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The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has announced that from 6 April 2012 they will be removing the provision for applicants in the UK to apply for permission to stay here (leave to remain) before they have taken or received the results of an English language test.

The revised policy applies to applicants applying under Tier 1 (General), Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) and Tier 2 of the points-based system.

The UKBA said:

‘The concession was put in place when the English language requirement was introduced to allow migrants to make a visa application for leave to remain before they had taken an English language test or received the results at a time when availability of tests was not known.

‘Since the initial introduction of the English language requirement, English Language test availability has increased and test providers have increased availability in-line with demand. Migrants should now be able to take a test in good time before needing to make a leave to remain application.’

You will still to be able to take advantage of the concession for visa applications received up to and including 6 April 2012. Visa applications made after 6 April 2012 must be accompanied with evidence that applicants have passed an approved English language test.

For more information on the relevant requirements, please refer to the appropriate UKBA guidance notes:

Tier 1 (General) – Paragraph 139 onwards

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – Paragraph 141 onwards

Tier 2 – Paragraph 145 onwards

Earlier this week the UKBA announced a number of amendments to the list of approved English language tests for applications made under Tier’s 1, 2 and 4 of the points-based system and for spouse or partner applications. Changes have also been introduced to their biometric appointment booking service removing telephone option and replacing it with an online system.

See also:

Changes to English language tests for applications under Tiers 1, 2 and 4 of the points-based system announced by UKBA today

Change to postal biometric appointment procedure and residence permit help

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