Moving to Australia

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Your visa options

If you like the opportunity to live, study or work in Australia, there are many visa options available to you. There is a study visa, skilled, sponsored work visa and business visa. Some of these may lead to Permanent Residency (PR) in Australia. Find the Australian visa most likely to meet your specific circumstances here or access free student visa services.

Your IELTS options

The IELTS Academic test has been developed if you wish to study at university or college as an undergraduate or postgraduate student or join or gain entry into a professional institution. The IELTS General Training test has been developed to test your every-day, non-academic English.

Which IELTS test do you need?

IELTS band scores for migration

If you are applying for an Australian work visa, a student visa, or Permanent Residency, chances are you need to show evidence of your English language skills. Because IELTS is the most respected language test in the world, we can help you demonstrate your English language proficiency.

Functional English

If your visa application requires you to show you have Functional English, you need to have an overall IELTS score of 4.5. Not sure what this means? Read our explanation of IELTS band scores. IELTS can help you achieve this score with free support tools.

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Just remember, this is guide only. The IELTS score you require will depend on which visa you need when moving to Australia. Find out what IELTS score you need at the Department of Home Affairs. Before you book your IELTS test, we recommend that you check with your university, workplace or Australian Government in order to understand the level of skill you need to demonstrate, and which version of IELTS you need.

Vocational English

If your visa application requires you to show you have Vocational English, you need to have at least an IELTS score of 5.0 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing). Not sure what this means? Read our explanation of IELTS band scores. IELTS can help you achieve this score with free support tools.

Access IELTS support tools

Just remember, this is guide only. The IELTS score you require will depend on which visa you need when moving to Australia. Find out what IELTS score you need at the Department of Home Affairs. Before you book your IELTS test, we recommend that you check with your university, workplace or Australian Government in order to understand the level of skill you need to demonstrate, and which version of IELTS you need.

Competent English

If your visa application requires you to show you have Competent English, you need to have at least an IELTS score of 6.0 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing). Not sure what this means? Read our explanation of IELTS band scores. IELTS can help you achieve this score with free support tools.

Access IELTS support tools

Just remember, this is guide only. The IELTS score you require will depend on which visa you need when moving to Australia. Find out what IELTS score you need at the Department of Home Affairs. Before you book your IELTS test, we recommend that you check with your university, workplace or Australian Government in order to understand the level of skill you need to demonstrate, and which version of IELTS you need.

Proficient English

If your visa application requires you to show you have Proficient English, you need to have at least an IELTS score of 7.0 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing). Not sure what this means? Read our explanation of IELTS band scores. IELTS can help you achieve this score with free support tools.

Access IELTS support tools

Just remember, this is guide only. The IELTS score you require will depend on which visa you need when moving to Australia. Find out what IELTS score you need at the Department of Home Affairs. Before you book your IELTS test, we recommend that you check with your university, workplace or Australian Government in order to understand the level of skill you need to demonstrate, and which version of IELTS you need.

Superior English

If your visa application requires you to show you have Superior English, you need to have at least an IELTS score of 8.0 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing). Not sure what this means? Read our explanation of IELTS band scores. IELTS can help you achieve this score with free support tools.

Access IELTS support tools

Just remember, this is guide only. The IELTS score you require will depend on which visa you need when moving to Australia. Find out what IELTS score you need at the Department of Home Affairs. Before you book your IELTS test, we recommend that you check with your university, workplace or Australian Government in order to understand the level of skill you need to demonstrate, and which version of IELTS you need.

IELTS for native English speakers

For most Australian visas, you must be able to meet the English eligibility criteria at the time you apply for the visa. Sometimes, citizens or holders of a valid passport from Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, or the United States can claim visa points for Proficient or Superior English only if you undertake an approved English language test. IELTS is the perfect way to show your proficiency as a native speaker.

If you’re a native speaker, find out how you need to prepare. We even offer a free IELTS Masterclass that is designed to help you in your ability to reach a high band score.

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