IELTS Test for UK Visas and Immigration (SELT)

Update from UKVI – IELTS results from 6-22 April now accepted for UK visa applications

(9 June 2015)

Are you planning to live, work or study in the UK? Have you already completed your IELTS test? The UK government has announced they will accept results from all IELTS test dates held by this test centre between 6 – 22 April. This means that you can submit your IELTS results with your visa application to UKVI if:

  • Your visa application requires you to supply results from a Secure English Language Test
  • Your IELTS test date was before 22 April 2015
  • Your IELTS test was taken at UNIHOUSE -Jordan or at any of the 1,000 IELTS test locations around the world
  • You submit your application to UKVI before 5 November 2015

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 is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English."

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.

For more information on the UK Visas and Immigration, please visit Guidance on applying for a UK visa: approved English language tests

When will this change take place?

The change in the UK government policy will be effective from 6 April 2015. Until 5 April 2015, you can sit an IELTS test anywhere in the world and the result can be submitted to UKVI with your application until 5 November 2015.