Backlash against English language test for partner visa
By Tony Zhang; Lawyers Weekly, 12 October 2020
The new English language test requirement for partner visas has caused backlash across communities and couples overseas, along with some policy shifts for migration agents and law space.
Foreigners who fall in love with Australians would have to complete 500 hours of English classes before they are allowed to stay in the country permanently.
Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge revealed new details of the English language requirement, announced in Tuesday’s federal budget, for people applying for partner visas.
The test also applies to an applicant’s spouse, if they are a permanent resident rather than an Australian citizen.