I need an English language test – what can I do?
English testing centres inside and outside the UK have now started to reopen so applicants should be able to comply with this requirement.
If you are outside the UK and cannot book a test, you may need to delay your application until such time that you can apply with all the required documents. UKVI guidance does indicate that you can apply for an exemption if the test centre was closed or inaccessible due to Covid-19. Relying on this exemption will allow you to submit your application, however the processing will be put on hold until you can pass the test and provide the relevant evidence.
For Applicants in the UK who wish to extend their visa and cannot book a test, online applications can be submitted without the English language test to protect the Applicant’s status in the UK until test centres re-open. The individual will also still need to pass the test before the application can be granted.
The same applies to those who need to take a Life in the UK test for their immigration or nationality application.