Am I exempt from the Life in the UK and the English Language requirements for British citizenship?

26 Oct 2023, 35 mins ago

Under the Immigration Rules, if you are applying for British citizenship you must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the English language and about life in the UK.

If you have already been granted Indefinite Leave to Remain, also known as permanent residence, it is likely that you have already met this requirement. However, if your permanent residence was granted under the EU Settlement Scheme, you may need to complete the relevant test before you can apply for British citizenship.

Life in the UK

The Life in the UK (“LITUK”) test is a multiple-choice exam consisting of 24 questions about British traditions and customs, which you need to complete in 45 minutes. Although not an academic examination, the LITUK test is a test that most people will need to study for.

LITUK, however, provisions for an exemption for those under the age of 18 or over 65 years old. If you are within the 18-64 age range, you may also apply for an exemption if you have a mental or physical disability which prevents you from sitting the test.

English Language

Applicants for British citizenship are required to show sufficient knowledge of the English Language. Most applicants evidence this by sitting and passing an English language test at level B1 or above in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Please note, however, that the test must be Home Office approved and you must attain the minimum score to meet the requirements.

You will not be required to take a test if you already hold a degree that was taught in English or by virtue of being a national of a majority English-speaking country. If your degree was taught outside of the UK, it will need to be verified by an organisation called ECCTIS to confirm that it meets the requirements.

It is crucial to ensure that all components are satisfied in order to submit a successful British citizenship application. One should seek immigration advice when preparing this type of application as nationality is a complex area of law and requires a thorough consideration of the required documents.

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