IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration

If you want to live, work or study in the UK there is an IELTS test for you.

IELTS is approved by the UK Government for your UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) application. It is accepted as proof of your English language ability by Universities, colleges and business organisations. Whatever your plans for life in the UK, IELTS is the test you need.

What is IELTS?

The international English language testing system (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with over 2.5 million tests taken last year. 

If you are applying for a Tier 4 student visa to an institution that is a Tier 4 Sponsor, to study for a bachelor or postgraduate degree, you are required to meet the English language level set by the institution. UK universities and colleges accept IELTS results. You can apply to UK universities with an IELTS result unless the institution has additional requirements.

If you are applying for professional registration, for example as a dentist, doctor or nurse, you can also apply to your professional body with an IELTS result.

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What is IELTS for UKVI?

IELTS for UKVI is a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), as is the new test, IELTS Life Skills.

An IELTS for UKVI score can be used to prove your English language abilities in support of a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) application.

An IELTS Life Skills score can be used to prove your English Listening and Speaking abilities in support of an application for a UK family visa or settlement.

If you are not making a direct application for a UK visa, you do not need to take IELTS for UKVI at a government-approved location, and you can take IELTS at any of our 1,000 test locations worldwide. 

How do I register?

You can register for IELTS at over 1,000 locations worldwide.

IELTS has over 160 locations worldwide accredited for IELTS for UKVI and IELTS Life Skills testing, including 10 locations in the UK.  

You can book your test via our online registration system.

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