December 13, 2006

FROM 2 APRIL 2007, ALL ADULTS APPLYING FOR SETTLEMENT IN THE UK (ALSO KNOWN AS “INDEFINITE LEAVE TO REMAIN” OR “PERMANENT RESIDENCE”) WILL NEED TO PASS A “LIFE IN THE UK” TEST OR AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE COURSE.

The Government has announced that this new condition will be in addition to the usual requirements for settlement and will affect applicants aged 18 to 65. The requirement aims to ensure residents have the requisite language skills and citizenship knowledge to integrate successfully into British society. It also forms part of the Government’s managed migration five-year strategy.

To meet the new requirement, from 2nd April 2007, applicants must either:

  • Pass a “Life in the UK” test, if they already possess a good standard of English (ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) Entry 3 standard or above); or
  • Pass an “ESOL with citizenship course”, if their standard of English is below ESOL Entry 3 standard.

This change will not affect any applicants applying for settlement prior to the 2nd April 2007.