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I found this in the lifeintheuk.net site, Transitional arrangements for new family visa rules

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Before 9 July 2012 you were granted entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain as a spouse, civil partner, unmarried or same sex partner of a British or settled person, or you have applied for this and are awaiting a decision.

Arrangements Applicable.....
The immigration rules in force before 9 July 2012 will still apply to you from 9 July 2012 until settlement, if you qualify for it. This includes the existing maintenance requirement and a two year probationary period to settlement. From October 2013 you will need to pass the Life in the UK test and a B1 level English speaking and listening qualification to qualify for settlement. These arrangements also apply to post-flight spouses and partners of refugees and persons granted humanitarian protection in the UK.

Is this info still accurate? I am applying for settlement at a PEO sometime in August of this year for my UK ILR Visa, Set(M) as a non-EEA spouse of a settled British citizen and applied under the "old rules" Since I am applying for the ILR prior to October 2013, do I need to take the Life in the UK test? Or can I wait til I apply for citizenship which I guess would be 3 years after moving to the UK (had permission to move here in March of 2011 but actually moved to UK on 03 April 2011)? Also, just to verify...my FLR Visa expires on 02 September 2013, is it ok to apply in August (not sure about the 28 day rule)? I want to wait as late as possible due to making sure funds are available for the Premium appointment.

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You are exempt from the language requirement (see the section at the bottom of the page that says "Are you a national of a majority English speaking country?"), however you are not exempt from the Life in the UK test unless you can prove that you meet the requirements for exemption.

Test is easy enough to sit, just boring to study for... you should have no problems. I'd take it now as I wouldn't be surprised if the £50 testing fee goes up on March 25, 2013 (after all, somebody has to pay for the writing and pre-production of the new test, and far be it from any government to assume those costs on their own).
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You are exempt from the language requirement (see the section at the bottom of the page that says "Are you a national of a majority English speaking country?"), however you are not exempt from the Life in the UK test unless you can prove that you meet the requirements for exemption.

Test is easy enough to sit, just boring to study for... you should have no problems. I'd take it now as I wouldn't be surprised if the 50 testing fee goes up on March 25, 2013 (after all, somebody has to pay for the writing and pre-production of the new test, and far be it from any government to assume those costs on their own).
Hi WestCoastCanadianGirl...
Thanks for the reply!!...Yes, I am from a majority English speaking country, the USA. I am just confused as to why the quoted section mentions from October 2013, it sounds like taking the test is required from that point on...but I suppose I am wrong in my assumption. I think the wording is a bit confusing. No, I am not exempt from taking the test. I haven't bought the books yet, I want all three, and hope I can find the package deal locally instead of ordering online. I heard some stationary stores like WHSmith's and possibly Waterstones has them. I will more than likely take the test after the 25 of March, so I guess I need the latest version and I do hope the test doesn't go up in price, if it does, hope not by much!!
This is sooooooo stressful, not easy relocating to another country is it? Thanks again!

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Yes, the wording can seem confusing - especially when so much rides on reading them correctly(!), but it's aimed at people who already need to sit the test now - warning them that the level (I think A2 currently) will be increasing to B1.

As WCCG says, you do need to sit the Life In The UK test, but a word of warning: a new test is being introduced from 25th March 2013 and so the study guides you need will depend on whether you take the test before, or on or after this date. Both editions are shown here: The Stationery Office (plenty of other suppliers too, but familiarise yourself with the editions you need before buying).
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Yes, the wording can seem confusing - especially when so much rides on reading them correctly(!), but it's aimed at people who already need to sit the test now - warning them that the level (I think A2 currently) will be increasing to B1.

As WCCG says, you do need to sit the Life In The UK test, but a word of warning: a new test is being introduced from 25th March 2013 and so the study guides you need will depend on whether you take the test before, or on or after this date. Both editions are shown here: The Stationery Office (plenty of other suppliers too, but familiarise yourself with the editions you need before buying).
Thanks 2farapart!! I am just making sure I am correct with this ILR process...so much to take in and rules to follow...luckily I am under the "old rules" and hoping they don't work in any changes to them, hope they just let it be....

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