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Home Office changes to the requirements for settlement and naturalisation applications from October | Immigration Matters

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Last month on 8 April 2013, the Home Office published a ‘statement of intent’ outlining planned changes to the requirements for those applying for indefinite leave to remain to settle in the UK or become naturalised as a British citizen. 

Knowledge of language and life requirement for settlement (indefinite leave to remain)

Starting 28 October 2013, the Home Office will introduce a two part knowledge of language and life test, which must be passed by all applicants for settlement unless the applicant exempt. 

Settlement or citizenship applicants will be required to:Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

  • pass the Life in the UK test; and
  • to have a speaking and listening qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher, or its equivalent.

Knowledge of language and life requirement for naturalisation

Staring 28 October 2013, the knowledge of language and life requirement for naturalisation as a British citizen will be the same as that for settlement, and the same English language qualifications will be accepted.

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  1. Lulzim says :

    Hi, can you tell me please what test do I ned to pas four ILR in uk please

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