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New English Language Requirements introduced for 457 Visas


Written By Michael Walker
Mon, Apr 20, 2015
Michael Walker

New legislation has been introduced, regarding qualifying English Language scores and testing regimes required for 457 visas.

Effective from 18 April 2015, a series of new English Language testing systems and scores will be be available to candidates for the Australian Employer sponsored 457 Visas. The new system is as follows:


English test

Minimum band score

Minimum scores for English test components

Listening

Reading

Speaking

Writing

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Overall band score 5.0

4.5

4.5

4.5

4.5

Occupational English Test (OET)

-

B

B

B

B

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT

Total band score 36

3

3

12

12

Pearson (PTE Academic)

Overall band score 36

30

30

30

30

Cambridge English: Advanced Test (CAE)

Overall band score 154

147

147

147

147

 

English Language Exemptions for 457 Visa Applicants


Certain Passport Holders are Exempt

A valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland, to a citizen of that country

Nominated Salary Exemption

Where the sponsoring employer nominates a base salary (excluding Superannuation) of above $96,400 per annum

Secondary or Post Secondary Education, where tuition is in English for 5 cumulative years

A signed letter, on Institution letterhead, which clearly states that all tuition was provided in the medium of the English Language, for at least period of 5 years.  The letter should also provide the start and end dates of the term of education.

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