Tier 2 English Language Requirements
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Tier 2 English Language RequirementsTo gain entry into the UK under many of the Tier 2 visa categories you must meet the English Language Requirement. You can do this by
- Taking an English language test
- Coming from a majority English-speaking country. A list of these countries can be found below.
- Having a university degree taught in English
Taking an English language testIf you are applying for a Tier 2 (General) visa you must speak English to level B1 of the Common European Frame of Reference (CEFR), also known as the 'threshold' or intermediate level. You must be able to
- Understand the main points of clearly-spoken, standard speech about matters that you experience frequently at work
- Deal with most situations likely to arise as you travel around the UK
- Write 'simple connected text' and express yourself
- Describe your hopes, fears, dreams and plans to others
If you are applying for a Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) visa that will extend your stay in the UK beyond three years or a Tier 2 (Sportsman) visa you must speak English to level A1 of the CEFR – also known as the 'breakthrough' or beginner level English. You must be able to
- Understand and use familiar everyday expressions about basic needs
- Take part in basic conversations about where the person you are talking to lives, who they know etc.
- Interact in a 'simple way' providing the person you are talking to speaks slowly
- Understand abstract conversations and technical discussions
- Interact easily with native English speakers
- Write clearly and in detail.
Where to take the testIf you have to take an English language test, you must take the test with an English school approved by the UK Border Agency.
What to do nextYou must take the test and then send your original certificate of proficiency with your application. It must contain your name, the school's name, your level of proficiency and the date of your test.
Coming from a country where English is spoken
List of majority English-speaking countries
- Antigua & Barbuda
- The Bahamas
- New Zealand
- St Kitts & Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Vincent & the Grenadines
- Trinidad & Tobago
- The USA
Please note that Canada is NOT on the list
Documentary evidence of nationality can be in the form of a current valid original passport or travel document, current national identity card or an original letter from the applicant's home government or embassy
Having a degree taught in EnglishIn order to qualify, you must hold a suitable degree
In order to be acceptable as proof of English ability, your degree must:
- be equivalent to a UK Bachelor's level or higher
- have been taught or researched in English. N.B. If the degree was taken in one of the majority English-speaking countries listed above, then it will be assumed that it was taught in English