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Applicants relying on ESOL must study at accredited college: UKBA


Changes to knowledge of life requirement for citizenship

31 March 2010: All applicants relying on qualifications in English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) must study at an accredited college.

The UK Border Agency has asserted that on 7 April the government will introduce new regulations to make changes to the requirements concerning the knowledge of language and life requirement for applying for naturalisation as a British citizen.

The British Nationality Regulations will specify that all applicants relying on qualifications in English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) must study at an accredited college.

In addition, they will need to demonstrate that they have progressed at least one level following their initial assessment by a qualified person before beginning their course.

Anyone who has already demonstrated that they meet the knowledge of language and life requirement when they were granted settlement will not be affected by this change.

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