I am a quality-oriented recent graduate PhD in Chemical Engineering at from University of Tehran, Iran. During my PhD I passed two sabbatical periods at University of Waterloo in Canada for 8 months and at California Institute of Technology for 16 months.

I am wondering if it is necessary to have an updated IELTS or TOEFL score to get a work-permit UK visa for a postdoc job?

Thanks a lot for your time and attention, Best Regards, Nahid P. Khiabani

  • Please refer to the official documentation on Tier 2 General visas.
    – Dmitry Savostyanov
    Aug 30, 2019 at 8:12
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    The admissions dept will tell you.
    – Solar Mike
    Aug 30, 2019 at 9:16
  • @SolarMike Admissions deal with students; postdocs are staff. Staff inquires go to HR, who are often less than useless when it comes to visa requests.
    – Dmitry Savostyanov
    Aug 30, 2019 at 14:37
  • @DmitrySavostyanov HR is useless for many things...
    – Solar Mike
    Aug 30, 2019 at 15:47
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    @Solar Mike HR is absolutely useless if the OP doesn't ask. <g> Sep 3, 2019 at 16:51

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Unfortunately, having worked in an English speaking country doesn't count towards the Tier 2 visa language requirement. If you don't have a degree from an institution in an English speaking country, you're going to have to produce favourable results from an approved language test.

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