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Do I need to prove my knowledge of English as part of my visa application?

Most candidates will need to prove their knowledge of English to apply for this visa. This can be done by:

  • passing an approved English language test with at least CEFR level A1 in speaking and listening; or
  • an academic qualification that was taught in English and is recognised by the UK National Recognition Information Centre as being equal to a UK bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD.

You do not need to prove your English language abilities if you are:

  • over 65 years old;
  • unable to because of a long term physical or mental condition – instead you need to provide medical evidence; or
  • you are from a majority English speaking country – a list of these countries can be found here.

Read more about this and other questions in our

Partner Visas section.


Given the fast pace of change, we would stress that this information is designed to be informative, not advisory and represents our understanding of English law and practice as at the date indicated. We would always recommend that you should seek specific guidance on any particular legal issue.

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