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Visa Requirements

SELT exams for UK visa applications

Applicants may be required to take a 2-skills (Speaking & Listening) or 4-skills (Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking) SELT exam. All LanguageCert SELT exams are delivered through our global network of SELT Centres.

The minimum Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level required varies depending on visa type. Applicants with a higher language level can take an exam above the minimum requirement as long as it assesses the same skills that also satisfy the visa application.

Visa requirement information is subject to change. Applicants should refer to UK Government guidance on English language exams for visas and are responsible for ensuring they take the correct exam. Applicants applying for Study in the UK visas are advised to contact their sponsors to confirm which CEFR level they require before registering for an exam.

Below is a table outlining the minimum CEFR level and skills required for each visa type.

CEFR level and skills for each Visa type

Application type
Minimum CEFR level
Skills required
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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)

Representative of an Overseas Business visa

A1

Speaking & Listening

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT A1 (Speaking & Listening)

Sportsperson (long term) visa

A1

Speaking & Listening

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT A1 (Speaking & Listening)

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)

A LanguageCert SELT ESOL A2 exam 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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