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Current processing times

Last updated: 22 August 2019 06.16

This page shows the graduate admissions office processing times for incoming applications, emails and documents. It is updated at least once a day during the week.  We can only confirm the receipt of documents as they are processed. We cannot confirm receipt of documents waiting to be processed in the queue.

If you have confirmation from a courier that your package was successfully delivered to our post room on a particular date please add at least one working day to allow the package to be delivered to our office, add three days if your item was delivered on a Friday. 

You do not need to request a CAS. We will issue it automatically once your offer is unconditional and you have submitted your offer reply form and financial undertaking form. It usually takes about a week from when you fulfil all these criteria for us to check your details and issue your CAS. 

Please only call if your documents were received before our current processing date and you have not had notification from us. Unnecessary calls slow down our processing of your documents and issuing *CAS statements.

*CAS queries: Please note that we are unable to give specific CAS advice over the phone. Instead, please email admissions.visa.queries@lse.ac.uk and the visa team will get back to you as soon as they can. Due to the volume of enquiries at present, this may take up to five working days in some cases.

Currently it is taking longer than usual to process documents. This is owing to the volume of correspondence. Please be patient and do not send repeated requests or call us unneccessarily. We will inform you of changes to your application via email and the application tracker. We can only apologise for the delay in processing your documents and appreciate your patience whilst we work through the temporary backlog. We have taken steps to reduce the turnaround times for processing documents by employing extra staff, offering overtime, reducing our phone service to 11-2 and stopping non-urgent tasks. We are confident that these measures will allow us to process more documents each day and get to your documents faster

We cannot confirm receipt of documents until they are processed. 

Our normal phone service opening hours are 9am- 5pm UK time, Monday to Friday. Our phone service is closed between 10am-11am each Monday morning for team meetings.

Please bear in mind that around holiday closure dates, and application deadlines (also shown below), our response and processing times may be slower.

RESOLVED: The technical issue with the tracker has been solved.


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We are currently processing applications received on

To get a rough idea of when your application will be processed please make a note of the date when you received the confirmation that your application was submitted and both references received.Then check this page regularly to see which date we are processing applications from (add 2-3 working days if you submitted on a Friday or at the weekend,these applications will be received the following Monday). Once your application has been processed you will receive the final acknowledgement email and be givenyour unique LSE ID number with instructions on how you can open your LSE for You account to track your application online.

 

21 August

 

We are currently processing supporting documents (this includes degree, TOEFL/IELTS/GRE/GMAT results, transcripts, references (to complete offers) received by post, email and our online How do I forms) received on and including:

Please note, we are currently prioritising processing supporting documents for those applicants registering at the end of August and beginning of September, as well as those documents for conditional offer holders which will confirm the offer. Documents for applicants who already hold an Unconditional offer are listed under Unconditional/other. We are processing these documents received on and including:

  • Early Registration               21 August
  • Conditional documents       12 August
  • Unconditional/other            17 July

17 July

We are currently processing references (to complete applications) received by email on and including:

21 August 

We are currently processing email enquiries received on and including:

To help us process decisions more quickly, please make sure that you read the information we supply before contacting us.

13 August

 

We are currently processing How Do I request forms received on and including:

*This excludes How Do I forms submitting documents to meet conditions or for CAS - see the supporting documents date for these*

Reinstate requests will be processed closer to the start of the new admissions cycle.

30 July 

We are currently sending out pre-CASs to students who have met the requirements to receive a CAS on:

CAS queries: Please note that we are unable to give specific CAS advice over the phone. Instead, please email admissions.visa.queries@lse.ac.uk and the visa team will get back to you as soon as they can. Due to the volume of enquiries at present, this may take up to five working days in some cases.

 

16 August

We are currently issuing CASs to students who received their pre-CASs on:

CAS queries: Please note that we are unable to give specific CAS advice over the phone. Instead, please email admissions.visa.queries@lse.ac.uk and the visa team will get back to you as soon as they can. Due to the volume of enquiries at present, this may take up to five working days in some cases.

16 August