English language requirements

December 17, 2019 1,085

Most types of visa application have an English language requirement. For a spouse visa application, for example, there is normally a requirement that the applicant has passed an English language test to at least A1 level.

For applications for settlement (ie indefinite leave to remain) and British naturalisation the English language requirement is more difficult. Applicants must normally have passed an English language test to at least B1 level and, additionally, they must have passed the Life in the UK test, which also requires a good knowledge of English.

But there are some exceptions to this. Applicants aged under 18 or aged at least 65 do not have to meet English language/Life in the UK test requirements at all.

And there is another category of people who can be exempted: the relevant rule says that a migrant may be exempted from meeting the requirements if they are “unable to, because of a long-term physical or mental condition”.

In other words, a migrant can be exempted if they have a sufficiently serious medical condition, which could be either physical or mental and is not likely to improve any time soon.

To prove this the migrant must get a medical practitioner to provide written evidence and complete an exemption form. If the grounds that the practitioner give are sufficiently compelling then the Home Office may waive the requirements.

At Get UK Visa we have extensive experience of visa applications, settlement applications and British naturalisation applications, and we can help you navigate your way through problems and issues such as these.

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