UK Border Agency announce new list of English language test providers
On 6th April 2011, the UKBA announced that there is a new list of English language test providers which will replace the old one once the transitional arrangement is over.
Applicants for Tier 1 and Tier 2 of the points based systems who have booked or completed tests with the existing providers can use the qualification with their applications as long as they are received by UKBA on or before 17th May 2011. Thereafter, only providers on the new list can be used as a part of Tier 1 and Tier 2 applications.
For those applicants who are applying as the spouse or partner, they can use the existing providers until 17th July 2011. Thereafter, they will need to use the providers on the new list.
Please note that there are no transitional arrangements yet identified for Tier 4 applicants and therefore, a test can be taken with any provider on the new list from 6th April 2011.
Secure English Language Tests
The UK Border Agency will on the 12 August 2010 apply new English language tests for students under the Tier 4 (General) of the points-based system.
The change means that if you are a Tier 4 (General) student and will be studying a course that is below the NQF Level 6 (this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or English language courses) and you are using a confirmation of acceptance for your studies that is issued on or after 12 August 2010 then your sponsor must ensure that you are competent in the English language at a minimum level of B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference by showing the following:
Student is from a majority English speaking country
Student has successfully completed a course as a Tier 4 (Child) student (or student rules that were in force before March 31 2009 apply if permission to stay was granted while student was under 18) that lasted at least six months and ended not more than two years before the date when the CAS is given or;
Student has passed an English language test with an approved test provider for Tier 4 and you have achieved a minimum CEFR Level B1 in all the four components required that is reading, writing, speaking and listening.