All ILR applicants

All ILR applicants must meet the 'Knowledge of life and language' requirements which consists of the English language requirement and the Life in the UK test.

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All applicants over 18 years old must meet the English language requirement, but the main applicant may be exempt if they have meet the English language requirement in a previous visa application. Information on the different ways ILR applicants can meet this requirement, and the various exemptions from having to meet this requirement, is found in Home Office guidance.

While Skilled Worker (previously called Tier 2), and some other visa holders may not need to meet the English language requirement as they met this in a previous visa application, their dependants who are over 18 years old will normally have to meet this requirement.

The main applicant, and any dependants over 18 years old, must also have passed the 'Life in the UK' test before they apply for ILR. Home Office guidance states that a test must be booked at one of the 5 centres closest to where the applicant lives. When booking the test a residential address is entered and the closest centres are indicated.


Booking a 'Life in the UK' test

When booking the test the applicant must state what documents they will present on the day as proof of identity and address. If there are any differences in their details, or the documents presented on the day, they will not be allowed to sit the test, and will have to book and pay for another test. The identification requirements and terms & conditions for booking a test are details in Home Office guidance.



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