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» Work Permit Points Test
The Tier 2 Migration System uses a points test to qualify applicants. Applicants must score 70 points in order to be successful, as well as meet the normal basic requirements.
The UK skilled immigration test is as follows:
Applicants who do not have a degree taught in English have a choice of must sit and pass an Approved English Language Test. For a full list of these tests, please click here for the current list of Approved English Language Tests and the level/grade required for each test.
One of the most popular and widely accessible Approved English Language Tests for migrants to the UK is the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). According to IELTS, applicants must score at least 6.5 on each of the 4 components. IELTS measures the ability to communicate in English across all four language skills - listening, reading, writing and speaking - for people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication.
Note: Applicants for Tier 2 (Intra-company transfer) do not need to score points for English language if they are applying to extend their stay after their intiial 3 years in the UK.
Applicants from some countries where English is the official language are exempt from having to sit an Approved English Language Test.
Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have sufficient funds readily available to help them settle in the UK. However, should you have any dependents also applying with you, they must all demonstrate that they have sufficient funds available when migrating with you.
*Tier 2 (General) applications only.
These earnings must be specified in your Certificate of Sponsorship.
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