IELTS approved for British immigration system
Lahore, March 08, 2008: The International English Testing System (IELTS), which is
run by educators in Australia and the United Kingdom, has been approved for use
in the UK immigration system, according to a press release issued by the British
Council. The press release says that the UK Home Office is implementing a new
points-based immigration system for all non-European Union nationals.
system groups potential immigrants into five tiers. The recent approval of the
IELTS certificate is for tier 1, which includes highly skilled migrants such as
doctors, scientists and entrepreneurs. As part of the application process,
applicants are required to provide evidence of their English language abilities.
The government has approved IELTS at a band score of 6.5 and above as suitable
to verify that ability. At tier 1, applicants need to demonstrate English
language skills equivalent to level C1 of the Common European Framework of
Reference for Languages (CEFR). Daily Times