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The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has announced important changes to the “Knowledge of Life in the UK” requirement for settlement (ILR) applications. 

The full announcement reads: 

Applications for settlement, in certain categories require the applicant to demonstrate that the Knowledge of Life in the UK (KOL) requirement has been met, before settlement can be granted. Currently settlement applications that meet all the relevant requirements except KOL are automatically considered for a grant of limited leave in the same category. The difference in the fee between the settlement application and the cost of an extension of stay is refunded. 

From 31 March 2009 this arrangement will be coming to an end. Settlement applications submitted on or after this date in categories requiring KOL that do not meet this condition will be refused. Applicants will not have their fee refunded. 

People will still be able to extend their stay if they do not meet the KOL requirement when their leave comes to an end. However, from 31 March 2009 they will need to ensure that they apply specifically for limited leave on the relevant form, rather than submitting a settlement application. 

You can obtain full details on the requirements for KOL/Life in the UK requirements on the Knowledge of Life section of the UKBA. 

The Government has recently announced tough new proposals for citizenship as part of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill currently going through Parliament. Proposals include a longer period to wait for a British passport and “Earned Citizenship”. 

See: http://www.immigrationmatters.co.uk/uk-migrants-face-tougher-challenge-to-work-study-or-settle.html

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6 Responses to “Knowledge of Life in the UK changes announced by UK Border Agency”
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  1. my hudband studied darn hard and passed his likfe in the uk exam last March. Wanted all the stress taken out of his life so he could consentrate on other things, Does this mean the lasyt 6 months before we apply for his permenant visa that he will have to go back and study the new exam?

  2. R students allowed to do the KOL tests??

  3. See: UK migrants face tougher challenge to work, study or settle http://www.immigrationmatters.co.uk/category/news/page/2

    Migrants should apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (settlement) then British Citizenship as soon as possible – whilst they are still available.
    See: UK migrants face tougher challenge to work, study or settle http://www.immigrationmatters.co.uk/category/news/page/2
    http://www.immigrationmatters.co.uk

  4. If you are already here you should not be affected, although we do not have full details of the PROPOSED migrant tax. Maybe all the protests we are receiving on this isuue will stop it becoming a reality. You should apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (settlement) then British Citizenship as soon as possible – whilst they are still available.
    See: UK migrants face tougher challenge to work, study or settle http://www.immigrationmatters.co.uk/category/news/page/2

  5. frank connolly says :

    how much are the fees for a spouse visa from april 09 and is it true they are scrapping indefinite leave to remain

  6. Sean Carlos says :

    Good day! My entire family has been living in the United Kingdom for fours years already, carrying with them a RESIDENCE PERMIT stamp in their passports. Next year they will be applying for their Indefinite Leave to Remain or British Citizenship.

    My question is, if ever this new policy pushes through(which God forbids) will they be affected? or this new policy will be only applicable to migrants who had entered UK from March 31, 2009 onwards? Thank you and anticipating for your response on the said matter as soon as possible.

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