All ILR applicants

'Life in the UK' and English language tests unavailable due to coronavirus restrictions

As test centres have now been closed ILR applicants may not be able to book 'Life in the UK' and/ or English language tests. Normally an ILR application submitted without these would be invalid but SIT is seeking clarification from the Home Office whether an ILR application can be submitted with the 'Life in the UK' and English language test results to be submitted later when the centres reopen.

This page will be updated when clarification is provided by the Home Office. In the meantime, anyone considering applying for ILR but who needs to sit these tests should contact the Staff Immigration Team for advice.


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

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The main applicant, and all dependants over 18 years old, must meet the English language requirement. Information on the different ways ILR applicants can meet this requirement is found in Home Office guidance.

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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