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New English Language Requirements for Spouses Published by Home Office

Last week the Home Office published further details of the new A2 English language requirements which could see migrant spouses having to leave the UK if they fail to improve their English language skills.

The new rule will mean that all non-EEA partners and parents will need to pass a speaking and listening test at level A2 after two and a half years when making an application for Further Leave to Remain on the five year route to settlement.

Announcing the scheme last week, Prime Minister David Cameron said

“halfway through the five-year spousal settlement there will be another opportunity to make sure your English is improving. You can’t guarantee you can stay if you are not improving your language.”.

To allow future applicants time to prepare for the examination the new requirement will not be introduced until later in the year (date TBC but before October 2016). Those applying for Further Leave to Remain in the meantime will not be affected. Further details and the implementation date will be published by the Home Office in the next few weeks.

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27th January 2016

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