What is the IELTS score for immigration in New Zealand? 

Updated on: Aug 9, 2023

For immigration to New Zealand, applicants are required to take the IELTS test and meet the minimum score requirements. The minimum score requirements depend on the specific visa category being applied for.

For most visa categories, the minimum overall band score required is 6.5, with no band score less than 6.0. However, some visa categories such as the Skilled Migrant Category may require a higher overall band score of 7.0 or more, depending on the applicant's specific circumstances.

It's also important to note that there are two types of IELTS tests: the IELTS Academic and the IELTS General Training:

  • The IELTS Academic is typically required for those who wish to study at a university or tertiary institution in an English-speaking country, or for professional registration purposes in fields such as medicine or nursing. The test assesses the four language skills - listening, reading, writing, and speaking - in an academic context.
  • The IELTS General Training, on the other hand, is often required for those who are migrating to an English-speaking country, or for those seeking to work or undertake training programs in an English-speaking environment. The test assesses the same four language skills, but in a general context that is relevant to daily life and work situations.

It's important to note that the minimum score requirements for immigration to New Zealand apply to both the IELTS Academic and the IELTS General Training tests. Applicants should check with the immigration authorities or their immigration advisor to determine which test is required for their specific visa category.

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