Just communicated this to UKBA and got the following answer:
Original Inquiry from me:
Dear Sir / Madam,
I do have an inquiry about Citizenship Application and I was wondering if you could kindly help me out.
I will be eligible to apply for British Citizenship in April 2014 (am currently under ILR for 1 year). About the English Language Qualification, I have already demonstrated the required B1 Level, in my Tier-2 visa I obtained about 3 years ago. At the time I applied for the Tier 2 Visa, my English qualification was within its 2-year validity period. However, it is now expired. My English qualification is IELTS and I could meet level B2 with it. I passed it about 4 years ago while I was living in UK.
I wanted to know whether I could present my IELTS qualification referring to the Tier 2 visa for which I used it. Is there any explanations / documentation required that I should present with my Citizenship application?
Your kind attention and response would be highly appreciated.
Thanks a lot in advance,
Thank you for your email.
Qualifications covering speaking and listening at B1 or above from the Secure English Language Test (SELT) list in the Immigration Rules, Appendix O. The SELT list is available at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/s ... -tests.pdf
Applicants who already have an English language qualification at B1 level or above will not be required to take another one. For example, someone who demonstrated a knowledge of English equivalent to B1 level when applying for entry clearance will not be required to take a further test in order to qualify settlement.
When you submit your application I would advise you to submit the expired test certificate or results page and explain in the further information section of the form that you demonstrated knowledge of English at B1 when you applied for your T2 visa.
Peter Hurman | Customer Service Advisor
UK Visas & Immigration | Home Office | Nationality Helpdesk | Customer Contact Centre | PO Box 3468 |Sheffield | S3 8WA
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