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Naturalisation as a British citizen (Knowledge of Language and Life)

​New rules for naturalisation from 6 April 2015​​​

The Customs and Immigration Service is not currently able to process applications for naturalisation.

The UK government has introduced new regulations for naturalisation as a British citizen which now require applicants for naturalisation to submit their biometric information as part of the application.

This includes fingerprints and a facial image (photograph) taken of their face. The Jersey Customs and Immigration Service is not currently able to collect biometric data.

The new regulations also require all English language tests from 6 April 2015 to be taken at approved test centres. Highlands College is not currently recognised as an approved test centre for naturalisation purposes​.

Applicants are advised to contact the casework section for further information and advice on +44 (0) 1534 447979.

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About Knowledge of Language and Life ​​​

There are two parts to the Knowledge of Language and Life requirement, both of which you must meet to naturalise as a British citizen, unless you are exempt. 

You'll be required to pass the 'Life in the UK' Test (known in Jersey as the Citizenship Test) and meet the language requirement. 

​​​Citizenship Test

You must pass the 'Life in the UK' test.

This test is available at Highlands College.

Life in the UK test

Highlands College website​​​

​​​​English language requirement​

You'll meet the English language requirement in one of the following ways:

  • ​​​​​​​possess a qualification or have passed a test specified on the UK Government website:      Gov.uk- Guidance on applying for UK visa approved English language tests; or​​​​​

  • possess an academic qualification deemed by UK NARIC to meet the recognised standard of a Bachelor's of Master's degree of PhD in the United Kingdom and:
    • ​​​​​UK NARIC has confirmed that the qualification was taught or, as the case may be, researched in English; or
    • ​the qualification was taught or, as the case may be, researched in an the following English speaking countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, St Christopher and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, USA); or
  • ​being ordinarily resident outside the United Kingdom and a person designated by the UK Secretary of State certifies in writing that you have sufficient knowledge of the English language of the purpose of an application for naturalisation; or 

  • satisfying the Secretary of State when making a successful application for indefinite leave to remain within the meaning of section 33(1) of the Immigration Act 1971 that you possessed a qualification or had pass​ed a test in English at a level equivalent to Level B1 or above on the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learn​ing, Teaching, Assessment; or​

  • ​being a national of the following English speaking countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, St Christopher and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, USA.

 Applicants who already hold English language qualifications are advised to contact the Casework section for further information and advice on +44 (0) 1534 447979.

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​​​People who are exempt from the Knowledge of Language and Life Tests

Certain categories of people do not need to prove knowledge of language and life in the UK.

Age

If you are under 18 or 65 and over, you do not need to meet the knowledge of language and life in the UK requirement.  When you apply, you should produce your passport or birth certificate as evidence of your age.

Disabilities

If you have a long-term, permanent disability that prevents you from learning English, you may not have to meet the requirements.  You must:

  • be suffering from a long-term illness or disability that severely restricts your mobility and ability to attend language classes
  • have a mental impairment that means you are unable to learn another language

When you apply, you should provide evidence from a medical practitioner confirming your disability.

If you need special arrangements to learn English or take the test, you still have to meet the requirements. 

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