On 8 April 2013, the Home Office published a statement of intent outlining planned changes to requirements for those applying to settle in the UK or become naturalised as a British citizen.

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

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

From 28 October 2013, 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.

For full details of the changes, please click here.