The EU Referendum in the news

With the EU Referendum fast approaching lots of people have been asking, alongside all of the discussion 'What does this mean for me?' [Read More ...]

Study materials - Errata, clarifications and corrections

We take great care to make sure that our books are correct at time of print. Despite our best efforts, errors can sometimes slip through. A list of all known corrections is listed below. [Read More ...]

Tier 1 visas

If you are planning on coming to the UK to further your work in the sciences or arts, or are intending to set up a business or invest in the UK, then you will need a visa under Tier 1 of the points based system. [Read More ...]

Tier 2 visas

If you are you are hoping to come to the UK as a skilled worker and are a citizen of a country outside the EEA you will need a visa under Tier 2 of the points based system. [Read More ...]

Finalised details of student visa programme announced

Students applying for a visa to come to the UK will face tightened restrictions and requirements from 21 April 2011. The student visa system has been significantly reformed with the aim of drastically reducing the number of students coming to the UK. [Read More ...]

Immigration advisors

For anyone seeking professional advice from an Immigration adviser, there are various independent bodies which can help. [Read More ...]

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

You must be able to speak and understand English to a certain level if you want to settle in the United Kingdom. If your English skills are below English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Entry 3 level (or intermediate 1 level in Scotland) you must be able to demonstrate that you have progressed at least one level before you apply. [Read More ...]

Useful links

The following links are to websites and organisations that may be of interest. These links are chosen because they provide important information about everyday life in Britain that can be hard to track down. [Read More ...]

Important dates in the British calendar

Whilst the official Life in the UK test study materials include many of the significant dates and events in the British calendar there are many more events and festivals that are not listed. We have compiled a list of some of these to give you an idea of a normal year for British citizens. [Read More ...]

British culture

For those moving to the UK there are many new ideas, phrases and organisations to learn about. Whilst the official Home Office study materials give you an overview of some of the most important aspects of life in the UK there are still many things that can be very confusing at first. [Read More ...]

British religious festivals

Whilst the official study materials include some of the major religious events of the Christian calendar, it does not include all of them. Also, as the UK is a multi-cultural nation, observances from the other major religions are becoming increasingly commonplace. Information about some of these festivals is included below. [Read More ...]

Tricky words and phrases

The Life in the UK test covers some unusual words that aren't typically used in everyday British life. Here we list a few tricky or unusual words along with a detailed explanation of what they mean [Read More ...]