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Recently, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced changes to the English test requirements for people applying for a Study Permit in Canada using the Student Direct Stream (SDS) program as follows:

From 10 August 2023, IELTS Academic test takers will no longer need to achieve a minimum 6.0 score in all individual test skills. Now just a 6.0 overall band score is required making it easier to choose IELTS Academic to get admission.

Can you use IELTS General Training for your SDS Visa application?

Yes, both tests are accepted by IRCC for the SDS Study Permit Program.

IRCC requires a band score of 6.0 in every section of the test (Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking) for IELTS General Training. Whereas with IELTS Academic test, only an overall or average band score of 6.0 is required.

For example:

Sukhbir sat the IELTS Academic test and secured a 6.5 score in Listening, 5.5 in Reading, 5.5 in Writing and 6.5 in Speaking. Despite getting 5.5 in two sections, he still qualifies for SDS as his Overall band score is 6.0 (6.5 + 5.5 + 5.5 + 6.5 / 4 = 6).

Up until the 10th of August 2023, applicants for SDS are required to achieve a minimum score of 6.0 in each individual skill area in IELTS Academic. However, with the recent changes this is no longer required.

The table below shows some of the scores test takers can now achieve to be accepted for SDS applications:

ReadingWritingListeningSpeakingOverall Score

Note: Before this announcement, they would have been required to retake the IELTS Academic test and get a band score of 6.0 in each skill.

You can apply to SDS with IELTS Academic or General Training test scores up to 2 years old. This means you can also use test scores received before 10th August to apply to SDS after the changes take effect on 10th August. It’s easy with IELTS!

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Exciting Developments! Skilled Indians and Students to Reap Rewards of New Mobility Agreement between India and Australia

From July 1, 2023, Australian universities and colleges are implementing new visa rules and work-hour caps for international students. Indian graduates will have the opportunity to work in Australia for up to eight years, and the allowable work hours will increase from 40 to 48 hours per fortnight. Additionally, a program called the Mobility Arrangement for Talented Early-professionals Scheme (MATES) will provide 3,000 annual spots for young Indian professionals to spend two years in Australia without needing a visa sponsorship. The MATES visa is available to graduates from recognized Indian universities in specialized fields such as engineering, mining, fintech, AI, ICT, agricultural technology, and renewable energy.

Access Institute Magarpatta is a valuable resource for students aspiring to obtain a study visa to Australia and excel in the IELTS exam. The institute offers comprehensive support and guidance throughout the visa application process, ensuring that students meet all the necessary requirements and submit a strong application. Moreover, Access Institute Magarpatta provides specialized training and coaching for the IELTS exam, equipping students with the necessary skills to achieve their desired score. With experienced instructors, tailored study materials, and regular practice sessions, the institute helps students boost their English language proficiency, enhancing their chances of success in both the IELTS exam and their study visa application to Australia.

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