UK Border Agency official explains the requirement
18 November 2010. The UK Border Agency has released a video explaining the new English language requirement for spouses and partners who want to settle in the UK.
The requirement will be in force starting November 29, 2010 and will affect anyone applying as the husband, wife, civil partner, unmarried partner, same-sex partner, fiance(e) or proposed civil partner of a British citizen or a person settled in this country. It covers those applying to extend their stay in the UK, as well as applicants from overseas.
There are 3 ways to meet the new requirements:
- provide evidence that you passed a test with one of the UKBA-approved English test providers (click here for the list)
- provide evidence that you are a national of a majority English speaking country (click here for the list )
- provide evidence that you obtained a bachelors degree in English
Helen Sayeed, of the UK Border Agency, explains: ‘We’re introducing a new English language requirement for spouses and partners, because we want people who want to come and live in the UK to settle to speak English, so that they can integrate.
"It makes their day to day life a lot easier, whether it’s going to the GP, talking to their children’s teacher or simple things like shopping.
"The economy benefits too; spouses and partner who can speak English have better employment prospects and it also helps protect our public services."
Watch the video!