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hi all,
got a settlement visa (spouse and child) from Hong Kong in June 2016, moved to UK in July, now am preparing for the renew as the BRP will expire on March 2019.

I got the CEFR A1 when did the entry clearance, is that ok I can use it for the renew too?

I am confused as I notice some said it need CEFR A2 for renew. I did the online application at UKVI and in the English language section just to tick if get the CEFR A1 or higher.

Booked to the core centre next week, would ask if it is enough to submit the CEFRA1. If not, need to rebook later and apply the A2 test at once.

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hi all,
got a settlement visa (spouse and child) from Hong Kong in June 2016, moved to UK in July, now am preparing for the renew as the BRP will expire on March 2019.

I got the CEFR A1 when did the entry clearance, is that ok I can use it for the renew too?

I am confused as I notice some said it need CEFR A2 for renew. I did the online application at UKVI and in the English language section just to tick if get the CEFR A1 or higher.

Booked to the core centre next week, would ask if it is enough to submit the CEFRA1. If not, need to rebook later and apply the A2 test at once.

thanks.

for FLR M the requirement is for a A2 from SELT approved centre

I personally would recommended undertaking B1 as this can then be used for your ILR to remain after 5 years , but the risk is that English requirements may change but it up to you
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for FLR M the requirement is for a A2 from SELT approved centre

I personally would recommended undertaking B1 as this can then be used for your ILR to remain after 5 years , but the risk is that English requirements may change but it up to you
Oh! Good to know this before attaining the appointment next week. If just submit A1 then the application should be refused, is it correct?

Searched and can attain the B1 SELT test on Sunday, still have place to apply. Noted that a provisional result on the same test day, and certificate in 7 days. is that okay I present that at the appointment next week. Or better delay the appointment by 1 week to wait for the certificate?

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Noting we are talking about FLR stage requirements, which require an A2 pass, I agree with the merit of taking the B1 test, to save having to take two tests, (the A2 and then later the B1). However, I understood there was a time limit of 2 years validity on the test. Therefore if one took B1 at the FLR stage, it would have expired at the ILR stage 2.5 years later.

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You can use an expired test for ILR as long as it was approved for a previous visa application and the test is still on the list of approved tests/providers.

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You can use an expired test for ILR as long as it was approved for a previous visa application and the test is still on the list of approved tests/providers.
my wife used her expired b1 for ILR even though expired as it was used for FLRM and still on approved list of providers

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Thank you Clever-Octopus and hasiqbal76 for your clarification on that.

It's a shame that the official I spoke to at Portsmouth Highbury college hadn't known that, when just before my wife's FLR application, we asked about taking B1 at that stage instead of A2. He said the B1 would only have the 2 year validity, so she would have had to take it again anyway. So she took the A2 18 months ago for FLR, so will have to take the B1 shortly for ILR. I now note the correct situation.

I am assuming that my originally under 18 year old dependent daughter (when admitted as an under 18 year old dependent), who is now over 18 will have to take it too, along with the Life in the UK test (at ILR).

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Yes, even though she's still a dependant, she will need to present English language qualifications and pass the Life in the UK test since she is over 18

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listed from gov site that the conditions to still use the B1 qualification even it is more than 2 yrs

https://www.gov.uk/english-language/...qualifications

so getting a B1 will be okay from leave to enter to ILR and settle.


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thanks all. Took the B1 test at Trinity SELT last week and got it Pass. Got a Pass confirmation email 2 days after the test and stated the certificate takes about 1 week to mail, however I got the Unique reference no. which need to submit to home office.

Didn't change the appointment booking, done today, just submit the Pass confirmation email and Provisional report for the proof. The staff said with the Unique reference no. the officer can check the result online. Just hope the B1 result get updated at the online system ASAP before the officer look at my case.


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