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Immigration Rules Appendix B: English language

English Language

  1. 1. An applicant applying as a Tier 1 Migrant or Tier 2 Migrant must have 10 points for English language, unless applying for entry clearance or leave to remain:
    1. (i) as a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Migrant,
    2. (ii) as a Tier 1 (Investor) Migrant, or
    3. (iii) as a Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Migrant
  2. 2. The levels of English language required are shown in Table 1.
  3. 3. Available points for English language are shown in Table 2.
  4. 4. Notes to accompany the tables are shown below each table.

Table 1: Level of English language required to score points

Tier 1

Row Category Applications Level of English language required
B Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Entry clearance and leave to remain A knowledge of English equivalent to level B1 or above of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework for Language Learning
C Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Entry clearance and leave to remain A knowledge of English equivalent to level B1 or above of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework for Language Learning

Tier 2

Row Category Applications Level of English language required
E Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) Entry clearance and leave to remain A knowledge of English equivalent to level B2 or above of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework for Language Learning
F Tier 2 (General) Entry clearance and leave to remain, other than the cases in paragraph 5 below A knowledge of English equivalent to level B1 or above of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework for Language Learning
G Tier 2 (General) Leave to remain cases in paragraph 5 below A knowledge of English equivalent to level A1 or above of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework for Language Learning
H Tier 2 (Sportsperson) Entry clearance and leave to remain A knowledge of English equivalent to level A1 or above of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework for Language Learning

Notes

  1. 5. An applicant applying for leave to remain as a Tier 2 (General) Migrant must have competence of English to a level A1 or above as set out in Table 1 above if:
    1. (i) he previously had leave as:
      1. (1) a Tier 2 (General) Migrant under the rules in place before 6 April 2011,
      2. (2) a Qualifying Work Permit Holder,
      3. (3) a representative of an overseas newspaper, news agency or Broadcasting organisation,
      4. (4) a Member of the Operational Ground Staff of an Overseas-owned Airline, or
      5. (5) a Jewish Agency Employee,
    2. and
    3. (ii) he has not been granted leave to remain in any other routes, or entry clearance or leave to enter in any route, since the grant of leave referred to in (i) above.

Table 2: Points available for English language

Factor Points
National of a majority English speaking country 10
Degree taught in English 10
Passed an English language test 10
Met requirement in a previous grant of leave 10
Transitional arrangements 10

Notes

National of a majority English speaking country

  1. 6. 10 points will only be awarded for being a national of a majority English speaking country if the applicant has the relevant level of English language shown in Table 1 and:
    1. (i) is a national of one of the following countries:
    2. Antigua and Barbuda
    3. Australia
    4. The Bahamas
    5. Barbados
    6. Belize
    7. Canada
    8. Dominica
    9. Grenada
    10. Guyana
    11. Jamaica
    12. New Zealand
    13. St Kitts and Nevis
    14. St Lucia
    15. St Vincent and the Grenadines
    16. Trinidad and Tobago
    17. USA
    18. and
    19. (ii) provides his current valid original passport or travel document to show that this requirement is met. If the applicant is unable to do so, the UK Border Agency may exceptionally consider this requirement to have been met where the applicant provides full reasons in the passport section of the application form, and either:
      1. (1) a current national identity document, or
      2. (2) an original letter from his home government or embassy, on the letter-headed paper of the government or embassy, which has been issued by an authorised official of that institution and confirms the applicant’s full name, date of birth and nationality.

Degree taught in English

  1. 7. 10 points will be awarded for a degree taught in English if the applicant has the relevant level of English language shown in Table 1 and:
    1. (i) has obtained an academic qualification (not a professional or vocational qualification) which either:
      1. (1) is a UK Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or PhD
      2. (2) is a qualification awarded by an educational establishment outside the UK, which is deemed by UK NARIC to meet the recognised standard of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or a PhD in the UK, and UK NARIC has confirmed that the degree was taught or researched in English to level C1 of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework for Language learning or above
    2. or:
      1. (3) is deemed by UK NARIC to meet or exceed the recognised standard of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or a PhD in the UK, and is from an educational establishment in one of the following countries:
      2. Antigua and Barbuda
      3. Australia
      4. The Bahamas
      5. Barbados
      6. Belize
      7. Dominica
      8. Grenada
      9. Guyana
      10. Ireland
      11. Jamaica
      12. New Zealand
      13. St Kitts and Nevis
      14. St Lucia
      15. St Vincent and The Grenadines
      16. Trinidad and Tobago
      17. the USA,
      18. and
    3. (ii) provides the following specified documents to show he has the qualification:
      1. (1) the original certificate of the award, or
      2. (2) if the applicant is awaiting graduation having successfully completed the qualification, or no longer has the certificate and the awarding institution is unable to provide a replacement, an academic transcript (or original letter in the case of a PhD qualification) from the awarding institution on its official headed paper, which clearly shows:
        1. (a) the applicant’s name,
        2. (b) the name of the awarding institution,
        3. (c) the title of the award,
        4. (d) confirmation that the qualification has been or will be awarded, and
        5. (e) the date that the certificate will be issued (if the applicant has not yet graduated) or confirmation that the institution is unable to reissue the original certificate or award, and
    4. (iii) provides original documentation produced by UK NARIC which confirms the assessment in (i)(2) or (3), if applicable.
  2. 8. If the applicant is required to have competence of English to level A1 as set out in Table 1 above (rows G and H) , 10 points will be awarded for a degree taught in English if the applicant has the relevant level of English language shown in Table 1 and:
    1. (i) has obtained an academic qualification (not a professional or vocational qualification) which is either awarded by an educational establishment in the UK, and is a Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree or PhD; or, if awarded by an educational establishment outside the UK, is deemed by UK NARIC to meet or exceed the recognised standard of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or a PhD in the UK,
    2. (ii) provides the specified documents in paragraph 7(ii) as evidence to show that he has the qualification, and
    3. (iii) provides an original letter from the awarding institution on its official headed paper, which clearly shows:
      1. (1) the applicant’s name,
      2. (2) the name of the awarding institution,
      3. (3) the title of the award,
      4. (4) the date of the award, and
      5. (5) unless it is a qualification awarded by an educational establishment in the UK, confirmation that the qualification was taught in English, and:
    4. (iv) provides original documentation produced by UK NARIC which confirms the assessment in (i), if the qualification was awarded by an educational establishment outside the UK.
  3. 9. An applicant for entry clearance or leave to remain as a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Migrant does not need to provide evidence of a qualification taught in English if:
  4. (a) the applicant scores points from Appendix A for an endorsement by the UK Higher Education Institution which awarded the qualification; and
  5. (b) the endorsement letter contains the specified details of the qualification, as set out in paragraph 70(c) of Appendix A.

Passed an English language test

  1. 10.10 points will only be awarded for passing an English language test if the applicant has the relevant level of English language shown in Table 1 and provides the specified documents from an English language test provider approved by the Secretary of State for these purposes, as listed in Appendix O, for a test taken at a test centre approved by the Secretary of State as a Secure English Language Test centre, which clearly show:
    1. (1) the applicant’s name,
    2. (2) the qualification obtained,
    3. (3) the date of the award, and
    4. (4) the test centre at which the test was taken, and
    5. (5) that the test is within its validity date (where applicable).
  2. 10A. The qualification obtained must meet or exceed the relevant level shown in Table 1 in:
    1. (i) speaking and listening, if the relevant level is A1 of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework for Language Learning, or
    2. (ii) all four components (reading, writing, speaking and listening), in all other cases,
  3. unless the applicant was exempted from sitting a component on the basis of his disability,

Met requirement in a previous grant of leave

  1. 11. Subject to paragraph 15 below, 10 points will be awarded for meeting the requirement in a previous grant of leave if the applicant:
    1. (i) has ever been granted leave as a Tier 1 (General) Migrant, a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Migrant or Business person, or a Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) Migrant, or
    2. (ii) has ever been granted leave as a Highly Skilled Migrant under the Rules in place on or after 5 December 2006.
  2. 12. Subject to paragraph 15 below, where the application falls under rows B to H of Table 1 above, 10 points will be awarded for meeting the requirement in a previous grant of leave if the applicant has ever been granted leave:
    1. (a) as a Minister of Religion (not as a Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) Migrant) under the Rules in place on or after 19 April 2007,
    2. (b) as a Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) Migrant, provided that when he was granted that leave he obtained points for English language for being a national of a majority English speaking country, a degree taught in English, or passing an English language test, or
    3. (c) as a Tier 4 (General) student, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies used to support that application was assigned on or after 21 April 2011 for a course of at least degree level study.
  3. 13. Subject to paragraph 15 below, where the application falls under rows B to C or rows F to H of Table 1 above, 10 points will be awarded for meeting the requirement in a previous grant of leave if the applicant has ever been granted leave:
    1. (a) as a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Migrant,
    2. (b) as a Tier 2 (General) Migrant under the Rules in place on or after 6 April 2011, or
    3. (c) as a Tier 4 (General) student, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies used to support that application was assigned on or after 21 April 2011,
  4. provided that when he was granted that leave he obtained points for having a knowledge of English equivalent to level B1 of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework for Language Learning or above.
  5. 14. Subject to paragraph 15 below, where the application falls under rows G and H of table 1 above, 10 points will be awarded for meeting the requirement in a previous grant of leave if the applicant has ever been granted:
    1. (i) leave as a Minister of Religion (not as a Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) Migrant) under the Rules in place on or after 23 August 2004,
    2. (ii) leave as a Tier 2 Migrant, provided that when he was granted that leave he obtained points for English language for being a national of a majority English speaking country, a degree taught in English, or passing an English language test.
  6. 15. No points will be awarded for meeting the requirement in a previous grant of leave if false representations were made or false documents or information were submitted (whether or not to the applicant’s knowledge) in relation to the requirement in the application for that previous grant of leave.

Transitional arrangements

  1. 16. 10 points will be awarded for English language if the applicant:
  2. (a) is applying for leave to remain as a Tier 2 (General) Migrant, and
  3. (b) has previously been granted entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain as:
    1. (i) a Jewish Agency Employee,
    2. (ii) a Member of the Operational Ground Staff of an Overseas-owned Airline,
    3. (iii) a Minister of Religion, Missionary or Member of a Religious Order,
    4. (iv) a Qualifying Work Permit Holder,
    5. (v) a Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency or Broadcasting Organisation
  4. and
  5. (c) has not been granted leave in any categories other than Tier 2 (General), Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) and those listed in (b) above under the Rules in place since 28 November 2008.
  6. 17. 10 points will be awarded for English language if the applicant:
    1. (a) is applying for leave to remain as a Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) Migrant,
    2. (b) has previously been granted entry clearance, leave to enter and/or leave to remain as a Minister of Religion, Missionary or Member of a Religious Order, and
    3. (c) has not been granted leave in any categories other than Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) and those listed in (b) above under the Rules in place since 28 November 2008.
  7. 18. 10 points will be awarded for English language if the applicant:
    1. (a) is applying for leave to remain as a Tier 2 (Sportsperson) Migrant,
    2. (b) has previously been granted entry clearance, leave to enter and/or leave to remain as a Qualifying Work Permit Holder, and
    3. (c) has not been granted leave in any categories other than Tier 2 (Sportsperson) and as a Qualifying Work Permit Holder under the Rules in place since 28 November 2008.