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Proposal for English Language Test 457 Visa to be Flexible

April 2015, 15
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English Language Test 457 Visa to be Flexible
As per the claims, the changes to the English language test for Australia’s 457 visa programme proposal has been welcomed and it will be soon implemented. This programme also ensures to maintain the integrity of the exam.

If the proposal is accepted then all foreign applicants who intend to apply for a 457 visa has to now, prove their language skills. Hence, those who intend to work overseas up to four years have to work on their language skills.

Presently the applicants are required to score an average of five across the four components instead of succeeding each test. The Assistant Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash said it would benefit everyone and also has rejected the claims that it was dumbing down the test.

She explained that the applicants will need to achieve more than 4.5 in any of the components, so it does represent lowering of the English language requirement, but it merely means extra flexibility. 

The Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia Jennifer Westacott said the English language testing requirement will also changed. Even though it provides more flexibility; it does not compromise on the maintenance of the required standards.  Thus, it should be supported.

The ETS (Educational Testing Service, TOEFL iBT creator has also said that the above step if implemented will strengthen the integrity of the 457 visa programme. It will also help in attracting the best as well as brightest skilled migrants. Thus, Australian businesses will have better access to a wider pool of well-qualified professionals. 

The Australian businesses can be globally competitive by accepting TOEFL iBT test for 457 visas, said ETS Australasia Associate director, Helen Cook. She also stressed that there is need to attract particular skills which help achieve economic and improve productivity.

She further added that ETS will support the government proposal of accepting the average score recommendation. The reason for its acceptance is, it is more flexible and practical approach in meeting the English language requirement. 

This proposal has all got praises as it is successful transition of multiple provider approach for student migration. It also completes the earlier decision of the government to allow permanent skilled migrants to demonstrate the English language competence through TOEFL IBT.

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