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.
About the 'Life in the UK' test
You normally need to pass this test before you can apply for indefinite leave to remain (settlement) or naturalisation as a British citizen.
The test is based on a book about the United Kingdom (available from the TSO website) and a supplement about Jersey (available below).
The test is also known as the 'Citizenship Test'.
Download the Jersey supplement (size 124kb)
TSO Shop website
Requirements for the test
You must be able to speak and understand English to ESOL entry level 3.
Naturalisation as a British citizen (Knowledge of Language and Life (KOLL))
If you're a European Economic Area (EEA) national
If you're an EEA national, you don't need to get indefinite leave to remain in Jersey.
However, if you want to become a British citizen, you must past the test.
How to book and cost
To book a test, you should contact Highlands College.
You can sit the test as many times as you want, but you will have to pay each time.
People who are exempt from the requirement
Certain categories of people do not need to prove knowledge of language and life in the UK.
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.
If you have a long-term, permanent disability that prevents you from learning English, you may not have to meet the requirements.
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.
Other exempt categories (applies to application for indefinite leave to remain only)
You don’t have to pass the Life in the UK test if you are applying for indefinite leave to remain and you are:
a Foreign and Commonwealth citizen on discharge from HM Forces (including Gurkhas)
the spouse of a Foreign and Commonwealth citizen on discharge from HM Forces (including Gurkhas)
applying as a victim of domestic violence
applying as a bereaved spouse, bereaved unmarried partner or bereaved civil partner
an adult dependant relative under Appendix FM (J1) of the Jersey Immigration Rules
- an EEA family permit holder
- applying for settlement following six years' discretionary leave
- being granted settlement outside the Jersey Immigration Rules
You must still meet the requirements if you later apply for British citizenship, unless you are exempt for other reasons.