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New English requirements for Graduate Work and Gradute Post Study (485 & 476 visa) – Less IELTS (6 overall nothing lower than 5!)

The Department of Immigration has announced new English requirements for students and graduates applying for 485 and 476 visas. From the 18th of April, people applying for this visa will only need to score equivalent to an overall 6.0 with no band less than 5.0.

This can be in general or academic
The breakdown of other English tests is listed below:
  • an  overall score of at least 6, with nothing below 5 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test
  • a score of at least ‘B’ in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) of an Occupational English Test (OET)
  • a total score of at least 64, with nothing below 4 for listening, 4 for reading, 14 for writing and 14 for speaking, in a Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT)
  • an overall score of at least 50 with nothing below 36 in each of the four test components (listening, reading, writing and speaking) in a Pearson Test of English Academic
  • an overall score of at least 169 with nothing below 154 in each of the four test components (listening, reading, w​​​​riting and speaking) in a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test taken on or after 1 January 2015.
EMSA is current offering a special for the Post study work visa of $990 (for agreements signed until June 30th).
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    Hi dear,
    I have a very important question about skilled recognised VISA ( subclass 476 ) .
    I have heard that this visa will be expired in June 2016 !
    Is this news correct?

  2. Post comment

    Hi ,
    I have done a test in April 2013 (Which is less than 3 years) , do i still need to do another test for the post graduate visa?

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    I’m going to take the Ielts exam and have to reach a score at least 4.5 in each band with an overall score of 5.

    Should Igo for the academic or general?

    Thank you


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    Hi, I have just completed my PhD this July, I was on IPRS scholarship and visa 574. What is the new rule for scholarship sponsored student apply for postgraduate visa 485, and are IPRS scholarship holders qualified? IPRS is a merit based scholarship and not Ausaid award, does this make any difference toward my qualifying for this visa?

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    Hi, im currently graduate from bachelor of commercial major in accounting, can I apply for 485 visa, if my average I ielts score is 6.5, my reading, listening and speaking is all 6.5, but my writing is 5.5.please adevice

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    dear sir/madam
    my name is Vinh. I will complete Bachelor degree of civil engineering. could you give me some tips about Graduated visa application and PTE requirement.

    thank you


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