English Language Requirement

UK settlement visa English language requirement

The applicant is deemed to meet the English language requirement as a national of a majority English speaking country if they are a national of one of the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda; Australia; the Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Canada; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Jamaica; New Zealand; St Kitts and Nevis; St Lucia; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; United States of America.

The applicant can also meet the English language requirement by having an academic qualification which is either a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or PhD that was taught or researched in English. If you intend meeting the language requirement using a degree researched or taught in English you will need to get approval from the NARIC website.

The applicant is exempt from the requirement if they are aged 65 or over on the date of application.

Otherwise the applicant will need to pass the IELTS life skills CEFR Level A1 speaking and listening test.

If your English is good consider taking the test at B1 level. This qualification is then valid when applying for further leave to remain, indefinite leave to remain and British citizenship. If your level of English is not so good or you are short of time, take the A1 test.

Find your nearest approved English language test centre.

Book your test. Click the select button under IELTS for UKVI and IELTS Life Skills, select your country, click “Find a test location” then click “Book Now” at the location you would like to do your test. Follow the instructions on the website to book and pay for the test.

Depending on the test centre the test currently costs somewhere around £168.

There are other exemptions from the English Language Requirement, for complete information see Appendix FM section 1.21 English Language Requirement. Also see Prove your knowledge of English for citizenship and settling.

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