If you are aged 18 to 65 years old and want to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain or British citizenship you must prove that you meet the English language and life in the UK test requirements. To do this you must attend an approved language test centre. A list of approved centres is available on Gov.uk. Qualifications issued by a test centre not on the approved list will not be accepted.
You will need to pass both the ‘Life in the UK test’ and have an English language qualification - unless you are exempt.Back to contents
You will need to submit a Life in the UK test pass notification letter.
If you do not have this please visit Gov.uk to find out:
You will also need to provide evidence of a Secure English language Test certificate at least level B1, for example:
You do not need to have an English language qualification if you hold a current passport from one of the following countries:
Or if you hold one of the following qualifications in English:
Exemptions may also apply if you can prove:
If your qualifications are not listed you will need to take an English test that is at least at level B1 CEFR. You can take the following tests:
You can contact a provider to book the test:Back to contents
You may still be able to use this if it has been used in the past, for example, with your last leave to remain application or previous Indefinite Leave to Remain application (and it’s at level B1).Back to contents
The RCN Immigration Advice Service is here to support and assist RCN members. We can provide advice about particular difficulties you are experiencing providing key documentation to show you meet the English requirements.
If you would like further assistance, please contact us. You will need to provide us with your membership number and details of your current immigration status.Back to contents