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More visa applicants turning to Cambridge English for life and work in the UK

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Since a change in UK Visa and Immigration requirements last year, Cambridge English Language Assessment has seen a huge rise in the number of people using computer-based tests to prove their English language skills.

Applicants for visas to live and work in the United Kingdom are turning to Cambridge English exams to help them prove that they have the necessary English language skills – with a rise of 640% in the number using one of the tests. UK Visas and Immigration accept Cambridge English exams – such as the world-famous Cambridge English: Preliminary, First and Advanced – for all categories of visa, including work, study and spouse visas, as well as for indefinite leave to remain and settlement status.

Samantha Gazeres from Cambridge English said: “People coming to live and work in the UK need to prove to the authorities that they have the necessary level of English, but they also need to be confident that they can really use their English effectively and that’s where the Cambridge English exams can really help. They ensure that candidates have in-depth skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, and that they know how to use these skills in work, study and everyday life. That’s why they are recognised by more than 15,000 universities, employers, government bodies and other agencies in the UK and around the world.”

From October 2013 the Home Office amended the English language requirements for individuals applying for indefinite leave to remain and settlement status in the UK. The new requirements meant that all applicants must hold a B1 level speaking and listening English qualification. This has driven a huge increase in demand for the computer-based version of Cambridge English: Preliminary, with an increase of 640% in the last six months compared with the same period last year.

Gazeres explained that one of the key factors driving this growth is the fact that candidates taking computer-based tests can get their results two weeks after taking the test, giving them much greater flexibility when preparing their application.

The Cambridge English exams are available throughout the year in more than 130 countries and are taken by more than four million people a year. They are produced and managed by Cambridge English Language Assessment which is a part of the University of Cambridge and also produces the world-famous IELTS tests of English, jointly with British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia.

More information on the recognition of Cambridge English exams for visa purposes is available at and information for candidates who want to take a test in the UK for visa purposes is available at

Written by Cambridge English Southern Europe

July 23, 2014 at 10:00 am

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