No English, no PR.
On 8 October 2020, The Morrison Government announced new requirements for partner visa applicants and their permanent resident sponsors to make reasonable efforts to learn English.
According to this new requirement, as from late 2021, any new partner visa applicants and permanent resident sponsors will be required to have functional level English or to demonstrate that they have made reasonable efforts to learn English. This new rule only applies to those who are applying for permanent visa from the provisional visa.
Korrylink understands that those who are granted or going to be granted the first stage of the partner visa subclass 309 or 820 can take advantage of using the 500 hours of free English language class through the AMEP program. Or alternatively visa holders can make efforts to attend classes or through self-study to improve their English.
By the time the Department of Home Affairs is ready to grant the permanent visa subclass 100 or subclass 801, applicants need to demonstrate they have achieved functional English:
- IELTS 4.5
- PTE 30
- TOEFL iBT 32
- ACE 147