IELTS for UKVI is a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), as is the new test, IELTS Life Skills.
An IELTS for UKVI score can be used to prove your English language abilities in support of a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) application.
An IELTS Life Skills score can be used to prove your English Listening and Speaking abilities in support of an application for a UK family visa or settlement.
If you are not making a direct application for a UK visa, you do not need to take IELTS for UKVI at a government-approved location, and you can take the ‘normal’ IELTS exam instead.
The main difference between the IELTS and IELTS for UKVI Life Skills exam is that if you want to study at a University in England you need IELTS. However, if you are just looking to move to England, or the UK, you can take the ‘Life Skills’ test instead.
Please download the IELTS UKVI FAQs-Brochure for full details.