IDP Education (Cambodia) has announced the launch of the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) IELTS testing service at the IELTS Cambodia Official Test Centre.
The UK government has recently announced important changes to language testing for visa applications, reducing the number of tests accepted for visa purposes and bringing in new requirements for the way the tests will be administered.
These changes, effective from 6 April 2015, mean that individuals making a visa application to stay or move to the UK may need to have an English language qualification.
IELTS – the world’s most popular test of English for higher education and global migration – has been approved for all UK visas that require applicants to provide proof of their level of English. This continues the important role which IELTS has long played in language testing for immigration in the UK and other countries, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand. More than 2.5 million IELTS tests were taken in 2014 in more than 140 countries.
Under the new arrangements, IELTS tests for UK visa applications will be offered throughout the year and a new test – IELTS Life Skills – will be introduced for people who need to prove their speaking and listening skills at level A1 or B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). IELTS and IELTS Life Skills are included on both the UK Home Office’s list of Secure English Language Tests (referred to as SELT tests by UK Home Office) and the OFQUAL register.
IELTS tests for visa purposes can only be taken at authorised centres and the centre must follow procedures specified by the UK government.
In Cambodia, the new IELTS UKVI and IELTS Life Skills tests will be exclusively available via the IELTS Cambodia Official Test Centre at IDP Education (Cambodia) from 4 July 2015 onwards and then available every two months.
“The IELTS Cambodia Official Test Centre at IDP Education (Cambodia) is proud to be the exclusive venue in Cambodia offering this new suite of UKVI IELTS products,” said Harry Myo Thant, Administrator of IELTS in Cambodia. “We look forward to providing this service to those intending to move to or stay in the UK.”
Those who are applying for a Tier 4 student visa to a Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS) to study for a bachelor or postgraduate degree are required to meet the English language level set by the institution. All British universities and colleges accept IELTS results. This means students can apply with an IELTS result from any of the 1,000 IELTS test locations worldwide unless their institution has additional requirements. See www.ieltsessentials.com for a list of test locations.
IDP Education’s experienced counsellors will be able to provide advice and guidance throughout the UK student visa application process. IDP Education’s counsellors are experts in guiding students through the student application process. For more information visit facebook at: IELTS.Official.Test.centre.cambodia