Becoming a permanent resident
To apply to become a permanent resident or a naturalized citizen of the UK, you will need to:
- speak and read English
- have a good understanding of life in the UK.
This means you will need to:
- Pass the Life in the UK test
- Produce acceptable evidence of speaking and listening skills in English at B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference. This is equivalent to ESOL Entry Level 3. You can demonstrate your knowledge of English by having a recognized English test qualification from an approved test centre. For further details on how to demonstrate evidence of the required level of speaking and listening skills in English, please visit the Home Office website.
It is possible that the requirements may change in the future. You should check the information on the Home Office website for current requirements before applying for settlement or citizenship.