Knowledge of language and life in the UK
Changes to 'knowledge of language and life' requirements and application detailsRequirements for applicants for settlement or naturalisation changed on 28 October 2013, along with important information regarding the date of naturalisation.
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:
- Passing the Life in the UK test, and either
- having a qualification in English at B1 level or above of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), which includes assessment of speaking and listening, or
- being a national of an English-speaking country
More information can be found in our Knowledge of language and life in the UK guidance.
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.