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IMMI 15/028 Specifications as amended, taking into account amendments up to Migration Regulations 1994 - Specification of Tests, Scores, Period, Level of Salary and Exemptions to Meet the English Language Requirement for Subclass 457 (Temporary Work (Skilled)) Visas Amendment Instrument 2016/026
Administered by: Immigration and Border Protection
Registered 19 May 2016
Start Date 19 Apr 2016
Date of repeal 01 Jul 2017
Repealed by Migration (IMMI 17/079: Repeal of Tests, Scores, Period, Level of Salary and Exemptions to the English Language Requirement for Subclass 457 (Temporary Work (Skilled)) Visas 2015 (IMMI 15/028)) Instrument 2017


Commonwealth of Australia

 

Tests, Scores, Period, Level of Salary and Exemptions to the English Language Requirement for Subclass 457 (Temporary Work (Skilled)) Visas 2015

made under Subparagraph 2.72(10)(g)(iv), paragraphs 457.223(4)(eb) and 457.223(6)(a), and subclause 457.223(11)

Migration Regulations 1994

Compilation No. 1

Compilation date:                              19 April 2016

Include amendments up to:              Tests, Scores, Period, Level of Salary and Exemptions to Meet English Language Requirement for Subclass 457 (Temporary Work (Skilled)) Visas Amendment Instrument 2016/026

Prepared by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection


 

About this compilation

 

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Tests, Scores, Period, Level of Salary and Exemptions to the English Language Requirements for Subclass 457 (Temporary Work (Skilled)) Visas 2015 that shows the test of the law as amended and in force on 19 April 2016 (the compilation date).

This compilation was prepared on 19 April 2016

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending law and the amendment history of provision of the compiled law.

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1.                  REVOKE Instrument number  IMMI 14/009 (F2014L00327), signed on 19 March 2014, specifying the tests, scores, period, level of salary and exemptions to the English Language requirement for Subclass 457 (Temporary Work (Skilled)) visas; and

2.                  SPECIFY for the purposes of subparagraph 457.223(4)(eb)(iv), the following language tests:

(a)                International English Language Testing System (IELTS test);

(b)                Occupational English Test (OET);

(c)                Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT);

(d)               Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE);

(e)                Cambridge English: Advanced test (CAE), where the test was completed on, or after 1 January 2015.

3.                  SPECIFY for the purposes of subparagraph 457.223(4)(eb)(v), the following scores:

English test

Minimum band score

Minimum scores for English test components

Listening

Reading

Speaking

Writing

IELTS test

Overall band score 5.0

4.5

4.5

4.5

4.5

OET

-

B

B

B

B

TOEFL iBT

Total band score 36

3

3

12

12

PTE

Overall band score 36

30

30

30

30

CAE

Overall band score 154

147

147

147

147

 

4.                  SPECIFY the period of three years from the date of the visa application, for the purposes of paragraph 457.223(4)(eb).

5.                  SPECIFY the period of three years from the date of nomination, for the purposes of subparagraph 2.72(10)(g)(iv).

6.                  SPECIFY for the purposes of paragraph 457.223(6)(a), that the base rate of pay (expressed as an annual salary) is at least the level of salary, where:

(a)                the base rate of pay has the same meaning as in subregulation 2.57(1) of the Regulations; and

(b)                the level of salary is AUD 96,400.

7.                  SPECIFY the following classes of Subclass 457 visa applicants to be an exempt applicant under subclause 457.223(11) of Schedule 2 of the Regulations:

(a)                an applicant who is a citizen of, and who holds a valid passport issued by:

(i)                  the United Kingdom;

(ii)                the United States of America;

(iii)              Canada;  

(iv)              New Zealand; or

(v)                the Republic of Ireland; or

(b)                an applicant who:

(i)                  has completed a minimum of five years of full-time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where the instruction was delivered in English.

(c)                an applicant who is:

(i)                  nominated in relation to an activity or occupation by a standard business sponsor approved under regulations 2.59 or 2.68 of the Regulations; and

(ii)                nominated in relation to an activity or occupation that will be performed at a diplomatic or consular mission of another country or an Office of the Authorities of Taiwan located in Australia; or

(ca)      an applicant who:

(i)                  is nominated in an occupation that requires:

A.                 registration, licensing or membership; and

B.                  the applicant to demonstrate a level of English language competency for grant of the registration, licence or membership and that level of English language competency is:

(I)      equivalent to, or better than, the level of English language proficiency that is required to achieve a score specified in paragraph 3 of this instrument in one of the tests specified in paragraph 2 of this instrument; and

(ii)                has been granted the registration, licence or membership specified in paragraph (ca)(i) of this instrument.

(d)               an applicant who lodged his or her most recent Subclass 457 visa application before 1 July 2013 and:

(i)                  is the subject of an approved nomination; and

(ii)                the application for approval of the approved nomination in subparagraph (i) was made on or after 1 July 2010, in an occupation that does not require a level of English language competency for grant (however described) of registration, license or membership; and

(iii)              is nominated in the application for approval of nomination in an occupation that is in:

A.                 ANZSCO Major Group 1;

B.                  ANZSCO Major Group 2;

C.                  ANZSCO Major Group 4;

D.                 ANZSCO Major Group 5;

E.                  ANZSCO Major Group 6;

F.                   Sub-Major Group 31; or

G.                 Unit Group 3993; or

(e)                an applicant who lodged his or her most recent Subclass 457 visa application before 1 July 2013 and:

(i)                  is the subject of an approved nomination; and

(ii)                the application for approval of the approved nomination in subparagraph (i) was made before 1 July 2010 in an occupation that does not require a level of English language competency for grant (however described) of registration, license or membership; and

A.                for an applicant whose most recent Subclass 457 visa application was lodged before 14 April 2009 – the Subclass 457 visa applicant is nominated in the application for approval of the approved nomination in subparagraph (i) in an occupation that is in:

1.                    ASCO Major Group 1;

2.                    ASCO Major Group 2; or

3.                    ASCO Major Group 3; or

B.                for an applicant whose most recent Subclass 457  visa application was lodged on or after 14 April 2009 and before 1 July 2013 – the Subclass 457 visa applicant is nominated in the application for approval of the approved nomination in subparagraph (i) in an occupation, other than Head Chef 3322‑01 or Chef 3322‑11, that is in:

1.                    ASCO Major Group 1;

2.                    ASCO Major Group 2; or

3.                    ASCO Major Group 3.

8.         For the purposes of Item (7) of this Instrument:

(a)                in relation to secondary education, full-time study means the standard number of contact hours that a student would undertake in the relevant country;

(b)                in relation to higher education, full-time study means the completion of at least three subjects in each semester or trimester of study;

(c)                for the purposes of regulation 1.03 of the Regulations ANZSCO means the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations as published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics; and

(d)               ASCO is defined at regulation 1.03 of the Regulations.


Endnotes

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

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Endnote 1—About the endnotes

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

Endnote 3—Legislation history

Endnote 4—Amendment history

Abbreviation key—Endnote 2

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Legislation history and amendment history—Endnotes 3 and 4

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Misdescribed amendments

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If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the abbreviation “(md not incorp)” is added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

 

ad = added or inserted

o = order(s)

am = amended

Ord = Ordinance

amdt = amendment

orig = original

c = clause(s)

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

    /sub‑subparagraph(s)

Ch = Chapter(s)

pres = present

def = definition(s)

prev = previous

Dict = Dictionary

(prev…) = previously

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

Pt = Part(s)

Div = Division(s)

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

ed = editorial change

reloc = relocated

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

renum = renumbered

    effect

rep = repealed

F = Federal Register of Legislation

rs = repealed and substituted

gaz = gazette

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LA = Legislation Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

    effect

SR = Statutory Rules

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

Sub‑Ch = Sub‑Chapter(s)

    cannot be given effect

SubPt = Subpart(s)

mod = modified/modification

underlining = whole or part not

No. = Number(s)

    commenced or to be commenced

Endnote 3—Legislation history

 

Number and year

Registration

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Tests, Scores, Period, Level of Salary and Exemptions to the English Language Requirements for Subclass 457 (Temporary Work (Skilled)) Visas 2015

17 Apr 2015 (F2015L00563)

18 Apr 2015

 

Tests, Scores, Period, Level of Salary and Exemptions to the English Language Requirements for Subclass 457 (Temporary Work (Skilled)) Visas 2016/026

19 Apr 2016 (F2016L00537)

  19 Apr 2016

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected                 How affected

Para 7(b)                                  rs F2016L00537

Para 7(ac)                                ad F2016L00537