English language

Guidance on how English language requirements are assessed for Tiers 1 and 2 of the points-based system.


English language

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


UK Visas and Immigration guidance for staff on how to assess English language requirements for Tiers 1 and 2 of the points-based system.

Published 24 October 2013
Last updated 6 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated 'English language requirements: skilled workers'.

  2. Updated English language requirement guidance

  3. Updated guidance.

  4. Updated guidance.

  5. Updated guidance.

  6. Updated guidance.

  7. Updated document

  8. First published.