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English language changes to Student Visas and Temporary Graduate Visas

As early indicated in the Migration Strategy late last year, the Australian government has made changes to the English language requirements for Student visas (subclass 500) and Temporary Graduate visas (subclass 485).


The new language requirements to all student visa and temporary graduate visa applications will apply to all applications lodged on or after 23 March 2024.



Student Visas


The minimum test score for a student visa has increased from International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score 5.5 to 6.0.


The minimum test score for students undertaking an English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) course before their main course of study has increased from IELTS score 4.5 to 5.0 (or equivalent).


The minimum test score required for students undertaking university foundation or pathway programs that deliver reputable English language training is IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent).

Visa

New IELTS Requirement

ELICOS Course Requirement

Foundation/Pathway Programs Requirement

Student Visa (subclass 500)

 

 

IELTS 6.0

From IELTS 4.5 to 5.0

IELTS 5.5

Temporary Graduate Visa (TGV)


The minimum score required for a Temporary Graduate Visa from IELTS test score increases from 6.0 to 6.5 (or equivalent), with a minimum score of 5.5 for each component of the test (reading, writing, speaking and listening).


Passport holders from Hong Kong and British National Overseas (BNO) are not required to meet this increased minimum English language requirement. The settings for this cohort remains at IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent), with a minimum score of 5.0 for each component of the test (reading, writing, speaking and listening).


The test validity window for a Temporary Graduate Visa decreases from 3 years to 1 year. Temporary Graduate Visa applicants now need to provide evidence that they have completed an English Language test within 1 year immediately before the date of the visa application.

Visa

New IELTS Requirement

ELICOS Course Requirement

Foundation/Pathway Programs Requirement

Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485)

IELTS 6.5 (with min. 5.5 per component)

N/A

N/A

Why were the changes made?


According the to the Department of Home Affairs these changes will "... support international students and recent graduates to have a positive educational experience in Australia, and give students who earn a degree in Australia an opportunity to

contribute to Australia’s economic growth. Students with strong English proficiency are better placed to live independently in Australia and engage with the broader community. "


Do you require further assistance


If you have further questions about the above, or have any other immigration related query, please get in touch with our experienced team. Contact us by email at hello@canberramigrationservices.com.au or by phone at +614517572873.


This article does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. Please consult an immigration professional for up-to-date information.


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