Must pass to show they have met knowledge of language and life requirement 7th April 2011: Life in the UK Test is now mandatory for skilled and highly skilled migrants.
They must now pass the test, if they want to demonstrate they have met the knowledge of language and life (KOL) requirement for settlement in the UK.
The new requirement affects applicants for settlement in immigration categories such as: Tier 1 (Exceptional talent); Tier 1 (General); Tier 1 (Entrepreneur); Tier 1 (Investor); Tier 2 (Intra company transfer); Tier 2 (General); Tier 2 (Minister of religion); and Tier 2 (Sportsperson).
It will also affect applicants for settlement in other immigration categories, including work permit holder; highly skilled migrant (excluding those covered by the HSMP ILR Judicial Review policy document); representative of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation; representative of an overseas business; overseas government employee; minister of religion, religious missionary, or member of a religious order; airport-based operational ground staff of overseas-owned airlines; person intending to establish themselves in business; innovator; person intending to establish themselves in business under the provisions of EC Association Agreements; investor; and writer, composer or artist.
The UK Border Agency has added:` From 6 April 2011, migrants in these categories can no longer meet the KOL requirement by passing an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) qualification, unless they are applying for settlement under our transitional arrangements….