Naturalisation. English language requirement. Speaking and listening qualification at B1 level

In an application to naturalise as a British citizen, you can meet the knowledge of language requirement by having a speaking and listening qualification in English at B1 level or above of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Very important to note that for your citizenship application you will not need to take a test assessing your reading and writing abilities. You only have to satisfy the speaking and listening part of the language requirement.

The only accepted tests are those taken at an approved centre of one of the Secure English Language Test (SELT) providers listed here on the Gov.UK website. No other tests are acceptable.

If you met the English language requirement in an application for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) by providing a B1 level qualification (even from a provider that is not anymore on the current SELT list), you do not need to sit another assessment when applying for naturalisation.

The only evidence of taking the English language test is the unique reference number showing the SELT provider’s name, the date of test, the test centre number and the candidate number.

If you want to apply for British citizenship or for a British passport and need specialist advice, feel free to contact me. Please note that I am an accredited immigration adviser, not an employee of the UK Visas and Immigration. I charge fees for the advice provided.

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