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Global Talent Independent Program - Australia

Australian Lawyers and Migration Agents - Global Talent Independent program (GTI) Advice

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Contact VisaConnect's Australian Immigration Lawyers and Migration Agents in 2021 for advice and assistance with your Global Talent Independent Program (Global Talent 858 Visa) application!

Global Talent Independent Program - Features

The Global Talent Independent Program was officially launched on 4 November 2019. It offers a streamlined, priority visa pathway for highly skilled and talented individuals to work and live permanently in Australia. Note that the planning level Quota of places for GTI has been increased to 15,000 in the budget announced in October 2020 for the program year 2020-2021.

Global Talent Independent Program - Benefits

The benefits of the Global Talent independent program include the following:

Global Talent Independent Program - Target Sectors

The following are the new Sectors of Employment, which will now be targeted for the GTI Program:

Global Talent - Subclass 858 Visa

The Global Talent Visa Program requires that Applicants provide evidence of their 'Talent', which requires that they meet the eligibility criteria below:

1. Internationally Recognised - prove they are internationally recognised with evidence or a record of outstanding achievements.

This does not require the applicant to be practising their field internationally (although this would be advantageous). The following factor would be considered including if the field itself is recognised in multiple countries and the achievements of the applicant would be similarly recognised in those countries, senior positions in internationally renowned organisations, and completion of major international projects with significant impact.

Record - This is not required to be over a specific period of time as even a single significant achievement has the potential to be recognised as a record. This is beneficial for applicants with limited experience. However, acording to Migration policy, there is a preference for a "sustained record of achievement" that is unlikely to diminish in the future.

Exceptional and Outstanding Achievements - Exceptional and outstanding achievement is the act of accomplishing something extraordinary that places the individual above the average. Individuals with an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement are usually those who are leaders in their particular field. Examples of a 'record of exceptional and outstanding achievement', include undertaking and presenting Research.

2. Prominent - still regarded as Prominent in their field of expertise. Prominence can potentially be demonstrated by recognised experience of achievements, or continued involvement in the area (eg. teaching, judging, maintaining memberships, public speaking, writing, participating in lower levels/competitions in the area). Also, 'Prominence' can be demonstrated through internet publications, and Social media presence.

3. Asset to Australia - provide evidence that they would be an asset to Australia, in their field of expertise. As an asset there must be perceived value in settling in Australia and the benefit must be to the Australian community, eg. the public. The benefit must not be restricted to a small group, community or single employer. Examples of being an 'Asset to the Community' include Mentoring, Training and contribution to Research or Knowledge. Evidence of being an 'Asset to Australia' includes:

4. Easily Obtain Employment in Australia - have no difficulty obtaining employment in Australia or becoming established in their field of expertise. The intention is the ensure they are not dependent on welfare support in Australia and can become economically independent within their area and maintain that independence ongoing. Evidence of ability to obtain employment in Australia includes the following:
5. Nomination - Be Nominated on a completed approved Form 1000, by a prominent Australian with a reputation in your field or by an Australian Organization. The Nominator must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia. Examples of successful nominators include leading education institutions, national sportspersons (included retired but still active in the field), directors of Australian national organisations, including the ACS or Talent Attraction Taskforce (from 27 February 2021), peak professional associations, prominent artists and academic professors.

The Nominator must make a Statement "to attest to your achievements and international standing", and the Nominators must have a national reputation in the same area as the GTI Applicant, including the following:
6. Age - You can apply at any Age, but if you are under 18 years or over 55 years, you must be of exceptional benefit to the Australian community.

7. English Language ability - Applicants must have 'functional English language ability (An average IELTS Test band score of at least 4.5 for each of the 4 test components).

8. Health and Character requirement - Provide evidence of good character and undergo medical examination.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) Nomination for the Global Talent Independent Program

Applicants can find their own Nominator, who is an Australian resident or citizen, and professional working in the same field as the Applicant. Alternatively, the Applicant can seek Nomination from an Australian Organization, such as the Australian Computer Society (ACS), which will enhance an application, because they are the peak ICT industry body in Australia, wuth a national reputation, in the following target sector groups, under the GTI Program:

ACS Nomination Process

The process and steps to obtain ACS Nomination are listed below:

1. Email a CV/Resume to ACS - explaining why you would be an asset to the Australian tech sector.

2. ACS may request further information - and will advise if ACS can proceed with a nomination.

3. Pay ACS Fee, if eligible - pay the fee of $500 AUD, and prepare the following information:
4. Phone Call or Video Interview - may be required and ACS can investigate an Applicant's background.

5. ACS issues Nomination Support Letter and Form 1000

Student Eligibility for GTI Program as at 20 January 2021

New student eligibility requirements for the Global Talent Visa GTI Program were introduced in the Procedural Instruction update of 20 January 2021:

Global Talent Independent Program - Salary Threshold

Candidates must be able to obtain a salary at or above the Fair Work High Income Threshold (FWHIT), which is currently AUD $153,600. To determine if the applicant meets the Salary requirements the Department of Home Affairs will consider the following factors:

GTI - Expression of Interest

The Expression of Interest (EOI) is a pre-requisite to applying for the GTI. The EOI provides broad discretion to the Department of Home Affairs to assess and authorise an application for the visa. This discretion empowers the Department of Home Affairs to streamline the visa process and prevent 'undesirable' applications. To apply for an Expression of Interest, the Applicant must respond to all questions and provide information and documents, which support your claims to be Global Talent. This includes:

1. CV/Resume

2. Professional associations - evidence of memberships

3. Industry Awards, Scholarships

4. Presenting/Participation at International Conferences/Events

5. Publications, patents

6. Profile and Overview of how the Applicant is Global Talent - including your internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement and your ability to make a significant contribution to the Australian economy.

7. Online Profile - including Company Website Profile, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, online Articles and other Social Media presence.

Global Talent Independent Program - 858 Visa Application Process

To apply for the Global Talent Independent Program, the applicant must do the following:

Global Talent Visa, Subclass 858 - Benefits

Applicants who have an Approved Global Talent visa are allowed to do all of the following:

Number of GTI Visas Granted from July - December 2020

The Global Talent Program quota cap for GTES and GTI has been increased to 15,000 places, in 2020/21, inclusive of secondary applicants (partner and children). The largest number of GTI Visas granted from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020 were for applicants in the Tech sector. See the order regarding the largest number of applicants below:

1. Quantum information, Advanced digital data, Data science, and IT fields - 11,013 GTI visas granted.

2. Medtech

3. Energy and Mining technology

4. Agtech

5. Space & Advanced Manufacturing

6. Fintech

Advantages of the Global Talent Visa (GTI) for Indian Citizens

The advantages of the Global Talent Visa (GTI), over other Australian Immigration options for Indian citizens are as follows:

1. The GTI it is not employer or state-sponsored.

2. GTI has a high upper age limit of 55, which can be eased further.

3. The fact that applicants don’t have to qualify under an an occupations list is also an advantage for Indians, with the GTI target sectors capturing very specific cutting-edge skills.

4. The GTI applicant can work for an employer of choice.

5. The visa is streamlined with priority processing arrangements, and applicant's can obtain permanent residence within a few months.

6. There are no travel restrictions to Australia for Indian applicants who qualify for the GTI visa, even during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Numbers of Global Talent Visas to be Cut in 2021/22

The number of visas issued under the Global Talent program has increased substantially since it launched as a pilot program in 2018-19 with 1000 visas issued. There were 15,000 places in the scheme on offer in 2019/20, but the government intends cut this down to 11,000 in 2020-21.

It was revealed in May 2021 that about 70 per cent of successful applicants under the GTI scheme were already in Australia on another visa category. Interest in the scheme has increased rapidly, with 15,000 places this year. But this will be cut by nearly a quarter in the coming financial year.

The Global Talent program is still “unproven”, the Grattan Institute think tank said, and should be scaled back to no more than 5000 visas until there is evidence that it is effective. "There is no compelling evidence to justify expanding the scheme at such a rapid rate, especially at the expense of visas already with a successful track record of selecting skilled workers who succeed in Australia," the report said.

GTI Expressions of Interest - Invitations Issued - 2020

GTI Application Process - 2021

GTI Grants by Program Sectors - 2019-2021

GTI Grants by ANZSCO Occupation - 2019-2021

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