Current processing times

Last updated: 18 September 2020, 09:41

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. Check the main news page for how to send documents.

CAS and pre-CAS:

You do not need to request a pre-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 pre-CAS, but please refer to the table below for more up-to-date turnaround times. We will issue your CAS once you have confirmed the accuracy of the details contained in your pre-CAS.   

*CAS queries: Please note that we are unable to give specific CAS advice over the phone.


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. We currently have a high volume of decisions to process, which will take priority over processing How do I...? requests. You may therefore need to wait longer than usual for an update. 

We cannot confirm receipt of documents until they are processed. 


We are currently not offering a phone service in order to prioritise processing documents received, and issuing CAS.

Counter sessons:

At the present time we are unable to offer drop-in counter sessions.

LSE for You Application Tracker changes:

The application tracker on LSE shows when updates are made on our database to your application. Confirmations of conditional offers are double checked by the senior staff in the Graduate Admissions Office, and although an applicant’s LFY account may show an update to the status of their offer, the update can only be considered official once an email has been sent to them from GAO. Please bear in mind that this confirmation won't be immediate, as this is a manual process.

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

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.


18 September


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

Paper documents are forwarded once a week to the home of a member of staff for scanning, so take longer to process.

We know that we are behind with these documents and are doing everything we can to speed up processing. Please be patient. Remember that you can register online as long as your offer is unconditional and you have accepted and submitted your FUF.

Temporary update: in order to make the most effective use of our staff, we are currently devoting extra resource to processing documents for applicants who will need a visa and whose offers are still conditional. Our next priority will be conditional offer holders who don't need a visa and then everyone who is unconditional (and ready to register online once the acceptance and FUF is submitted). We will keep the entire queue moving as much as we can so that everyone can register online and then subsequently enrol on campus in time.

This date will continue to show the oldest documents in the queue, but don't be surprised if you hear from us more quickly if your offer is still conditional.

17 September (unconditional offers)

18 September (conditional offers)

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

18 September

We are currently processing email enquiries received on and including:

To help us process everything more quickly, please make sure that you read the news page before contacting us.

21 August


We are currently processing How Do I request forms (Add/amend programme choices, Change mode of study, Take up place again) received on and including:

Please note that your LSE for You application tracker will be updated with your new programme choices only once we have processed your request form. You will receive an email once this has been done. 

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

18 September

We are now sending out pre-CAS to students who met the CAS eligibility criteria on the date displayed, apart from a very small number of people who need additional checks. Please CHECK YOUR JUNK/SPAM FOLDER - we have been made aware of a number of cases where the email has been diverted.

We are unable to state when any given pre-CAS will be issued so will unfortunately be unable to respond to individual queries of this nature - doing so will delay our ability to issue CAS.

Please be assured that we understand the urgency of issuing your CAS and the anxiety caused while you wait. We have diverted significant extra resources into the task of carefully checking CAS-eligible files in order to speed this process up. We are now getting through about four days' worth of checks for each day of work so our hope is to significantly reduce the backlog in the coming weeks.

You do not need to inform us if you are required to register early. We are aware of this and will prioritise our checks accordingly.

We appreciate your patience as we work through the queue as efficiently and equitably as possible.

14 September

Pre-CAS responses where all details have been confirmed as correct by the student. We will aim to issue the CAS the next working day after your response.

17 September

Pre-CAS responses where the student has responded requesting a change of details. We will update records accordingly and issue a CAS within five working days.

17 September