In 2015, London announced new requirements for secure English language testing for visa and immigration purposes. Those 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, Irsafam reported.
It added that the IELTS (Academic & General Training) and a new test, IELTS Life Skills, are both included on the revised list.
Irsafam Cultural and Arts Institute is the first and only authorized center to run IELTS for UK Visa and Immigration in Iran.
It has been an official IDP IELTS test center since 2013. 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.
Dr. Maher El Bakry, Regional Director for IDP Education, Middle East, referred to the approval of IELTS for UKVI testing in Iran as ‘a priority of IDP Education team to continue a high level of support and services to the Iranian people.’
He said that IDP Education ‘are truly delighted with this step.”