To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what process they decided to reduce to two the number of examination boards whose English language tests may be used for applications for citizenship.
From November 2015 the same English language requirements will apply for settlement and naturalisation as already apply to other immigration applications. This is to ensure the same level of assurance, and that the same security requirements apply, throughout the immigration system. From November, only qualifications that are on the Home Office’s approved list will be acceptable. The decision as to which providers are on the list was made following a competitive procurement exercise.
A letter was sent to all Awarding Bodies offering ESOL qualifications on 23 March 2015 informing them of the impending change. A further copy of the letter was sent on 13 April as it appeared some recipients were not aware of the original mailing. The Gov.Uk website was amended to reflect these forthcoming changes.