English language IELTS requirements for Australia General Skilled Migration Visas

Australia General Skilled Migration Visas

Australian Department of Immigration and citizenship has fixed the English language norms keeping in mind a simple fact that Immigrants who are fluent in the English language will be able to find a job in the Australian economy soon. Not to mention, this will also help the new immigrants in social networking in a distant land. However, poor language skills can be devastating to the likelihood of their career success, even if they qualify through all the necessary requirements of the job.

Skill levels based on the IELTS score

Accordingly, Australia requires all prospective economic migrants to take an IELTS test. Speaking, reading, writing and listening are the four main components of this test, on the basis of which, the language skills of the applicants is evaluated. To be eligible to apply for one of the permanent General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa categories, the main applicant must have ‘competent’ English or ‘vocational’ English, if they nominate for a skilled trade occupation.

The Australian immigration regulations identify seven English skill levels after assessing the fluency and competence of the applicant in the Queen’s language under the General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas:

1. Proficient English – Applicants who score a minimum of 7 points in their IELTS test score in each of the 4 components of the test are honoured to be included in this skill level, which is the highest in the test score. The applicant of this level are awarded 25 points in the GSM points test.

2. Competent English – Applicant of this level are the ones who have an IELTS test score of at least 6 points on each of the 4 components of the test. They are granted 15 points in the GSM points test.

3. Concessional Competent English – This level comprise in the applicants with the average band score of 5.5 in their IELTS score. The applicant is given 15 points in the GSM points test, if they have applied for the Skilled – Regional Sponsored visa and has paid a fee to attend English language tuition in a participating State or Territory.

4. “Vocational” or “Better than functional” English – Applicants with an IELTS score of at least 5 points in each of the 4 components of the test are included in this level. The applicant gets 15 points in the GSM points test, if they nominate for a skilled trade occupation. This is the minimum English requirement for Skilled sponsored applicants and a requirement for the Employer nomination scheme.

5. Functional English – Applicants who obtain an IELTS average band score of at least 4.5 points is listed under this skill level. These applicants do not get any points in the GSM points test.

6. Limited English – An IELTS average band score of at least 4 based on the 4 test components causes the applicant to be included under this skill level and not get any points benefit in the GSM points test.

7. No English – Applicants listed in this level usually have very limited understanding of English language skills. These applicants are not given any points in the GSM points test.

An IELTS report is normally valid for two years only and the Australian Immigration regulations require that the applicants undergo a fresh test if his earlier test report has expired and is more than two years old.

It is important to note that some occupations have minimum prescribed IELTS score requirements and applicants must obtain that minimum score to be eligible to apply for visa for such a nominated occupation. Two of such most common occupations are Engineers and teachers.

While Engineers need to have a minimum band of 6 in each of the IELTS testing modules in general training test, the minimum requirement for teachers is a band of 7 in each of the IELTS testing modules in Academic training test. These two occupations also require the applicant to appear in and provide the IELTS result as a part of the immigration assessment process.

Visa Application Charge

Anyone who is 18 years or above and have less than ‘functional’ English and applied under the below mentioned visa classes, is required to pay a second instalment and any other charge due, before they are granted a visa. The visa officer will tell you when and how to pay.

  • – Skilled – Independent
  • – Skilled – Sponsored
  • – Skilled – Regional Sponsored
  • – Business skills
  • – Employer nomination (excluding religious workers)
  • – Labour agreement (excluding religious workers)
  • – Distinguished talent
  • – Former resident
  • – Former citizen
  • – Family of New Zealand citizen

It is thereby strongly recommended that the applicant take preparatory classes before appearing in an IELTS test.

Summary: IELTS test is an integral part of the Immigration process under the Australia General Skilled Migration Visa. This test is required for the principal applicant as well as spouse and adult dependents above 18 years of age, unless you are lucky to be included in the category of people who are exempted to appear for the IELTS test.

For more information on the Australia General Skilled Migration Visas please contact me at mustaqali@abhinav.com.

870 comments

  • rashmi dua

    I am Rashmi. I have appeared for IELTS academic module and scored 7.5 in total. among all the four skills i have achieved minimum of 7 in each. Now i am willing to move to Australia with my family. my family comprises of my husband and two sons studying in Grades 8 & 6 respectively. Please guide me the procedure to further my immigration.

    • Immigration Experts

      Hello Rashmi Dua, your IELTS scores are impressive. But, for complete evaluation of your profile please send us your CV and your husband’s CV at mustaqali@abhinav.com and then our immigration expert will get in touch with you to guide you further on the PR process for Australia.

      Thanks

  • Gurjinder

    Sir I have done one year diploma of welder,I have 1 year experience and I would like to move to Australia . What are ways for me in future

  • Vignesh

    Sir, is IELTS is must for labourer or farm worker for Australia?

  • HELLO SIR ,ma name,s Naseem Ahmad and i ,m an advocate .i,ve got 2 yrs experience and i want 2 enhence ma carieer in ma,own profession .i ,ve 4.5 band score in IELTS EXAM.SO I need 2 grab some information about ma,eligibility 4 appling study visa or work visa………..

  • Hargurpartap

    Sir,i got 5.5 band overall but 4.5 in reading and above 5 band in other modules is it possible for australia

    • Immigration Experts

      Thanks for your valuable reply. First, you have to send your updated CV at mustaqali@abhinav.com, if you are eligible than our consular contact with you and give you the all information about the process.

  • manpreet

    i have done masters in mathematics in 2009. after that i have continous experience in teaching profession. can i apply for immigration of australia. i have scored 6.5 overall with 6 in each module.

  • manjot singh

    I have done my 12th with non medical stream…My ielts score is L=7.5 R=6 W=5.5 S=5 overall 6.0 .Can u suggest me some colleges in australia…And i m eligible or not??

    • Immigration Experts

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  • Chinthaka

    Hi sir. I got 6.5, 6, 6, 6 for IELTS and having 5 years working experience as software engineer. I’m married, I do have B.Sc in Science but non-major in IT, I willing to migrate to Australia in 489 category. can you suggest a Reagon which i can obtain 10 points and eligible to migrate with current IELTS results

    thank you

    • Immigration Experts

      Thanks for your valuable reply. First, you have to send your updated CV at mustaqali@abhinav.com, if you are eligible than our consular contact with you and give you the all information about the process.

  • navjot

    hllo! im navjot..& overall i have scored 6 bands as R-6, W-6, L-6.5 & S-5.5 …
    sir please tell me can i apply for australian study visa according to new rules…
    & i am married

    • Immigration Experts

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  • Gurjeet

    I’m M.A B.ed and have 6 years teaching experience .Tell me band score I need in each module and also overall score ..

  • Sangay Yeshi

    Sangay Yeshi
    B.Ed
    Thimphu, Bhutan
    16th June, 2016

    I am Sangay Yeshi from Bhutan. I have 1.5 years teaching experience in grade 11 and 12 biology. I appeared IELTS on 19th may, 2016. My IELTS scores are; R= 6:0, W=6:0, L=6:0 and S=6:0.
    Am I eligible for applying masters programme in Australia. Please send me lists of universities if I am eligible.

    I will be looking forward to your reply.
    Thank you

    • Immigration Experts

      Please note that “We are an immigration consulting company and do not assist in student visas, work permits, overseas or domestic jobs for any country.

  • ani mariam shaji

    Dear sir,
    Am a bsc nurse and don’t know which ielts test to take , whether academic or general for applying for a job in Australia.will u please help me with this

    • Immigration Experts

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  • Jette

    Thanks for a very nice and informative website.
    I am a danish ICU/PICU nurse with 16 years of expirence. I would like to relocate and live and work in Australia. I have been studying english for the last two month to refresh my level of english, and to get ready for the IELTS in september. After the IELTS I’ll reply for Australian nursing licens and a Australian skilled independed visa. The question is what path to choose in the IELTS – academic or generel ?

    • Immigration Experts

      Thanks for your valuable reply. First, you have to send your updated CV at mustaqali@abhinav.com, if you are eligible than our consular contact with you and give you the all information about the process.

  • Navneet

    i have done BCA in 2013 and my ielts score is R=5 L=6 W=6 and S=6. please give me suggestion can a apply for australia for master program and please send me list of universities which accept this.

  • NARESH KUMAR

    hello sir
    My name naresh kumar ,i m indian . I have mechanical engineer diploma with 5 year experience in multinational company. i have 5 overall band score,Am i eligible to apply for the PR or working visa for Australia ? Your response will highly appreciable.
    Looking forward hearing from you soon.i m married. My wife bsc science graduate. sir, please reply.

  • I am Civil engineering graduate ( BE) with 10 years experience in the same field and I have scored L=7,S=6.5, W=6.5 and R =6.5 . Do I have any chance to apply for Austrailan skilled immigrant visa under any circumstance. . Some immigratoin agents told me that I need to get minimum 7 bands in all sessions.
    Kinldy advice me.

    • Immigration Experts

      Thanks for your valuable reply. First, you have to send your updated CV at mustaqali@abhinav.com, if you are eligible than our consular contact with you and give you the all information about the process.

  • Ekbal

    I fall under ANZSCO 262111 – Database Administrator..

    I am married have one kid who born in sydeny only and my wife have all his educations till 12th in English

    i have those certificate too.

    please let me know anything else needed.

    • Immigration Experts

      Thanks for your valuable reply. First, you have to send your updated CV at mustaqali@abhinav.com, if you are eligible than our consular contact with you and give you the all information about the process.

  • Ekbal

    i have overall 6 score
    reading 5.5
    listening 5.5
    Speaking 6.5
    Writing 6

    i am in aus more then 3 year in 457

    if my employer sponsor (IT) then is that will be enough with respect to IELETS ?

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