There are various reasons for which the IELTS is written. Some of the most popular uses of the IELTS are as follows:
THE UK SKILLED WORK VISA
This is a general work visa with a validity of 5 years by which the United Kingdom welcomes interested candidates to live and work in a nation which the 5th largest economy in the world- the United Kingdom. This opportunity is increasingly attractive because, the visa is renewable and upgradable to permanent residency status, does not require any more than a secondary school certificate as its barest academic qualification and is quick to process (3-8 weeks from date of application). According to the Office for National Statistics Survey UK, 2008, successful applicants earn an average of about £29,009 yearly.
Usual requirements include:
*Secondary school certificate
*A valid job offer (which Can be sourced via various websites such as www.indeed.com and www.trorit.co.uk)
*A language proficiency test (the IELTS). This mandatory requirement can be satisfied by taking an IELTS test in Nigeria and uploading the required test scores during application.
THE HEALTH AND CARE WORKER VISA
Foreign medical professionals are increasingly sought after by developed countries that have in turn, created working visa pathways for qualified applicants. Some of such notable countries include: Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States Saudi Arabia and Australia. In 2021 alone, Canada issued temporary working visas to over 7,000 health workers while the united kingdom NHS puts the number of foreign health workers to around 116,000 in 2018.
The basic requirements include:
*Certificate of professionalism (Ex. Certificate of registration from the Nursing and Midwifery council if a nurse)
*A job offer from a health employer( jobs are available online at various job banks such as, www.indeed .com, www.trorit.co.uk)
*Requisite scores from a language proficiency test (the IELTS).
This mandatory requirement can be satisfied by taking an IELTS test in Nigeria and uploading the required test scores during application.
PERMANENT RESIDENCY VISA CANADA
Canada has an ambitious target of inviting around 1.3 million foreigners to become permanent residents of the country (irrespective of the COVID-19 issue). In fact, the Canadian government, in a January meeting and published in the 2022 budget, has just increased the powers of the Immigration Minister to ‘prioritize applicants who best meet the present Canadian labour market needs’. Chief among other requirements to apply for the permanent residency is an IELTS score, and to ensure that your application is competitive, a target score of a CLB 7 (Canadian Language Benchmark) to CLB 9 equivalent of the IELTS is required.
Universities and colleges in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Canada, China, Germany, and other European countries require proof of English language proficiency from international applicants in order to offer admissions while some embassies make this demand for the purpose of issuing study visas. And while there are a number of English language proficiency tests, most institutions and embassies will usually specifically demand an IELTS test result.
There are lots of reasons for this, but the fact that the IELTS is considered the MOST SECURE of these tests is the major reason for this enviable preference.
There goes the 4 most popular reasons for which internationals take the IELTS in Nigeria.
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