Should you take the test

Detailed information can be found at UK Border Agency website

You do not need to take the test if you

  • have already passed the test once and either has the pass result or already submitted the result to the Home Office
  • aged under 18 or over 65 (You should send your passport or birth certificate as evidence of your age with your application)
  • are suffering from a long-term illness or disability that severely restricts mobility and ability to attend language classes
  • have a mental impairment that means you are unable to learn another language
  • a Foreign and Commonwealth citizen on discharge from HM Forces (including a Gurkha);
  • the husband, wife or civil partner of a Foreign and Commonwealth citizen on discharge from HM Forces (including a Gurkha);
  • a victim of domestic violence;
  • the bereaved partner (husband, wife, civil partner, unmarried partner or same-sex partner) of a British citizen or someone who was settled here;
  • a parent, grandparent or other dependent relative of a British citizen or someone who has settled here (under paragraph 317 of the Immigration Rules);
  • a retired person of independent means;
  • a European national or the non-European family member of a European national, making an application under the Free Movement of Persons provisions (not based on the Immigration Rules);
  • a Turkish businessperson under the European Community Association Agreement (ECAA) with Turkey;
  • someone who has spent five years in the UK with permission to stay as a refugee;
  • someone who has spent six years in the UK with discretionary leave;
  • someone who has spent four years in the UK with exceptional leave to remain;
  • someone who has spent five years in the UK with humanitarian protection; or
  • a dependent child of someone in an employment category that preceding the points-based system (listed in paragraphs 128-193 of the Immigration Rules, excluding paragraphs 135I-135K) or of someone who is here as a businessman, self-employed person, investor, writer, composer or artist (paragraphs 200-239 of the Immigration Rules). This includes children who are 18 or over when they apply.

57 comments on this post.
  1. Anoushka Manglani:

    Hi.
    I am a indian passport holder married to a british citizen.I am on a spouse visa for 2 yrs which expires soon this year.I want to apply for a ILR.Kindly advice if it is mandatory to sit for the life in the united kingdom test?Many thanks..

  2. abedeen:

    we got indefinite leave to remain on 20/01/2010 and at that time my daughter was 17 years old. now we have to apply for UK citizenship on 20/01/2011 and she will turn 18 on the 01/01/2011. Since life in the UK test was not compulsory for her at that time, may i ask you if she will need the test when we apply for UK citizenship.

  3. Naureen:

    Hi
    I am a Canadian citizen married to a pakistani..Before applying for th ILR do i have to appear for the life in the uk test..?

  4. Ahmed:

    dear Admin,

    I’m a British citizen in UK and got married abroad, does my wife have to take the test.

  5. mandy:

    hi,

    i passed my life in the uk test in 2008 and i have my indefinite leave to remain which i submited with it, i can’t find my pass certificate to apply for citizenship , do i need to sit it again?

  6. Barbara Bentley:

    Hello, my husband is a British Citizen and also a Canadian Citizen. I wish to apply for a British Passport/Citizenship. What are my choices? We already own a home in Spain but not in Britain. Can I still apply for Citizenship and what else should I do?

  7. rubina:

    i got my indefinite leave in feb 2010. i want to apply for british passport do i need to sit in life in uk exam or not?

  8. michael goff:

    i live in the usa. but i want to live and retire in the uk[london] what is this test ?

  9. Rashid kh4n:

    Hi my name is rashid khan.I have a spouse visa &i came here 19nov 2009.I have a daughter & she is 1year old.I am here in the u.k earlier 14 months.my visa will soon finish but I want to apply for my indefinite stay.am I ilegibal to applying for a indefinite stay?

  10. Victoria:

    Hi,
    I have indefinite leave to remain in the UK because my step father is English. I want to apply for citizenship, do I still have to take the test even though I completed my education in England? I moved to the uk in 1997 completed GCSE’S, A LEVELS, I have a Bachelors degree and hold a CELTA certificate. Do I still need to prove I can speak English and my knowledge about living in the UK although I have lived there for a reasonably long period of time?
    Thanks

  11. taz jones:

    i came in this country by a ship but how do i get back to my country again help me

  12. ali hussain:

    hi, my name is ali hussain i am iraqi i have been here for seven years,and i have got indefinite leave to remain in the uk, i have been going to college sence 2004 i have got esol entry 123and level one in english, do i need to take the test. thank

  13. M.S.shimai banu:

    Hi I am indian women i married british citizen. I am not going to work i am house wife do i need to take the test

  14. Shaheda:

    Hi..

    I have spouse dependent visa which finish in 2012.I married to british citizen.Do i need to sit test for life for the uk test.If i done esol courses and i got certificate of that still i need to give test for life for the uk test.And also i would like to ask you that what other relevant doucments required for applying ILR visa?What is procedure also for the ILR visa applying?

  15. tony goncalo:

    Hi my name is tony i have indefinite leave in uk. i would like to know if i can lagalise my dad whos over 65?

  16. fahim ahmed:

    i have got three a levels which is english busniss and matomtics so do i stil need to take the test life in the uk? or not

  17. kate:

    hi,
    i came to UK when i was 14 in 2007. i was granted indifinite leave to enter visa from my country but now i am 18 i want to apply for british citizenship so i am wondering if i have to take life in uk test because i went to secondery school and sixth form in London. i have full GCSE AND A level certificate.
    thank you

  18. imran:

    Hi
    I am Imran i am on spouse visa in uk do i need to give any test ? and if yes can you give me any link where should i go and give the test i live in croydon-london
    waiting for ur reply
    Thanking you
    Imran

  19. iyke:

    do i need to take English test when submitting a spouse visa, if i have taking life in UK test and pass it. and i am a master degree student of marketing.

  20. russell kemp:

    hi,
    my sister-in-law is about to apply for indefinite leave to remain. We are unsure as to wether or not she needs to take the LIFE IN THE UK test as she has ESOL LEVEL 3 from a recognised college and the application form says that you need either one of the forementioned but the guide line notes for the application form say that you need both???

  21. mireille:

    i got a Certificat of higher education in sociology from sheffield university. Do I need a life in the uk test for british citizenships application?

  22. Charlhene:

    I came to UK in 1995 aged 9 (now 27) educated and lived in UK since. I have ILR do I have to do the test? Because I want to apply for a British passport.

  23. prasanna gurung:

    Hi,
    I’ve been living in england for five years. I’ve got indefinite leave to enter the UK and my mother is a british citizen. I’ve got a gcse in English and currently studying at a university. Do I need to sit for the life in the UK test before I apply for my british citizenship? Your feedback will be much appreciated. Thanks
    Prasanna

  24. sam:

    i am a british cizizen and i have eyesight issues that causes major dizziness and i also have mentallly ill daughter from my ex husband, am i obliged to have my new husband come and look after us in the uk?

  25. Dhiraj:

    I have been leaving in uk past 20 years, did my GCSE in 1996, also have got Indefinite leave to Remain in UK. Do I need to pass ‘Life in the UK’
    test? Do I need to sit for the life in the UK test before I apply for my british citizenship.

    Many Thanks
    Dhiraj

  26. Imanie:

    Hi,

    I took the Life in the UK test in 2007 when I got my Indefinite Leave to Remain. Do I have to take the test again for my citizenship application? I didn’t get my letter back when I applied for the Indefinite Leave to Remain, so I don’t know what to do next.

  27. admin:

    Imanie,

    You only need to pass the test once, once submitted to Home Office you will no longer need to pass the test.

  28. admin:

    Dhiraj,

    I’m afraid you will have to take the test regardless of your qualifications.

  29. di:

    hi my husband is not sure if needs to do esol test or the life in the uk test …we are very confused ….is it for his ilr …he currently has a spouse visa .

  30. Sam Sahni:

    Hi Admin, as the above document says ”someone who has spent five years in the UK with permission to stay as a refugee” does not need to give life in the uk test. I am dependent of a refugee and got ILR with my wife at same time of her settlement. We did not give life in the uk test at that time .
    Do we need to pass the test before applying for citizenship??
    Regards
    Sam

  31. naradmani gurung:

    I am retired Gurkha Officer and have been holding ILR since last six years. I am wondering should I still need to sit for Life in UK test for naturalisation or exempted. I learnt from Life in the UK web site that ex Gurkhas and his wife are exempt from taking the test. Your early response would be much appreciated. Thank you.

  32. VM:

    I came in to the UK on a work permit in 2005. My work visas end in 2013, but I married in 2009 and am on a 2 year marriage visa. I am applying for ILR. Do i have to take the life in the UK test

  33. Claire:

    Hi my husband has a child here who will be one and he is adopting my 6 year old child does that mean he doesn’t need to take it? He has been in the uk for 10 years on various visas he is now applying for ILR as we have been married 2 years … Thanks .

  34. sad:

    hi i have passed my life in uk test in 2006 and i lost my certificate anyone can help me how do solve the issue

  35. confiuse:

    hi im ex forces and ive got indefinate leave to remain in the u.k…but i didnt sit for my life in the uk test….but i want to apply for my citizenship…do i have to sit for my life in the uk test???

  36. Britanny:

    If i were to send off my british citizen application on the month of my 18th birthday, do i have to take the ‘life in the Uk’ test?

  37. Gail Picton-Turbervill:

    I am living in UK with my British husband, we are retired and financially independent.
    Do I need to take the KOL test

  38. Sandeep:

    I have got indefinite leave and have gcse qualification as well. Do I need to do LIUK test inorder to apply for British password?

  39. rob:

    hi, my wife passed the life in the uk test for her indefinate leave to remain visa.
    should she wish to apply for citizenship will she need to take another test?

  40. Emma:

    i have taken the life in the uk test and passed it just to realize i cant get my ilr as requirement for an arm forces wife for ilr is different from others,can i use my life in the uk test for my visa extention or i need to take the ESOL TEST.

  41. kemi:

    I have lived in England most of my life, I went to secondary school up to university in England, this has been my home for over 21 years, do I still need to take the life in the UK test?

  42. Karen Parker:

    My daughter got indefinite leave to remain on 23rd Feb,2010 after having her Settlement Visa from 25th January 2008. At the time of getting her ILR my daughter was 17 years old. now we have to apply for UK citizenship on 1st.March 2013 (5 year). Since life in the UK test was not compulsory for her at that time, may i ask you if she will need the test when we apply for UK citizenship.

  43. Watsana Sapphaso:

    I have been married to a UK citizen for 5yrs & have been in the UK for 6yrs. I am now on my 3rd leave to remain visa. I would now like to apply for ILR or UK citizenship. I am told I have to pass a life in the UK test, I am also told if I pass an ESOL level 3 test in speaking English I do not have to to do life in the UK test. Is this true?

    Watsana.

  44. Sylwia:

    I 18 years old and i lived in UK for 7 years , i took my GCSE’s do i still have to take the life in the UK test ?

  45. bushra:

    i came to the uk in september 2012. where do i take a citizenship test test ifilive in redbridge?where can i get the I L R form? also, do i need to take classes as i have esol entry level 1 certificate? when can i apply for certizenship? how much fee do i need to pay?

  46. lucy:

    I came to england when I was 9 and went to primary and secondary school here, do I need to take life in the uk test.. I have indefinite to remain in the uk.

  47. pat:

    i came to UK when i was 12yrs, now am 27, how can i apply for indefinite to remain in the UK. my mother and brother/sister are British citizen. i study in one of the UK university and have a degree but i can not work with it because it is not with my name. i don’t know what to do or how to get help, for 15yrs years i have not been settle and i can not do a proper job and get paid proper money, please can some advice me what to do.

  48. sara:

    hi i have passed my life in uk test in 2012 novemebr and i have submitted in ilr application now i need to apply for passport but i been a victim of domestic violence and my things has been stolen i need to know what should i do i need to appear again or what?

  49. sara:

    hi i have lost my life in uk test the record is with ukba when i had applied for ilr so for british passport i need to appear again in test or what

  50. David Gurung:

    Hi there, I am 19 years old with Nepali passport. I moved in here in 2006 with indefinite leave to remain. I want to apply for British Passport so I was wondering if I have to take Life in the UK test because I have completed my GCSEs and A Levels and currently studying at university in UK. Please reply.
    Thank You..

  51. abiir rosunally:

    hello am on spouse visa which going to expired soon i have a 1 yr old daugther and wondering if i need to take to life in uk test

  52. Nem Thapa:

    Hi there,

    Is an ex Gurkha exempted from the life in the UK test? I sent several emails to UKBA but has no response. I’ve seen so many ex Gurkhas either obataining ESOL certificate or going for life in the Uk test to apply a citizenship whereas exempt list includes Gurkha. I’m just confused. Appreciate for your advice. Thank you.

  53. Hareem:

    Hi
    I’m 17. Can I take Life in the UK test?

  54. saf:

    Hi

    a friend of mine wants to apply for citizenship and concern about the life in the UK test. when he was applying for indefinite leave to remain in the UK he took the test and passed it and he was granted indefinite leave to remain, now he is applying for citizenship , the question is does he need to retake the test? your answers will be much appreciated. Thanks

  55. admin:

    Test is to be taken only once if passed.

  56. S. Thapa:

    I have a settlement visa and my spouse is British Citizen. I am already in UK for more than one decade and working for British Government, do I still need to take test in order to get the British Passport?

  57. DEANO:

    Hi there,
    I have been in the Uk for 10 years and I need to apply for my ILR. Do I still need to do the test ?

    kind regards
    Des

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