Personal Immigration
Business Immigration

Changes to English language tests

The UK Border Agency has made some amendments to the list of approved English language tests for applications made under Tiers 1, 2 and 4 of the points-based system and for spouse or partner applications.

The amendments include:

  • The City & Guilds test scores now show 'pass' and there is a separate English language test for spouse/partner applications.
  • For City & Guilds tests the documents required for a migrants application have been amended.
  • ETS have changed the way that the scores for their TOEFL ibt (internet based test) map against the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
  • The ETS TOEFL ibt (internet based test) now includes scores for spouse and partner applications.
  • There is a change to the web address for the TOEIC (The test of English for international communication) English language test.
  • Cambridge ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) have amended the title of one of their tests from 'International Legal English Certificate' to 'Cambridge English Legal'.
  • For Cambridge ESOL tests the minimum grade requirements are clearer.
  • Trinity College tests now have a 2 year expiry date.

When applications are made in an immigration category that requires a demonstration of English language ability, applicants must show that they have passed an appropriate test on the list.


To arrange an initial consultation meeting, call our immigration barristers on 0203 617 9173 or fill out the form below.

    Attach a file if it supports your enquiry. Only .doc or .pdf files.


    Expert advice & representation from immigration barristers that you can rely on.

    Google+ - Five Stars

    Read the 600+ five out of five star Google reviews of our immigration barristers.