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Update on requirements for partner visa applicants and permanent resident sponsors


This month, the Australian government introduced new requirements for partner visa applicants and their permanent resident sponsors to make reasonable efforts to learn English.  Earlier this year, the Government announced the removal of limitations on migrants’ access to free English language classes through the Adult Migration English Program (AMEP). Migrants can now access as many hours as they need to reach vocational English.

  • 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.

  • A method in which people will be able to demonstrate this is through the completion of 500 hours of free English language classes through the AMEP. 

If you or your partner are currently at the provisional stage of partner visa, it is likely this new English requirement will need to be met at the time of the granting of the permanent partner visa. 


Contact us today for an initial partner visa assessment, or to assess your circumstances. 

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