New English language requirement: family route
Earlier this year, David Cameron announced the government’s intention to introduce a new English language requirement for family migrants (parent’s/partner’s). This applies to those who are seeking to extend their leave in the UK on a five-year route to settlement under the Immigration Rules.
The new requirement is set to come into force from 01/05/17 and will only apply to those whose leave as a partner or parent is due to expire on or after the proposed date. The purpose of this change is to promote and encourage migrants to integrate into British society.
The English language qualification (speaking and listening), the provider (i.e. Trinity College London or IELTS SELT Consortium) and the test centre must be on the Secretary of State’s approved list.
The change will not affect:
Applicant’s can rely on the following exemptions:
Those who fail to meet the A2 English language test requirements are likely to qualify for further leave to remain under the 10 year partner, parent or private life route to settlement.