The United Kingdom government has published a statement of intent outlining planned changes to the requirements for those applying to settle in the UK (i.e. for indefinite leave to remain), or become naturalised as British citizens.

It is envisaged that this change in the immigration rules will strengthen the citizenship process.

The knowledge of language and life requirement for settlement (indefinite leave to remain)

Under the proposals, from 28 October 2013, there will be two parts to the knowledge of language and life requirement, both of which must be met by all applicants for settlement unless the individual is exempt. Applicants will be required to:

  • pass the Life in the UK test; and
  • to have a speaking and listening qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher, or its equivalent.

The knowledge of language and life requirement for naturalisation

The knowledge of language and life requirement for naturalisation as a British citizen will be the same as that for settlement, and the same English language qualifications will be accepted.