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    Changes to the 'knowledge of language and life' requirement for settlement


    01 April 2010


    The UK Border Agency is making important changes to the ESOL provisions within the 'knowledge of language and life' requirement for people seeking settlement in the UK. These changes will come into force on 7 April 2010.

    Most settlement applicants aged between 18 and 64 must show that they have sufficient knowledge of the English language and of life in the UK. They can meet this requirement by either passing the 'Life in the UK' test or obtaining an approved English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) qualification. The ESOL provision is for people whose standard of English is below ESOL Entry Level 3.

    Currently, you can satisfy the ESOL requirement by obtaining a relevant ESOL qualification from an approved awarding body following attendance on a course which was taught using specified citizenship materials. From 7 April 2010, you must also:

    have studied for your ESOL qualification at an 'accredited college'; and
    be able to demonstrate that you have progressed at least one level in order to obtain your qualification.
    An 'accredited college' is:

    a publicly funded college which is subject to inspection by Ofsted or its devolved equivalents; or
    a private college which is accredited by Accreditation UK, the British Accreditation Council (BAC), the Accreditation Body for Language Services (ABLS) or the Accreditation Service for International Colleges (ASIC).
    We will accept that a college meets the definition of an 'accredited college' if it was accredited on the date when you obtained your qualification, or if it is accredited on the date when your settlement application is decided.

    If you submit your settlement application on or after 7 April 2010, you must meet the new requirements.

    If you submit your settlement application before 7 April 2010, it will be considered in accordance with the provisions in force on 6 April 2010. The college where you studied will not need to be accredited, but you will still need to have obtained an ESOL qualification from an approved awarding body following attendance on a course which contained citizenship materials.

    There is no change to the provisions for those taking the 'Life in the UK' test.

    For more information, please see the Knowledge of language and life pages in the Settlement section of our website.

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    My wife finished her ESOL course in June 2009 and I have a revised letter from the college dated April 1st 2010.

    We apply for her ILR on April 29th.........with these new changes will this affect our application?

    The letter reads from the college reads.

    TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

    Confirmation of achievement of a Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life delivered within a citizenship context.

    The attached Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life awarded by City & Guilds is being submitted by Mrs Suwimol ?????? (dob ??.??.????) as part of her application for naturalization, as set out in requirements by the Home Secretary.

    Mrs ????? progressed from Pre-Entry level to Entry Level 1 as evidenced by her certificate.

    This letter is to confirm that the certificate was gained after attendance at an ESOL course provided by this institution. This course was delivered in a citizenship context and used materials derived from ‘The Citizenship materials for ESOL learners’ pack produced for the Home Office by NIACE and LLU+.

    Is this letter now okay and how will I know if Bedford College is an accredited college?

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    Chris, I would be on the phone to the college tomorrow asking them if they are able to prove (in writing to you) that they fall in to the "accredited" field as described and explain to them that this is now a requirement for ESOL courses with the view of Settlement.

    I think they will probably be shocked to learn of the changes if schools/colleges in my experience are anything to go by.

    If that fails then I would contact Ofsted, BAC, ABLS or ASIC to find out.
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    The college is closed for Easter - just looked on the Ofsted website and Bedford College appear on their website so presume this is good news.

    Will follow up with them next week - how will a PEO office know if they are an approved body though? Will they expect a letter (this isn't mentioned) or will they just do some check when we are there?

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    Does anyone know if this also applies to Naturalisation ? Mol will be applying next month, she has a letter from Epping Forest College but they're not currently on the list of accredited colleges.

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    thanks Keith - that puts my mind at rest - still wonder how the Border Agency will check this though - would be deadfull if someone attended an ESOL course, then to find out it was not an approved college/centre.

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    I'm a little confused by this thread. My wife was granted her ILR back in 2004. She's about to take her Life In The UK test with a view to citizenship (the test is booked for May). Does this mean we have to get something else AS WELL as the test?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PT View Post
    I'm a little confused by this thread. My wife was granted her ILR back in 2004. She's about to take her Life In The UK test with a view to citizenship (the test is booked for May). Does this mean we have to get something else AS WELL as the test?
    No no no, this ONLY applies to those going down the ESOL with citizenship content route, those taking the LiUK test are totally unaffected.

    Gary,

    The lists of accredited colleges are approved private colleges. Read the OP's first post again, I missed the bit about state funded colleges the first time around.

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    I don't believe this - I have just gone onto the UKBA website again and the form has changed YET again for SET (M) and guidance notes......I will have to get a revised letter from the college quickly as the following is now needed from the college:-

    m. you have obtained a relevant ESOL qualification?

    You must submit the original certificate from an approved awarding body (see above) showing that you have obtained a relevant ESOL qualification.

    You must also submit a letter from your college confirming:

    - Your name

    - The title of the qualification you have obtained

    - The name of the awarding body

    - That the course contained citizenship materials derived from the document entitled "Citizenship Materials for ESOL Learners" produced by NIACE/LLU+

    - That you were assessed at the beginning of the course by a suitably qualified teacher (ISN'T ON OUR ORIGINAL LETTER)

    - The level at which you were originally assessed (ISN'T ON OUR ORIGINAL LETTER)

    - The level to which you have progressed

    - The duration of the course (ISN'T ON OUR ORIGINAL LETTER)

    - How the college meets the definition of an "accredited college". (ISN'T ON OUR ORIGINAL LETTER)

    The letter from the college must be on letter-headed paper, be signed and dated by an official of the college, and contain the official stamp or seal of the college.

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    Chris download the requirements as you've just stated and ask the college to re write everything for you with the latest editions.I'm sure they'll oblige.

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    The college have just done me a new letter - for anyone whom needs a template - reads as follows:-

    ELT Department
    Cauldwell Street
    Bedford
    MK42 9AH

    Tel: 01234 ?
    14 April 2010

    TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

    Confirmation of achievement of a Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life delivered within a citizenship context

    The attached Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life at Entry Level 1(Speaking and Listening) awarded by City and Guilds is being submitted by Suwimol ? (DOB 09.11.1974) as part of her application for naturalization, as set out in requirements by the Home Secretary.

    This letter is to confirm that the certificate was gained after attendance at an ESOL course provided by this institution. This course was delivered in a citizenship context and used materials derived from ‘The Citizenship materials for ESOL learners’ pack produced for the Home Office by NIACE and LLU+.

    Suwimol ? was originally assessed by an ESOL tutor holding a combination of the following qualifications:
    • Level 4/5 ESOL Subject Specialism
    • CELTA
    • PGCE
    • Cert Ed

    Suwimol ? progressed from Pre-entry level to Entry Level 1 during her studies from 15 September 2008 until 19 June 2009

    Bedford College is an accredited college as it is a publicly funded college which is subject to inspection by Ofsted.


    Signed ……………………............... Printed Name ………………………………...
    Karike ?
    Assistant Director
    English Language Teaching Department




    College/Institution Stamp

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    Forgive me if i'm wrong but shouldn't it say application for ILR not naturalisation or have they changed the wording to mean the same?

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    but surely ILR comes before Naturalisation which is leading to it?

    it states "as part of her application for naturalization"

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    To be totally clear, you only need life in the uk test or ESOL progressed one level - not both. Naturalization and passport are pretty straightforward compared to the first visas.

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