Changes to English Language requirements
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Changes to English Language requirements

It is one of the most important factors in order for migrants to integrate into the Australian culture and that is, to speak and understand the English language.  From the 18th of April a change was implemented by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to the minimum English Language test scores for two specific Visa’s.

The Skilled – Recognised Graduate (subclass 476) visa and the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa will no longer require the ‘competent language requirement’ as part of the application process providing one of the following has been undertaken in the past three years:  (as supplied by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection)

  • an  overall score of at least 6, with nothing below 5 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test
  • a score of at least ‘B’ in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) of an Occupational English Test (OET)
  • a total score of at least 64, with nothing below 4 for listening, 4 for reading, 14 for writing and 14 for speaking, in a Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT)
  • an overall score of at least 50 with nothing below 36 in each of the four test components (listening, reading, writing and speaking) in a Pearson Test of English Academic
  • an overall score of at least 169 with nothing below 154 in each of the four test components (listening, reading, ​writing and speaking) in a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test taken on or after 1 January 2015.

Those applicants holding a passport from these following countries, will automatically meet the minimum English Language requirement:

 

  • New Zealand
  • United States of America
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • Republic of Ireland

If you require any further information on the minimum English requirement for any Visa applications to Australia, please contact our head office today.

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