· 雅思和IELTS Life Skills（雅思生活技能类）这两项考试已获准用于需要证明英语语言水平的英国签证。
· IELTS Life Skills这项新考试将面向需要证明听说技能达到欧洲语言共同参考框架（CEFR）A1或B1级别的人士。
根据新安排，用于申请英国签证的雅思考试将于全年多个时段在全球100多个主要考点举办，而需要证明听说技能达到欧洲语言共同参考框架（CEFR）A1或B1级别的人士则将参加IELTS Life Skills这一新考试。
为英国签证与移民局（UK Visas and Immigration）举办的雅思考试由雅思安全英语语言考试联盟（IELTS SELT Consortium）管理。该联盟由英国文化教育协会（British Council）、IDP教育集团（IDP: IELTS Australia）和剑桥大学外语考试部（Cambridge English Language Assessment）组成。
由英国文化教育协会（British Council）、IDP教育集团（IDP: IELTS Australia）和剑桥大学外语考试部（Cambridge English Language Assessment）共同所有的雅思考试已有25年的历史，一直在移民类语言考试领域扮演着关键角色。雅思成绩获得了全球9000多所机构（包括许多国家的大学和用人单位）以及专业团体、移民当局和其他政府机关的认可。2014年，在全球逾140个国家和地区中，共有250多万人参加了雅思考试。
· The UK government has announced important changes to Secure English Language Tests (SELT) for visa purposes;
· IELTS and IELTS Life Skills have been approved for UK visas that require proof of English language level;
· The 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.
The UK government has 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.
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.
Under the new arrangements, IELTS tests for UK visa applications will be offered throughout the year in more than 100 key locations throughout the world, 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 tests for visa purposes can only be taken at authorised centres and the centre must follow procedures specified by the UK government. When a test is booked, the customer must specify what the test is for and ensure that the centre is authorised to run tests for this purpose. A list of the authorised IELTS test centres can be found on www.ielts.org/uk.
IELTS tests for UK Visas and Immigration are managed by the IELTS SELT Consortia, which comprises British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.
IELTS, which is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment, has played a key role in language testing for immigration purposes throughout its 25 year history and is recognised by more than 9,000 organisations around the world including universities and employers in many countries, as well as by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies. More than 2.5 million IELTS tests were taken in 2014 in more than 140 countries.
For further information on the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) announcement, please visit: www.gov.uk