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ESOL Learners should be aware that important changes are being implemented by the UK Home Office, that will have a direct impact on the English Language tests which are accepted for immigration and nationality purposes.
  • To improve security in the immigration system, the Home Office has introduced a revised list of Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) and test centres.
  • The Home Office believes that the security of the immigration and nationality system needs strengthening, and that it would not be feasible or reasonable to require other institutions to introduce the type of security measures the Home Office will be requiring of all new SELT list providers.

Consequently, from November 2015, in addition to passing the Life in the UK test, individuals applying for settlement or citizenship will be required to demonstrate their English language skills by taking a test at one of the centres on the new SELT list.

  • This change will come into force during autumn 2015. This will give those individuals studying a funded course this academic year the opportunity to make an application for settlement or citizenship using that qualification, as well as ensuring that any starting a course later in 2015 are aware of the changing requirements.
  • It should be noted that this does not apply to Refugees who are not required to provide evidence of English language ability in their applications for settlement.
  • Welsh Government Officials are liaising with colleagues in the UK Home Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to draft more detailed guidance once more information becomes available.