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English test for foreign nationals


From next month, any foreign nationals looking to settle in the Isle of Man, or take up British citizenship here, will have to pass an English language test.


The change comes in from October 28, in line with a UK move to ensure people can speak English well enough to aid their integration into the community.



Foreign nationals who apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (settlement) or to become a British Citizen (Naturalisation) in the Isle of Man have to demonstrate, in addition to other criteria, their knowledge of language and life in the UK and Islands.



Currently there are two ways to meet this requirement: either by passing the Life in the UK and Islands test, or by obtaining a speaking and listening qualification in English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL).


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