ENS 186 visa English Requirements

There are exemptions for proving your English lanugage skills if you hold a passport issued by the UK, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand or the United States, you do not have to provide English language test results.

Otherwise, for other passport holders applying for a 186 visa, the English language level needed for the ENS 186 Visa is ‘competent’ or equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.

TestRequired score

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

At least 6 for each of the 4 components

Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT)

At least 12 for listening, 13 for reading, 21 for writing and 18 for speaking

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

At least 50 for each of the 4 components

Occupational English Test (OET)

At least B for each of the 4 components

​Cambridge C1 Advanced testAt least 169 in each of the 4 components


Your English language results are submitted with your 186 visa application. The results, however, must not be older than 3 years old at the time you submit your visa application.

Only the primary applicant needs to pass the English language requirements.

If you have a question about the English language requirements, contact our reliable migration agent to learn more.

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