If you want to become a British citizen through naturalization or gain ILR, you need to pass the Life in the UK test. This is also called the British Citizenship test. It is designed to test your knowledge of UK life – from its geography and history to its popular culture and food. As a citizen of the US, you will be exempt from taking an English language test to become a British citizen. But you will still need to take the UK citizenship test.

FAQs

Who should take the Life in the UK Test?

You must take the Life in the UK test if you are applying for either Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or British Citizenship.

If any of the following situations apply to you, you will be required to take the test:

  • You are applying for settlement after five years of being in the UK on a settlement visa (e.g Tier 2 Visa)
  • You are applying for settlement as the partner or spouse of a British citizen/settled person
  • You are applying for settlement after living for 10 years in the UK

Am I exempt from the UK Citizenship Test?

If any of the following situations applies to you, you will not need to take the UK citizenship test:

  • You are under the age of 18
  • You are over the age of 65
  • You have taken and passed it before (this may apply if you are applying for citizenship after previously gaining ILR)
  • You have a long-term physical or mental condition which prohibits you from taking the test. This must be proven with a note from your doctor.

How can you study for the Life in the UK Test?

In the test, you will be asked a series of multiple-choice questions. The topics of these questions will be split into the following areas:

  • UK values, principles and traditions
  • UK geography
  • British history
  • Social and popular culture
  • British government and politics

When studying for the test, you are advised to revise these key areas. There are several resources out there, such as the Life in the UK website, for example, which will provide you with example questions and practice tests.

Our lawyers advise you not to try and memorise specific questions when you are revising. This is because the questions are changed regularly and learning set questions may throw you off when they do not come up in the test. Instead, revise the key areas so that you have a good understanding on British life, which you can draw upon when answering the questions.

What services does IAS offer?

Our lawyers can advise and support you before you take your Life in the UK test. They will work with you to help you prepare for the test and can also assist with booking and revision materials if you need.

Call us on +1844 290 6312 to find out more about the Life in the UK test.

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