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ILR apply date & LIfe UK prep
« on: January 12, 2020, 06:30:04 PM »
Hi, could somebody remind me when we can apply for ILR. Current FLRm expires 28/12/21.

I’d like to start ensuring I have the joint mail.

Also, is it feasible to pass the life in the UK test just by doing all the free online mocks or should you really obtain study material?
LTE received: 21 October 2016
Arrived in U.K.: 25 October 2016
FLR(m) extension: 1 June 2019
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Re: ILR apply date & LIfe UK prep
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2020, 06:38:46 PM »
Hi, I just passed mine in November and I got the office handbook but this app really helped me as well. My friend recommended it after she passed hers...


Life in the UK Test 2019 by Oleg Barkov
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/life-in-the-uk-test-2019/id1076613550


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Re: ILR apply date & LIfe UK prep
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2020, 06:44:12 PM »
Hi, could somebody remind me when we can apply for ILR. Current FLRm expires 28/12/21.

I’d like to start ensuring I have the joint mail.

Also, is it feasible to pass the life in the UK test just by doing all the free online mocks or should you really obtain study material?

From your signature, you arrived in U.K.: 25 October 2016 so you can apply from 28 days before the 5 year anniversary of that date but before the expiration of your BRP.

For ILR they ask for 2.5 years worth of mail as opposed to the 2 years worth they request for FLR.

I am sure there will be people who have passed using only practice tests and without using the book but I would recommend using it to give yourself the best chance. The test is £50 so you only want to have to sit it once!

March 28th 2013-Moved to UK, husband on spouse visa.Oct 20th 2015-Applied by mail for FLR(M).Feb 1st 2016 FLR(M).March 7th 2018 ILR. YAY! March 21st NCS&JCAP appointment.


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Re: ILR apply date & LIfe UK prep
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2020, 07:14:17 PM »
From your signature, you arrived in U.K.: 25 October 2016 so you can apply from 28 days before the 5 year anniversary of that date but before the expiration of your BRP.

For ILR they ask for 2.5 years worth of mail as opposed to the 2 years worth they request for FLR.

I am sure there will be people who have passed using only practice tests and without using the book but I would recommend using it to give yourself the best chance. The test is £50 so you only want to have to sit it once!



Agreed. Having taken several of the kinds of tests here where official material is sold but you can find apps as well, I find its best to have the guide. Its not expensive. But they will test you on what is said in that book specifically. And a lot of it is now factually incorrect....for example, there is now evidence that the man who is credited with inventing the television may have stolen the idea. But the book still wants you to know it as who they say it is. As for apps....if its not an official one its still not guaranteed. It only lasts two years though, so you have plenty of time. Just make sure you have the most updated edition wen you go to take it. Historical stuff wont change, but they have updated it in regards to brexit and elections in the last few years.
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Re: ILR apply date & LIfe UK prep
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2020, 01:05:51 PM »
I passed using primarily the Life in the UK test prep app by The Stationery Office.  I was feeling rather confident when I was consistently getting 100% on all my practice/mock tests.  But then I randomly decided to look at one of the free sites online and did rather poorly on the first practice test I took, so I started reading the text material (which is available to read on at least one of these free sites)...

On the day of the test, there were a couple of questions in my random selection that I wouldn't have known if I hadn't done that extra bit of reading.  I still would have passed the test, but I would've been a bit more unsure of my result.

As it was, the information that was quizzed was the same, but the structure of the questions was slightly different between my app and the actual test, so a couple of questions gave me pause.  I flagged those and revisited them after going through the whole test.  I was happy to have 21 that I was absolutely sure of, and then 3 more that I was iffy on.  I would've been iffy on 5 or 6 if I hadn't done that extra reading, and you can only miss 6 and still pass.
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9/1/2013 - "fiancée" (marriage) visa issued
4/6/2013 - married (certificate issued same-day)
5/6/2013 - FLR(M)#1 in person -- approved!
8/1/2016 - FLR(M)#2 by post -- approved!
8/5/2018 - ILR in person -- approved!
22/11/2018 - Citizenship (online, with NDRS+JCAP) -- approved!
14/12/2018 - I became a British citizen.  :)


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Re: ILR apply date & LIfe UK prep
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2020, 05:39:45 PM »
Thanks for the LIUK tips.

For ILR they ask for 2.5 years worth of mail as opposed to the 2 years worth they request for FLR.

Good to know, is it still 6 items from 3 sources.

Wife got her new BRP May 2019. So May 2019 - Sep 2021 when we can apply.
LTE received: 21 October 2016
Arrived in U.K.: 25 October 2016
FLR(m) extension: 1 June 2019
ILR next.


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