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After many years of complex visa applications and uncertainty for you and your family’s future of living in the United Kingdom, obtaining Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK then allows you to finally apply to become a British Citizen.
If you are over 18 and under 65, you must be able to show that you have obtained a speaking and listening qualification at level B1 or higher or an equivalent qualification. This qualification must have been obtained at a test centre which is approved by the Home Office.
Another way of meeting this requirement is by having a suitable academic qualification taught in the UK at degree level or by having a suitable academic qualification taught overseas in English which is deemed by UK NARIC to be compatible with a UK degree.
You will not be required to meet this requirement if you are a national of a majority English speaking country.
If you are over 18 and under 65, you must be able to show that you have passed the Life in the UK Test(LITUK)
Please note that if you have already passed the Life in the UK Test when applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain, you will not be required to sit the test again.
If you have a medical condition or other impairment you may able to seek an exemption from passing both exams if you are able to provide satisfactory medical evidence.
Anybody over the age of ten who applies to become a British citizen needs to meet the so-called “good character requirement”. This requires meeting the Home Office Rules in respect of criminal convictions, breaches of Immigration Laws and other types of behaviour that the Home Office consider make an individual unsuitable to be granted British Citizenship.
A criminal conviction or breach of Immigration Law does not automatically exclude a person from being granted British Citizenship, but depends on the type of criminal offence or immigration breach, when it was committed and the punishment imposed. If you have a concern in respect of a criminal conviction, breach of immigration law or any other good character issue it is essential to seek expert legal advice on the impact it may have on your application before you apply.