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IELTS for UK Visas & Immigration

Learn about IELTS for UKVI


IELTS for UKVI is an official Secure English Language Test (SELT) approved by the UK Visa and Immigration Department. Take IELTS for UKVI to live, work, study or migrate to the UK.

Who needs IELTS for UKVI?

IELTS for UKVI is an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) for visa applications to the UK. You need a valid English Language test for UK Visa score to study, work or migrate to the UK. If you wish to get a UK Spouse Visa, you will need a valid UKVI IELTS score.

What are the different IELTS for UKVI tests you can take?

Academic, General and Life Skills are the three IELTS for UKVI test types currently available.

Test type
Who needs to take it?
IELTS Academic
  • Applicable for test takers who want to study at Undergraduate or Post-graduate levels in UK.
  • Applicable for test takers who seek professional registration in UK.
IELTS General Training
  • Applicable for test takers willing to migrate to the UK under certain visa categories.
  • Applicable for test takers who want to train or study below degree level.
IELTS Life Skills A1
  • Applicable for test takers who want to apply for 'family of settled person' visas.
IELTS Life Skills A2
  • Applicable for test takers who want to apply for an extension to family, spouse or partner visa.
IELTS Life Skills B1
  • Applicable for test takers who want to apply for indefinite leave to remain or citizenship.

Using your IELTS for UKVI test results

You must take an IELTS for UKVI test to apply for any visas in the UK. Your IELTS for UKVI General Training or IELTS for UKVI Academic scores can be used to apply for study, work or migration visas across the globe. You however cannot use IELTS General Training or IELTS Academic scores to apply for a UK Visa.


You might be asking, what is the difference between an IELTS test and an IELTS for UKVI test? The IELTS for UKVI tests are taken at a UKVI approved test centre and must meet the administrative requirements outlined by the UK Home Office. To show that the test was taken in an UKVI approved test centre, the Test Report Form (TRF) will look slightly different. Nevertheless, the test format of IELTS for UKVI is the same as the other IELTS tests: content, format, scoring and level of difficulty.

Immigration and the law

Legislation about immigration in the UK changes frequently. It's important to check the UK Visa and Immigration website for changes that may apply to you. If you are interested in UK student visas, work visas, or looking for an indefinite leave to remain, you need to lodge an application with the UK Visa and Immigration Department. You may want to consider getting support from a lawyer or migration agent. You may also be able to get free advice for student visas.

IELTS for UKVI update: December 2019

A UK Visa and Immigration change has come into effect in December 2019. If you plan to apply for a visa to the UK under the following category, read on to find out how it can affect you.

To find out more, visit our Moving to the UK blog post.

To book IELTS for UKVI, visit https://my.ieltsessentials.com/