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Do the changes mean that only IELTS for UKVI can be used for Tier 4 student visas?
What about students who are applying to a Tier 4 Visa Sponsor  which is not an HEI, or students who want to apply for a pre-sessional course?
Will students need a SELT for a pre-sessional even if they have a CAS for an undergraduate degree?
How will the UK institutions know if the IELTS test was taken under SELT conditions?
Can our organisation still accept IELTS if it has not been taken at a designated location authorised by UKVI?
How does IELTS address security concerns?
What categories of visa are affected by the changes?
How often will the IELTS for UKVI test be available?
Will there be enough capacity globally?
How is an IELTS test different when it is taken for UK Visa and Immigration purposes / at a designated location authorised by UKVI?
Can students use their TRF from an IELTS taken for UKVI purposes when applying to other countries / for other purposes?
We have applicants who have already taken their IELTS test. Can they still use their result to apply to UK Visas and Immigration for a visa for a pre-sessional this summer?

In-UK-specific questions
Will there be enough capacity in the UK?
What do these changes mean for existing IELTS test centres in the UK?
How have the test locations offering IELTS for UKVI been selected?

IELTS Life Skills

Will people need to take a SELT for family visas and settlement?
Will people with an IELTS result – at a higher level than IELTS Life Skills – be able to use this to prove their English language level to UKVI for the purposes of family visas or settlement?
What is IELTS Life Skills? What is it for?
When and where can I take an IELTS Life Skills test?
What is the format of the IELTS Life Skills test?
Why does IELTS Life Skills only cover speaking and listening?
How long does the IELTS Life Skills test take?
Is there any break between Speaking and Listening?
How is IELTS Life Skills assessed?
How can people prepare for the IELTS Life Skills test?
How many copies of the IELTS Life Skills Test Report Form will be provided?
How soon will they get their IELTS Life Skills results?
How often is an IELTS Life Skills test available?
How often can I re-take IELTS or IELTS Life Skills?
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