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Visas and Nationality

Visas and Nationality Service

Supports applications for UK visas, settlement and citizenship

Who is it for?

The Visas and Nationality Service supports you if you need to evidence your English language proficiency for UK Home Office UKVI applications. This is for you if you are applying for:

  • Family visas, settlement or citizenship/naturalisation
  • Tier 1 Entrepreneur
  • Tier 2 General
  • Tier 2 Ministry of Religion
  • Tier 2 Sportsperson
  • Representative of an Overseas Business visa

This service helps applicants satisfy the requirements of Home Office Appendix B, Appendix FM and Appendix W of the Immigration Rules.

What is it for? How does it help?

The Visas and Nationality service confirms that your degree was taught in English and meets the recognised standard of Bachelor, Master’s or PhD in the UK. It will also confirm a level of proficiency of English on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) if your qualification was not studied in a majority English-speaking country.

The Visas and Nationality web application process asks you relevant questions to help ensure you get the correct paperwork to support your immigration application.

Based on your specific circumstances, you will receive one or both of the below:

The Academic Qualification Level Statement (AQUALS). This confirms the academic level of your degree(s).

The English Language Proficiency Statement (ELPS). This confirms the English proficiency level evidenced by your degree(s).

UKVI case workers can check and verify these paper statements direct with UK NARIC.

Here is an example of a Visas and Nationality statement.

If your application is not for immigration purposes, you may instead be interested in our Statement of Comparability and/or English Language Assessment.