Hi the below link is a good place to start. Your wife will need to pass the LITUK test and meet the B1 English language requirement
im brand new to this, so hope I make sense. My thai wife of ten years now wants to apply for citizenship and eventually a UK passport. She she has had an ILR card for eight years, but I'm very confused on application form regarding requirements, e.g. Life in U.K. Test, which she has not passed, and other requirements. Can anybody give advice or point me to who I should contact.
Thanks in advance.
i just read this bit at the bottom of the page Toddmeister
how many times do they want this info ?
You must also pay £19.20 to have your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) taken. You’ll be told how to do this after you’ve applied.
thanks for replies so far, the part I don't get is the fact we were told at the qualification she achieved at the time in 2012 (ESOL LEVEL 6) from the SQA was good enough. It appeared this was tha case as she got her biometrics done and her ILR card. would I be better at the moment just to renew the card, or does she have to start again?
That qualification may have been enough at that time for her ILR. But as far as I'm aware, a LITUK pass has always been a requirement for citizenship. Unfortunately the rules and requirements do change. My wife only achieved ILR a few months ago. We've applied for citizenship straight away to avoid any changes and higher application fees in the future.
Its down to what she wants. If there is no big advantage to her obtaining citizenship then there is no reason why she can't just stick with ILR. If she wants citizenship then she will have to pass LITUK and the English test. The rest of the application is pretty straightforward. It's just a case of meeting the requirements of time spent outside the country, having two appropriate referees etc
Sisaket I've only looked at this briefly but I think you can only use an old ESOL qualification if its still on the current list which I'm not sure it is. The way I read it, if the old qualification is not on the list she would require a new B1 test......
You may well be correct, hence double check my Mrs has a M.A in English (from TH) she just used that, she did a couple of IELTS tests in the UK (not for immigration purposes) their only valid for two years.
You would think by now they would have a set structure IE tests that dont change every couple of years IE this lady achieved a C1 and may now need a B1, but it would not be in the UK GOV or Exam boards ,or testing centres interests (Cha-chingggg).
I just can not see why they want Bio metrics again that would the 4th time with someone doing the 5 year route at £20 a pop plus photos joke if you ask me surely its all on file and a simple scan m/c at post office when you apply money making scheme me thinks .
thanks for info, I'm beginning to think the whole thing is a money making scheme, after the amount I spent in the first place to get ILR.
immigration officers have these hand held machines ,surely its easy to send a code to your email go to so so post office stick your hand on the machine there you go and it does not cost £20 a pop .
Reminds me when i changed address on my car insurance once thank you £25 for putting in a postcode and clicking a number .
so they already have the data just a confirmation its you . £20 thank you .
That's effectively what they do, except most of the centres seem to be public libraries instead of the Post Office. Its done at the same time as the UKVCAS documents appointment so to me it should be included in the Sopra Seria appointment charge. To me it should only be a chargeable if you're attending a Core centre appointment which if freesurely its easy to send a code to your email go to so so post office stick your hand on the machine there you go