- This is not current policy -
The policy in this manual ceases to be effective from 29 November 2010.
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BF5.1 General (Active) Investor Category
- who lodge applications under the General (Active) Investor Category, meet the minimum standard of English for that Category if:
- they provide a certificate (no more than 2 years old at the time the application is ) from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), which shows two band scores of 5 or more in the IELTS General or Academic Module, or
- they provide evidence that they have an English-speaking background (see BF5.5) which is accepted by a visa or immigration officer as meeting the minimum standard of English; or
- they provide other evidence which satisfies a visa or immigration officer that, taking account of that evidence and all the circumstances of the application, the person meets the minimum standard of English (see BF2.5).
- In any case under (a) (ii) or (iii), a visa or immigration officer may require an applicant to provide an IELTS certificate in terms of paragraph (a)(i). In such cases, the IELTS certificate will be used to determine whether the applicant meets the minimum standard of English.
~ Full consideration must be given to all evidence of English language ability provided before a decision to request an IELTS certificate under BF5.1(b) is made. If an IELTS certificate is requested, the reason(s) behind the decision must be clearly documented and conveyed to the applicant.
~ IELTS is an international organisation that provides an assessment of ability in English. Its General and Academic Modules provide band totals (test results) showing overall ability as well as performance in listening, reading, writing and speaking.