English language testing for UK Partner Visas will be required from November this year.
27 July 2010
English testing for UK Partner Visas to start November
Plans to introduce compulsory English languages tests for all non-European migrations apply to come to the UK to join or to married their UK-settled partner will be implemented from 29 November.
From that date, migrants who wish to enter or remain in the UK as the partner of a British citizen or a person settled here, for example with a UK Unmarried Partner Visa, will need to show that they can speak and understand English by taking an English language test with one of the UK Border Agency approved test providers.
The new rules apply to anyone applying as the husband, wife, civil partner, unmarried partner, same-sex partner, fiance(e) or proposed civil partner of a British citizen or a person settled in this country.
The tests will be compulsory for people applying from within the UK as well as UK Visa applicants from overseas.
More information about these changes, including a list of approved test providers, will be released before November.
The UK Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their UK Visa applications to the British Embassy.