I am applying for a postdoc in the UK. I hold an academic IELTS certificate. Does anyone know is that enough for a Tier-2 visa? Thanks in advance


Being a Tier 2 migrant here myself, I can confirm that IELTS Academic exam is accepted for Tier 2 applications. The general rules are here.

However, a word of caution is needed. UKVI has recently changed the list of approved test providers, and IELTS franchise seems to split into "IELTS" and "IELTS for UKVI" providers. Only "IELTS for UKVI" providers are approved for immigration purposes. The exams are essentially the same, it is only the level of screening, security and scrutiny which is different.

It is not clear to me whether the IELTS certificates issued before the split are still accepted by UKVI. Many people assume that they should because the laws can not be applied retrospectively, but IANAL. I would like to know the answer, too.


Thanks for the answers.

A couple of sentences for people who might be in my situation:

In order to get Tier-2 visa, you have to take part in IELTS exam. The one which is acceptable for this purpose is IELTS for UKVI and the other tests would cause failure to your application.

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    This doesn't seem to add anything beyond what Dmitry said. – MJeffryes Jan 11 '18 at 11:41

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