UKBA announces new list of approved English language test providers

May 1, 2011 by Webmaster 


UKBA have announced a new list of English language test providers for Tiers 1, 2, 4 and spouses/partners. When the transitional arrangements have expired, this new list will replace all existing lists of English language test providers. The link below shows all the different qualifying tests, which will be run by the following awarding bodies: Cambridge ESOL, City & Guilds, Educational Testing Service, Pearson and Trinity College, London.

The transitional arrangements are that for Tiers 1 and 2 of the points-based system, tests that have been booked or taken with the existing lists of providers can be used in applications as long as they are received by UKBA on or before 17 May 2011. From 18 May 2011 only tests taken with providers on the new list can be used as part of applications for Tier 1 and Tier 2. Those applying as a spouse or partner may use a test with an existing provider in an application received on or before the 17 July 2011. From 18 July 2011 all applications must be submitted with evidence from a provider on the new list. There are no transitional arrangements for Tier 4 of the points-based system; a test can be taken with any provider on the new list and submitted as part of an application.

Please follow this link for the range of test providers and eligible qualifications:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/employersandsponsors/pointsbasedsystem/new-approved-english-language

A consequence of this new requirement is that it could negatively impact on people applying to come to the UK who do not have access to an approved test provider within their country of residence – potentially creating obstacles to their joining family members in the UK. This is now the subject of a judicial review being brought by three claimants in the West Midlands, listed for 17 and 18 July.

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