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GLOBAL TALENT SCHEME (HIGHLY SKILLED VISA)

Global Talent Scheme

The Global Talent Scheme started in trial mode on 1 July 2018, initially for 12 months, with the intention to attract 'highly skilled global talent' to work in Australia, and with a pathway to permanent residence.

There are 2 Streams for Businesses - Established Business or Start-Up Stream:

Established Business Stream

  • Priority to Australians - Employers must demonstrate that have prioritised the employment of Australians and that there will be a skills transfer to Australian workers as a result of the person being granted a visa. Therefore, the visa allows for highly skilled overseas workers to be sponsored if there is no highly skilled Australian resident or Australian citizen worker available in the local Australian job market.

  • Labour Market Testing - Labour market testing has been undertaken for the specific position.

  • Good Business Track Record - Business has good record, with no breaches of immigration or workplace law. Also, Employees are paid according to salary tables or Enterprise Agreements that reflect market salary rates.

  • Sponsor's Turnover - The Company must be an established business with an annual turnover of more than $4 million AUD or be publicly listed.

Start-Up Stream

  • STEM Field - The Company operates in the STEM related field (for example, digital, bio-medical or agritech company). STEM companies are companies involved in: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Previously, start-up companies were unable to qualify to be an accredited visa sponsor, and even if they did become an accredited sponsor, many occupations were not listed on the Skills Occupations lists.

  • Priority to Australians - Employers must demonstrate that have prioritised the employment of Australians and that there will be a skills transfer to Australian workers as a result of the person being granted a visa.

  • Salary of Position - The Position must have a salary earnings above $180,000 AUD, in Australia, so as to attract highly skilled and experienced indviduals.

  • Labour Market Testing - Labour market testing has been undertaken for the specific position.

  • Good Business Track Record - Business has good record, with no breaches of immigration or workplace law. Also, Employees are paid according to salary tables or Enterprise Agreements that reflect market salary rates.

  • Business Endorsement - Business endorsement and approval by a Start-up authority.

  • Financial criteria - To be determined in consultation with stakeholders, but may include working capital or capital raised threshold.

Applicant and Position Criteria

1. Work Experience - The visa recipient must have at least 3 years work experience in a STEM-related field. The Australian government is interested in highly skilled applicants in the following employment sectors:

  • Natural and Physical Sciences (NPS)
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (ERT)
  • Agriculture
  • Environment and Related Studies (AERS)
  • Mathematical Sciences.

2. Qualifications - The applicant's qualifications must be relevant to the highly skilled role.

3. Work Experience - At least 3 years work experiuence, directly relevenat to the nominated position.

4. Transfer of Skills - Capacity to transfer skills and develop local Australian skilled workers.

5. Salary - The Salary of the position must have a minimum annual earnings of $180,000 AUD.

6. Health and Character - The skilled worker must satisy health, character and security requirements.

Features of Global Talent Scheme

1. Visa Duration - The Global Talent Scheme will allow access to the 4 year Temporary Skills Shortage 482 Visa (TSS Visa).

2. Permanent Residence Pathway - After 3 years, the skilled worker will be able to apply for permanent residence.

3. Business can access up to 20 Positions Annually - businesses can sponsor up to 20 workers per yer provided they meet the eligibility criteria.

4. Fast processing - Simplified visa application and fast processing time.

5. Technology Occupations in Demand - Currently, Start-ups have a demand and need for highly skilled talented employees. The Global Talent Scheme will allow them to recruit employees from big start-up hotspots like Silicon Valley, Austin Texas, and Tel Aviv, to work in the following possible occupations:

  • Digital Product Manager - creates the product vision, understands the product's customers and designs and manages the product.

  • Senior Software Engineer

  • Digital Growth Specialists

  • UX (User Experience) and UI (User Interface) Designers

  • Data Scientists

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