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Knowledge of Life in the UK

Individuals wishing to apply for indefinite leave to remain (also known as settlement) or naturalisation as British citizens are required to demonstrate their knowledge of language and life in the UK (known as the KoLL requirement). In addition to this they must meet the relevant English language criteria.
Where applicable you shall need to prove your knowledge of the English language if you’re over 18 and applying for citizenship or to settle in the UK (known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’).

You can prove it by having either:

  • an English qualification at B1
  • a degree taught or researched in English

English Language Exemption

You don’t need to prove your knowledge of English if you’re:

  • aged 65 or over
  • unable to, because of a long-term physical or mental condition

You must provide a letter from a doctor confirming your physical or mental condition.

Nationalities that are exempt

You won’t need to prove your knowledge of English if you’re a citizen of:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland (for citizenship only)
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • USA

Exemptions if you’re applying to settle

You don’t need to prove your knowledge of English if you’re applying as:

  • a victim of domestic violence as the partner or spouse of a British citizen or someone settled in the UK
  • the partner or spouse of a person who has died who was either a British citizen or someone settled in the UK
  • an adult dependent relative between 18 and 64 of someone who is present and settled in the UK, is a refugee or has humanitarian protection
  • a refugee living in the UK
  • someone living in the UK with discretionary leave
  • someone living in the UK for with humanitarian protection
  • someone who has permission to stay in the UK as a retired person of independent means
  • a Commonwealth citizen on discharge from HM Forces, including Gurkhas
  • a highly skilled migrant applying under the terms of the highly skilled migrant program (HSMP) judicial review and your dependants
  • someone in exceptional circumstances, eg as an orphan, widow or over-age dependant

Contact Our Immigration Lawyers in Leicester Today

If you require the services of an immigration specialist in Leicester to help resolve an immigration, nationality or asylum issue, please contact our friendly team today.

  • locate Leicester Office

    5 Upper King Street Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 6XF, United Kingdom

    Email: info@gbimmigration.co.uk

    Phone: +44 116 319 4884

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    3 Brindley Pl, Birmingham, West Midlands B1 2JB, United Kingdom

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    Phone: +44 121 798 0103

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    3 The Quadrant, Coventry CV1 2DY, United Kingdom

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