Live in the UK

LanguageCert exams for Life in UK visas

If you’re looking to join your family, extend your stay or apply for settlement or citizenship in the UK, apply for a Life in UK visa by taking a LanguageCert SELT exam to prove your English Speaking & Listening skills. The minimum level of the LanguageCert SELT exam you need to take depends on the visa type you are applying for.


Application type Minimum CEFR level required for UK visa Skills required LanguageCert SELT exam
Further Leave to Remain:
Family life as a partner of a settled person (Spouse/Partner)
Family life as a parent (Parent of a dependent)
A1 Speaking & Listening

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT A1 (Speaking & Listening)

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Further Leave to Remain (visa extension):
Family life as a partner of a settled person (Spouse/Partner)
Family life as a parent (Parent of a dependent)
An A2 English language SELT is required for family route Leave to Remain applications after 2.5 years in the UK.
A2 Speaking & Listening

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT A2 (Speaking & Listening)

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Indefinite Leave to Remain — ILR (Settlement/Permanent Residency) B1 Speaking & Listening

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B1 (Speaking & Listening)

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British Citizenship (Naturalisation) B1 Speaking & Listening

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B1 (Speaking & Listening)

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This list is accurate as of the last update by LanguageCert. However, the information is subject to change, so you should also check the UK government guidance on English language tests for UK visas for latest information. Please note that UK visa applicants are responsible for ensuring that they take the correct exam.


Useful tip

If your language competence is higher than the minimum Speaking & Listening levels required for your visa type, you can choose to take a higher-level Speaking & Listening exam, which will also cover your application requirement.

Why choose LanguageCert SELT exams?


LanguageCert is committed to its mission of developing and delivering high-quality English language skills assessment and certification that enhance the lives, education and career prospects of candidates across the world. With this in mind, we offer our internationally recognised English language qualifications through a secure and smooth exam process that allows you to focus on what matters the most, that is your UK visa exam!

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    - Easy exam booking up to 24 hours before the exam
    - Many exam locations and slots available worldwide
    - Fast results, 3 working days after completing your exam

  • Reliable

    - Fair testing of real-life language skills at the specific level you need
    - Accurate results, validated through independent research
    - Speaking recorded for quality purposes
    Award-winning technology used to deliver the exams
    Ofqual regulated exams 

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    - Tailored to your schedule
    - Combine technology with human element
    - Speaking is a conversation with a real person online
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LanguageCert offers its SELT candidates complimentary LanguageCert International ESOL certificates and digital badges, when they achieve the results required for the corresponding qualifications.

If you achieve an average score of 60% or more in the Speaking & Listening exam you will be awarded the corresponding LanguageCert International ESOL Certificate.

For all LanguageCert International ESOL certificates achieved, you will get a free:

  • e-certificate
  • hard-copy certificate
  • digital badge

LanguageCert International ESOL exams are Oqual regulated and certificates remain valid indefinitely.

LanguageCert International ESOL certificates are awarded based on the conditions described above and are not dependent on whether you have achieved the results required by UKVI.