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Entry Clearances: English Language

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to introduce a further English language requirement for (a) non-UK nationals who wish to become UK citizens and (b) work permit applicants seeking leave to enter the UK; and what level of proficiency will be required in any such requirements. (162680)

We set out in the Green Paper: ‘The Path to Citizenship; Next Steps in Reforming the Immigration System’ our proposals for migrants to earn citizenship, including the need to demonstrate a level of ability in English. We have also consulted on whether spouses seeking entry on marriage visas should demonstrate ability in English before coming to the UK. We will set out our response to these consultations shortly.

We published a statement of intent ‘Skilled Workers under the Points Based System (Tier 2)’ in May setting out our plans for skilled workers to demonstrate English.