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The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has reiterated that anyone applying to live, work and study in the UK must have the required English language skills, and must be able to demonstrate this as part of their application.

From 9 November 2010 until 31 January 2011, the UKBA are conducting an exercise to produce a new list of approved test providers for migrants who must pass an English language test as part of their application to enter or remain in the UK:

  • under Tiers 1, 2 and 4 of the points-based system; or
  • as the partner of a British citizen or settled person.

Test providers can apply for inclusion on this list if their tests are suitable for migrants under any or all of the above immigration routes. The UKBA English language test providers web page explains how to apply and the criteria that test providers must meet.

The new list of providers will be in place for April 2011, and will replace all existing lists.

Before April 2011, the agency will publish full transitional arrangements for migrants who need to take or have already taken a test.

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