Your IELTS is valid for settlement and citizenship application. I have emailed home office regarding expired IELTS validity for ILR application and got the following reply.
boyb82 wrote:Hi Guys,
I am about to apply for ILR in Feb 2014 on 10 years long residence , i need to ask a question about english certificate.
I already submit my IELTS certificate on tier 2 VISA back in March 2010 with 6.0 band , do i need to retake the test below are my visa history
6 years student visa
3+2 year tier 2 general expiring April 2015...
your advice will be highly appreciated .....
Dear Sir / Madam
Thank you for your enquiry regarding the revised knowledge of Language and Life in the UK requirement that came in to force on 28th October 2013.
We will accept a range of English language qualifications as evidence that an applicant has met the requirement to hold a B1 level speaking and listening qualification. This will help ensure that all those needing to take a test will be able to find one suitable for their needs and, so far as possible, that no one who already has an English language qualification at B1 level or above will be required to take another one.
An IELTS (International English Language Testing System) qualification awarded by Cambridge English (previously known as Cambridge ESOL), which is at a level equivalent to level B1 CEFR or above, is an acceptable qualification for the purposes of demonstrating language ability for settlement and citizenship purposes.
Please note that the 2 year validity attached to these qualifications only applies to entry clearance applications and are therefore still accepted for settlement and citizenship applications after this validity date.
Applicants will also need to show that they have passed the life in the UK test to demonstrate their knowledge of life in the UK.
Mrs C Richards
Mrs C Richards
Nationality Policy Advisor | Operational Policy & Rules Unit
Immigration & Border Policy | Home Office
Home Office, The Capital, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3 9PP.