Life in the UK Test for ILR / Settlement

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Life in the UK/British Citizenship Test is a 24-questions (45 minutes long) computerized test based on the understanding of the history, culture, and customs of the United Kingdom. This test is fundamentally important for the applicants to pass, to be granted Indefinite Leave to Remain status. It is, therefore, part of one of the important Home office criteria for a successful ILR application.

Life in the UK Test — Minimum Passing Score & Cost

The minimum passing score is 75% so be sure to be well-prepared before sitting for this test. Generally, you are required to book your slot 3 days in advance before appearing for the test. The average cost is approximately £50.

Re-Appearing for the life in the UK Test

In case you were not able to pass the test, you can always retake the test. You can re-take as many times as you want until you get a satisfactory passing score, so there is no limit to re-appearing.

Life in the UK Test Exemption for the Disabled

Additionally, people under 18 or above 65 are exempt from taking a Life in the UK test. Also, those who suffer from mental or physical disabilities. So long as they have written proof of medical record issued by the approved medical professional. The detailed list of people exempt from the Life in The UK Test and English language requirements is mentioned below.

Life in the UK Test — Identification Documents

It is also important to note that when you are booking the test, you are required to provide the accurate mailing address, credit/debit A/C details, a valid identification number (Biometric Residence permit/ Driving license/ Passport ID) which you are also required to bring in on the test day. You must also bring a utility bill/ bank statement with the corresponding address, i.e., addressing your official name, and must be within 3 months from your latest test date.

ILR English Language / Life in the UK Exemption — Special Circumstances

Additionally, applicants under the following special circumstances are also not required to satisfy the Knowledge of the English language and life in the UK also known as KoLL requirements for the ILR applications:

  • Domestically abused victims
  • Citizens of English-speaking (Commonwealth) countries, including Gurkhas
  • Applicants and their dependents under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) Judicial Review
  • Widowers— spouses, unmarried/civil partners/same partners of British settled nationals in the UK
  • Applicants under family visa routes, aged between 18-64, including Parents, grandparents, adult dependents, and other dependent relatives of British citizens
  • Applicants who are retired
  • ILR applicants with refugee status or humanitarian protection
  • ILR applicants with discretionary leaves
  • ILR applicants ‘outside the immigration rules’ including widows, orphans, over-age dependents, and Gurkhas, applying for ILR UK under discretionary arrangements
  • ILR applicants who are stateless
  • Highly skilled professionals under Tier 2 (General) with a granted leave status, i.e. doctors, nurses/midwives, dentists

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