Do you need to prove your English language level for a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) application?

IELTS is on the UKVI list of approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT). If you need an IELTS test result as part of your application to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), you will need to take your test at a specific test location authorised by UKVI.

Please note: if you are applying for a Tier 4 student visa for a program of study at degree level or above at a Higher Education Institution, you should check the English language requirement of your chosen institution, as most institutions do not require a SELT for this purpose.
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL UKVI CANDIDATES:

  •         Candidates MUST pay on line at the time of registering.
  •         All UKVI candidates should bring the following documents with them :

           1) A Colour copy of the ID document that they are registering with. Please note that it is a UKVI mandatory requirement for all candidates to bring a colour copy of the ID document that they registered with online. ( If ID, then a colour copy of both sides , if Passport, a colour copy of the bio- data page and signed signature page). Please note that if you require copies to be made for you at the customer service desk, you will be charged Ksh. 100/= per page.

           3) Their On –line registration print out. Kindly be informed if you chose to print the online registration at the customer service desk you will be charged Ksh.100/= per page

           4) Their original ID / Valid passport that they registered with. Kindly note that you will not be permitted to take the test without this.

  •       Candidates should ensure that the details entered when registering on line match the information from the ID document that you are using to register exactly. For example, your name, date of birth, gender, ID/Passport number and all other details must match exactly. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that this information is accurate. Kindly note that if there are any discrepancies in the details that you submit, you will not be allowed to sit any part of the exam.
  •  Kindly note the documents to be submitted are mandatory and you will not be permitted to take the test without specified documents.

      Please note that the Remark / Enquiry on Results (EOR) fee for  UKVI are as follows:

      1) £100 for the IELTS for UKVI test.

      2) £75 for the IELTS Life Skills test.

  •     All remark Requests /Enquiry on Results should be placed within 6 weeks from the Test Date 
  •     For all UKVI IELTS Candidates, please note that your Speaking test will be held on the Friday before your Saturday UKVI  IELTS Test Date. We will send you an email one week before the test date giving you information about the location of the test centre, how to get there, the time you should be there and what you should bring. If you have not received an email from us by the Wednesday before a Saturday test  and the Monday before a Thursday test, please send us an email us on :information@britishcouncil.or.ke or  call us on 020 283 6000 / 0732 117 000. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that you confirm you have received a speaking test date and time as above.

IELTS Academic for UK Visas and Immigration

This test is for test takers wishing to study in the UK below degree level or others who are required to take a SELT test for a direct application to UK Visas and Immigration. The test involves Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

For all UKVI IELTS Academic candidates, please note that your Speaking test will be held on the Friday before your Saturday UKVI  IELTS Test Date. We will send you an email one week before the test date giving you information about the location of the test centre, how to get there, the time you should be there and what you should bring. If you have not received an email from us by the Wednesday before a Saturday test  and the Monday before a Thursday test, please send us an email us on: information@britishcouncil.or.ke or  call us on 020 283 6000 / 0732 117 000. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that you confirm you have received a speaking test date and time as above.

Test Fee for IELTS Academic UKVI is subject to change every month due to the exchange rate . Please refer to the online fees at the time of your application.

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IELTS General Training for UK Visas and Immigration

This test is for test takers wishing to migrate to the UK or those wishing to train or study below degree level, who need to make a direct application to UK Visas and Immigration. The test involves: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. 

For all UKVI IELTS General Training candidates, please note that your Speaking test will be held on the Friday before your Saturday UKVI  IELTS Test Date. We will send you an email one week before the test date giving you information about the location of the test centre, how to get there, the time you should be there and what you should bring. If you have not received an email from us by the Wednesday before a Saturday test  and the Monday before a Thursday test, please send us an email us on: information@britishcouncil.or.ke or  call us on 020 283 6000 / 0732 117 000. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that you confirm you have received a speaking test date and time as above.

Test Fee for IELTS  UKVI General Training is subject to change every month due to the exchange rate . Please refer to the online fees at the time of your application

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IELTS Life Skills A1

This test is for those who need to prove their English speaking and listening skills as part of their application to UK Visas and Immigration for Family, Spouse or Partner visa. 

  • The A1 level is within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), the equivalent to ESOL Entry 1 on the National Qualification Framework (NQF).
  • The test involves Speaking and Listening 
  • Test Fee for IELTS Life Skills A1 is subject to change every month due to the exchange rate . Please refer to the online fees at the time of your application

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IELTS Life Skills B1

This test is for those who need to prove their English speaking and listening skills as part of their application to UK Visas and Immigration for citizenship/settlement visa.

  • The B1 level is within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), and is the equivalent to ESOL Entry 3 on the National Qualification Framework (NQF).
  • The test involves Speaking and Listening
  • Test Fee for IELTS Life Skills B1 is subject to change every month due to the exchange rate . Please refer to the online fees at the time of your application

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