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GLOBAL TALENT INDEPENDENT PROGRAM (GTI) - 858 VISA

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

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Features - Global Talent Independent Program

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.

Exceptional Talent - Global Talent Visa (GTI)

Exceptional Talent is where a Professional Skilled worker has the drive to succeed and make a difference, and these Taleneted People have demonstrated their ability to:

Benefits - Global Talent Independent Program

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

Target Sectors - Global Talent Visa (GTI)

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

1. Resources - This sector includes the following specialisations:
2. Agri-food and AgTech - The application of technology to agriculture and food production. This sector revolves around modern technology and innovations together with traditional agriculture (includes horticulture and aquaculture) at all stages of the food supply chain including production, supply, demand and distribution. This sector includes the following specialisations:
3. Energy - the development and improvement of energy and mining technologies. This sector includes the following specialisations:
4. Health Industries - The application of technology to research or medical practices, with a focus on making medicines or medical devices more effective, accessible and affordable through new technology, knowledge and techniques. This sector includes the following specialisations:
5. Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space - The industries include: Space technology and manufacturing involving a highly skilled and innovative workforce and Advanced manufacturing across the entire value chain of manufacturing including research, design, logistics, and after sales service of manufacturing products. This sector includes the following specialisations:
6. Circular Economy - Solutions to reduce waste and pollution, recycle and renew products and materials for continued use, and regenerate natural systems. This sector includes the following specialisations:
7. DigiTech - Enhancing capabilities in the following areas: Data management and analysis, Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, Robotics Advanced mathematics and statistics, Start ups and entrepreneurs in the industry, and Cyber-Security. This sector includes the following specialisations:
8. Infrastructure and Tourism - This sector includes the following specialisations:
9. Financial Services and FinTech - This sector is focused on the application of technology to finance, with a focus on enhancing financial services through new technology. This sector includes the following specialisations:
10. Education - This sector includes the following specialisations:

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.

a. 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.

b. Exceptional and Outstanding Achievements - Exceptional and outstanding achievement is the act of accomplishing something extraordinary that places the individual above the average. The Applicant must have an an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in one of the following areas:

(i) a profession;

(ii) a sport;

(iii) the arts;

(iv) academia and research

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. Immigration Policy states this 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." This may include:
2. Specialised Assistance in matters of Security - The Applicant can satisfy Schedule 2, 858.212 of the Migration regulations if the applicant has provided specialised assistance to the Australian Government in matters of security. Evidence of specialised assistance is provided by written advice to the processing officer by the Global Talent & Regional Outreach section confirming that advice has been received from the responsible Minister or the Director-General of Security in relation to the applicant.

3. 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. The applicant is not required to be known outside of the area. The applicant should be recognised as prominent by those within the area. The applicant should stand out in the area, and be considered as important.

4. 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:
5. 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. The applicant’s own financial situation by itself is not relevant but could support establishing themself independently in Australia. Evidence of ability to obtain employment in Australia includes the following:
6. 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 an: a. Citizen of Australia; b. Permanent Resident of Australia; c. Eligible New Zealand citizen; d. Australian organisation with a national reputation in your field. The nominator does not need to personally know the applicant. 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.

Nomination Form 1000 - The Nominator must describe how the applicant has an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement, is still prominent (in their field), and would be an asset to the Australian community. If the nomination is by an Australian organisation, an explanation of how the organisation has acquired a national reputation in the same area or field as the application is required. In addition to the national reputation requirement above, the person is required to provide further information covering the applicants prominence in their field, how the applicant would be an asset to the Australian community, and how the nominated will be able to easily find work or establish themself independently in Australia. This is not a pre-approval for the nomination, but it is lodged as part of the visa application.

Nominator Examples - Examples of successful nominators include leading Educational Institutions, National Sportspersons (included retired but still active in the field), Directors of Australian National organisations, Peak professional associations, prominent artists and academic professors. The nomination under the GTI EOI does not need to be the same as the nomination in the visa application.

National Reputation - For an individual nominator consideration is given by association. Specific examples in policy include:
The Nominator must make a Statement "to attest to your achievements and international standing", and the Nominators must have evidence of their national reputation in the same area as the GTI Applicant, and evidence of their status in Australia, including the following:
7. 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.

8. 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).

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

10. Exclusions - There is an exclusion which prohibits applications where at the time of application for the GTI, the applicant is the holder of a subclass 491 or 494 visa, or where this was the last substantive visa held by the applicant, unless the visa has been held for at least 3 years at the time of application.

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

Engineers Australia - A new Endorsing body, as at 18 August 2021

Engineers Australia (EA) has been approved by the Australian Department of Home Affairs as a nominator under the Global Talent visa stream. EA is authorised to conduct assessment for engineering occupations with a unique set of skills in the targeted industry sectors. The EA endorsement is a first step in the Global Talent visa application process.

Engineering specialisations in the targeted industries assessed by EA:

Student Eligibility for the 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:

Salary Threshold - Global Talent Independent Program

Candidates must be able to obtain a salary at or above the Fair Work High Income Threshold (FWHIT), which is currently AUD $158,500, and this figure is adjusted annually on 1 July. To determine if the applicant meets the Salary requirements the Department of Home Affairs will consider the following factors:

Expression of Interest - GTI

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. Note that EOI's do not expire, so you do not need to submit a second application. Provide details of your personal contribution, skills and expertise in your identified field and how your research/achievement places you at the top of your field impacting internationally that will lead to an advancement in your field. Supporting evidence for an EOI includes:

1. Mandatory Documentation - Passport of all Applicants, Nomination details, including Nominator's Passport, and completion of Nomination for Global Talent - Form 1000.

2. CV/Resume

3. Employment and Qualifications - Employment status and Work Reference Letters, evidence of current Income, Academic Transcripts and Qualifications certificates.

4. Professional associations - evidence of memberships

5. Industry Awards, Scholarships

6. Presenting/Participation at International Conferences/Events

7. Publications, patents

8. 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.

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

Application Process - 858 Global Talent Visa

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

Benefits - Global Talent Visa, Subclass 858

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.

CSIRO, has unveiled its latest state-of-the-art Mineral Resources research facility - as at 26 October 2021

The only facility of its kind in Australia, the $7 million Geoscience Drill Core Research Laboratory, brings together a suite of advanced mineral characterisation equipment, including CSIRO’s unique Maia Mapper, specialised for drill core analysis and research.

Acting Director of CSIRO Mineral Resources, Dr Rob Hough, says the lab’s combination of advanced Mining, Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) instrumentation alongside CSIRO’s existing advanced characterisation facilities, gives researchers and industry the opportunity to study drill core samples at multiple scales.

“Exploration and mining companies commit large investment in drill core operations to be able to peer beneath the surface to understand ore bodies and uncover new underground resources,” Dr Hough said.

“This unique facility is able to maximise data from drill core samples, enabling characterisation across scales; from big picture analyses on kilometres of drill core through to the elemental composition of rock on a microscale.”

Extracting more data from drill core analyses will help unlock Australian critical minerals by providing information that drives key decisions for the discovery, mining, and processing of resources.

“This facility will give researchers and their industry partners the tools to discover and recover the quality resources required for Australia to sustainably support a global energy transition,” Dr Hough said.

Impacts of COVID-19 on GTI Processing

People granted a visa under the Global Talent Visa Program do not need a travel exemption.

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, applicants in Australia may have dependent family members outside Australia. Ensure that you state your circumstances when you make your application.

The Case Officers at the Dept of Home Affairs are aware of disruptions to visa medical services due to COVID-19 restrictions. Police authorities may also experience delays issuing police clearance certificates. The visa processing area will take this into account.

Pusuant to an announcement in July 2020, the Dept of Home Affairs are prioritising EOI's and visa applications from Hong Kong passport holders and residents of Hong Kong.

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Global Talent Visa (GTI) Approvals from 2019 - 2021

Global Talent Visa (GTI) Approvals from 2019 - 2021

GTI Expressions of Interest - Invitations Issued - 2020

GTI Expressions of Interest - Invitations Issued - 2020

GTI Application Process - 2021

GTI Application Process - 2021

Future Focused Industries and Technologies - GTI Visa

Future Focused Industries and Technologies - GTI Visa

GTI Grants by Program Sectors - 2019-2021

GTI Grants by Program Sectors - 2019-2021

GTI Grants by ANZSCO Occupation - 2019-2021

GTI Grants by ANZSCO Occupation - 2019-2021

GTI Future-Focused Priority Sectors - 2021

GTI Future-Focused Priority Sectors - 2021

Applicants Country of Residence for GTI - 2019 - 2020

Country of Applicants for GTI

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