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About Knowledge of Language and Life 

There are two parts to the Knowledge of Language and Life requirement, both of which you must meet to naturalise as a British citizen unless you are exempt.

You'll be required to pass the 'Life in the UK' Test and meet the language requirement.

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Citizenship Test

You need to find your local test centre by going to the Home Office website. 

English Language Requirements for British Nationality

You'll meet the English language requirement in one of the following ways:

  1. possess a qualification or have passed a test at level B1, B2, C1 or C2 specified on the GOV.UK website Approved English language tests on GOV.UK.

  2. English language testing for naturalisation purposes is offered in Jersey, at Highlands College, St Saviour, in October and April each year, by the IELTS SELT Consortium (ISC), a UK Government approved Secure English Language Test provider. For further details of when and where the Life Skills B1 English language tests for naturalisation purposes are to be conducted, check the IELTS website. Book a test on the IELTS website.

  3. possess an academic qualification deemed by UK NARIC to meet the recognised standard of a Bachelor's of Master's degree of PhD in the United Kingdom and:  UK NARIC has confirmed that the qualification was taught or, as the case may be, researched in English; or  the qualification was taught or, as the case may be, researched in an the following English speaking countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, St Christopher and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, USA).

  4. Being ordinarily resident outside the United Kingdom and a person designated by the UK Secretary of State certifies in writing that you have sufficient knowledge of the English language of the purpose of an application for naturalisation.

  5. Satisfying the Secretary of State when making a successful application for indefinite leave to remain within the meaning of section 33(1) of the Immigration Act 1971 that you possessed a qualification or had passed a test in English at a level equivalent to Level B1 or above on the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment. 

  6. Being a national of the following English speaking countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, St Christopher and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, USA.

People who are exempt from the Knowledge of Language and Life Tests

Certain categories of people do not need to prove knowledge of language and life in the UK.

Age

If you are under 18 or 65 and over, you do not need to meet the knowledge of language and life in the UK requirement. When you apply, you should produce your passport or birth certificate as evidence of your age.

Disabilities and how to meet the British Nationality requirements

If you have a long-term, permanent disability that prevents you from learning English, you may not have to meet the requirements. You must:

  • be suffering from a long-term illness or disability that severely restricts your mobility and ability to attend language classes or; 

  • have a mental impairment that means you are unable to learn another language.

When you apply, you should provide evidence from a medical practitioner confirming your disability. If you need special arrangements to learn English or take the test, you still have to meet the requirements. Complete our visa assessment form to get some initial advice, click here to complete this

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