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Certificated BULATS Online

BULATS Online is now recognised for Tiers 1, 2 and 4 of the Points Based Immigration by the UK Border Agency for visa applications and for Partner Visas.

In order to support an application for a UK visa, a BULATS certificate must be used and in addition, BULATS Test Report Forms for each of the four skills. Test Results forms alone cannot be used as evidence.

In order to be eligible for the BULATS certificate, the candidate must take the test through a Certifying BULATS Agent and must achieve a result (A1-C2) in each of the four skills: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing for Online BULATS. All skills must be taken on the same day. It is not possible to retake any part of the test on the same day. The BULATS certificate will be issued at the lowest CEFR level achieved over the four skills. Please note that candidates who score below A1 overall will not be issued with a certificate.

Test-day photos for additional security

From 1 April 2013 all candidates taking Certificated BULATS will be required to have their photograph taken on the day of their test.

The photo will be made available to the UKBA so that they can verify your result when applying for immigration to the UK.

Candidates will also be required to provide additional security information such as their nationality and passport number. These additional security measures are being introduced to meet UKBA requirements for immigration to the UK.

Certifying BULATS Agents

Please note that not all BULATS Agents offer Certificated BULATS. Candidates wishing to sit a BULATS Online test to get a certificate for the purpose of a UKBA visa application will need to

  • contact a Certifying BULATS Agent
  • tell the Agent in advance that they want to take a Certificated BULATS test.

The Agent will then make the necessary arrangements.

NB: BULATS certificates cannot be awarded retrospectively.


Certifying BULATS Agents will be able to advise on the costs of obtaining a BULATS certificate.

Further information

Please visit the UK Border Agency website

Find BULATS Agents offering the certificated BULATS