The UK Border Agency is introducing English language tests for non-EEA partners applying to come to the UK from the end of this month. Non-EEA partners of British nationals or those settled in the UK will have to pass an English language test showing they can speak and understand English before their applications for visas can be approved.

A video has been released today providing details of the English tests applicants will face. The UK Border Agency has a list of approved test providers.

The English language requirement will apply to spouses, civil partners, unmarried partners, fiancés and proposed civil partners who are applying to come to the UK to join their partner who has either British citizenship or indefinite leave to remain (or settlement) in the UK. Nationals of majority English speaking countries and those who have a bachelor's degree taught in English will not need to pass the new English tests. Note that South Africa is not included in the list of majority English speaking countries.