Amendments to the English language tests for applications under Tiers 1, 2 and 4 of the points-based system.

The United Kingdom Border Authority (UKBA) have recently made some amendments to the list of approved English language tests for applications made under Tiers 1, 2 and 4 of the points-based system and for spouse or partner applications.

The amendments include:

• The City & Guilds test scores now show ‘pass’ and there is a separate English language test for spouse/partner applications.
• For City & Guilds tests the documents required for a migrants application have been amended.
• ETS have changed the way that the scores for their TOEFL ibt (internet based test) map against the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
• The ETS TOEFL ibt (internet based test) now includes scores for spouse and partner applications.
• There is a change to the web address for the TOEIC (The test of English for international communication) English language test.
• Cambridge ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) have amended the title of one of their tests from ‘International Legal English Certificate’ to ‘Cambridge English Legal’.
• For Cambridge ESOL tests the minimum grade requirements are clearer.
• Trinity College tests now have a 2 year expiry date.



Along with meeting the English Language requirements applicants will also need to satisfy a number of additional requirements in order to make a successful application. The process is often complicated and confusing and we strongly urge anyone considering making such an application to seek professional legal advice.

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