Who accept IELTS?

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Government Agencies

A number of international government agencies require IELTS Band Scores for immigration and student visa application.

Government agencies requiring IELTS include:

  • Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC)
  • New Zealand Immigration Service (NZIS)
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
  • United Kingdom Border Agency


General Skilled Migration:

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship requires applicants to have sufficient ability in English for working in Australia. IELTS is the recognised test of both Vocational and Competent English and points are awarded based on scores achieved.
For details visit www.diac.gov.au

Student Visa

IELTS Band scores are required for Student Visa applications. IELTS requirements for Student Visas vary according to the candidates’ nationality and education sector of their proposed study program.
For details visit www.diac.gov.au


IELTS is the only internationally available test of English proficiency recognised by Citizenship and Immigration Canada for immigration purposes. Immigration candidates are awarded points according to the score they achieve in the IELTS General Training module.
For details visit www.cic.gc.ca

New Zealand

Immigration New Zealand requires an IELTS Overall Band Score of 6.5 in either the General Training or Academic IELTS Modules. Unless meeting exemption requirements, the IELTS Band Score is mandatory for application in the General skills migration category.
For details visit www.immigration.govt.nz

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom Border Agency is using IELTS for proof of English language ability in the Points Based System (PBS). PBS allows migrants to apply to work or study in the UK via one of five ‘tiers’. If applying under Tier 1 or 2, migrants are required to provide proof of English language ability. IELTS is an approved English language test which can provide this proof.
For details visit www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk