Apr 15, 2024

New English language requirements – English Testing & Training available immediately

We’ve had a lot of enquiries about the new English language requirements and are already underway helping many employers with our English Testing and Training system. This is available right now so you can still lodge AEWV Visas with minimal downtime.

Previously, meeting English language proficiency was a legal requirement solely for residency applications. However, as of 8th April, this requirement extends to all AEWV applications at ANSCO skill levels 4 or 5.

Any person applying for an AEWV from this time must meet a minimum English proficiency score of 4 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or 29 in PTE (Pearson’s Test of English).

At Working In we are using the PTE testing system for multiple reasons and have a solution for your workers who need to sit the test.

If you are about to lodge an AEWV for an employee in this category, put simply, you can’t lodge a visa without proof of required English language level.

We can help you meet these new requirements simply and cost-effectively and manage the whole process.

Our solution

Before committing financially to a full test which is $445 + GST, we strongly advise you to identify your applicant’s current English language level.

We assess this through PTE for a one-off fee of $95 + GST. This assessment will give you a clear understanding of whether they meet the required threshold or not.

Why is it best to do an initial test first?

  • Gain initial visibility of your applicant’s English proficiency level to see whether they meet the 29 required for the AEWV.
  • Save money on initial testing compared to a full test ($445 + GST + admin fee).
  • Determine if additional tuition is needed first or if they are ready to proceed to the full test.

What happens if they don’t pass the initial test?

If your worker does not meet the 29 threshold you can either decide not to continue with the job offer or you can send them to our English for Visas training. We offer 40 hour blocks for $695 + GST so people can meet the required threshold.

Once passed, we can lodge their visa and manage the whole process for you.

If you need to lodge an AEWV now with the additional English Language requirements please contact us and we can guide you through the process so you can have your visas approved.

Ensure your workers meet the new requirements

Our aim is to give you total confidence in your worker’s ability to meet the English language requirements for their AEWV application. Our internationally qualified Language Training Expert is also a Licensed Immigration Adviser so you’re in the safest of hands!

Regardless of the stage your worker is at, we’re here to assist you.

Please contact us at any time to book an initial test and get underway.


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