English Language Information
For residence and business categories
If submitting your Why do we have a minimum standard of English? application before If you can speak and understand English, it will help you to get 29 November 2010 a job in New Zealand, and help you and your family to settle successfully here. use the guide at Who needs to meet the minimum standard? www.immigration.govt.nz/forms
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If your partner and/or dependent children aged 16 and over do not meet the minimum standard, they can pay us for ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes, which they can attend when they arrive in New Zealand. See ‘Pre-purchasing ESOL tuition’ on page 7. If you provide evidence that you have an English-speaking background or you are a competent user of English, we may still ask you to provide us with an IELTS certificate to show that you meet the minimum standard.
Showing that you have an English-speaking background
To show that you have an English-speaking background you must show us evidence that you completed: • all your primary education, and at least three years of your secondary education, at a school or schools that taught in English, or • at least five years of your secondary education at a school or schools that taught in English, or • a course taught in English that took at least three years and led to a tertiary qualification, or, you can show us evidence that you hold one of the qualifications in the following table.
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General Certificate of Education Minimum C pass. (GCE) ‘A’ levels from Britain or Subjects must include English Singapore Language or Literature or Use of English. International Baccalaureate Full diploma in English medium. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations (HKALE) STPM 920 (Malaysia) University of Cambridge in collaboration with University of Malaya, General Certificate of English (GCE) ‘A’ levels South African Matriculation Certificate South African Senior Certificate Minimum C pass. Minimum C pass in Use of English. A or B pass in English Literature. Minimum C pass. Including English or General Paper subjects. Minimum D pass in English (higher grade). Minimum D pass in English (higher grade). Endorsed with the words ‘matriculation exempt’. Gained on completing year 13 (seventh form).
New Zealand tertiary entrance qualification
Showing that you are a competent user of English
If you do not have an English-speaking background, you may show us that you meet the minimum standard for other reasons. For example, you may be able to show us that you are a competent user of English because: • of the country you live in/countries you have lived in previously, and the length of time you lived in each country • of other languages you speak, or your family speaks • you needed English language ability for your current and/or previous employment • you needed English language ability to study for qualifications that you have.
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Providing IELTS certificates
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an English language test that is recognised in many countries. You can show us that you meet the minimum standard of English by providing us with an IELTS certificate. See the requirements for each category on pages 5-7 for the...