Requirements for UK Settlement and Naturalisation in 10 easy points

1. All applicants (18+) for UK Settlement and Naturalisation will be required to pass the Life in the UK Test, and also have a speaking and listening qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher, or an equivalent qualification.

2. The Life in the UK Test, is a computer based, multiple choice test.

3. The test is based on the official handbook “Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents.” This is a revised handbook, published in March 2013.

4. Pass certificates issued before 25th March 2013 are still valid, so you won’t be required to sit the new, revised test if you completed your test before March 2013.

5. A range of qualifications can be submitted as evidence of your English Language skills, these include:

  • Qualifications covering speaking and listening at B1 or above from the Secure English Language Test (SELT) list in the Immigration Rules, Appendix O. The SELT list is available at:
  • Qualifications in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at Entry level 3, Level 1 or Level 2, that include speaking and listening and that have been regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). The qualification must be listed as an ESOL qualification on the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications and have been taken in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. The Ofqual register is available at:
  • A National Qualification in ESOL at Scottish Qualifications Framework (SCQF) levels 4, 5 or 6 awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

6. You are not required to study for your qualifications at any specific colleges or to follow any particular curriculum. However, we would recommend that specialist colleges such as UK Cat College can offer the best chance possible of gaining the qualifications you need.

7. If you have obtained a degree that was taught in English, you will not be required to show a formal speaking and listening qualification.

8. Nationals of majority English speaking countries are also not required to show a formal speaking and listening qualification. However, they will still need to pass the Life in the UK test.

9. If you have already have an English language qualification at level B1 or above, you will not be required to take another one.

10. There is no time limit to making your citizenship application. So invest your time wisely with a course at UK CAT College to give yourself the best possible chance of gaining your qualifications, first time.

For more in depth details on the requirements for UK Settlement and Naturalisation, please refer to the Home Office’s document “Knowledge of Language and life in the UK for settlement and naturalisation. Statement of Intent, changes to the requirement from October 2013”. Published in April 2013.

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