Foreign & Commonwealth
From 28th October 2013 applications for settlement (ILR) and Citizenship will require the applicant to sit an English Language test at B1 level as well as the Life in the UK test. Click here for further information. Note: these changes do not apply to spouses extending their visa using forms FLR(M) or FLR(O) or to those applying as the spouse of a Commonwealth soldier using form SET(O).
Katherine Houlston, AFF Foreign & Commonwealth Specialist has writtten a brief: Access to UKBA domestic violence concessions for spouses of soldiers. The brief provides evidence of how AFF is working on behalf of F&C families.
New Life in the UK test comes into effect: A new Life in the UK test came into effect on 25 March 13. To pass the test it is highly recommended that you read the new edition of the Life in UK Test Handbook. Unlike the previous test which only had questions on selected chapters of the handbook, the new test will include questions on all sections of the new handbook. The new handbook has been updated to provide the reader with a more accurate reflection of living in the UK, with a greater focus on British culture and history. For all information on the test and the handbook click here.