GLOBAL TALENT INDEPENDENT PROGRAM (GTI) - GLOBAL TALENT VISA PROGRAM
Australian Lawyers and Migration Agents - Global Talent Independent program (GTI) Advice
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- Visa eligibility assessment
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- Advice regarding minimum Salary earnings for the position
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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.
- Top future-focused fields - The program is designed to attract skilled migrants at the elite future-focused fields to Australia. The program brings the best talent from around the world.
- Opportunities for Australians - Transferring skills, promoting innovation, and creating job opportunities for Australians
- Global Talent Offices - The Department of Home Affairs has Global Talent Officers in Berlin, Dubai, New Delhi, Santiago, Shanghai, Singapore, and Washington DC. Also, they work with Australian universities, industry bodies, and state and territory governments to attract global talent to Australia
Global Talent Independent Program - Benefits
The benefits of the Global Talent independent program include the following:
- Streamlined visa pathway - facilitated through the Global Talent, Subclass 858 visa program.
- Priority processing – complete applications expected to be finalised within one month.
- Permanent visa – the program provides permanent residency on grant of the visa.
- Live and work anywhere in Australia.
Global Talent Independent Program - Target Sectors
The following are the new Sectors of Employment, which will now be targeted for the GTI Program:
- Resources - This sector includes exploration, development and extraction of energy and fuels from oil, gas,
coal and uranium
- 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.
- Energy - the development and improvement of energy and mining technologies.
- 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. Examples include: Digital health,
Medical technologies and pharmaceuticals, Health crisis responses to Covid-19.
- 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.
- Circular Economy - Solutions to reduce waste and pollution, recycle and renew products and materials for continued use, and
regenerate natural systems.
- 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.
- Infrastructure and Tourism
- Financial Services and FinTech - This sector is focused on the application of technology to finance, with a focus on enhancing financial services through new
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.
Internationally Recognised - 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.
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.
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.
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, peak
professional associations, prominent artists and academic professors.
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:
- DigiTech (Quantum Information/Advanced Digital/Data Science/ICT/Cyber Security etc.)
- FinTech (candidates with mainly a tech focus)
- AgTech (candidates with mainly a tech focus)
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
- Colour scan of passport bio-page
- Evidence of Visa Invitation from Department of Home Affairs (if applicable)
- Confirmation of which target sector(s), the Applicant believes would apply to them
- Evidence and Details showing you are internationally recognised, and your achievements are also exceptional and outstanding
- Evidence and Details showing you are still prominent in your field
- Evidence and Details showing your settlement in Australia will be an asset to the Australian community
- Evidence and Details showing your contribution will be of benefit to Australia as a whole
- may be required and ACS can investigate an Applicant's background.
5. ACS issues Nomination Support Letter and Form 1000
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:
- Current salary - evidenced by Payslips or a contract of employment
- Future job offers - outlining remuneration
- Recent PhD or Masters Graduates - in the target sectors
GTI - Supporting Evidence
Provide your CV along with any additional information supporting your claims to be Global Talent. This includes:
- Professional associations
- Industry Awards, Scholarships
- Presenting/Participation at International Conferences/Events
- Publications, patents
Global Talent Independent Program - Visa Application Process
To apply for the Global Talent Independent Program, the applicant must do the following:
- Submit an Expression of Interest to the Department of Home Affairs.
- Obtain a Nomination from an Australian citizen or Australian company, with a national reputation in your occupation.
- A Global Talent Officer will examine your educational and professional qualifications to determine if you meet the requirements to be invited to apply under the Global Talent Independent Program
You will receive a response via email advising if you have been invited to apply (via a unique identifier – there is no fee for this service).
- If the applicant meets the GTI requirements, they can apply for the Global Talent Visa, Subclass 858, with priority processing.
Global Talent Visa, Subclass 858 - Benefits
Applicants who have an Approved Global Talent visa are allowed to do all of the following:
- stay in Australia permanently
- work and study in Australia
- enrol in Australia's public health care scheme, Medicare
- sponsor your family members to move to Australia
- travel to and from Australia for 5 years from the date the Dept of Home Affairs grants the visa. After 5 years you must apply for a Resident Return (RRV) visa (subclass 155 or 157) to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident.
- apply for Australian citizenship, after living in Australia for a number of years
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.
3. Energy and Mining technology
5. Space & Advanced Manufacturing