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How to demonstrate your knowledge of English language

If you plan to come to the UK for studies, work or to settle here, you’ll be required to demonstrate your knowledge of English language.

It’s not enough to claim that you come from a country where English is an official language. In fact none of the English speaking African countries is considered a majority English speaking country. This means that all from Africa who plan to come here for studies, work or settlement must demonstrate their knowledge of English language.

All applying for Tiers 1 and 2 of the points-based system (PBS) must meet English language requirements and score 10 points for their English language skills, unless they are:
– exempt
– applying under the Tier 1 (Investor) category, or
– making an initial application under Tier 1 (Exceptional talent).
 
If you are applying for any of the following categories, you must meet English language requirements:
– Tier 1 (General)
– Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)
– Tier 1 (Graduate entrepreneur)
– Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent – (extension applications), and
– Tier 2
 
An applicant can show they meet the English language requirement and score 10 points if they:
– are a national of a majority English speaking country
– pass an English language test approved by the Home Office, at or above the level for the PBS tier they are applying under
– hold a degree that: was taught in English, and is equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree or above

Have ever been given permission to stay in the UK:
– under Tier 1 (General) or Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)
– as a businessperson under paragraphs 200-210 of the Immigration Rules
– as a highly skilled migrant programme participant under the Immigration Rules which came into force on 5 December 2006
– as a Tier 2 (General) applicant under the Immigration Rules in place on or after 6 April 2011, provided that when they were granted that leave they got points for having knowledge of English equivalent to level B1 of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework for Language Learning or above
– as a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) applicant providing they scored points for their English language ability in that application
– leave as a minister of religion, not as a Tier 2 (Minister of religion) applicant, under the Immigration Rules in place on or after 19 April 2007, or
– as a Tier 2 (Minister of religion) applicant, provided that when they had that leave they got points for English language for being a national of a majority English speaking country, a degree taught in English, or passing an English language test.  

Those applying for Tier 1 (Post-study work) meet the English language requirement if they:
– score 75 points for attributes, or
– have, or were last granted, leave as a participant in the: international graduate scheme; science and engineering scheme, or fresh talent: working in Scotland scheme.
 
Nationals of majority English speaking countries
If you a national of one of the following countries, you will not need a formal speaking and listening qualification.
• Antigua and Barbuda
• Australia
• The Bahamas
• Barbados
• Belize
• Canada
• Dominica
• Grenada
• Guyana
• Jamaica
• New Zealand
• St Kitts and Nevis
• St Lucia
• St Vincent and the Grenadines
• Trinidad and Tobago
• The United States of America
The Republic of Ireland is also included as an English speaking country for naturalisation purposes.
 
It is important to ensure that you take the English language test at an institution approved by the Home Office.
 

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