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Canada




immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has introduced 3 new measures on post graduation work permit eligibility for students beginning programmes online. These changes are being implemented to provide more flexibility to international students who need or want to start their Canadian study programme online abroad. The three changes are:

The three changes are:

  1. Students may now study online from abroad until 30 April 2021, with no time deducted from the length of a future post-graduation work permit, provided 50% of their programme of study is eventually completed in Canada.
  2. Students enrolled in a programme that is between 8 and 12 months in length with a start date from May to September 2020, will be able to complete their entire programme online from abroad and still be eligible for a post-graduation work permit.
  3. . Students who have already enrolled in a programme with a start date from May to September 2020 and study online up to April 30, 2021 and who graduate from more than one eligible program of study, maybe able to combine the length of their programs of study when they apply for a post-graduation work permit in the future, as long as 50% of their total studies are completed in Canada.
Work in Canada

If you are planning to work in Canada, you must take a language test to prove your English proficiency. The IELTS General Training test can satisfy the requirements of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) if you are applying for a work visa, professional registration or permanent residency in Canada. 

The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) are the national standards used in Canada for describing, measuring and recognising the English language proficiency of prospective immigrants intending on living and working in Canada. You can find out from IRCC which CLB standards you will be required to meet for visa purposes.

Your IELTS test result demonstrates your English language proficiency level within the CLB standards. The table below matches IELTS band scores with the CLB standards:

CLB Level IELTS Listening IELTS Reading IELTS Writing IELTS Speaking
12 9.0 9.0 9.0 9.0
11 9.0 8.5 8.0 8.0
10 8.5 8.0 7.5 7.5
9 8.0 7.0 7.0 7.0
8 7.5 6.5 6.5 6.5
7 6.0 6.5 6.5 6.5
6 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
6 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
5 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
4 4.5 4.0 4.0 4.0
3 3.5 3.0 3.0 3.0
2 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
1 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0

Australia




If you wish to work in Australia, the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection will require that you demonstrate your English abilities as part of your visa application.

Most Skilled Visas for immigration into Australia require that applicants achieve a minimum score on the Points Test, which award points for a number of different areas including English language ability.  Different visas require varying degrees of English language proficiency, categorised as Superior English, Proficient English, and Competent English. The table below illustrates how IELTS results correspond to the Point Test. 


Points for English Language Ability
English Language Ability Points
Superior English - person has a score of 8 or more in IELTS in each of the four test components. 20
Proficient English - person has a score of 7 or more in IELTS in each of the four test components. 10
Competent English - person has a score of 6 or more in IELTS in each of the four test components. 0

With IELTS, you can be confident that you are taking a test that is trusted by institutions and organisations throughout Australia.  IELTS results are accepted by all professional associations in Australia that have set minimum language requirements for professional registration.

You have a choice of two tests, IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training. Your choice of tests will depend on the requirements set by the organisation. The tests evaluate your English proficiency on a scale of 0 to 9 in each of four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

UK




UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) uses the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) to gauge a visa applicant’s language proficiency level in the Points-based System (PBS). The PBS allows migrants to apply to work or study in the UK via one of five tiers.  If applying under Tier 1 or 2, migrants are required to provide proof of their English language ability.  IELTS is an approved English language test which can provide this proof. 


Visa description CEFR level required Skills IELTS test and score required
Tier 1
Entrepreneur visa
B1 Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS – 4.0 overall, and for each of the four skills
Tier 1 B1 Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS – 4.0 overall, and for each of the four skills

Visa description CEFR level required Skills IELTS test and score required
Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa
Tier 2
General visa
B1 Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS – 4.0 overall, and for each of the four skills
Tier 2
Sportsperson visa
B1 Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS – 4.0 overall, and for each of the four skills
Tier 2
Minister of Religion visa
B1 Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS – 5.5 overall, and for each of the four skills

Work Visas: The Points-based System

UK Immigration’s Points-based System (PBS) is the tool used to manage applications by individuals who wish to work, train or study in the UK.  Within the PBS, there are different employment routes available to foreign nationals:


Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)

UK Immigration’s Points-based System (PBS) is the tool used to manage applications by individuals who wish toThe Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa is for highly-skilled migrants who want to set up or take over, and be actively involved in, the running of a business in the UK. You can score 10 points on your English language proficiency by obtaining at least CEFR level B1 (IELTS overall band score 4) in reading, writing, speaking and listening.


Tier 2 (General)

The Tier 2 General Visa is the best option for most students hoping to work in the UK after their studies. Tier 2 of the PBS in the UK is for skilled migrants with a job offer.  You can score 10 points on your English language proficiency by obtaining at least CEFR level B1 (IELTS overall band score 4) in reading, writing, speaking and listening.


Tier 2 (Minister of Religion)

You can apply for a Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) Visa if you have been offered a job within a faith community (e.g. as a minister of religion, missionary, or member of a religious order) in the UK. You can score 10 points on your English language proficiency by obtaining at least CEFR level B2 (IELTS overall band score 5.5) in reading, writing, speaking and listening.


Tier 2 (Sportsperson)

The Tier 2 (Sportsperson) Visa is for elite sportspeople and coaches whose employment will make a significant contribution to the development of their sport at the highest level in the UK. Applicants must be internationally established at the highest level of their particular sport.  You can score 10 points on your English language proficiency by obtaining at least CEFR level A1 (IELTS overall band score 4) in reading, writing, speaking and listening.