Do I need to take a life in the UK test?
In order to meet the ‘Knowledge of language and life in the UK’ requirement for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)/settlement you must: pass the Life in the UK test, unless exempt (see below) have a speaking and listening qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher, or its equivalent. You must book your Life in the UK Test online at least 3 days in advance. It is a test that consists of a multiple choice exam made up of 24 questions to be answered in 45 minutes, the pass mark is 18. After you have finished taking your Life in the UK Test, you will be then guided by your test supervisor to a room where you can wait for your test results. It usually takes 10-30 minutes before the test supervisor checks your test and announces your result in the test. Upon passing the life in the UK test, you will receive a pass certificate. This certificate has no expiry date, and can be used for all future applications. If you fail either test you cannot make an application to UKVI until you have passed both tests. There is no restriction on retaking the test. Please note that there is an Entry requirements: Valid Visa
You do not need to take the test if you:
- are under 18
- are 65 or over
- have passed it before – for example, if you’re applying to become a citizen and already passed it as part of your settlement application
- have a long-term physical or mental condition – you must provide either a formor letter from a doctor confirming your physical or mental condition
NOTE: There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens currently living in the UK until 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. You and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK. The scheme will open fully by 30 March 2019.