Foreign spouses of Australians will have to pass an English language test before they are allowed to stay in the country permanently from late 2021.
Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge made the announcement on Thursday, October 8, while disclosing new details of the English language requirements for people applying for partner visas.
The test also applies to current permanent residents, who are not citizens of the country.
“We will require an applicant and a sponsor to have met functional level English or to have at least made reasonable efforts to learn English,” Tudge told national broadcaster ABC on Thursday.
“For most people that would mean doing about 500 hours of free English language classes,”Mr Tudge said.
“This will apply to prospective partner visa applications, from about the middle of next year,” the minister added.
Mr. Tudge said there are almost one million people living in Australia with poor or no English and that language skills were necessary for finding work and staying safe.
“In some cases, the husband will not want his partner or wife to learn English. And in part that’s for control reasons,” he said.
“And we want to encourage everybody to be able to learn English so that they can fully engage in Australian life, in every aspect of it, from employment markets, to our democracy, to our society, to community activity.
“English is absolutely essential in order to do all of that.”
Happy birthday to this dynamite – Linda Ikeji writes as she celebrates her birthday
Blogger, Kinda Ikeji is 41.
The celebrity blogger clocks a new age today, September 19.
Linda took to her Instagram page to pay tribute to herself,
“Happy birthday to this dynamite
I am alive. I am healthy. I am happy. I have conquered. God has been so good to me. I am grateful!
Was trying to be a little sexy for my birthday, hope I succeeded!
Thak you all so much for all you well wishes. Kisses!”.
See her birthday photos below,
Mercy Macjoe gets her own Hollywood Walk of Fame
Congratulations are in order for Nollywood actress, Mercy Macjoe as she gets her own Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The actress now has a customised star at the HF in Hollywood, California, USA.
The actress made this known on her Instagram as she shared photos and video from the moment she saw her star.
This is a big achievement for the actress.
Nobody on Earth needs an iPhone 13 – Reno Omokri
Reno Omokri is of the opinion that an iPhone 13 is not needed.
According to him, it is only a status symbol which can rob people off their real treasure when pressured into.
The advocate listed out several reasons why he believes nobody should aim at getting it.
“Noboy on Earth needs an iPhone 13. Absolutely no one. An iPhone 13 is a status symbol. Don’t let peer pressure rob you off your real treasure. If your old phone works, use it.you don’t need a new phone. You need a new investment. Invest. Don’t impress!
Below are 10 Things You Can Invest in Instead of an iPhone 13:
A plot of land in a low cost area 40 bags of rice at a rural area to sell at a profit in an urban area. Trade in forex Buy 3 Microsoft shares Rent a one bedroom and use it for Airbnb Buy treasury binds Start a POS business Join lending club and earn money lending money to people who are guaranteed to repay Invest in a course and learn an income generating skill”.