457 English Requirement

All applicants for 457 visas must meet the English language requirement.

Exemptions From English Language Testing

457 visa applicants must undergo English language testing, unless one of the following exemptions applies:
  • The applicant holds a passport from the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada or New Zealand; or
  • The applicant has completed 5 years of education at the secondary or tertiary level in English medium; or
  • The applicant is to be paid over the English Language Skills Exemption Threshold (ELSET), which is currently $96,400, and currently works for an overseas business which is an associated entity of the sponsor

English Language Testing for 457 Visas

The English language requirements for the 457 visa were changed effective 18 April 2015. From this date, an average band score for most of the tests is required, as well as a minimum band score in each component. Previously, a higher minimum score in each band was required.

The required scores for each English test are as follows:

Tests are valid for up to 3 years for the purposes of 457 visa applications, and can be conducted after lodgement of the 457 visa application.

Please call our Corporate Hotline on +61 2 9230 0488 to ask how Acacia can assist you with sponsoring employees.

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