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What are the language proficiency requirements for Australia’s Global Talent Independent program?

For Australia’s Global Talent Independent Visa – Subclass 858, does the applicant’s spouse (dependant) also need to take IELTS and prove English proficiency? Would it be beneficial for the nominator to be an individual or organization for the visa?

  • Australian Visa Options
    November 08, 2022

    For the grant of the 858 Global Talent visa, there is no English requirement. However, to prevent payment of the second installment visa application charge, each applicant over 18 needs to demonstrate functional English. The visa can still be granted if the applicant has less than functional English but they will have to pay an extra AUD 4,890 as the second installment, which will be requested just before visa grant. A nominator can be either an individual or organization, but an individual should have a national reputation in your area of talent and be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

  • October 15, 2022

    Subclass 858 Global Talent Visa is a permanent visa, which requires all applicants including the applicant’s spouse (dependent) and dependent children aged 18 years and older at the time of application must provide evidence of having at least functional English. This can be demonstrated by providing evidence of having completed a degree, a higher degree, a diploma or a trade certificate in an institution in or outside Australia that required at least two years of full-time study and all instructions were in English. At least 5 years of study in a secondary school in or outside Australia where all instruction was in English would also meet the criteria. An average band score on all four components in any of the following tests will also meet the criteria: (i) at least 4.5 in IELTS test, (ii) at least 30 for PTE test, (ii) at least 32 in TOEFL, or (iv) at least 147 in Cambridge English Advance. Citizen of and hold a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom*, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland are considered to have met the criteria for functional English requirement. However, each applicant who does not meet the functional English requirement may pay a second installment of the visa application charge by providing a statement indicating their intention to pay the second visa application charge. The nomination from a peak Australian body is appreciated. However, the important aspect to be met is that the nominating individual or the organization must be having a national reputation in the same field as the applicant.

  • VisaConnect
    October 17, 2022

    For the Global Talent Independent Program for Australian direct Permanent Residence, the English language ability requirement for all applicants (main applicant and spouse and children over 18 years) is that they must have a minimum of 'functional English language ability' (an average IELTS Test band score of at least 4.5 for each of the 4 test components). If not, the applicant would need to pay a second installment of the visa application fee.