New A2 English requirement in the family route
Published 21 January 2016
From: Home Office
The Prime Minister announced on 18 January 2016 a new English language requirement for family route migrants seeking to extend their stay in the UK.
Non-EEA national partners and parents on the family route must pass a SecureEnglish Language Test (SELT) in at least CEFR level A2 in Speaking and Listening for: Further Leave to Remain (visa extension), required two and a half years after passing an A1 test.
Adult migrants applying for settlement (indefinite leave to remain) have been required to meet level B1 in speaking and listening skills.
A2 English Test:
Family life as a partner of a settled person (spouse/partner)
Family life as a parent (parent of a dependent)
- UKVI Approved Exam: Equivalent to IELTS General 4.0 and IELTS Life Skills
- Speaking and Listening Test
- 7-minute Exam
- Official certificate posted to you within 7 days
In the test you will describe daily routines and times, understand and use present continuous tenses, understand and use words and phrases about home life, places in your local arrear ad weather. You will also need to clearly pronounce words you have learnt use short sentences and ask simple questions.
B1 English Test:
You must pass a Secure English Language Test (SELT) in at least CEFR level B1 in Speaking and Listening for:
Indefinite Leave to Remain (to settle) or British Citizenship
It is UKVI approved exam: equivalent to IELTS General 4.0 and IELTS Life Skills in Speaking and Listening Test. The latest requirements for UK Home Office visa application made for Settlement/ ILR/ Naturalization /Citizenship stat that applications are required to:
- Pass the life in the UK test
- Have a Speaking & Listening Qualification at B1 cefr or higher (or an equivalent qualification)
Discussion of A Prepared Topic (Up to 5 Minutes)
The topics phase gives candidates the opportunity to display their level of the language while talking about self-selected and personal topics. When choosing the topic for discussion, candidates should prepare the topic on a subject they are personally interested in, knowledgeable about and able to discuss with the examiner for u to 5 minutes.
Before your examination, you must complete a “topic form” which you will present to the examiner when you enter the examination room. The examiner uses the information on the topic form to help initiate and develop a discussion about your chosen topic area. It is designed to encourage spontaneous discussion so you should not try to memories what you are going to say.
Conversation on 2-subject Area (Up to 5 Minutes)
The examiner will then move onto the next stage of the interview, which is a conversation on 2 selected by the examiner. This phase gives candidates the chance to have a real and interesting exchange of information, ideas and opinions, while showing their ability to use the language of the grade. The conversation phase consists of a discussion of how of the subject areas listed for your grade. Although the examiner will only select 2 of the listed below, candidates need to be prepared to talk about all of them.
- Mean of transport
- Special occasions
- Recent personal experiences