Update 2 May 2017: this is an update to a blog previously published in 2016.  These changes are now in place.

On 18th January 2016, the previous Prime Minister announced the intention to introduce a new English language requirement, at Level A2 CEFR for partners and parents applying to extend their existing leave under the family Immigration Rules.

New Immigration Rules were published on Thursday 3rd November 2016 to bring the English language policy into force.

The Level A2 CEFR English language requirement will apply to those whose leave to enter or remain as a partner or parent on a 5 year route to settlement under Appendix FM will expire on or after 1st May 2017.

From 1st May 2017, applicants who have completed 2.5 years (30 months) in the UK with leave as a partner or parent under Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules, and who are applying for further leave to remain in that category, will be required to obtain an approved English language speaking and listening qualification at Level A2 CEFR or higher unless they:

  • Are a national of a majority English- speaking country
  • Hold a degree taught or researched in English, or
  • Are exempt from the requirement

Please see a copy of the list of approved tests and providers.

Any applicant who fails to meet the Level A2 CEFR English language requirement for further leave to remain as a partner or parent under the 5 year route to settlement will have to meet the relevant requirements of Appendix FM or demonstrate exceptional circumstances in order to be granted leave to remain in the UK on family or private life grounds under a 10 year route to settlement.

We would advise any applicants to plan ahead and take the English language test at Level A2 CEFR as soon as possible.

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If you are unable to pass the English language test or require re-assurance that you are on the right track, please contact us for advice and assistance on 0191 243 8164.