The English language requirement for the subclass 457 Temporary Business visa is competent English (obtaining a score of at least 5.0 in all four components of the IELTS test). However, exemptions to this language requirement apply, including meeting the minimum salary threshold. This has now been increased to an applicant earning an annual salary of a minimum of $85,090.
Other exemptions to the subclass 457 visa English language exemption include but are not limited to the following:
1. Being a citizen of one of the following countries:
- New Zealand
- The Republic of Ireland
- The United Kingdom; or
- The United States of America
2. Applicants who have completed at least 5 consecutive years of full-time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where the instruction was delivered in English may be exempt unless the registration, licence or membership requires a standard of English.
3. Where the nominated occupation relates to diplomatic or consular activities of another country or an office of the authorities of Taiwan located in Australia.
Also, English exemptions apply in the case of certain occupations on the Skilled Occupation List for the subclass 457 Temporary Business (Long Stay) visa.
Should you have any queries regarding English exemptions for the subclass 457 visa or any other questions regarding this visa, please contact us.
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