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On 20 February 2015, the UK government announced important changes to Secure English Language Tests (SELT) for visa purposes. If you make a visa application to stay or move to the UK, you need to be aware of changes made by United Kingdom Visas & Immigration (UKVI).

What are the changes?

If you are going to or staying in the UK, there is an IELTS test for you. In addition to the IELTS General Training and IELTS Academic tests, which you may already know of, a new test called IELTS Life Skills will be introduced. IELTS Life Skills test will be introduced for candidates who need to prove their speaking and listening skills at levels A1 or B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). This will be a single test covering speaking and listening skills. IELTS tests for UK Visas and Immigration are managed by the IELTS SELT Consortia, which comprises British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

For more information on the UK Visas and Immigration, please visit

When will this change take place?

These changes came into effect on 6 April 2015.

To assist with the transition, the UK government has announced that they will accept results from all IELTS test dates between 6 – 22 April. This means that you can submit your IELTS results to UKVI if:

* your visa application requires you to supply results from a Secure English Language Test, and
* your IELTS test date was before 22 April 2015, and
* your IELTS test was taken at any of the 1,000 IELTS test locations around the world, and
* you submit your application to UKVI before 5 November 2015.

More information

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions We will provide updates on how to register for an IELTS test for UK Visas and Immigration, so please revisit this page for more information

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