English Language Requirement for Partner Visas.
UPDATE: 26 August 2021
It has been mentioned in some social media sites that this change will come into effect in November 2021.
Partner Visa Applicants
English language requirements will soon be introduced for Partner visa applicants. Those partner visa applicants, already holding a temporary visa (subclass 309 or 820), will soon have to demonstrate that they can speak English, or have tried to learn English, in order to be granted the final permanent visa (subclass 100 or 801).
Partner Visa Sponsors
English language requirements will soon be introduced for Partner visa sponsors, if that sponsor is NOT an Australian Citizen.
(Most Australian Citizens have already proven English language requirements to obtain Citizenship.)
Those partner visa sponsors, who currently hold a Permanent Resident visa, will soon have to demonstrate that they can speak English, or have tried to learn English, in order for their partner to be granted their final permanent visa (subclass 100 or 801).
From late 2021, new partner visa applicants and permanent resident sponsors will be required to have functional level English or to demonstrate that they have made reasonable efforts to learn English.
The requirement will have to be met at the time of the granting of the permanent visa, subclass 100 or 801.
People will be able to demonstrate this through, for example, the completion of 500 hours of free English language classes through the AMEP.
Part of the reason for this is that only 13 per cent of those with no English skills are in work compared to 62 per cent of those who speak English well.
In fact, in the past decade, the number of people in Australia not speaking English well, or at all, has risen sharply and is reaching a million people.
Earlier in 2020, the Government announced the removal of limitations on migrants‘ access to free English language classes through the Adult Migration English Program (AMEP).
This was presumably so that all new migrants can access as many hours as they need to reach vocational English, in anticipation of this new rule.
Thank you to those who have sent me a coffee, it is very much appreciated.