English Language Requirement for Partner Visas.
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.