules Appendix ATAS: Academic Technology Approval Scheme
More information about the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) is a scheme administered by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and is aimed at preventing the transfer of information, knowledge or technology which could develop, advance or support an Advanced Conventional Military Technology (ACMT) and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) programme or their means of delivery.
ATAS applies to individuals undertaking research activities at PhD level or above, applying for a Skilled Worker, Government Authorised Exchange (Tier 5) visa and academic visitors. Anyone (apart from exempt nationalities) who will be conducting research at PhD level or above in a particular subject area will need to have applied for and received an ATAS certificate BEFORE a certificate of sponsorship can be issued.
ATAS applies to all international students (other than exempt nationalities) who are subject to UK immigration control and intend to study at postgraduate level in certain sensitive subjects. Such students must apply for an ATAS certificate before they can study in the UK.
No, there is no fee attached to the ATAS certificate.
You can check whether or not you require an ATAS certificate by using the online tool on the government website.
A full set of advice on ATAS is available at the Aston University HR pages.
Pages last updated on - 29/03/2022