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New English Language Requirements

The new changes to English Language Requirements for Student and Temporary Graduate visas will take effect for the visa applications lodged on or after 23 March 2024.


Temporary Graduate visa (TGV)

  • The minimum score required for a TGV from IELTS test score increases from 6.0 to 6.5 (or equivalent), with a minimum score of 5.5 for each component of the test (reading, writing, speaking and listening).

  • The test validity window for a TGV decreases from 3 years to 1 year.


Student visa

  • The minimum score required for a Student visa from an IELTS test score increases from 5.5 to 6 (or its equivalent).

  • The minimum score required to undertake a packaged ELICOS from IELTS increases from 4.5 to 5.0.

  • For students studying English only through ELICOS, there will be no change.

  • The test score required for students undertaking university foundation or pathway programs that deliver reputable English language training will be IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent).

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