New English Language Requireme

New English Language Requirement for Non-EEA Partners and Parents

The English Language requirement for non-EEA partners and parents will be changed to Level A2 on 1 May 2017.

New English Language Requireme

The UK Government announced the changes early in November 2016, but will only implement on 1 May 2017, in order to provide applicants with the time to improve their English language ability to this higher English language requirement.

The new English Language Requirement will be at Level A2 of the Common European Framework of References for Languages.

Who will be affected by the new English Language Requirement

The new English language requirement  will affect all applicants who will be applying to extend their stay after 2,5 years in the UK on the 5-year route to settlement. It will apply to all partners and parents whose current leave under the UK Family Migration rules is due to expire on or after 1 May 2017.

Fulfilling the English Language Requirement

Applicants will be able to meet the new A2 requirement in one of the following ways;

  • On the basis that you are a national of a majority English-speaking country;
  • Holder of a degree taught in English;
  • By passing a speaking and listening test at Level A2 or above at one of the approved test providers. (Trinity College London and IELTS SELT Consortium are approved test providers.)

Exemptions from the English Language Requirement

The following persons are exempted from having to fulfil the English Language Requirement;

  • If you are aged 65 years or older;
  • Have a disability preventing you from meeting the requirement;
  • If there are exceptional circumstances preventing you to meet the requirement.

If you are a non-EEA parent or partner and qualify to apply to apply for Further Leave to Remain before the implementation date of the new higher English Language Requirement, please contact our team to avoid the last minute rush! or