Adding more to it, for those who have yet to apply for VISA.
As in the University VISA checklist , they asked to attach IELTS score and it is marked highly recommended.
I share with you how I handled this without IELTS.
1. Ask for a letter from Sauder Adcomm team by dropping a mail to . Dont just wait for reply , call them in morning 10-11 PST and ask them to send required letter. Believe me , you will get pdf attached in next hour.
2. Dont forget to attach your GMAT score.
3. Third attach a page of explanation about your IELTS waiver. Tell them as "Applicant has strong hold on English language which can be concluded from following points" Tell them your GMAT verbal and AWA score. Tell them about your interview. Also tell them that you are working in a company where business language is English and you deal with foreign clients daily.
In my case just be on safer side , I booked my IELTS exam also, but I applied without IELTS. So got my VISA 1 week ago. Today Got my IELTS score = 8 :)
Which is not needed now , anyway.
Good luck , see you all in Vancouver.
@Gaurav and the rest of the people applying for VISAS. Just wanted to give you guys a heads up regarding the IELTS requirement. Over the weekend, Two people reported on the facebook forum that their VISA applications were rejected by the Consulate even with the letter from the college stating the IELTS Waiver. However still others reported that the letter was sufficient for them. So the consensus is that it appears to depends on the VISA officer who is handling your case.
One person who's application was denied stated that he wrote a letter to the Consulate indicating that he had Taken the GMAT exam, and that seemed to work for him,
My suggestion at this point since your on a time crunch, would be to book your date for the TOFEL or IELTS (remember that these are very simple exams, and if you scored fair on the GMAT then this should be a breeze for you),
Go ahead and apply for the VISA with the IELTS waiver letter, and if they insist for the IELTS scores, then you will be ready to take the test,
Just my thoughts.