English Language Requirement:
Except in few cases, all skilled migrant and employer sponsored visa applicants are required to demonstrate a certain level of English language abilities. The level of English and the timing of evidence vary and depended on the type of visa being applied for. Evidence of English must be obtained and provided before lodging an application for certain types of visas while meeting the English requirement can be evidenced after lodging an application for other types of visas ( during the time the visa is being processed and before it is decided).
The table bellow shows how English language proficiency can be evidenced across 5 different levels of English. In is highly recommended that intending visa applicant checks the English requirement of their intended visa as early as possible as, in some cases, preparing and booking for and English test may take more time than expected.
Current as 06 Feb 2016
* The test should be conducted no more that 12 months before lodging the visa application or after lodging the visa application (while the visa is being processed). See also bellow at **
Functional English can also be evidenced by:
Completion of a degree, higher degree, diploma or trade certificate that required at least 2 years of study in English medium
Completion of all years of primary education and at least 3 years of secondary education in English medium; or
Completion of at least 5 years of secondary education in English medium; or
Completion in Australia of at least 1 year of full-time study or equivalent part-time study towards a degree, higher degree, diploma, or associate diploma in English medium.
In some circumstances, functional English can be established via interview
** Passport holders from the following countries are deemed to have competent English. That is, their english level is 6 in each IELTS test’s component . The countries are: UK, USA, New Zealand, Canada and Ireland.
*** There are two types of IELTS test, Academic and General. Either version is acceptable for visa purpose.