Irsafam Cultural and Arts Institute, an IDP Education official IELTS test center, has been approved by UK government to offer the IELTS for UK Visa test in Iran.

In 2015, the UK government announced new requirements for secure English language testing for visa and immigration purposes. These requirements reduce the number of tests on the list of Secure English Language Tests (SELT) which are required for many categories of visas, and bring in additional requirements for the way the tests are administered. IELTS (Academic & General Training) and a new test, IELTS Life Skills are both included on this revised list.

Irsafam Cultural and Arts Institute has been an official IDP IELTS test center since 2013. It is the first and only authorized center to run IELTS for UK Visa and Immigration in Iran.
Darrin Vardon, IDP IELTS Regional Manager for the Middle East said, ‘Irsafam test centre has demonstrated excellence over the last three years by winning IDP IELTS global awards on a consistent basis. Getting selected for the UKVI testing status indicates the high level of commitment and dedication by Irsafam test centre. I will like to congratulate the Irsafam team for achieving this milestone.’

IDP Education has maintained a continuous presence in Iran with IELTS testing over the years despite the sanctions that were imposed. “The approval of IELTS for UKVI testing in Iran has been a priority of IDP Education team to continue a high level of support and services to the Iranian people, we are truly delighted with this step.” said Maher El Bakry, Regional Director for IDP Education, Middle East.

What is IELTS for UKVI?

The IELTS test for UK visa purposes is designed to meet certain administrative requirements specified by UK Visas and Immigration.

The Test Report Form will be slightly different, to show that you have taken the test at an IELTS UK visa session. However, the actual IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training tests for UK visa applications and non-UK visa applications are the same – same content, examiners, format, level of difficulty, scoring and so on.

What is IELTS Life Skills?

IELTS Life Skills test is specifically designed for people who need to show their English speaking and listening skills at Common Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR) levels A1 or B1.

It can be used by people applying for:

  • ‘Family of a settled person’ visa: If you want to remain with a relative, spouse or partner already living in the UK permanently.
  • Indefinite leave to remain: If you are already living in the UK and want to make it your permanent home.
  • Citizenship: If you want to become a British citizen.

How is the IELTS test different if I take it for UK visa purposes?

The IELTS test for UK visa purposes is designed to meet certain administrative requirements that are only specified by UK Visas and Immigration. Test Report Forms will be slightly different, to show that test takers have taken the test at an IELTS UK visa session. The actual test taken is the same – same content, examiners, format, level of difficulty, scoring and so on.

Where can I take an IELTS or IELTS Life Skills test for a UK visa application?

The tests are available throughout the world, in locations specified by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). You can find your nearest test centre in the Middle East at

How long the test results will be valid?

IELTS test results are valid for two years. If you pass IELTS Life Skills, you cannot retake it for a period of two years. If you do not pass it, there are no restrictions on retaking the test.

How often is an IELTS or IELTS Life Skills test available?

For IELTS and IELTS Life Skills, test dates will be available within 28 days of booking your test.

When will the IELTS for UKVI and IELTS Life Skills start in Iran?

The first IELTS Life Skills test will be held on April 7th 2016, followed by IELTS for UKVI on 21st of April

How do I book IELTS for UKVI or IELTS Life Skills test in Iran?

To book IELTS for UKVI or IELTS Life Skills in Iran please contact Irsafam Institute test center.


IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s proven high stakes English language test. Over 9,000 organisations recognise IELTS as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true to life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation. IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

IDP Education is one of the world’s leading international education organisations offering international student placement, English language training and IELTS testing services.

IDP Education, through its subsidiary IELTS Australia, manages a network of 400 IELTS test locations in more than 50 countries.

About the test

Candidates are tested in listening, reading, writing and speaking. All tests are scored on a banded system from 1 (the lowest) through to 9 (the highest possible score).

There is a choice between Academic and General Training versions of the test. The Academic version is, broadly speaking, for those who want to study or train in an English-speaking university or tertiary institution. The General Training reading and writing modules emphasise the skills needed in a broad social and educational context. General Training is suitable for immigration purposes to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

A sample of Government and professional associations who recognise or require applicants to hold an IELTS test report form include:

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC)
  • UK Home Office – Border agency
  • New Zealand Immigration Service
  • Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools and National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), USA
  • International Monetary Fund