QUESTION: My wife is applying for a visa to join me in the UK. I have heard that she will need to pass an English test before she can get her spouse visa to join me in the UK, is this true?
ANSWER: Compulsory English language tests will be introduced for non-Europeans applying to come to the UK to join or marry their settled partner, the UK government announced on 9 June 2010.
From autumn 2010, any migrant from outside the UK who wants to enter or remain in the UK as the partner of a British citizen or a person settled here will need to show that they can speak and understand English.
They will need to provide evidence with their visa application that they have passed an English language test with one of the approved test providers.
The level required is basic English at A1 level, such to allow them to cope with everyday life in the country.
You will need to meet the requirement if:
• you are a national of a country outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland; and
• you are in a relationship with a British citizen or a person settled here; and
• you want to apply to enter or remain in the UK as their husband, wife, civil partner, fiancé (e), proposed civil partner, unmarried partner or same-sex partner.
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