In this regard, it is important to note that South Africa is not reckoned to be a majority English speaking country, and ticking an application form to this effect, will have disastrous results.
It is very important to keep in mind, that the UK Home Office require you not only to have something but to prove it in a very specific way, and this is why applicants who submit applications themselves, often end up landing themselves in the hot water, as they have provided evidence which does prove the fact, but not the way specified by the UK Home Office.
This week we will look at the English Language requirement, and what it entails for South Africans.
Since 28 October 2013, all applicants for settlement (Indefinite Leave to Remain) in the UK, as well as UK citizenship are expected to fulfil two requirements, unless exempt;
This is known as the KoLL requirement — Knowledge of Language and Life requirement.
Persons who are nationals of majority English speaking countries, and those who have obtained a degree taught in English will not be required to take the English test. Once again, it is important to note that South Africa is not reckoned to be a majority English speaking country.
It is possible to fulfil the English language requirement in two ways;
Certain persons are exempted from the KoLL requirement, this inter alia include; children under 18 years of age; persons aged 65 years and older; persons who have a physical or mental condition which restricts their ability to learn English and/or communicate and/or to take the Life in the UK test etc.
It is also important to note that the UK Home Office only accepts English Language tests, done at approved providers. Applicants should therefore check with their BIC consultant whether a service provider is approved, before booking for the English test.
Director of BIC, Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants Limited.