Since 9 July 2012, Appendix FM to the Immigration Rules extended the English language requirement to those applying for entry clearance or leave to remain as a parent of a child in the UK.

An applicant can meet the requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Passing UKVI Life Skills test (at minimum level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) or
  • by being a national of a majority English speaking country as provided in the schedule or
  • by having an academic qualification recognized by UK NARIC to be equivalent to the standard of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or PhD in the UK, which was taught or researched in English.

The applicant’s are exempt from the requirement if:

  • they are aged 65 or over, or
  • they have a disability (physical or mental condition) which prevents them from meeting the requirement, or
  • there are exceptional circumstances which prevent them from meeting the requirement.

If an applicant does not provide evidence of meeting the English language requirement then their application is likely to be refused and the applicant can lose the entire UK Visa fee.

To understand how you can meet the English language requirement in your specific case, you can book an appointment for consultation with our UK Immigration experts at SmartMove2UK by calling +91 98191 27002 or email us to book an appointment.

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