English Language Requirements for the 482 Visa

English requirements 482 visa

English language requirements for the 482 visa specify the level of English proficiency that applicants must demonstrate to be eligible for this visa.

Test TypeSTSOL Required ScoresMLTSSL Required Scores
IELTSOverall: 5.0 (No band below 4.5)Overall: 5.5 (No band below 5.0)
TOEFL iBTTotal: 35 (Listening: 4, Reading: 4, Writing: 14, Speaking: 14)Total: 46 (Listening: 5, Reading: 5, Writing: 14, Speaking: 14)
PTE AcademicOverall: 36 (No section below 30)Overall: 50 (No section below 36)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)Overall: 154 (No section below 147)Overall: 169 (No section below 162)

How to demonstrate your English – the tests

The Department of Home Affairs outlines specific tests that applicants can use to demonstrate their English proficiency. The acceptable tests include the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT), Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, and the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test. Each test has a minimum score that applicants must achieve, which varies slightly depending on the test but generally requires a moderate level of competence.

  1. IELTS (International English Language Testing System): IELTS is a popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, recognised and trusted worldwide by educational institutions, employers, and governments. For more information, visit the IELTS website.
  2. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): TOEFL measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand English as it is spoken, written, and heard in college and university settings. You can find more details on the TOEFL website.
  3. PTE (Pearson Test of English): PTE Academic is a computer-based academic English language test aimed at non-native English speakers wanting to study abroad. It tests reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Visit the PTE website for more information.
  4. Cambridge English: This suite of English proficiency tests includes various levels and caters to different needs, including business, academic, and general purposes. Details about the different Cambridge English tests can be found on the Cambridge English website.

Visa Streams and Their Requirements

Short-term Stream

For the Short-term stream of the 482 visa, the minimum English requirement is generally lower compared to the Medium-term stream. Applicants are typically required to score an overall band of 5.0 in IELTS, with no single band lower than 4.5.

Medium-term Stream

Applicants under the Medium-term stream need to meet a higher threshold. This usually involves achieving a minimum score of 5.5 in each band of the IELTS, or the equivalent in other approved tests. This reflects the longer duration and potentially more complex nature of roles filled under this stream.

Exemptions and Special Conditions

Certain passport holders are exempt from the English language requirements, including those from the UK, Ireland, the USA, Canada, and New Zealand. Additionally, applicants in certain occupations or those who have been nominated for a salary above a specific threshold may also qualify for exemptions.

Exemption CriteriaDetails
Passport HoldersApplicants holding passports from the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, or New Zealand.
High Salary ThresholdApplicants nominated with a salary that meets or exceeds the English language salary exemption threshold, which is significantly higher than the standard 482 visa salary requirement.
Intra-Company TransferExecutives and senior managers involved in a genuine intra-company transfer may be exempt, depending on the specifics of their situation.
Consulate or Diplomat StaffApplicants coming to Australia as a diplomat or consular staff member are exempt.
English Medium EducationApplicants who have completed at least five years of study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where instruction was in English. The study must have been completed in a country where English is the native language or an institution in a non-English speaking country where English is the primary language of instruction.

Compliance and Proof

Applicants must provide valid proof of their English proficiency, which includes submitting test results that are no more than three years old at the time of application. Ensuring that these requirements are met is crucial for the approval of the visa.


Meeting the English language requirements for the 482 visa is a fundamental step in the application process, ensuring that all candidates possess the necessary language skills to perform effectively in their designated roles. The requirements vary by visa stream and occupation, with specific tests and scores set out by the Department of Home Affairs. Exemptions apply under certain conditions, emphasising the need for each applicant to understand their specific criteria.

If you need help determining how the English language requirements apply to your 482 visa application, or if you require assistance preparing for your language tests, consider booking a consultation with a PocketLegal team member. Our job is ensuring that you meet all eligbility requirements for your visa.

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