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UK Skilled Worker Visa English Requirements and Application 2023 UK Visa & Immigrations

Do I Need IELTS for a UK Skilled Work Visa?

The Skilled Worker visa is the UK’s most common work visa. There are several requirements that an applicant must fulfil when applying, including fluency in the English language, which is a mandatory criteria.

How To Prove Your English Language Proficiency

You must pass a minimum of level B1 of an approved English language test in the following sections:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Reading

Make sure that your test provider is approved by the Home Office. Among Skilled Worker visa applicants, one of the most commonly used English language test providers is the IELTS SELT Consortium. However, you can also choose a different test provider among the approved list published by the Home Office.


Exceptions For The English Language Test

Not all applicants are required to prove their English language fluency. If you are an applicant from a majority English-speaking country, you are exempt from taking an IELTS test. A list of exempted countries is also published by the Home Office. These include the following:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • The United States of America and more

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Simply put, if you hold a degree that was taught in English, you are not required to take an English test. However, this could depend on a few criteria.

Remember that, in contrast to the lead applicant, dependents are not required to meet the requirements of the English language when entering the UK.

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