🎄Happy holidays from Wisekangaroo!

We hope you and your family are enjoying a well-deserved break this holiday season, filled with fun, festivities and lots of delicious food! With everything that has happened in the past year, we all have a lot to be thankful for, especially the time we get to spend with our loved ones and those near and dear to us.

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Engineers Australia is now a nominating organisation for Global Talent Independent Visa

Finding a nominator for the Global Talent Independent (GTI) Visa is often the biggest challenge for many applicants. If you are an Engineer then you can add a new nominating peak body to your list.

Last week, Engineers Australia announced that the Department has accepted it as a nominating organisation for the GTI Program. EA is a peak body for almost all engineering related professions. Until now Australian Computer Society (ACS) was the only option for most applicants who did not personally know a reputed Australian individual or organisation. With EA in the mix, there are now more nomination options.

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July 2021 Updates to FWHIT & Visa Costs For GTI Visa

It's that time of the year when applying for Australian visas gets more expensive. Every year on 1st of July, a number of changes are announced to the planning levels of various visas. Additionally, visa application charges (VACs) charged by the Department are revised up in line with the CPI forecast. This year, as per the Migration Amendment (Visa Application Charges) Regulations 2021 – F2021L00842 the VACs of a number of visas have been increased by 1.75%, rounded to the nearest $5.00 and Business Innovation & Investment Program VACs have gone up by 11.345% + the 1.75%.

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Budget 2021-22: Latest Updates to Australian Visa Rules

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivered the Federal Budget on Tuesday 11 May 2021. I've been pouring over the Budget Documents to identify the changes to the Australian Visa rules. This year's budget has been surprisingly light on Immigration rule changes. Perhaps it's because the Australian Government expects 2021 to be a repeat of 2020 so not many significant changes have been announced. However, it is important to be aware of the latest visa updates if you are a temporary visa holder looking to transition to permanent residency. Keep reading the learn more about:

  • Recent developments in relation to  Coronavirus (COVID-19) and visa processing 
  • Impact of Budget 2021 initiatives on Australian visa applicants and visa holders 
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What should you look for in a nominator for GTI Visa?

The Global Talent Independent Program is a fairly new visa program that was announced last year by the Australian Government. We have written a step-by-step guide for the GTI visa to help you learn more about the various eligibility requirements.

One of the key requirements for the GTI visa is having a nominator who is also internationally recognised in your field. This nominator must be an Australian PR, citizen or Australian organisation.

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How to Claim 5 bonus points from NAATI CCL test for Australian PR application?


The Credential Community Language (CCL) Test is a test conducted by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd (NAATI) for assessing your language skills and capabilities at the community level. 

In the NAATI CCL test, aspirants are examined on their ability to translate statements from English to any chosen ‘language other than English' (also known as LOTE) and vice-versa. Passing the CCL test is verified confirmation of your community language skills, in both English and another language.

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