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Changes to the GSM Points Test - Community language points

The contents of this article are correct as at 30 June 2011.

On July 1 2011 a new points test will come into force for General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa applicants.

All GSM visa applications lodged on or after 1 July 2011 will be subject to the new points test, unless limited transitional arrangements apply. For information on these transitional arrangements please click here.

Similar to the pre-1 July points test, the new test will award points for applicants who are accredited as a translator or interpreter in a foreign language. Formerly known as ‘designated language’ points, the new points test refers to ‘credentialed community languages’.

From 1 July, 5 points are awarded where an applicant is accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) in a designated language, at the para-professional level or above.

Note that accreditation testing at the para-professional level is only offered by NAATI in selected languages. This may, in practice, limit the community language points available to an applicant in relation to a particular language.

The pre-1 July test awarded designated language points on the basis of:

  1. NAATI accreditation as a Professional Translator or Professional Interpreter in your designated language and English.
  2. A degree qualification gained from a university where the language of instruction was the designated language.

Accordingly, the new points test has effectively removed the second of these options for language points. Consequently, points for a designated/community language can no longer be claimed on the basis of being the holder of a qualification from a university where instruction was in that language.

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