English Language Requirement for Subclass 457 Visa

 

Under the new legislation that came into effect on 1 July 2013, a primary 457 visa applicant is required to demonstrate ‘Vocational English’ unless one of the below exemptions apply.

‘Vocational English’ is defined as a score of 5.0 or above for all four components on an IELTS test (can be Academic or General Training Modules), or a score of at least “B” in each of the four components of an OET examination. The test must also be conducted in the 3 years immediately before the day on which the application was made.

Please note that the below exemptions are the only exemptions available – if none of the below exemptions apply to you, then you will need to demonstrate your English language ability by the required IELTS or OET examination result.

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Your country of passport

 

You hold a passport from Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom or the United States.

 

Your education

 

You have completed at least 5 consecutive years of full-time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where the instructing language is English. You will need to provide evidence of this.

 

Your salary

 

You are exempt if your base annual salary is at least AUD $96,400. Please note that base salary excludes bonuses, incentive based pay, overtime pay etc.

 

If registration, licence or membership is required

 

The Australian regulatory body for your profession/occupation may specify that you need to demonstrate a certain level of English language ability before you can obtain the registration, licence or membership that is required for you to work in your profession/occupation in Australia.

If the required level of English language ability is equivalent to more than at least a score 5.0 in each of the 4 test components for an IELTS examination, then you need to meet the higher level of English language ability that is set by the regulatory body. You will need to provide evidence from the regulatory body which shows the level of English language ability that is set to obtain the required registration, licence or membership, and also evidence to show that you meet this.

If a lower or if no level of English language ability is set by the regulatory body, and none of the above exemptions apply, then you still need to satisfy the English language requirement and complete an IELTS or OET examination.

 

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Frequently asked questions

 

  1. Q: What if I took a gap year between high school and college/university (or at some other point during the course of your studies)?
    A: The requirement does expressly state that 5 years of consecutive study is required
  2. Q: Do I need to provide evidence that I have completed 5 years of consecutive study?
    A: If you are seeking this exemption, then yes.
  3. Q: What will be the English language requirement for when I apply for permanent residency with the sponsorship of my employer?
    A: This is explained in detail in this post
  4. Q: Are you sure that an IELTS or OET result is only valid for 3 years?
    A: For the purpose of a 457 visa application, yes
  5. Q: Are you sure that both Academic or General Training IELTS examinations are accepted?
    A: Yes
  6. Q: Can I complete an IELTS or OET examination after lodgement and submit that?
    A: No. You can only rely on an IELTS or OET result from an examination that was completed before the application is lodged
  7. Q: For an IELTS examination, if I have an overall score of 5 (or above), but did not each at least 5 in each band, will this be sufficient?
    A: No
  8. Q: If I do not meet the English language requirement and I lodge my application anyway, can the Department approve it?
    A: You need to satisfy all the relevant eligibility requirements. The Department will not approve an application that does not satisfy all the requirements
  9. Q: I do not satisfy any of the above exemptions, but I have clear evidence of my English language ability (e.g. I’ve worked in an English speaking country for a number of years, I’ve completed a number of years of study but don’t fit any of the exemptions outlined, I have professional membership, I’ve completed other English language examinations etc.), am I exempted from IELTS?
    A: The only exemptions are both outlined above. If you do not satisfy any of the exemptions, then you need to complete an IELTS or OET examination
  10. Q: Do dependent 457 visa applicants need to satisfy any English language requirement?
    A: Not for the purposes of the visa application (they may need this if they want to work in certain occupations in Australia)

196 thoughts on “English Language Requirement for Subclass 457 Visa

  1. Stefan Airoldi

    Hi,
    I’m Stefan and I’m from Germany.
    I’m a car mechanic and porsche australia would like to sponsor me I made the ielts test with at least 5 points in each section.
    Every one is telling me different things.
    Can you please tell me if is it enough for the 457 visa or not … ??
    Thank you so so much for your help :)
    Regards Stefan

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Stefan,
      As long as your IELTS is valid, 5 points in each is sufficient. Your IELTS examination result is valid for 3 years (i.e. at the time that you lodge the application, the date of issue of your IELTS examination must be within the last 3 years).
      PC

      Reply
  2. Pearl

    Hi Peng,

    My husband is in Australia since last 5 years and studied cookery and business. He has overall 5 in IELTS. Is it possible to apply 457 visa before 1st July 2013 with the same IELTS result? Or he needs 5 in each? He is getting sponsorship as a cook or baker.

    Reply
  3. Emma

    Hi Peng,

    Am I correct in thinking that occupation 261313 Software Engineer is exempt from the English language test?

    Kind Regards,
    Emma

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Emma,

      If you lodged after 1 July 2013, then yes you will need English – you need to complete an IELTS examination and obtain 5 in each band.

      There are exemptions for:

      1. High base salary of $96,400 or over
      2. Demonstrate at least 5 consecutive years of full-time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where the instruction was delivered in English
      3. Hold valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or Republic of Ireland, to a citizen of that country
      PC

      Reply
  4. Romi

    Hi Peng,

    My friend has been offered sponsorship as a software engineer. Do you know if the employer can start the visa application process before he obtains the IELTS results or can they only lodge the application once he has completed the exam? From what I can see he will need to score no less than 5 in each band – is this correct? Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Romi,
      For a 457 visa, you can only rely on IELTS result from an examination that was completed before the application is lodged.
      PC

      Reply
  5. Thomas

    Hi Peng

    Which of the IELTS test do I need to pass? Most of them are booked the month ahead and I have to pass it before 11th of August. Do you have any suggestions what to do in this situation? I live in Sydney.

    Cheers
    Thomas

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Thomas,
      DIAC accepts either Academic or General. May be let your case officer know that you need an extension because it is booked out.
      PC

      Reply
  6. Edy

    Hi Peng,

    As you mentioned it up there, we have completed at least 5 consecutive years of full-time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where the instructing language is English. I did study for now about 4 years and 9 months. Am i able to use it for applying visa subclass 457?
    And for the evidence is it enough only to give them a letter stating i am the student in particular college/university for the period?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Edy,
      The exemption is at least 5 years of study so that is what you’ll need to demonstrate. It also depends on how the school structures of semesters and year – for some schools and university 4 years and 9 months will be considered to be 5 years of study.
      Ideally, you should obtain a letter confirming:
      1) That you attended and the course that you completed
      2) When your course started and finished
      3) That instructing language was English
      PC

      Reply
  7. imran sohail

    Hi Peng,
    I studied one and half year in UK and before that i studied more than five years in English.presently i am an Advocate in Pakistan. My question is that still i need Ielts test or not.thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Imran,
      Either one of the exemptions stated above applies to you – or you need IELTS. I can’t see any exemption applying to you based on the above.
      PC

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  8. Manoj

    Hi PC,

    I have lodged for 457 after 1st July for an extension of my existing 457 VISA.
    Will they ask for IELTS score ? It takes more than one month to get IELTS score in Australia.
    What can be done then ?

    -Manoj

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Manoj,
      Yes you need IELTS unless an exemption applies. You need to obtain the required IELTS before lodgement. You may need to withdraw and re-lodge.
      PC

      Reply
  9. ANNE SANCHEZ

    Hi Peng

    my husband will turning 2yrs this august 2013 with his current employer. he already pass the IELTS and his employer is very much willing to sponsor him. our concern is he wants me to include on his rsms application but i am not holding a 457 dependent visa. will my husband can still include me in his application as his dependent? i also already did pass the ielts
    thank you & regards,
    anne

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Anne,
      It is possible to include you even if you are currently not holding a dependent 457 visa.
      PC

      Reply
  10. Adnan

    Hi Peng,

    My wife has cleared AMC MCQ exam and intending to apply for a GP under Subclass visa 457. What IELTS score needed for GP professional and also tell me what score of IELTS needed for a spouse. Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Adnan,
      Dependent 457 visa applicants do not need English. Primary applicant needs at least 5 in each band.
      PC

      Reply
  11. kumara

    Hi,

    1. I already have 457 visa up to April 2014. I need to change my Employer. They ready to sponsor for another 2 years from now. So is it possible to lodge a new Visa application ?

    2. I already got IELTS exemption (when my first 457 application, on 2012) , because my higher education did in English. So Do I need to show the IELTS score in this time due to this new rules after 1st July 2013?

    Thanking You,
    Kumara.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Kumara,
      1) Yes you can apply to renew your 457 visa
      2) You need to satisfy English as it applies now, which is explained above
      PC

      Reply
  12. Nishant

    Hi Peng,

    I am from India and I completed my secondary education in 2003. Then there was a gap of one year and I finished my 4 years of graduation(B.Tech.) in 2008. The medium of instruction in both secondary education and graduation was english.

    I completed all of my education in English. Since there was a gap of one year between secondary and higher education, do I still need to clear IELTS for applying for 457 VISA?

    Thanks,
    Nishant

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      1. Preeti Mohapatra

        Hi,

        i am applying for the 457 sub class visa..i have completed my secondary education in year 2006 and completed my B.tech which is of 4 years duration in 211. In the one year gap i was preparing for the competitive examination in a coaching class institute where instruction,was in English.

        can i apply for the exemption in this case?

        Reply
        1. Peng Cheng Post author

          Hi Preeti,
          The exemption requires continuous study, so I don’t think that the exemption applies.
          pc

          Reply
  13. ram

    Hi Peng

    I am Ram and a professional Accountant. I done IELTS (Academic) with more than 6 (6.5,6.5 & 7) in 3 band and 5.5 in 4th band. My overall IELTS score is 6.5. Please can you answer the following:

    1. I belive, above score is enough for me to look for 457 visa sponsors for an accountant ( I am not in Australia now).
    2. If work in Australia for 2 years and whether above score is enough for applying 186 or 187 (PR) visa or do I need to achive minimum 6 in each Band.
    3.Which is the appropriate IELTS for me (being an Accountant), for 186 or 187 visa, is the General or Academic. I beleive, General is little easy.My skill assessing authority is ICAA/CPA/IPA.Also do need band 6, if I apply for 186 or 187 visa now (not being in australia)
    Regards
    Ram

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Ram
      1. That is enough for the English requirement for 457 visa
      2. English requirement for 186/187 explained in detail here: http://myaccessaustralia.com/english-language-requirement-ens-rsms-visas/
      3. You can use General or Academic for the visa application. According to CPA website:
      For GSM purposes, CPA Australia requires applicants to provide IELTS documentation which shows they have successfully achieved a minimum score of band 7, in the IELTS Academic module, in each of the four parts – listening, reading, writing and speaking.

      For Graduate (Temporary) Visa (subclass 485) purposes, CPA Australia requires applicants to provide IELTS documentation which shows they have successfully achieved a minimum score of band 6, in either IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training module, in each of the four parts – listening, reading, writing and speaking.
      PC

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  14. Raj kumar

    Hi peng cheng , i am going to apply 457 from my work . For ielts exemption, i studied 5 years of secondary level in english in my country Nepal. But i am in australia now . Still do i need ielts . Thanks

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  15. Harry

    Dear peng
    I have employer for sponsor, ielts band 5 in each , certificate 3 in commercial cookery (regular study), 7 month paid experience as cook and I spent more than 5years in Australia
    Can u pls tell me I can apply for 457 visa and I am living in Adeliade
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Harry
      Based on the below, all we can confirm is that you seem to meet the English requirement for the 457 visa. If you are relying on your Cert III, then I think you also need 2 years of on-the-job training, which would have been provided as part of the course or you need 2 years of experience.
      PC

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  16. pretty rai

    dear peng,
    I am from QLD Australia .i am being working in restaurant from over two years. i got certificate III .. my restaurant boss wants to sponser for me for 457 visa .. certificate III is ok for 457 visa or need certificate IV..
    thank you
    regard
    preeti

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Preeti,
      With a Cert III, you also need 2 years of on-the-job training (which is part of the Cert III course), or 2 years of relevant work experience.
      PC

      Reply
  17. Nina

    Hi Peng,

    Apparently my bf just got his IELTS band score 5 for the first time and he is chef but in one of the components like reading he gets only 4.5. So, my question is that can he apply for 457 visa or not?

    Thanks a lot

    Reply
  18. Dipendra Singh

    Hi, Peng
    I have completed MPA from UTS, Australia. But I have no work experience. I have got 5.5 in each in IELTS. My boss is ready to provide training and sponsor me as a general account as well. What are the requirements for me to apply for visa 457? Do I need to be registered in CPA? If yes, What are the requirements to get this. Thanks a lot.

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  19. Joselito Solayao

    Dear Peng,

    I have a question we already lodged our application for 190 and our agent us my wife need to get 6 in ielts but she’s my dependent. One thing more, when i apply for 190 the wa approved my invitation.

    Can you please help me is it true that my wife need 6 in each band?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Joselito,
      Dependents just need functional English, which is an overall IELTS score of 4.5. Unless you are counting points for your parent’s experience and qualifications.
      PC

      Reply
  20. venkatesh

    Hi peng,

    I have completed my higher education in english medium (10+2+graduation all in english medium) .But I took 5 years to complete my graduation instead of 4 years as I had backlogs. I just want to confirm whether iam eligible to apply for 457 visa without IELTS. or IELTS is must as I had backlogs and dragged my graduation to 5 years.
    I came to know I need to pass the IELTS with all 5’s.
    Please guide me.

    Regards,
    Venkatesh

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Venkatesh,
      If you can prove least 5 consecutive years of full-time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where the instructing language is English, then the exemption applies.
      PC

      Reply
  21. RAM

    Hi Peng
    I lived in UK working as a sous chef since 3 year. I do have more experience in same job but i have 4.5 in writing all 5 in ielts any chance to come in 457 in Australia?

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  22. Pearl

    Hello Peng,

    Thank you for all your information, its a great help.

    My husband has applied for 457 visa in the end of August and I am dependant and still awaiting for the file to open. But I have recently come to know that I am 1 month pregnant. So I am worried whether i will be able to give my X-Ray and if not than what will be my visa status. Also If I paln to go India, how long can I stay?

    Thanks in advance .

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Pearl,
      You should still be able to apply for the 457 visa. I think that there is an option to complete the chest X-ray with a lead shield – but you need to confirm this with DIAC or the clinic where you have booked your examination.
      You can return to Australia as long as your visa is valid.
      PC

      Reply
  23. Bharath

    Hi Peng,

    I am doing as Software engineer in Australia last one and off years under e457. As my visa is going to expire, I am going to re-lodge now. I have completed my UG (Bachelor of Science – Mathematics – 3 Years) in Distance education during 2002-2005 and have completed my PG (MCA – Master of Computer Science – 3 Years) in Regular Mode during 2006-2009. Both are English mediums only.
    My concerns are
    1. I had a year gap between my UG and PG courses since UG results had been published late. Is the gap an issue to get the English language exemption?
    2. Is distance education mode considerable for exemption?
    3. In my UG certificates, there isn’t explicitly mentioned anything about mediums. But my subjects are mentioned in English only. Do I need to get the letter from university to say that I have completed in English medium?

    Thank you so much for your kindly help.

    Regards,
    Bharath

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Bharath,
      1. Study needs to be continuous so I think that your gap year may be an issue – you can call DIAC to confirm because this is not expressly dealt with in policy or legislation
      2. I think this is ok
      3. You should get a letter
      PC

      Reply
  24. rizza evangelista

    Hi Peng,

    I’m currently Registered as a nurse with AHPRA and I am about to lodge my 457 visa. The IELTS I used to get my registration expired last October 9, 2013 (3rd year). I am confused with the IELTS requirements for the 457 visa application. If I already have the registration and met the requirements of 7 in each band before, do I still need to sit for IELTS? Or my registration is an enough proof that I met the English requirements?

    Thanks.

    Rizza

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Rizza,
      My interpretation if the below legislation is that demonstrating that you satisfy the English requirement for registration is sufficient.

      (ea) if:
      (i) the applicant would be required to hold a licence, registration or membership that is mandatory to perform the occupation nominated in relation to the applicant; and
      [(ii) repealed/substituted by SLI 2013, 146 with effect on and from 01/07/2013 – LEGEND note]
      (ii) in order to obtain the licence, registration or membership, the applicant would need to demonstrate competent English, proficient English, concessional competent English or superior English;
      the applicant has proficiency in English of at least the standard required for the grant (however described) of the licence, registration or membership

      PC

      Reply
  25. Nicola

    Hi Peng,
    Please can you let me know the answer to the questions below please?
    I am on a 457 visa working in Victoria, I am a nurse so registered with AHPRA.
    I would like to lodge EOI however I need to take the IELTS as I. Fall short on points due to my age. Would I have to sit the academic or general IELTS? I am confused as I have already been accepted for AHPRA and have satisfied their criteria so to apply for 189 would a general IELTS be suffice?

    Many thanks in advance.

    Reply
  26. Veer

    Hi Peng,

    I am a software engineer from India, I had completed my 10+2 in 2001. After that I started working did not completed my higher education and now I have approx. 10 Years of working experience. Now my company offer me a job in Australia (they filed my e visa 457 application. They offered me AUD $97,000 base salary. So I have some question:

    Q1: I did not completed my 5 years education do I eligible for 457 base salary exemptions?
    Q2 I did not appear in IELTS exam do I eligible for 457 base salary exemptions?
    Q3: Can I get 457 visa only based on my salary which is AUD $97000

    Many thanks in advance.
    Vishal

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Veer,
      1. Yes if your case salary is $97,000
      2. Yes
      3. There are other eligibility requirements if you need to also satisfy
      PC

      Reply
  27. ram

    Hi Peng

    Could you please let me know, is there any minimum english requirements (IELTS) FOR DEPENDENTS of 457 visa holder, to move to australia?

    Regards
    Ram

    Reply
  28. Yenli Tandeani

    Hi,

    I’m Yenli and I live in Sydney.
    My 485 visa is expiring in January 2014, and now the company i’m working at is trying to sponsor me.
    I’ve just discovered that DIAC has changed the validity of IELTS results from 2 years to 3 years validity starting from July 2013.

    My latest IELTS General Training Test was in July 2011, (with overall band score 7.5) and there is no expiry date, other than on the result it says ‘It is recommended to re-assess another test after 2 years period”.
    The question I have is – does this mean that my IELTS test result in 2011 is valid until 2014 now?
    Do I still have to do another IELTS test for applying 457 visa?

    Thanks for your reply :)

    Reply
  29. Harun

    Hi,
    I m currently studying Bachelor of Marketing In Charles Stuart Uni and working for a backpacker hostel at the same time. My employer wants to employ me but i m not sure if i will be able to keep studying in case i will be entittled to get a 457 visa or am i able to apply for a 457 visa without qualification in Tourism or Management for Assistant Manager Position in a backpacker hostel.

    Best Regards,
    Harun

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Harun,
      You can study as a 457 visa holder. Backpacker hostel manager may be sponsored under a 457 visa. You’ll need a relevant Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma or at least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above.
      PC

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        1. Peng Cheng Post author

          Hi Harun,
          That qualification should be sufficient – but we do not give definite advice unless we complete an eligibility assessment.
          Our office is in Bankstown, Sydney.
          PC

          Reply
  30. Raman

    Hi, I’m diesel mechanic , I’m already apply 457 visa but I nt got 5 each ielts score I can do
    OET course ? This valid for 457

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Raman,
      As stated above: ‘Vocational English’ is defined as a score of 5 or above for all four components on an IELTS test (can be Academic or General Training Modules), or a score of at least “B” in each of the four components of an OET. The test must also be conducted in the 3 years immediately before the day on which the application was made.
      PC

      Reply
  31. RAVALI

    Hi peng,
    I am from India and I want to apply for “Temporary Work (Skilled) Subclass 457 Visa”. Below are my academic details:
    • 10th standard Studied in English medium
    • 3years diploma Studied in English Medium
    • I have +5years of work experience in a MNC company.

    And I studied my total education (13 years) in English medium. Please let me know whether I’m eligible for the above mentioned Visa without IELTs.
    Your assistance is much appreciated.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Ravali
      I refer you to the above post in relation to your query regarding the English requirements.
      To be exempt from English, you need 5 years of consecutive secondary or tertiary study where the instructing language is in English. If you satisfy this “consecutive” study requirement then you are exempt from English. This may apply to you.
      PC

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  32. Dewage

    Hi Peng,

    My Company willing to sponser me under 457 visa. please answer my ques,
    1. I got IELTS each item, more than 5 in 2011 July. is that ok?
    2. being a software engineer, what is the immigration salary requirement?
    3. my current visa expires in 20th Dec this year. if I did not have time to submit Police check or medical reports what I can do?

    please reply,

    Thanks,
    Dewagel

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Dewage
      1. Yes your IELTS results should be valid for 3 years for a 457 visa and you have satisfied the vocational English requirement.
      2. You need to be paid at the market rate and this needs to be above the temporary skilled migration income threshold (TSMIT). Please see our post: http://myaccessaustralia.com/australia-457-visa-temporary-skilled-migration-income-threshold-tsmit/ for further information.
      3. For a new 457 visa application, health examination and a police clearance can be obtained and provided to the Department after lodgement of the application.
      PC

      Reply
  33. aleksandra

    HI
    I’m a dental technician and I’m wondering if the IELTS score is the same for me (at least 5) or higher ?
    And is it easier to get the sponsorship and permanent residence in Adelaide ?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Aleksandra,
      The English requirement applies to all 457 visa applicants.
      I can’t see why it would be easier to sponsored for a 457 visa in Adelaide.
      PC

      Reply
  34. tckhoon

    Dear Sir,

    If I am working under visa 457 in WA, can I send all my 4 children (457 dependent visa holders) to study in Queensland with my wife as the guardian/parent ?
    ((WA charges school fees @ AUD$4000/student starting from 2014) but QLD does not charge any school fees for 457 visa holders)

    Thank you in anticipation

    tckhoon

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Tckhoon
      Your dependents are allowed to live in another state from you as the law does not require them to live with you.
      PC

      Reply
  35. Sasi

    Hi,
    I have got overall of 60 points for applying Aus PR visa with out adding IELTS score. Based upon my exp. age and Education, i have got 60 points. Now my question is, if i get less score in IELTS…..Am i still eligible to apply for PR Visa or not ?? Kindly reply..thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Sasi,
      For the 190, 189 and 489 visas, you need to meet the minimum English requirement which is IELTS with 6 in each band. This applies even if you are already entitled to 60 points.
      PC

      Reply
  36. vinh

    Hi,

    Can TOEIC be use for 457 and 186 visa eventhough the certificate did indicate IELTS scoreband.

    thank you very much

    Vinh

    Reply
  37. surinder

    Hi Peng,
    I came to know about your company through your website.i have couple of qestions,it will be great if you can answer them:

    1) my company wants me to sponsor me on 457 visa as a sales and marketing manager. my qualification is:
    *Bachelor of commerce obtained in india year 1994-1997
    *Diploma in business Administration from australia 2011
    *Certificaficate iv in business administration from australia 2009
    Is my qualification is enough to grant 457 visa?

    2) i have IELTS (general) with 7 band more than 6 in each module test date is :
    07/may/2011.is this test is still valid for 457 visa?i have heard that IELTS is valid for three years.
    Hoping for a quick reply.
    Regards,
    surinder

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Surinder,
      IELTS is valid for 3 years from the date of examination.
      Your qualifications can potentially meet the qualification requirement for the 457 visa. Your bachelor degree should be sufficient – this is a subjective decision for your case officer to make.
      PC

      Reply
  38. Harsha M H

    Hi,
    I am from India and applying for the Subclass 457 Australia visa. For English language exemption, I would like to know if 5 consecutive years of English study from 6th standard to 10th standard valid? Can I give the proof that I have studied from 6th to 10th standard in English medium and that will suffice?
    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Harsha,
      As stated above, the exemption applies if you have completed at least 5 consecutive years of full-time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where the instructing language is English.
      I’m not sure whether your studies would be considered to be at a secondary school level.
      PC

      Reply
    2. Mitul

      Hi Harsha

      I also had same question. Please let me know if you can be exempted after showing 6-10th class study as secondary education in India is only 9th-10th.

      Regards
      MJ

      Reply
      1. Peng Cheng Post author

        Hi Minny,
        I’m not aware of any states that sponsor that occupation other than SA, and you need to satisfy their relevant requirements if you want sponsorship.
        If state sponsorship is not an option, then you may need an employer to sponsor you.
        PC

        Reply
  39. kowsika

    Hi PC

    I am software engineer with 5 years of experience. To apply for 489 visa should i sit for general / academic ielts? Or anything is fine. Please let me know.

    Reply
  40. Mallikarjun

    Hi PC
    I have completed my B.Pharm from a college in india affiliated to Osmania University. My degrees are from Osmania University. I would like to know if i take a letter from the college or should it be from the university, for english exemption

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Mallikarjun
      You need a letter from the college that you actually attended (in India), and they need to confirm that the instructing language of the school is English.
      PC

      Reply
  41. Bill

    Hello I completed 8 consecutive years in my high school and university
    Using 80% medium if instruction is english
    Can i get exempt for english requirement, i am apply for 457

    Reply
  42. Jessie Phan

    Hi Peng,

    This is my situation. I have an advanced diploma in accounting. While I was studying I had a part time job with my current company in which I was doing accounting & all office related duties. My company is willing to sponsor me for visa 457. My question is under which job title am I eligible to apply for 457 visa?
    If I am eligible, i may need your service for the visa. How much is your fee?

    Thanks so much.
    Kind regards,
    Jessie Phan

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Jessie,
      We have already sent you some emails responding to your queries (bmtsanhdieu@yahoo.com)

      Only occupations that align with an eligible occupation on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List can be sponsored on a 457 visa: http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/csol.pdf

      I don’t think that an ‘office manager’ is eligible.

      But I would need to complete an assessment before I can give definite advice – please send us an email if you need us to complete this assessment: http://myaccessaustralia.com/commence-process-clients/

      PC

      Reply
  43. Chandrika

    Hi,
    I am a doctor worked in Sydney as a occupational trainee(TH442) for one year since Dec 2012. Now I am applying for 457 visa for another job. My IELTS date is 21.01.2012. Do I need to repeat the test for applying visa?
    Thanks!
    Chandrika

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Chandrika,
      As explained above, an IELTS result is considered to be valid for 3 years for 457 visa application purposes.
      PC

      Reply
  44. kinjal

    Hi,

    I am planning to apply for 189 PR.
    I am having 2 year’s gap between my education and job. Is that going to be a point of concern?
    Thanks in advance.

    Regards,
    -Kinjal

    Reply
  45. Varun dev

    Hello Sir,

    Iam from India and I have 5 yrs of experience as a software engineer.Now my company is willing to sponsor 457 Visa.
    But I have only 4 years of English medium education(higher education(B.Tech)-4yrs in English and 10+2 all not in english).

    Can you please clarity below following questions.

    1.Am I eligible to apply 457 Visa?
    2.If not,How much score is required in IELTS? And Can i take exam after lodgement ?
    3.Is there any other chances to get VISA,otherthan IELTS exam?
    4.I heard that for some short term VISA’s(1 yr permit),5 yrs of English medium education is not required.Is that correct?If yes,please provide me the VISA types.

    Hoping for quick reply.

    Thanks in Advance!!!!

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Varun,

      1.Am I eligible to apply 457 Visa?

      We cannot advise just based on the above information. The occupation of software engineer can be sponsored under a 457 visa.

      2.If not,How much score is required in IELTS?

      The English requirement for the 457 visa, and available exemptions, is clearly explained in this article: http://myaccessaustralia.com/australia-457-visa-english-language-test-requirement/

      3.Is there any other chances to get VISA,otherthan IELTS exam?

      Perhaps consider the 400 visa: https://www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/400.aspx

      4.I heard that 5 yrs of english medium education is not required for some short term VISA’s(1 yr permitt),Is that correct?If yes,please provide me the VISA types.

      There is no English requirement for the 400 visa

      PC

      Reply
  46. Triciaphua

    Hi

    Student, already in australia for 2.5 yrs, and that going to graduate this year,
    Ielts score overall 8.5 (l-9, R-9, W-7.5, S-75), good for pr application or that have to get 8 at the other two. Section?

    Thanks for advice!

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Triciaphua,
      We can’t determine whether you can apply for PR just based on your IELTS results. But having good English can help.
      PC

      Reply
  47. Kati

    Hallo Peng,

    I would like to apply for a 457 and I am a Music Teacher/Vocal coach.
    The informations about the requirements i have got are so contradictional that uptill now I could not even figure out if I need an IELTS at all.
    Now I know I do.
    But again and again I read about the requirements can be different dependent from the occupation.
    How can I figure out if I need the academic version and if yes which score?
    Tahnks for you reply!
    Kati

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Kati,
      As stated above – for the purpose of meeting the visa requirement for the 457 visa:
      ‘Vocational English’ is defined as a score of 5.0 or above for all four components on an IELTS test (can be Academic or General Training Modules), or a score of at least “B” in each of the four components of an OET examination. The test must also be conducted in the 3 years immediately before the day on which the application was made.
      PC

      Reply
      1. Kati

        Hi Peng,

        thank you so much for your answer.
        However they emphasize everywhere, that the visa requirements CAN be different according to your estimated occupation.
        What I would like to figure out, if I need a higher score than 5, and if I am expected to do the academic version.

        Reply
        1. Peng Cheng Post author

          Hi Kati,
          The English requirement for the 457 visa is explained above – not much more than I can say.
          PC

          Reply
  48. mandy

    hi i have done cetificate 3 in hairdressing and diploma of salon management.and i have 325 hours voluntier experience i want to apply for 457 visa.my qualification is enough for 457 visa.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Mandy,
      If you want to apply as a Salon Manager, then the diploma should be sufficient if it is an Australia qualification.
      PC

      Reply
  49. Pooja

    Hi Peng,

    I have met the English language requirements for my skills assessment (minimum band 7 in each component of the Academic module of the IELTS test), which is currently being processed. That said, I need a minimum of band 8 in each component to make up the points I need for Skilled Independent Migration (visa 189), so I recently sat the General Training IELTS module in attempt to improve my score. However, in the application guidelines for Skilled Independent Migration, it says, ‘you need only sit the general training test unless your skills assessment body tells you otherwise’. So I just wanted to be sure that it would be appropriate to use the result of the general training IELTS test for my Expression of interest seeing as I have already satisfied the English language requirements for my skills assessment body, which asked for the Academic module.

    I would be grateful if you could clarify this for me.

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Pooja,
      The Department will accept General or Academic IELTS result for points purposes, and for satisfying the English requirement.
      PC

      Reply
  50. Raman

    Hi, I’m apply 457 visa 2012 but my 457 visa refuse after I’m apply mrt
    I’m wait for when open my file , my qustion old rule
    Ya new rules when open my file and grant my visa my salary
    $96400 yearly I need Ielts score I have Indian passport

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Raman,
      You will need to satisfy the 457 legislation as it applies when the MRT makes a decision. The MRT will apply the current 457 visa legislation requirement, not the 457 visa legislation requirements that existed when you lodged your application.
      PC

      Reply
  51. Linh mai

    hi
    I have been working part time in accountants office since 2008,my qualify is accounting . My ielts is 5.5 . Now my boss agree to sponsor me to work as an accountant then do I have to get a licence or register with CPA before I apply for 457′. I’m very confused .please give me an answer.

    Reply
  52. Vivian

    Hi,

    I am on visa 457, expiring April 2015.
    My boyfriend is graduating this November and he is going to apply for visa 457. Can he include me in his application as a de facto so that my visa will be override?

    Reply
  53. Quyen

    Dear Peng,
    My brother who is living in Vietnam now.he has got a certificate of cooking and baking (qualification of Vietnam).
    He’s got 5 each in ielts . 6 months experience in his qualification field.
    Now a business in Australia agrees sponsor him to work in the restaurant as a chief cook then is he eligible for 457 visa?
    Thank you very much.Do you assist off- shore application?
    Quyen Hyden

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Quyen,
      Yes we can help with offshore applications.
      Based on the above, all we can say is that he meets the English requirement.
      PC

      Reply
  54. ravinder kaur

    hi
    I hv certificate 3 in cookery bt for some family issues i leave australia february 2013 & i can’t completed my cert 4 .now i m in india & i hv one year diploma in hotel management and i m working in a restaurent as well now i want to apply 457 visa .i already hv sponser ewhois ready to sponser me.i need to know wht ielts band i need & my certificated should be accepted or i need to take my crrtificate 4 from australia
    Looking forword to u

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Ravinder,
      English requirement for 457 visa is explained in the above post. The qualification that you need to hold will depend on the role that you are nominated to perform. For example, Hotel or Motel Manager can be sponsored under a 457 visa and having your diploma qualification probably means that you satisfy the qualification requirement.
      PC

      Reply
  55. Raven Aquinas

    Dear Peng,

    I have Diploma in Hospitality which I completed in Brisbane. My employer (restaurant) would like to sponsor me for SC457 as a chef. My work experience is only 5 years working as a waiter. My question is whether the Diploma in Hospitality would be enough to meet skill requirement. My IELTS is 5.5 on each components.

    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Raven,
      If the diploma relates to cooking like commercial cookery, then this should be sufficient for the qualification requirement for the 457 visa.
      PC

      Reply
  56. amitpalkaur

    Dear Peng
    I’veapplied for pr in australia but i’m in the category of temporary visa(457).What is the difference between PR and Temprary visa.How much points I’ve t ake in ielts.

    amit.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Amit,
      A permanent residency visa allows you to remain here indefinitely, and may allow you to satisfy the requirements for citizenship in the future.
      PC

      Reply
  57. amitpalkaur

    Dear Peng
    hi
    That notion is clear to me but clear my doubt regarding visa 457 and how much bands i’ve to get in ielts.

    amit.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Under the new legislation that came into effect on 1 July 2013, a primary 457 visa applicant is required to demonstrate ‘Vocational English’ unless one of the below exemptions apply.
      ‘Vocational English’ is defined as a score of 5.0 or above for all four components on an IELTS test (can be Academic or General Training Modules), or a score of at least “B” in each of the four components of an OET examination. The test must also be conducted in the 3 years immediately before the day on which the application was made.

      Reply
  58. ram

    Dear Peng,
    I m on 457 visa from last one year my visa is till 2017 now my restaurant is getting sold . I will have new employer in the same premises , who is ready employ me.
    1. what I will have to do to remain on same visa .
    2. will I have to work for 2 years again to apply for PR or my previous year will be included if I work for 1 more year with new employer
    thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Ram,
      1. If the ABN changes, then the new employer would need to apply for Standard Business Sponsorship, and take over the sponsorship for your 457 visa by lodging a 457 nomination application
      2. If the ABN changes, then time with the former employer probably cannot be counted for the purpose of the TRT stream
      PC

      Reply
  59. amitpal

    Dear Peng

    hi
    i’ve applied under the category of university lecturer. I’m M.A. in English and the category of visa457. How much bands I’ve to get in each skill.

    amitpal

    Reply
  60. manpreet kaur

    hi i did my 10+2 in English medium and after i have one year gap in my study i did B.Sc. in English medium so i have 5 year english medium study .can i apply 457 visa.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Manpreet,
      The exemption does required 5 consecutive years of full-time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where the instructing language is English.
      PC

      Reply
  61. Jon Schreyers

    Hi, I have a Belgian passport but have spoken English since I was 3 years old. I can’t get hold of my school reports as it was such a long time ago but would the fact that all of my work experience is for UK companies be enough to prove that my English is sufficient?

    Thanks,

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Jon,
      The English requirement and available exemptions for the 457 visa is outlined above. I can’t see how any of the exemptions apply.
      PC

      Reply
  62. George

    Dear Peng Sir,

    I did job orinted diploma in Automobile servicing (diesel mechanic) and have 14 years experience in this field.I appeared Ielts test on 30/06/2012 and got listening-5.5,Reading-5.0,Writing-5.5,Speaking-5.0.Kindly guide me which visa is suitable for work to australia and what is the processing fee.

    Kindly do the needful.

    With Regards
    George

    Reply
  63. George

    Dear Peng sir,

    Ielts report validity is only 2 month, its applicable or not and which consultants is suitable in india.and for your kind information i did’t get offer letter from any company from australia.

    Reply
  64. Robin

    Hi Peng, I am currently doing PhD herein University of Queensland. I will submit my final thesis next month. My supervisor offered me 1 year contract based job as research officer. I would need to apply for 457 visa. My IELTS has already been expired as it was taken on 2010 ( Overall 6.5, minimum 6 in each band). In this condition do I have sit for ielts to get 457 visa ? If yes, is it 5.0 or higher? Thanks for your time, Cheers, Robin

    Reply
  65. Ashley

    Hi, I am wondering is it eligible that I have Bachlor degree of Business Management in Taiwan, can I apply for 457 as General Accountant ? and do I only need to get obove 5 each band on ielts test for accountant position ?
    Thank you very much.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Ashley,
      You need to meet the English requirement irrespective of the occupation that you are applying for. You may be able to satisfy the qualification requirement for a 457 visa but that is all that I can say just based on the above.
      PC

      Reply
  66. Kritika Dhillon

    Hi peng,

    I am on student visa 573 doing masters here in Brisbane in qut , I have 5yrs experience of working in India on managerial level. Also I my spouse has accompanied me here. I have completed my 6 months here in Brisbane I am planning to change my visa from 573 to 457 visa . Is it possible for me to change .

    Plz revert if things can be done.

    Thanks ,
    Kritika

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Kritika,
      You need to check the conditions of your student visa – if you don’t have any conditions which prevent you from lodging a further visa application while you are in Australia, then you should be able to lodge a valid 457 visa application.
      PC

      Reply
  67. Rehan

    Hi Peng,

    I have done ELICOSE from sydney before starting my vocational education, then I also have been done Diploma of business management.

    Now I am going to apply 457 visa could you tell me should I need to do IELTS ??

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Rehan,
      You either need to satisfy one of the exemptions outlined above, or you need to meet the IELTS requirement.
      PC

      Reply
  68. Sadia

    Hello Peng,

    I am spouse visa holder my husband studying in Sydney, I have done POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN MANAGEMENT from London, can I eligible for 457 visa in australia?????

    Reply
  69. Jahir

    Hi peng,
    I am working in a restarunt& my cimpany willing me to sponsor.I am currently under work&holiday visa.
    I have ielts 5 each( Academic)
    My question is can i apply 457 visa with academic ielts under sponsor

    Thanks in advance

    Reply
  70. Georgie

    Hi Peng,

    I have completed 5 years study in Australia (in English language) which range from Certificate II, III, IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma. The total months of actual studies would be around near 4 years with 1-3 months gaps in between the courses which made up to 5 years.

    Will I meet the 5 years exemption?

    Thanks Peng.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Georgie,
      It sounds like you meet the exemption. Can’t really confirm without looking at the paperwork myself.
      PC

      Reply
  71. Pong duncan

    Hi peng,

    I finished my secondary for 4 years then continued my college for another 5 years but unfortunately i was not able to complete my degree because i went overseas. Am i still eligble for the english exemption? The medium of instruction used in our school is English. Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Pong,
      You can – you just need to demonstrate 5 years of continuous study through supporting evidence. There is no requirement for you to have completed the relevant courses.
      PC

      Reply
  72. Ashley

    Sorry, I am confused about work assessment..
    If I apply for accountant (general), should I take a assessment from authority to apply 457 ???
    Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Generally speaking, you do not need a skill assessment for a 457 visa application if the nominated occupation is accountant.
      You need to have a relevant qualification or experience that satisfies ANZSCO:

      Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

      Reply
  73. Pimmy

    hi, Peng
    I have completed study in Australia which
    13/11/2006 -7/11/2008 Diploma Business
    24/11/2008-11/09/2009 Certificate III in Hospitality (Patisserie)
    11/12/2009-17/09/2010 Certificate IV in Marketing
    – – 01/07/2011 Diploma of Management
    11/12/2011-23/09/2012 Diploma of Tourism
    I still need to get IELST ?
    Pimmy

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Pimmy,
      Looks like you haven’t completed at least 5 consecutive years of full-time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where the instructing language is English.
      I don’t think that this exemption would apply to you if this is the case.
      PC

      Reply
      1. Pimmy

        Hi Peng,

        Can you explain why you think that I have not completed 5 consecutive years of full-time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where the instructing language is English? All of the courses that I undertook from 2006 were completed by me and were conducted in English.

        Prior to the above courses, I also completed an English language course conducted over a 6 month period.

        Incidentally I held a student visa until 2012 after which I was granted a 457 visa.

        Pimmy

        Reply
        1. Peng Cheng Post author

          Hi Pimmy,
          If you can provide evidence to demonstrate the following, then you don’t need IELTS – go ahead if you have this evidence:
          You have completed at least 5 consecutive years of full-time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where the instructing language is English. You will need to provide evidence of this.
          pc

          Reply
  74. Amit

    Hi peng

    I m currently on 457 visa and i work as cook in restaurant. My companies name has been changed but the abn is same. Does it effect my visa when i will apply for 186

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      If the ABN remains the same (which indicates that your employer has not changed), then you should still be able to apply under the TRT stream after you have completed 2 years of work as a 457 visa holder.

      Reply
  75. Silvestre Mirabel

    Hi ,
    My employer lodged me for sponsored visa Subclass 457,I had already pass the IELTS minimum score of 5 .
    I took 4 year in secondary school but took only 1 year in college after 4 years .Does it affect my visa application?
    How long the visa approval will take?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Silvestre,
      Generally, the English requirement for a 457 visa application is IELTS scores of 5 in each band – as explained above.
      PC

      Reply
  76. Jay

    I am a post graduate , would it be acceptable if I provide ONLY my high school letter (the medium was in English) to prove that 5 consecutive years of full-time study was delivered in English, without the letter from college?
    or Is both mandatory?
    The reason I was asking is because there would be a significant delay in getting letter from the college.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      You satisfy the English requirement if you can demonstrate: You have completed at least 5 consecutive years of full-time study in a secondary education institution where the instructing language is English

      Reply
  77. Kamal

    Hi. I’m in pocess of applying for 457 Visa. I planning to submit below letter as proof of medium of intsrution

    Letter from school – Class IVth 1994 to Class Xth 2000
    High school: Class XIth 2000 to Class XIIth 2003. I had to spend two years in class XI as I was not promoted to class XII due to bad performance in exam.
    Still I need to take IELTS or this suffice.

    Thanks,
    Kamal

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Kamal,
      I can’t determine if you satisfy the exemptions just based on the above information. You satisfy the English requirement if you can provide evidence to show:
      You have completed at least 5 consecutive years of full-time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where the instructing language is English.
      PC

      Reply
  78. Shantana

    Hi , I am in australia and study in Australia since 5years and I work for a company for 4 years complete now my boss want to sponser me . I went to my agent and he count only the length of my course and found is 4 years ,4 months so in this case can i use my higher secondary education 10+2 certificate which Was from nepal and was in english media . Thanks hope to hear from you soon. Shantana

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Shantana,
      You would only be exempted from IELTS if you can demonstrate:
      You have completed at least 5 consecutive years of full-time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where the instructing language is English. You will need to provide evidence of this.
      PC

      Reply
  79. Reddy

    Hi,

    I have secondary education(class 9 and 10) in english medium
    and higher education 10+2 for two years in english
    and in B.Tech I have completed 3 yrs of study and then had a gap for 2 yrs. In all of them medium of instruction was english only. Please let me know if I would be eligible for 457 visa

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Reddy,
      Above information suggest that you may be able to satisfy the following exemption: You have completed at least 5 consecutive years of full-time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where the instructing language is English. You will need to provide evidence of this.
      PC

      Reply
  80. Saurabh Bhatia

    Hi Peng

    I am applying for 457 sponsored by my employer. I have studied in english medium 12 grades + 4 years of degree without a break. Am I eligible for exemption?

    What proofs do I need to supply ?

    thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Saurabh,
      You are exempted if you are demonstrate: You have completed at least 5 consecutive years of full-time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where the instructing language is English.
      Probably the best evidence is a letter from the education provider confirming the details of your student, and confirming that the teaching language is English.
      PC

      Reply
  81. Arjun

    Hi Peng,

    I studied till 10th standard in CBSE board in English Medium and then studied 11th -12th in a college.

    I have certificate from school which confirms that I studied in English medium from 6th-10th which is of 5 years.

    Will this satisfy English Certificate related eligibilty or do I need to show the proof of 11th-12th also.

    Please reply.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Arjun,
      It sounds like that you can satisfy the below exception if you can provide appropriate evidence:
      You have completed at least 5 consecutive years of full-time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where the instructing language is English.
      PC

      Reply
  82. Neena

    Sir g I am from India . I have 3 years experience in saloon manager. I have 5.5 score in Ielts . Can I apply this visa please tell me

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Neena,
      You seem to satisfy the English requirement:
      ‘Vocational English’ is defined as a score of 5.0 or above for all four components on an IELTS test (can be Academic or General Training Modules), or a score of at least “B” in each of the four components of an OET examination. The test must also be conducted in the 3 years immediately before the day on which the application was made.
      Can’t say much else just based on the above.
      PC

      Reply
  83. Gerardo

    Hi
    I did my PhD in Australia and lived there from 2007 to 2010 (a bit over 3 years). Since then I have lived and worked as a postdoctoral researcher in universities in the United States (University of Southern California and Dartmouth College). I will now be applying for a 457 in order to take a new position in Brisbane. Considering the above, would I still need to take the IELTS? Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Gerardo,
      English requirement and available exemptions for the 457 visa is explained in detail in the above post.
      PC

      Reply
  84. Anton

    Hi i just got my Ielts test results and i dont know what to do!
    I have Listening 5.5 Reading 4.5 writing 5.0 speaking 6.5 overall 5.5

    To get sponsored by 457 i need 5.0
    Question if i need to pass the test again,or overall 5.5 will be enough ?

    Reply
  85. Swathi

    Hi Sir,

    I do have 4 years of BE education in English ,After that I have done PGDCA from NIIT Computer Education & Training Center in English am I eligible for 457 visa without IELTS?

    Thanks in Advance…

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Swathi,
      You are exempted from IELTS if you can demonstrate:
      You have completed at least 5 consecutive years of full-time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where the instructing language is English. You will need to provide evidence of this.
      PC

      Reply
  86. mahendra

    Hi Peng,

    I have Four years of education in English, then I joined PG in English and discontinued after one year.
    If I get a certificate from the PG college for the one year stating that studied in English and after one year discontinued Am i eligible for 457. Could you Please clarify

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Mahendra,
      You are exempted if you can demonstrate the following: You have completed at least 5 consecutive years of full-time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where the instructing language is English.
      PC

      Reply
  87. MADHANMOHAN

    Dear Sir/Madam
    I am planning to apply WP 457 Australia visa through my origination. I have all the required documents and submitted the same.

    My Query

    I have to submitted the English Language Eligibility certificate from the university and the details are below,

    Degree Duration Year
    UG Degree : Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA) 3 Years 2000 – 2003
    PG Degree : Master of Computer Applications (MCA) 2 Years 2004 – 2005

    University : Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi.

    Mode of Education : Part time
    Medium of Study : English
    Duration : 5 Years Continues study from 2000 to 2005

    Please let me know the certificate from university is valid for visa process.

    Regards,
    Madhanmohan K

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Madhanmohan,
      As stated above, the exemption is: You have completed at least 5 consecutive years of full-time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where the instructing language is English. You will need to provide evidence of this.
      PC

      Reply
  88. Svenja

    Hello Peng,

    I have a question regarding the exemption from the English language requirement on the basis of a 5 year tertiary education completed in English. I am a German citizen and hold a University Degree from a German University where the medium of instruction was entirely in English for the whole 5 years of consecutive study. What kind of documents shall I provide to demonstrate this? My University only provided me with a degree certificate in English and an official transcript reporting all my subjects and grades that I have submitted when lodging my application, but the Immigration Department keeps asking me for more evidence… I have no other official transcripts from my University. What can I do???

    Thank you very much for your reply!

    Svenja

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Svenja,
      Generally speaking, you need evidence to demonstrate that the instructing language is English, which can be confirmed through a variety of sources: letter from the uni, uni website etc.
      PC

      Reply
  89. Raju

    Hi peng , i heard that there is change in 457 visa. From now on if we work one year in 457 visa , then we can apply PR . Is this right ?i mean , we don’t have to work 2 year to apply PR . Someone told me , it is the mew change at 2014. Will you plz Declare . If not , is there any way we can apply pr begore 2 years . Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Raju,
      I haven’t heard of such a change occurring. You can consider the direct entry stream as an alternative to the TRT stream.
      PC

      Reply
  90. Faraz Ali Khan

    Dear Peng ,
    I am applying for WP 457 fro India through my employer. I have a doubt about English requirements.

    I have done my education in one school from 1992 – 1997 (class 5 – Class 10) which is 6 years but it accounts for only 4 years of “secondary education”. then i studied for another 2 years from 1998 -1999 (Class 11 and 12) in another school in a different city of India.
    Do i need to submit “Medium of instruction = English ” certificate from both schools ?
    Do i need to submit a certificate from my Graduation college (2000-2004) as well ?

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Faraz,
      As explained above, for the exemption, you need to provide documents to demonstrate so yes: You have completed at least 5 consecutive years of full-time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where the instructing language is English. You will need to provide evidence of this.
      PC

      Reply
  91. sania

    Hi , I am on 457 visa since 12 July 2013 so could you please advise when I can apply for permanent residency . Thank Sania

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Sania,
      You may become eligible for the TRT stream in July 2015 after completing 2 years of work.
      PC

      Reply
  92. Gokul

    Hi Peng.I am in Sydney and I am working as a cook.I have all required documents where I can apply for 457 visa.And also I have got 5.5 each band and it is also good for 457.But one of my friend advised me to get 6 each band in ielts ; because I will get permanent resident quick than applying by 5.5 in melbourn.Is it true that I can apply PR quicker in this situation?Thank you

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Gokul,
      You don’t need 6 in each band for a 457 visa – English requirement is explained in the above post.
      PC

      Reply

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