Changes to English language requirement for 485 and 476 visas

Last Saturday the Department of Immigration and Border Protections’ lowered the English test requirement on the 485 and 476 visas.

Our table below summarises all the changes for all the tests.

English language test scores for subclass 485 and 476 applications: 

English test Minimum band score Total overall scored Listening  Reading Speaking Writing
IELTS test Overall band score 6.0 5 5 5 5
TOEFl iBT 64 4 4 14 14
PTE 50 36 36 36 36
CAE 169 154 154 154 154

While the test scores have been slightly lowered there are some signficant changes to the process.

  • These tests must have been undertaken within three years before the application was made.
  • The Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test must be undertaken on or after January 1 2015.
  • For the IELTS, PTE (Academic), CAE and TOEFL iBT tests results must have been completed as a result of single test sitting.
  • If you hold a passport from the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland or New Zealand, you are exempted from this requirement.

Originally posted as Lower English test requirement for 485 Visa 

For more information regarding the English language changes, contact us today on 08 8210 9800.

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