Immigration Blog Post

When does an English Language Test not expire?

It’s crucial to understand the nuances surrounding the expiration of English language certificates, especially in the context of immigration applications in the UK.

According to the provided information, an English language certificate issued by IELTS or Trinity College London typically expires after 2 years. However, if the certificate has been used for immigration purposes in a successful application previously, then it does not expire.

In the case of an applicant who used a valid B1 English language certificate for their initial application as a spouse of a British citizen or settled person, where the requirement was only A1, the application was approved. Despite the certificate technically expiring after 2 years, it remains valid for subsequent applications such as extensions of leave (where the requirement is A2) and applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and naturalization as a British citizen (where the requirement is B1).

However, in another scenario where an applicant used a valid B1 certificate for their first application for naturalization as a British citizen, but the application was refused and they were asked to reapply after 3 years due to some overstayed period involved, the situation becomes more complex. Despite using the same English language test previously, the subsequent application was unsuccessful because a valid language certificate was not provided. In this case, even though the certificate was sent previously, it would only have been used if the initial application had been successful.

These examples illustrate the importance of understanding the specific requirements and circumstances surrounding the use of English language certificates in immigration applications. It’s essential for applicants to ensure that they meet the relevant criteria and provide valid documentation to support their applications, especially when reapplying after previous refusals or delays.

Rao Manzoor-ul-Haque Khan

15 June 2021