‘Sufficient knowledge of life in the United Kingdom’
The above phrase is a feature of most of the Immigration Rules in relation to settlement. It is preceded by ‘sufficient knowledge of the English language’. Sufficient knowledge of life in the United Kingdom is achieved by undertaking the ‘Life in the UK’ test.
What does the test consist of?
The ‘Life in the UK’ test is a 45-minute test consisting of 24 questions based on the history, political makeup, social matters, royalty, literature and aspects parts of British life and culture. It is noteworthy that most British people that attempt this test without study cannot pass it; therefore, any applicant that must undertake this test should study thoroughly for it.
What will you get after the test?
There have been some recent changes to this test which mean that those that take the test are no longer issued with a pass certificate but are issued with a number which can then be used on any future application. It will obviously be imperative that this an applicant correctly enters this number on the application form.
What should you bring?
In my experience as an immigration caseworker, one of the main stumbling blocks in respect of this test is the Kafkaesque approach to entry to the test centre. Applicants must attend the test centre with a photographic identification document. This identification document must be either a valid passport or travel document, biometric residence permit or a biometric residence card. Applicants will be refused entry if their name, as recorded on the booking, differs in any way from the identification document. It is therefore important to record any middle names exactly as they are on the identification document.
The ‘Life in the UK’ test costs £50 to book and if entry is refused because the correct identity document is not brought, or the names do not match.
What will Westkin Associates do for you?
If you have to take the ‘Life in the UK’ test, contact our immigration solicitors and we will help you with our three-step process.
- Booking:Westkin Associates books the exams on behalf of our clients completely for free and ensures all of the forms are filled in, saving them from the hassle.
- Preparation:It is important that you study for the ‘Life in the UK’ test. Westkin Associates is able to put you in contact with suitable course advisors as well as resource material to help you prepare for the exam.
- Practice: There are a number of mock tests available on the Internet but if you are confused by the sheer volume of material contact our lawyers, and we will find you the best material to prepare you for the course.
Questions vary in difficulty from ‘What is the capital of the UK?’ to ‘What type of government was formed after the General Election of 2010?’ The options being ‘National, All-party, One-Party or coalition’. This would be particularly tricky for a person that arrived in 2015 after that government was no longer in power. This, of course, would be the likely scenario as most people apply for indefinite leave to remain after five years in the UK the test would have to be taken in advance of the application.
It’s worth noting that the ‘Life in the UK’ test certificates do not expire as English test certificates do, so you can take your test at any time after coming to the UK. There are no ‘Life in the UK’ test centres abroad.
Start your life in the UK?
Westkin Associates recognises that the process of preparing for a ‘Life in the UK’ test can be quite daunting, but our lawyers have specialised in supporting foreign nationals through this process. We have supported hundreds of successful naturalisation applications and made the transition as smooth as possible.