IELTS for VISA
Have you ever heard of a ticket to Hollywood? We are sure, you might have been. But if we say have you ever heard of a ticket to abroad? Now don’t be astonished you have read it right. Above that, if we say IELTS as a ticket for VISA. It won’t be a lie, trust us.
By the end of this article, not only you will agree with us but you must be amused about how IELTS is important for your VISA application for work, study or immigrate abroad.
Before we move ahead let’s get a brief introduction about IELTS first.
Brief Introduction about IELTS
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an English proficiency test and is usually taken by the students who dream to study across the seas or by the global migrants.
The authorities that have managed to conduct this test effectively since last 38 years are British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.
Adding to its global acceptance and to its undeniable popularity, being accepting for VISA application makes it indispensable.
Types of IELTS test
Not a single type but here also you will get two types to select in accordance with your interest and purpose. These two names are:
IELTS General Training
Further, let’s get an overview of these two.
IELTS Academic Test
This exam is suitable for students who want to pursue a bachelor or postgraduate degree programme or the ones who are seeking professional registration in the UK.
Professional registration means you will get certification in reference to your profession. You will be entitled to use qualification titles such as Engineer (Eng.), Doctor (Dr.) or Technician.
IELTS General Training
This exam is taken by ones who are either planning to study, work or train in an English native land like Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the U.K.
In this exam, you will be evaluated on the basis of everyday usage of the language with the content or questions focussed on workplace and social situations.
So, before we move further with the prime agenda of this article, let’s get to know about one of the major facts that make IELTS essential for VISA application.
IELTS is accepted as evidence of English proficiency by over 9000 organizations in more than 135 countries for education, immigration, and professional purposes.
Among those 135 countries, it is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand academic institutions, by over 3000, academic institutions in the United States, and by various professional organizations across the globe.
This is something amazing, isn’t it?
Let’s see now how IELTS going to help you in getting your VISA application accepted.
Government agencies have kept this test as an eligibility criterion to obtain citizenship or permanent residence in many countries. The main consideration behind is merely a thought that language proficiency and people’s ability to integrate into any community and at workplace goes hand in hand.
IELTS exam continues to play a major role in being a strict linguist assessment to control the migration numbers.
IELTS for U.K. VISA and immigration
This can be evidently seen by the introduction of Secured English Language Test (SELT) by the new UK government as a part of the visa application process. This test is known as ‘IELTS for UKVI’,
This means that IELTS can be used to prove your English language abilities in support of visa and immigration (UKVI) application.
It requires and demonstrates your speaking and listening skills only at level A1 or B1 of the Common European Framework of the Reference (CEFR). At the end of the exams, you will receive a pass /fail result rather than any 9-band score.
As we are already aware of how IELTS have two types, so the conditions for two are also different so let’s see about that.
IELTS Academic for UK Visa and immigration
This test is taken by the candidates who want to opt for undergraduate or postgraduate programmes.
This IELTS test is exactly the same that has been discussed above and will be tested your four basic skills and stated as:
For more information about the IELTS Academic for UK VISAS and immigration, you can check the Official guidelines by the British Council
IELTS General training for UK VISA and immigration
This test is usually taken by the candidates who wanted to migrate to the UK and for those who wish to study below degree level.
This also tests your four skills which are stated above.
Now coming to the work visa.
In the UK, for work visas, the requirements depend on the tier you are applying for and on the period of your stay in the country.
There are two tiers and they are much varied from each other. In tier 1 and 2, those who are seeking permission to stay must have B1 and B2 respectively.
Council of Europe’s Common European Framework (A1-C2) have described these requirements.
Universities and organizations can might “sponsor” your immigration, and they can profoundly decide the acceptable IELTS Scores.
IELTS for Australian PR VISA
If you are the one who is prominently thinking about taking the Permanent Residency (PR) in Australia, IELTS is one of the primary steps in the process.
In order to get an Australian PR visa, you are required to fulfill the basic English Level proficiency level to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)
The Australian PR VISA will allow you to study, work or immigrate there on a permanent basis.
In order to evaluate your linguistic skills, the Australian government has different categories where a good IELTS Score falls.
They have five major categories and each visa type has its own minimum requirements.
- Functional: An overall average score of 5
- Vocational: A minimum of 0 IELTS Score in each testing skill (Listening, Writing, Reading and Speaking)
- Competent: A minimum of 0 IELTS Score in each category.
- Proficient: A minimum of 0 IELTS Score in each category.
- Superior: A minimum of 0 IELTS Score in each category. (This is called to be as a good IELTS Score)
So here comes a gratuity part, eligibility for migration into Australia is based on a point system.
If your English falls into proficient or superior, you will get extra points (10 & 20 respectively) that strengthen your application.
There are educational organizations that have been set the minimum language organizations.
For the 2018-2019 academic year, the University of Melbourne requires an average IELTS score of 7 for undergraduate programmes. Whereas for graduate programmes, IELTS Score requirements vary from department to department. Some of Melbourne’s graduate degree programs require an IELTS Score of 6.5, while others may require an IELTS Score of 7 or more.
IELTS for Canadian VISA
Just like in Australia, the IELTS Score requirement depends on the kind of visa you are applying.
This point can be clear with this instance, on the Canadian Government’s Website it is clearly mentioned that the skilled worker visa has different requirements for each applicant type.
For all the educational organizations, professional associations and employers across Canada, it’s the test of choice.
Here it is a plus point for everyone, in Canada every institute, professional bodies, and association accepts IELTS and they have even set the minimum language requirement.
University of Alberta, Canada
In the University of Alberta, students need an IELTS Score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 IELTS score in each testing skill. According to recent data which indicates that graduate students also requires a 6.5 IELTS Score, and the minimum requirement of the score in each testing skill is 5.0.
Rest IELTS Score is mentioned in CLB(Canadian Language Benchmark) which is used to represent English and French language throughout the country.
IELTS for USA VISA
This one is really surprising and a mere opportunity for each candidate who wants to take VISA in the USA.
U.S. government is the only one who hasn’t set the minimum English language requirement bars for visa applicants.
But if you are intended to get admitted to any university programme then you need to polish your linguistic skills.
However, Academic IELTS for every university and organization often varies for the undergraduate and postgraduate programme.
So, here above in this article, we have seen how IELTS work as a golden ticket to achieving your dreams to work, study and migrate in the form of VISA in nonnative lands.
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