Assessing the English Language requirement

The Home office have recently issued guidance for assessing the English Language requirements.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 6 April 2021)

What is the English Language requirement?

The English Language requirement refers to applicants being able to meet the specified level of English required for their immigration route. Additionally, each route has different rules.

What are the required levels for the English Language requirement?

Dependent on the immigration route, the levels stem from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The four elements that will be tested are:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening

Which immigration routes require the English Language requirement?

The routes include but are not limited to:

  • Student
  • Skilled Worker
  • Representatives of an Overseas Business
  • T2 Minister of Religion
  • T2 Sportsperson
  • UK Ancestry (Settlement only)
  • Start-up
  • Innovator
  • Global Talent (Settlement only)
  • T5 International Agreement Worker (Settlement only)

Please be advised that the above information is not exhaustive as there are more requirements and points to consider.

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