This update is provided by our migration agents in Sydney.
Recently, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection announced that from 1 July 2017, applications for ENS and RSMS visas made under the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream will require, at a minimum, competent English language scores via the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (or equivalent test). Competent English language means a test score of at least 6 in each component.
At the time of application, applicants need to provide the following evidence:
- Test results with the required minimum test scores in a specified English language test that has been conducted within three years immediately before the date of application lodgement; or
- a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland and evidence that the applicant is a citizen of that country
The previous English language skills exemption for earners of more than $180,001 has been removed for these two visa subclasses.
This change does not impact applications lodged before 1 July 2017 that have not yet been decided by the Department.
Check out the full article in our migration agent Sydney news section.
Please contact migration agent Sydney if you are interested in the details of these visa categories.