• Revised Civics Test for Permanent Residence Applicants Takes Effect March 25
  • February 11, 2013
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Applicants for UK permanent residence will be required to pass a revised version of the Life in the UK civics test, starting on March 25, 2013. The new test will have a greater focus on British culture and history.

    Permanent residence applicants who earn a test completion certificate based on the current version of the Life in the UK test will be able to use that certificate when they apply for permanent residence so long as they passed the test before March 25.

    The introduction of a new Life in the UK test will not affect the implementation date for upcoming changes in language requirements. Beginning October 2013, most permanent residence applicants will be required to possess intermediate English language skills, as evidenced by a speaking and listening qualification at a B1 level or above of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Currently applicants must possess basic English language skills (level A1).

    A new Life in the UK Handbook is now available for purchase to help potential permanent residence applicants prepare for the updated test.