Can I get a UK work visa without passing IELTS?

15 Dec 2023, 27 mins ago

The most common work visa for the UK is the Skilled Worker visa which poses a number of requirements on an applicant, including demonstrating fluency in the English language.

If you are looking to enter the UK on a Skilled Worker visa, one of the mandatory criteria is to show that you meet the English language requirement. This is usually evidenced by way of passing an approved English language test at level B1 or above in all 4 competencies, i.e. speaking, listening, reading and writing. When choosing where to take the test, you should keep in mind that the test provider has to be approved by the Home Office.

IELTS SELT Consortium is one of the approved and most commonly used English language test providers among Skilled Worker visa applicants. However, you may choose another provider from the list of approved providers published by the Home Office here.

You will not have to take an IELTS test if you are a national of a majority English speaking country. The Home Office has published the relevant list of countries, including the United States of America, Canada, Australia, etc. Broadly speaking, you do not have to take an English language test if you hold a degree that was taught in English; however, this may depend on a number of other criteria.

It is useful to note that unlike the lead applicant, the dependants will not need to meet the English language requirement for the purpose of coming to the UK.  

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