As of 1 January 2010, the English language requirement for applicants nominating a trade occupation has now increased from “vocational” English to “competent” English. This means that applicants nominating a trade occupation now need to obtain a minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 in all of the four components whereas they were previously required to have a minimum score of 5.0 in each of the four components of the IELTS test.
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