Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK

The British Nationality Act 1981 provides that a person applying for naturalisation must have sufficient knowledge of life in the UK, and of English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic. Regulations specify how a person can demonstrate knowledge of English language. Since 2007, the requirements for certain Indefinite Leave to Remain applications have included knowledge of English and of life in the UK.

This guidance tells you about the knowledge of language and life requirement for those applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain or Naturalisation as a British citizen.

Here’s what you need to know.

  • Applicants must meet the ‘knowledge of language’ requirement by either:
    • having a speaking and listening qualification in English at B1 level or above of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
    • having a degree that was taught or researched in English
    • being a national of a majority English-speaking country and knowledge of ‘life in the UK’ requirements
  • Applicants must meet the ‘life in the UK’ requirement by taking the test booked through
  • There are exceptions to these requirements (for a definitive list, please get in touch)

For more information on Knowledge of language and life in the UK, send an email to to book a telephone/skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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