IELTS and the Tier 2 General Visa

As you will be aware, a significant emphasis is now placed on Tier 2 General Visa applicants to have a suitable level of English language skill in order to apply for the visa. In many cases, the criteria will be satisfied because the applicant will be from a country which is exempt from the requirements. These exempted countries are generally English speaking Commonwealth countries. But if you do not have that exemption and you may be wondering which course is suitable to show as proof of your English language skill. You may also be wondering whether IELTS is the correct path. In this article, we will look at the English language requirement of the Tier 2 General Visa application in more detail.

Is IELTS the only way to prove English language ability for the Tier 2 General Visa application?

No, the IELTS is just one option for those who want to prove their English language ability with regards to a Tier 2 General visa application, but due to the success of the exam and it’s transferable nature it is probably the most well-known of the options on the list of acceptable exams.

Where can I find out the comprehensive list of exams that are acceptable for the Tier 2 General Visa?

 You can check on the government’s website the providers whose exams can be used as a way to prove your English language knowledge, IELTS is just one of them. If you check the list, you may indeed already have an exam that may be usable.

 What is CEFR?

 The Common European Framework (CEFR) is used to establish the language ability of the person taking the certification. It is now widely accepted, including in the UK, as an acceptable form of language proficiency and is an alternative option to IELTS and well worth looking into. There is lots of information available on the internet for the CEFR and a rudimentary Google search will provide a lot of information on the subject.

Will the language requirements of the UK change when they leave the European Union?

There is a significant chance that once the UK leaves the European Union their support for the Common European Framework or CEFR will change. At this point, there is currently no information or any proposed changes, but this language requirement will more than likely make up part of the changes to the UK’s immigration policy after they leave the European Union.

Where can I go for more help?

 A Google search will provide quite a lot of detail on IELTS and CEFR and should provide you all the information you need on the two major options for proving English language proficiency. If you need any more help with your Tier 2 General Visa or indeed any other immigration solicitors, please get in touch today and our immigration specialists will be happy to help with your query.


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