On Friday we wrote about the impact that the latest 2020 – 2021 Australia Budget will have on those looking to emigrate to Australia during the 2020 – 2021 Migration year. This covers the period running from July 2020 through to June 30 2021.
One of the bigger changes will impact those looking to apply for Australian residency under the Australian Partner Visa class. The new requirement will dictate that the applicant must have the ability to speak English at a ‘Functional’ level to migrate.
This means Australians who fall in love with non-English speaking foreigners will essentially be barred from bringing their partners into the country to be married if they do not speak a good level of English.
“These changes will help support English language acquisition and enhance social cohesion and economic participation outcomes,” the budget papers said. The measure is estimated to save the government $4.9 million over the forward estimates. How it estimates this cost reduction, I’m really not sure!
It’s not all negative news for new Partner Visa migrants!
The government will be prioritising onshore visa applicants and partner visa applicants where the
relevant sponsor resides in a designated regional area. While the focus on onshore applications was expected, the fact that partner visa applicants with sponsors in regional areas will get priority is good news!
Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge revealed new details of the English language requirements, announced in last Tuesday’s Federal Budget, for people applying for partner visas.
The test also applies to an applicant’s spouse if they are a permanent resident rather than an Australian citizen.
“This will apply to prospective partner visa applications, from about the middle of next year,” Mr Tudge said.
“What this will mean is that we will require an applicant and a sponsor to have met functional level English or to have at least made reasonable efforts to learn English.
“And by reasonable efforts we mean for most people that would be doing about 500 hours of free English language classes.”
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