New IELTS Tests for Visa Purposes

 

  1.   The UK Government has announced important changes to Secure English Language Tests (SELT) for visa purposes, from 6 April 2015.

 

  1.   Students taking a SELT for Tier 4 visa purposes from 6 April 2015 onwards, must take the new IELTS Test for UK Visas and Immigration at a government approved IELTS test centre.  An IELTS certificate dated 6 April 2015 or later from an unapproved IELTS test centre is NOT VALID FOR A VISA.

 

  1.   There are more than 100 test authorised centres throughout the world.  To find your nearest test centre and book online, you need to go to www.ielts.org and select ‘Applying for a UK Visa?  Find a test’.

Students who have taken one of the previously approved English language tests before 6 April 2015, can still use their test for a visa application until 5 November 2015.  After this date, only the new IELTS tests will be accepted.  Details are available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-applying-for-uk-visa-approved-english-language-tests and http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/ielts-ukvi?q=ielts-uk-immigration-visa.

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