One of the key criteria when applying for Tier 2 General visa is for the applicant to meet the English language requirement.

The English language requirement can be met if the applicant:

  • Has taken English language test from an approved service provider with at least CEFR B1 level in Listening, reading writing and speaking.
  • Is a national of an English speaking country from the specified list.
  • Has completed a degree from the UK or has a degree that is taught in English [recognised by UK NARIC].

Is there an English language requirement for Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) visa?

If an applicant is applying for Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) visa and will be in the UK for less 3 years then they are exempted from the English requirement, however for applicants applying for Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) which will extend to beyond 3 years then they are required to meet the English requirement.

Is there an English language requirement for Tier 2 (Sportsperson)?

Applicants who are switching from Tier 2 ICT to Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa must speak English to level A1 of the CEFR. They should be able to converse in English on day to day basis and also should be able to interact and express their emotions with others.

What is the English language requirement for Tier 2 (Minister of Religion)?

Applicants who are applying for a Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa will have to speak English to level B2 of CEFR level.

What are the English speaking countries on the Home Office list of countries?

Citizens of the following countries can demonstrate that they meet the English language requirement by proving their nationality:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • the Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • USA

If you are applying for a Tier 2 visa and would like to know more details about meeting the English language requirement, you can contact the Immigration Experts at The Smart Move2UK [a division of SmartMove Immigration]

Call us on +91 98191 27002 or email us at [fusion_tooltip title=”Email to” class=”” id=”” placement=”top” trigger=”hover”][/fusion_tooltip] to book an initial consultation with our Tier 2 visa consultants based in Mumbai | Delhi | Gurgaon | Chandigarh | Bengaluru.


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