Knowledge of language and life in the UK
Changes to 'knowledge of language and life' requirementsRequirements for applicants for settlement or naturalisation will change from 28 October 2013.
This page contains details of the knowledge of language and life in the UK that you need to have before you make an application for naturalisation as a British citizen.
You can demonstrate your knowledge of language and life in the UK in three ways:
- If you speak English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic to a reasonable standard, you will need to pass the 'Life in the UK test'.
- If you do not have sufficient knowledge of English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic, you will need to take and pass an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course in English and citizenship.
- If you passed the Life in the UK test or completed an ESOL course to meet the 'knowledge of language and life' requirement when you applied for settlement, you will not need to show that you meet this requirement again. Simply tick the appropriate box in section 1.22 of the application form.
You cannot be exempted from this requirement because you have lived in the UK for a long time, have certain qualifications, are illiterate or are from an English-speaking country. The requirement to demonstrate knowledge of life in the UK is specified in law, and these are not grounds for exemption.
You may be exempted from the requirement if you are over the age of 65, or have a serious physical or mental condition that would prevent you from meeting this requirement for the foreseeable future. For more information, see the Exemptions page.
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