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English language requirement

You will be required to prove your knowledge of the English language if you are aged 18 or over when making your citizenship application.

You can demonstrate this by:

  • Holding a suitable degree
  • Being from a majority English speaking country
  • Passing a Home Office approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) at B1 level or above including speaking and listening.

More information is available on the Home Office website here.

Tests in the Isle of Man

There are currently 2 SELT test providers in the Isle of Man who are approved by the Home Office:

Please note the tests provided by IELTS SELT Consortium will not be available whilst COVID-19 restrictions on access to the Isle of Man are in place, however LanguageCert tests are available during this period.

To find test dates and book your test, go to the website of the provider offering the test you plan to take and to locate SELT tests in the Isle of Man, you first need to select UK as the country and Isle of Man as the town/location.

Tests in the UK

Tests with other providers may be available in the UK, further information can be found here on the Home Office Website.


You do not need to prove your knowledge of English or take a test if you are over 65 or you have a physical or mental condition that prevents you from meeting the requirement, please note evidence must be submitted if you wish to claim an exemption.

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