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Australian immigration law ‘to require English test’ for partner visas


Sydney: Australian immigration law will require partners of existing residents to clear an immigration test.

According to details, Australian government is making an amendment to immigration law after which foreign partners of existing residents will have to pass an English language test before gaining a permanent visa of country.

If the law is approved by parliament, it will be effective from mid-2021. The partners of resident would have to prove a level of English proficiency.

Where critics are calling the change “discriminatory”, the government says it will help building “social cohesion”.

“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,” Immigration Minister Alan Tudge said.

According to the minister, more than one million people living in Australia have poor or no English skills, which has limited their work and social skills.

The Australian government is asking the prospective migrants to face mandatory testing on their English language skills.

English proficiency is also a requirement for work and study visas in Australia as well.

More than one-fifth of country’s population is fluent in a language other than English at home, with the figure above 35% in the largest cities of Sydney and Melbourne.

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