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Home Office requirements for settlement and naturalisation as a British citizen from 6th April 2015

 

There are two parts to the Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK (KoLL) requirements, both of which must be met by all applicants for settlement and naturalisation unless the individual is exempt.

 

Applicants are required to:

AND

  • have a speaking and listening qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher, or an equivalent qualification

There are new Home Office requirements for Secure English Language Tests (SELT) for applicants for settlement or naturalisation. The new system will mean tests will need to be taken at approved test centres, which will be run by Trinity College London and IELTS SELT Consortia in the UK.

 

Further information on SELT tests can be found on the SELT pages of GOV.UK..

 

From November 2015, applicants for settlement or naturalisation will be required to demonstrate their English language skills by taking a test at a test centre on the new SELT list. Other English language qualifications will no longer be accepted for this purpose.

 

Therefore, from November 2015, applicants for settlement or naturalisation will no longer be able to use SQA ESOL qualifications as evidence of their English language skills. The Scottish Government and SQA are seeking urgent clarification from the Home Office as to the details of this change and will issue further updates as soon as possible.

 

For applications for settlement and naturalisation made before November, the Home Office will continue to accept qualifications which are included in the OFQUAL Register of ESOL Qualifications or those regulated by SQA. Please see below for details of approved SQA ESOL qualifications for those making applications before November.

 

One of the following SQA ESOL qualifications, at one of the levels, would meet the Home Office requirements for knowledge of English for settlement or naturalisation.

 

SCQF Level 4 (B1)

 

C727 74 – National 4 ESOL Course

H24H 74 – ESOL for Everyday Life

H24L 74 – ESOL in Context

H24N 74 – ESOL Assignment

FD5N 10 – ESOL: Speaking and Listening

F369 04 – ESOL for Work – Speaking and Listening

 

SCQF Level 5

 

C727 75 National 5 ESOL Course

H24H 75 – ESOL for Everyday Life

H24L 75 ESOL in Context

FD5N 11 ESOL: Speaking and Listening

F36A 04 ESOL for Work – Speaking and Listening

 

SCQF Level 6

 

C727 76 Higher ESOL Course

H24H 76 ESOL for Everyday Life

H4X6 76 ESOL in Work-related Contexts

H4X7 76 ESOL in Study-related Contexts

FD5N 12 ESOL: Speaking and Listening

 

 

Both of the following SQA ESOL Units, at one of the levels, would meet the requirements for knowledge of English for settlement or naturalisation.

 

 

SCQF Level 4 (B1)

 

H1WE 10 ESOL: Speaking for Employability

 

and

 

H1XG 10 ESOL: Listening for Employability

 

 

SCQF Level 5

 

H1WE 11 ESOL: Speaking for Employability

 

and

 

H1XG 11 ESOL: Listening for Employability

 

 

The following Units and Courses will be replaced by the National and new Higher Units and Courses from 2015/16 but if an applicant holds one of the following qualifications, at one of the levels, they would meet the requirements for knowledge of English for settlement and citizenship.

 

SCQF Level 4

 

DV34 10 ESOL: Everyday Communication

F1AD 10 ESOL: Transactional Contexts

F1AE 10 ESOL: Work and Study-related Contexts

 

SCQF Level 5

 

C222 11 Intermediate 2 (Course)

DV34 11 – ESOL: Everyday Communication

DV35 11 – ESOL: Work-related Contexts

DV36 11 – ESOL: Study-related Contexts

 

SCQF Level 6

 

C222 12 Higher (Course)

DV34 12 – ESOL: Everyday Communication

DV35 12 – ESOL: Work-related Contexts

DV36 12 – ESOL: Study-related Contexts