New knowledge of language and life requirements

From 28 October 2013, unless they are expressly exempt, all applicants for settlement (eg Indefinite Leave to Remain), or naturalisation as a British citizen, will need to meet the knowledge of language and life requirement by:
• passing the life in the UK test; and
• having a speaking and listening qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher, or its equivalent.

In order to avoid these new requirements, applicants must ensure that their applications are received by the Home Office no later than Friday 25 October 2013.