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Australian Student Visa Update: Important Changes to English Language Requirements

Australian Student Visa Update: Important Changes to English Language Requirements


The Australian Government has implemented changes to the English language proficiency requirements for both Student and Temporary Graduate visas. These updates aim to enhance the educational experience for international students in Australia while preparing them for potential future careers in the skilled workforce. Changes Effective March 23, 2024

This announcement aligns with the Migration Strategy released on December 11, 2023, and applies to all Student and Temporary Graduate visa applications submitted on or after March 23, 2024.

Temporary Graduate Visa (TGV)

  • Higher English Proficiency: The minimum IELTS score for a TGV increases from 6.0 to 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 required in each individual component (reading, writing, speaking, and listening).
  • Shorter Test Validity: The window of validity for TGV English language tests has been reduced from 3 years to 1 year. Applicants must now demonstrate completion of an English language test within 12 months before the visa application date.

Student Visa

  • Enhanced English Skills: The minimum IELTS score for a Student visa increases from 5.5 to 6.0 overall.
  • ELICOS Update: The minimum score required to undertake a packaged English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) rises from 4.5 to 5.0. However, the requirement remains unchanged for students solely enrolled in standalone ELICOS programs.
  • Pathway Programs: Students enrolled in recognized university foundation or pathway programs providing reputable English language training will still require an IELTS score of 5.5 (or equivalent).
  • VET and Higher Education: The increased English language requirement for students pursuing VET and higher education courses is mirrored by a similar rise in the score needed for those taking packaged ELICOS courses. This ensures a smooth transition to their main course with the necessary level of English proficiency.

Overall, these changes aim to ensure international students possess the necessary English language skills to flourish in their studies and potentially integrate into the Australian workforce after graduation.

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