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UNITED KINGDOM: New Statement of Intent Covering Requirements for Settlement and Naturalization

On April 8, 2013, the Home Office published a Statement of Intent outlining planned changes to requirements for those applying to settle in the UK, or become naturalized as British citizens. Starting on October 28, 2013, applicants in both categories must pass the Life in the UK Test and hold a B1 (intermediate)-level English language speaking and listening qualification. This will replace the current system, which requires applicants to take either the life in the UK test or show language progression from one English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) level to the next, but not both. A range of English language qualifications will be accepted as evidence that an applicant has met the B1-level speaking and listening requirements.

Those who applied or will apply for settlement under the pre-October 2013 rules can settle in the UK under those rules, but if they naturalize after October 2013, they will have to qualify under the new rules at that stage (they will not need to retake the life in the UK test but will have to take new language tests).

STATEMENT OF INTENT and further information

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