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Migrating overseas is a challenging but ultimately enriching experience. You will have many things to take care of, and you may find that you need to step outside your comfort zone in many ways. But one thing you can be comforted by is that you are setting yourself up for success with IELTS.

IELTS is accepted as proof of English language proficiency for work, study and migration in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.

Each country sets its own IELTS score requirements. Score requirements will also vary depending on the requirements of your visa, and where you plan to study or work.

IELTS for migration: The clear choice of test takers worldwide

IELTS is the world’s number one English proficiency test when it comes to migration. No other English test is accepted as much as IELTS. Plus, it’s available at over 1,500 IELTS test centres across more than 140 countries making it easily accessible worldwide. From maximising your chances of success on your immigration application to helping you achieve your career goals, IELTS is key to unlocking greater success on your migration journey.

What type of IELTS is required for migration?

The IELTS General Training test is unique as it assesses your proficiency in everyday English, as opposed to academic English tests by other providers. This makes it easier for those aspiring migrants who may not have had extensive exposure to an academic environment.

How many countries accept IELTS?

With more than 30 million IELTS tests taken since its creation in 1989, IELTS is the world’s favorite test of English for migration Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK accept IELTS as proof of English language proficiency for work, study and migration.


The Department of Home Affairs accepts IELTS for a variety of visa types as well as for Australian permanent residency. Some Australian professional organisations and accrediting bodies also require it.

The minimum IELTS score for Australian immigration is 6.


It is possible that you will need to provide proof of your English language proficiency if you are seeking professional recognition, a work visa or permanent residency in Canada.

IELTS is the English test of choice for Canadian employers, professional organisations, and educational institutions. IELTS is accepted by all Canadian universities, colleges, and professional bodies that have established language standards for professional registration.

We urge you to contact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to find out the minimum score required for Canadian immigration as it will differ depending on your personal situation.

The IELTS score you require will vary depending on your immigration requirements and the organisation you wish to work for or attend school at.

New Zealand

Immigration New Zealand asks for IELTS as proof of English language proficiency for many visas. This includes Skilled Migrant, Investor, Entrepreneur Work, Residence from work and Parent categories.

The minimum IELTS score for New Zealand immigration is 6.5.


For anyone wishing to relocate permanently to the UK (commonly known as applying for 'long residence' or 'leave to remain'), proof of English language proficiency is a must.

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) accepts IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training and IELTS Life Skills as evidence of English language ability for anyone planning to live, work or study in the UK.

Minimum IELTS score requirements for migration to the UK vary from 4 to 7.

Which country accepts the lowest IELTS score?

As mentioned above, the UK accepts the lowest IELTS score. However, it’s important to note that the minimum score requirement varies from 4 to 7.

Does the IELTS score affect my visa?

If you are applying for a Student Visa to enter directly into a bachelor’s or postgraduate degree at a university that is a licensed student sponsor, you must meet the English language level e.g., the IELTS score set by the institution.

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