Changes to the English Language Requirement

Earlier this year, the Home Office made changes to the English language requirement. They reduced the list of approved tests and limited the number of secure testing centres. These changes took effect from 6th April 2015.

From 6th April 2015 anyone taking an English language test must take one of the new approved tests at one of the secure testing centres if they wish to use it in a UK immigration application. A copy of the Approved Secure English Language Tests and Test Centres can be viewed by clicking on the link below:


If you have taken an approved test on or before 5th April 2015 you may still use it in a UK immigration application until 5th November 2015 providing the test is one of those detailed in the transitional approved tests list, a copy of which can be viewed by clicking on the link below:


You will therefore no longer be able to rely on an English language test certificate for the purposes of an immigration application after 5th November 2015, unless it is from the Home Office approved list of secure English language tests and test centres.
Our advice is that you should submit an application as soon as possible if you wish to rely on your current Home Office approved English language test certificate.

Contact our specialist immigration team for further advice and assistance.