If you are considering whether you can apply for an Australian PR without the IELTS test, then let me assure you that there are ways in which you do not have to apply for the IELTS to apply for a permanent residence visa in Australia.


But what makes IELTS so important for Permanent Residence in Australia?

Australia is an English-speaking country and a continent, where the official language is English. It is important that the residents of Australia are well versed in the language to carry out all the necessary communications. Therefore, IELTS becomes mandatory, especially for those who belong to a country that does not speak English.


Are there any Australian PR alternatives without IELTS?

Yes, there are alternatives to the evaluation of IELTS (International English Language Training System) that can help you apply for Australian PR without IELTS as:

  • Pearson English Test (PTE)
  • Test of English as a foreign language – based on the Internet (TOEFL)
  • Cambridge Advanced English Test (CAE)
  • Occupational English Test (OET)


Can I avoid taking the test of proficiency in English language and continue applying for Australian PR?

Well, yes, you can apply for Australian PR without IELTS, PTE, TOEFL or any other linguistic competence test. Below are the three categories of visas that allow you to omit the language: the evaluation of the competition as a whole.

Family sponsorship: if you are being sponsored by any member of your family who resides in Australia

Child / dependent: if you are under 18 and dependent on your parents or another person residing in Australia.

Spouse of the principal applicant: If you apply for the Australian PR as the spouse of the principal applicant, then you are eligible to apply for the Australian PR without IELTS.

Note: Apart from the criteria mentioned above, candidates must apply for the IELTS before applying for the PR from Australia under the Subclass 189 visa, Subclass 190 visa and Subclass 489 visa.