Indefinite Leave to Remain visa and British citizenship applicants have to show that they have an understanding of life in the UK.
Applicants can show that they have this knowledge by sitting the Life in the UK test.
What is the Life in the UK test?
Life in the UK test is a computer-based test consisting of 24 multiple-choice questions on British traditions and customs. Persons sitting the test have 45 minutes to complete the test.
The UK Government recommend that people study the official handbook called; Life in the UK, A guide for new residents.
Below are some sample multi-choice questions that one can expect;
- What is the name of the UK currency?
- Is the daffodil the national flower of Wales?
- What is the capital city of the UK?
- At what age can you vote in the national election in the UK?
- What is the minimum age you can drive a car or motorcycle in the UK?
The test is one part of the Knowledge of Language and Life (KoLL) requirement. The KoLL requirement has two parts:
- Knowledge of the English language
- Knowledge of Life in the UK
You must book the test through the UK Government website. Applicants have to book the test online at least three days in advance. The test costs £50. There are 50 test centres in the UK, and you can choose a test centre close to you.
When a person takes the test and submits the questionnaire, they will immediately know whether they have passed or failed. Since October 2019 they receive a unique 7-digit test instance ID and not a notification letter. The test results are sent to the Home Office. The Home Office will then check that you have indeed passed the test when they receive your application for ILR or citizenship.
If you fail the test, you can take it again as many times as you need to pass.
All persons applying for ILR under routes requiring KoLL must meet both the language and life components of the test unless they are exempt due to age, physical or mental conditions. Certain other categories of persons are also exempt from having to fulfil the KoLL requirement. These categories among others include;
- Victims of domestic violence
- Bereaved partners of persons who were present and settled in the UK
- Retired persons of independent means
- Adult dependant relatives applying under Appendix FM
Please feel free to contact Breytenbachs if you require more information on the KoLL requirement, or if you want to proceed with your ILR or British Citizenship application. You can send an email to [email protected] or visit the Breytenbachs website at www.bic-immigration.com
Please note that the information in this article does not constitute professional advice. It is provided for general information purposes, without giving any warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied.