Australian immigration to adopt a new provider of English language test
Australia, 23rd June: The latest news is that the Australian immigration department is planning to appoint a new provider of English language exam.
For long, the IELTS has been chosen as the provider of English language exam by Australian immigration authorities in order to assess the English language ability of the aspiring immigrants wanting to move to Australia and seeking Australian visas.
Australia immigration wants to get immigrants with high skills in English language.
The Australian immigration officials are likely to choose Toefl as the provider of English language exam.
Chris Evans, the Australian immigration minister expressed his support to Toefl as an alternative English language test provider selected by Australian immigration department as per the new immigration rules.
The officials of ETS, an American company that works as a provider of Toefl tests, expressed hope that the Australian immigration authorities will choose Toefl as the test provider since there seems to be no reason for not using Toefl for judging the English language abilities of prospective immigrants before granting them Australian visas.
English language tests assess the level of English possessed by the applicant for Australian work visas and immigrants having ability to speak English are granted more points in the points-based system of Australian immigration.
Australian immigration department had recently announced a new SOL(Skilled Occupation List) which has considerably reduced the number of skills on high demand in Australia under Australia’s skilled migration program. This had resulted in reduction in the number of jobs in Australia to help strike a balance between employment and available workforce.
So, in accordance with the new SOL, only those potential immigrants who possess skills in high demand in Australia will get more points and acceptance of their applications for Australian work visas.
Compiled by Skills Australia, the new SOL aims to target only high skilled migrants thereby breaking the relationship between low end courses and permanent residency in Australia.
Way back in the year 2008, Australian immigration officials undertook to review the monop