Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: minimum standard of English for non-principal applicant

  1. #1
    downtownguy is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    May 2010

    Default minimum standard of English for non-principal applicant

    Hi there!

    my wife is going to apply for PR under skilled migrant category. As a non-principal applicant, I must prove i meet the minimum standard of English. Actually i'm working (non-skilled job) since 16 months and my position requires english spoken and writing skills. Is my enployer statement proving my ability to communicate is good enough to satisfies INZ? I also used to stay in Indonesia (3 years) where i set up import export business and which requires as well a good command of English. My mother tongue is Arabic and i also speak French fluently, the same goes for my 2 brothers. Do you think dear friends INZ will be satisfied with these facts or is it better to take IELTS exam?

    waiting for your opinions,

    Thanks in advance,


  2. #2
    Cliff's Avatar
    Cliff is offline Oh Masterful One
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Nelson, NZ
    Blog Entries


    IELTS (International English Language Testing System). They need to see you meet a standard not an opinion.


    Nelson, New Zealand
    NZ Citizenship in 2000, been in NZ 15 years now
    Arrived NZ in 1997 from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

    "New Zealand isn't just a physical place it is a state of mind."

  3. #3
    MotherBear's Avatar
    MotherBear is offline The missing link
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    currently Ras al Khaimah, UAE, ex Wales, UK
    Blog Entries


    It says on the INZ website that it should be OK if you can prove you either studied or have worked with English as the prime language although, regarding the latter, I note they mention it should be from NZ employment. I'm not sure from your post where your english-speaking employment has been undertaken. I don't know why they restrict it to NZ employment only. I think it will be down to the case officer to decide whether you need to sit an examination or not, possibly based on how good they think your command of the language is. I don't imagine they would be very interested that you can also speak other languages.

    English language requirements.
    Mother Bear

    Try to bloom wherever you are planted.

  4. #4
    downtownguy is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    May 2010

    Default minimum standard of English for non-principal applicant

    thanks MotherBear for your feedback,

    My 16 month's work experience is from NZ employment and it's still going on. When i was hired, i underwent an interview to make sure my communication skill in English is good. I also studied English language and literature for 2 years at the university in my home country. My plan is to submit statement from my employer, Uni certificate and see how it goes. If ever INZ officer is not satisfied i meet the minimum standard of English then i won't have a choice but to take IELTS exam.

    Thanks again MotherBear for your time

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 7
    Last Post: 21-06-2013, 03:56 AM
  2. do not meet the minimum standard of English
    By Ahmad in forum Invitation to Apply (ITA) Chat
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 02-06-2010, 07:48 PM
  3. Throw out homework, let kids read comics - principal
    By MotherBear in forum What's in the news?
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 16-02-2010, 04:57 PM
  4. Principal Applicant
    By Maritoni in forum Work Permit / Working Holiday Visa Questions
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 14-01-2009, 04:25 PM
  5. Non principal applicant and job offers
    By spence in forum Invitation to Apply (ITA) Chat
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 11-03-2006, 10:58 AM


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46