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Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents, 3rd edition (2020 impression)

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Author: Home Office
Publisher: TSO (The Stationery Office)

Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents, 3rd Edition

Ensure you are fully prepared for your Life in the UK test with the new 2013 3rd edition of the Life in the UK handbook. This eBook is the only official handbook for the new Life in the UK tests taken on or after 25 March 2013. It contains all the official learning material for the test and is written in clear, simple language - making it easy to understand.

Available from your device's eBook store, this essential handbook covers a range of topics you need to know to pass your test and apply for UK citizenship or permanent residency, including:

  • The process of becoming a citizen or permanent resident
  • The values and principles of the UK
  • Traditions and culture from around the UK
  • The events and people that have shaped the UK's history
  • The government and the law
  • Getting involved in your community


On 31 January 2020 the United Kingdom left the European Union (EU).

Sections of the handbook, Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents 3rd edition, which refer to the UK being a member of the EU and its institutions, are out of date and have been removed from subsequent prints of the handbook.

You will not be asked any questions on the EU or the UKs relationship with the EU as part of the Home Office approved test based on the current (3rd) edition of the Life in the UK handbook.

Home Office, January 2020

More information

To help you prepare for your test, you will find:

  • 'Check that you understand' boxes at the end of every section
  • A glossary of key words and phrases

How to prepare for the Life in the UK Test

The Life in the UK Test is taken by people who wish to apply for Indefinite leave to remain in the UK, or for British citizenship. We recommend that you should start your revision at least three months before taking your test. This will help with your test preparation and give you a better chance of passing first time. You will be tested on information in the Official Life in the United Kingdom A guide for New Residents, you should study this book to prepare for the test. There are other revision aids available to use with the Guide. These are shown below.

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Published: 26 March 2013

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