Since the 6th of April this year, skilled and highly skilled migrants were added to the list of those required to pass the Life in the UK test in order to qualify for ILR (indefinite leave to remain) in the UK.
The Life in the UK test is used to test applicants’ knowledge of UK culture and civics and consists of 24 multiple choice questions. The test lasts for 45 minutes and a grade of 75% or higher (at least 18 correct answers out of 24 questions) is required to pass. Tests are carried out by Ufi Limited via a secure web connection and the cost for each test is £34.73.
Those affected are ILR applicants currently in the UK under the following visas:
- Tier 1 (Exceptional talent, General, Entrepreneur, Investor)
- Tier 2 (General, Intra company transfer, Minister of Religion and Sportsperson)
- Work permit holder
- Highly skilled migrants
- Representative of overseas newspapers or broadcasting organisations
- Representative of overseas businesses and overseas government employees
- Ministers of religion
- Airport-based operational ground staff of foreign-owned airlines
- Writers, composers and artists
Passing the Life in the UK test fulfils the requirement for “sufficient knowledge of life in the United Kingdom” which was introduced for naturalisation on 1 November 2005.