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English-speaking background

If you speak and understand English because of your work or home life, you may be able to use this to prove your English language ability.

Meeting our English language requirements

You need to show us you have a minimum standard of English when you apply for any of these visas:

Instead of an English language test, you may be able to show us that you are a competent user of English through having an English-speaking background.

Proving you have an English-speaking background

When you apply, the evidence you provide can include:

English Language Information (INZ1060) PDF 254KB

Other reasons you can speak English which support a visa application

You may be able to show us that you are a competent user of English for other reasons, including:

Even if you provide evidence that you have an English-speaking background, we may still ask you to provide us with an English language test result to show that you meet the minimum standard. If we are not satisfied that your level of English meets our requirements, you may have to pay for English lessons.


The principal applicant for some resident visas cannot meet our requirements by paying for English lessons.

Learning English after you come to New Zealand