Australian Immigration Rules Are About to Change
If you’re thinking of living, working or studying permanently in
Australia, things just got a bit more difficult for you.
They’ve changed the visa requirements for foreigners and you now have to
pass an English language test.
The Australian government says it is important that people can show a
specified level of English proficiency before they are granted a
These new requirements could be in place from the middle of 2021.
Australia’s minister for immigration said: "We will require an applicant
and a sponsor to have met a functional level of English or to have at
least made reasonable efforts to learn English." He also said that these
efforts would mean about 500 hours of free English classes on a
government-run language programme.
These new measures have provoked heated discussion and controversy in
Australia's parliament. Some politicians criticize this new language
test and call it "discriminatory" and "racist".
They argue it targets people from non-Western nations and developing
A spokesman for Australia's opposition party said: "English proficiency
isn't a test of someone's love." He said it’s difficult enough for
immigrants to pass through the application process and that the new
language requirement would add an "additional burden".
An immigration expert said: "It certainly puts a lot of pressure on
people and families who've been hit hard by COVID-19. Many of them have
lost their jobs and now they've got this added challenge to pass an
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