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English Language Requirements for Student Visa

23rd June 2023 | SuccessVisa

Welcome to SuccessVisa! In today's video, Amit discusses English language requirements. English proficiency is generally required by two different entities: Educational Institutes and the Department of Home Affairs. Let's take a look at the details!

For the Department of Home Affairs, the minimum English language requirement is an overall score of 5.5. If you have achieved a 5-band score, you may be eligible, but you have to combine it with a 10-week ELICOS course. Similarly, if you have a band score of 4.5, you have to attend a 20-week ELICOS course.

However, it's important to note that English requirements are usually higher and may vary depending on the institution and the specific course you wish to pursue.

Accepted forms of English language tests include

- PTE (Pearson Test of English) - IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

- OET (Occupational English Test)

These test scores are typically valid for a period of two years or 24 months. Keep in mind that there are certain exemptions when applying for a student visa extension, where you may not be required to provide an English language test.

Some examples of exemptions include if you have completed 50% or more of your current course, if you have met the study requirement in the last two years, or if you have completed five years of study in an English-speaking country such as Australia, UK, Canada, USA etc.

If you find that you don't meet the English language requirements for your desired purpose, don't worry! You can always reach out to SuccessVisa experts for more information and guidance. We're here to help you navigate through the process.