SM5.10 English language requirements for non-principal applicants
- Unless SM5.15 applies, partners and dependent children aged 16 and older, who are included in Skilled Migrant Category applications, must:
- show that they meet a minimum standard of English to enable successful settlement in New Zealand; or
- pre-purchase ESOL training; or
- provide other evidence which satisfies a visa or immigration officer that, taking account of that evidence and all the circumstances of the application, they are a competent user of English (see SM5.5 (c)(iii)).
- Non-principal applicants meet the minimum standard of English if:
- they provide a Test Report Form (no more than 2 years old at the time the application is lodged) from IELTS, showing they achieved an overall band score of at least 5 in the IELTS General or Academic Module; or
- (if they are the partner of a principal applicant), they have current skilled employment in New Zealand for a period of at least 12 months that qualifies for points (see SM10); or
- they provide evidence of one of the following:
- completion of all primary education and at least 3 years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand Forms 3 to 5 or years 9 to 11) at schools using English as the language of instruction;
- completion of at least 5 years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand Forms 3 to 7 or years 9 to 13) at schools using English as the language of instruction;
- completion of a course of at least 3 years duration leading to the award of a tertiary qualification at institutions using English as the language of instruction;
- that the applicant holds General Certificate of Education (GCE) "A" Levels from Britain or Singapore with a minimum C pass (the passes must specifically include the subjects English Language or Literature, or Use of English);
- that the applicant holds International Baccalaureate – full Diploma in English Medium;
- that the applicant holds Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English – minimum C pass;
- that the applicant holds Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations (HKALE) including a minimum C pass in Use of English;
- that the applicant holds STPM 920 (Malaysia) – A or B pass in English Literature;
- that the applicant holds University of Cambridge in collaboration with University of Malaya, General Certificate of English (GCE) "A" levels with a minimum C pass. The passes must specifically include the subjects English or General Paper;
- that the applicant holds South African Matriculation Certificate, including a minimum D pass in English (Higher Grade);
- that the applicant holds South African Senior Certificate, including a minimum D pass in English (Higher Grade), endorsed with the words 'matriculation exempt';
- that the applicant holds a New Zealand Tertiary Entrance Qualification gained on completing the seventh form.
- In any case, an immigration officer may require an applicant to provide an IELTS certificate in terms of paragraph (b)(i). In such cases, the IELTS certificate will be used to determine whether the applicant meets the minimum standard of English.