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Tier 4 (General) Student visa

If you need a Tier 4 (General) student visa, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) will require evidence of your English language level unless you are a national of a majority English-speaking country (MESC). You must take IELTS for UKVI (Academic).

Short-term Study Visa

If you require a Short-term Study visa, you may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances, such as evidence of your English language qualifications.

Information about English language requirements for immigration

IELTS for UKVI (Academic)

The IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test can be taken worldwide. To make sure your IELTS test report form is the IELTS for UKVI version you need to:

  • book the test in an approved IELTS SELT Consortium test centre.
  • confirm at the time of registration that you wish to use your test result for a UK visa application. You must sit the test in an 'IELTS for UKVI' test session, as UKVI will not accept results from all IELTS tests offered at these locations, even if the test is taken at an approved centre.

The content of the test is the same as other IELTS tests but the test report form is different (see image below) and approved by UKVI for visa applications.

When you have received your test score you should submit your IELTS SELT reference numbers and the certificate via the online portal, as it is a requirement that the BISC view your certificate in order to make sure you meet the requirements for your visa.

How to Book Your IELTS for UKVI (PDF)

UKVI Test Certificates (PDF)

Information about English language requirements for immigration

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UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) determines who must demonstrate knowledge of English for immigration reasons based on nationality and not residency. Students on passports from countries including, but not limited to, China, South Korea, and Japan, must demonstrate knowledge of English. This includes Canadian Permanent Residents from these countries.

Students who are required to demonstrate knowledge of English for UKVI must take the IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test.

The minimum standard for entrance into the UK by UK Visas and Immigration is Level B2 (IELTS 5.5). Students must take the IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test. Please contact the BISC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or need confirmation of your language requirements for UKVI.

An IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test certificate can be used to demonstrate English proficiency for admission purposes and for a Tier 4 visa application.

A regular IELTS (Academic) test certificate can be used for admission purposes but is not acceptable for a Tier 4 visa application.

Find out more about taking IELTS for UKVI (Academic)

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