Helping Polish immigrants succeed on their way to living and working in the UK
LanguageCert, 03 August 2021
LanguageCert B1 SELT Test Part of Official Criteria to Get Your UK Visa
The Polish community has been a large and thriving part of the UK for many years, especially since the end of World War Two. Since 2016 the number of Polish citizens living in the UK has dropped from over 1m to around 800,000, yet the Polish community still make up the second largest immigrant group in the UK after the Indian community.
Unemployment in Poland is at 3.6% and with UK crying out for skilled workers and there are job opportunities available in a wide range of sectors, making the UK an attractive proposition for Polish residents who want to live and work here.
Polish citizens wanting to want to swap life in Poland for the UK will need to need to pass Home Office approved English language tests, including the B1 SELT test as part of the criteria to get a visa. This test is the general English qualification that proves that they can read, speak, understand, and write English well enough to work or study in the UK.
And, according to the Economist, over 900,000 Polish citizens applied for settled status reaffirming that the desire to stay in the UK is strong for Polish citizens already living here.
If you now want to work or run a business or work for a Polish company in the UK, you will need to get the necessary points to qualify for a Skilled Worker visa. An essential requirement for getting a visa is passing the B1 SELT test, which counts for 10 points towards the necessary 70 you need to work here. The B1 is the general English qualification that proves you can read, speak, understand, and write English well to a certain level.
LanguageCert is the awarding organisation that offers Home Office approved, Ofqual regulated English language exams for UK visas and immigration. It understands that this can be a stressful process for some as the level of language ability for the B1 is quite sophisticated. With that in mind, LanguageCert has made the experience of studying, preparing, revising and taking the B1 SELT as easy as possible, whatever your native tongue.
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