Are you looking to find the various English test for your Spouse visa, Work Permit, Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and Naturalisation here in the UK?
For the past 8 years that I have lived in the UK, there were countless times that the UK Home Office changed their rules around the immigration policies.
I must admit that the changes to the policies are tougher on immigrants, with the goal to cut down immigration here in the UK.
On my journey to become a Naturalised UK Citizen, I have had to take and pass all the exams required, Thank God I did!
English Test for Spouse Visa, ILR and Naturalisation (Life In The UK test) Contents
- Who needs to take the SELT?
- The two accredited SELT by the Home Office are:
- Another exam and assessment that I took for my visas and settlement here in the UK.
They are the Trinity College London and the Cambridge English Language Assessment.
Who needs to take the SELT?
The majority of the UK immigration routes will need to obtain SELT. These are:
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur and Graduate Entrepreneur)
Tier 2 (General, Minister of Religion, and Sportsperson)
Tier 4 (General)
A representative of an Overseas Business
Settlement and Citizenship
The tests vary depending on the type of immigration route that you are taking.
Some routes will require a thorough English Language Assessment (Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking) these are common on academic and business routes.
However, for settlement and partners, the Life Skills test are advisable, where only Listening and Speaking sections are to be taken.
The two accredited SELT by the Home Office are:
IELTS SELT Consortium (The UK and International)
It is used primarily for migration, academic or work purposes.
The IELTS exams are mostly paper-based and time-pressured with the scoring system of Band 1 to 9.
The exam results are only valid for 2 years.
The IELTS tests required by the Home Office are the IELTS for UKVI and the IELTS Life Skills.
The IELTS UKVI will assess the four language skills (Reading, Speaking, Listening and Writing).
The UKVI test results equivalent levels of B1 to C2 (depending on your exam results) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
There are two types of UKVI tests, these are the Academic (which you can use for applying in universities and immigration) and the General (which can be used for immigration purposes only)
As for my experience, I took the IELTS UKVI (Academic) as I deemed it to be multi-purpose.
IELTS EXAM PRICE: It varies from country to country, rough estimate between £117 to £200. Please check the test centre where you will be taking the exam.