Global Talent Visa (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.

  • 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

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:

  • Generate multiple jobs particularly in areas that fill critical supply chain and talent gaps
  • Serve as a leader in your field with international distinction
  • Commercialise your ideas at scale
  • Make your mark as an innovator or serial entrepreneur
  • Have been recognised with international distinction as a leader in culture, science, the arts, or commercial enterprise
  • Have the potential to make a significant economic impact
  • Act as a connector between industries
  • Bring exceptional new skills and knowledge to Australia
  • Create a vision for how your future success contributes to Australia’s future success
  • Contribute to the relevant industry ecosystem in Australia
  • Obtain employment or become established in your field

Benefits - Global Talent Independent Program

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.

Target Sectors - Global Talent Visa (GTI)

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

1. Resources - This sector includes the following specialisations:

  • Engineering
  • Geology
  • Metallurgy
  • Waste management
  • Energy saving technology
  • Extraction and processing

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:

  • Seed technology
  • Nanomaterials
  • Biofuels
  • Supply chain and packaging
  • Wearable technologies

3. Energy - the development and improvement of energy and mining technologies. This sector includes the following specialisations:

  • Seed technology
  • Nanomaterials
  • Biofuels
  • Supply chain and packaging
  • Wearable technologies
  • Clean energy
  • Resource robotics
  • Computational metallurgy
  • Geostatistics
  • Benefication
  • Battery/energy storage

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:

  • Medical and biomedical technology
  • Pharmaceutical and vaccine research and development
  • IT biochemistry
  • Digital health
  • Implantables and wearable devices
  • Genomics

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:

  • Astrodynamics
  • Satellite systems
  • Rocket and avionics systems
  • Urban mobility
  • Military equipment acquisition and sustainment
  • Automation and robotics
  • Nano-manufacturing
  • Sustainable manufacturing and life-cycle engineering

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:

  • Bioenergy
  • Sustainable production
  • Recycling
  • Waste treatment
  • Waste to energy technology
  • Emissions technology
  • Ecologically sustainable manufacturing

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:

  • Quantum computing
  • Cyber sciences
  • Cyber security
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Blockchain, IoT
  • Big data
  • Disruptive technology
  • Smart cities
  • Machine learning
  • Network engineering
  • Cloud computing

8. Infrastructure and Tourism - This sector includes the following specialisations:

  • Travel and tourism infrastructure
  • Water infrastructure
  • Energy infrastructure
  • Regional development

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:

  • Neobanking
  • Payment systems
  • Wealth and regtech
  • Blockchain

10. Education - This sector includes the following specialisations:

  • Cutting edge skills in emerging fields of the industry
  • Developing advanced educational systems and curricula
  • Improving the education infrastructure in Australia
  • Digital data and eResearch platforms

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 practicing their field internationally (although this would be advantageous). Several factors would be considered, including whether the field itself is recognised in multiple countries and if the achievements of the applicant would be similarly recognised in those countries. Other factors to consider include holding senior positions in internationally renowned organisations and the 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, according 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 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:

  • Senior roles
  • Patents
  • Professional awards
  • International publications
  • Memberships

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 (e.g., 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, e.g., 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:

  • Evidence that they have created a product/ technological advancement that is unique, and cutting edge in nature;
  • Evidence demonstrating that the applicant’s research fills a significant knowledge gap and will be of benefit to industry, business or academia in Australia, or
  • Evidence of their involvement in establishing a start-up company.

5 Easily Obtain Employment in Australia. - have no difficulty obtaining employment in Australia or becoming established in their field of expertise. The intention is to 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:

  • Employment contracts or offers of employment related to the area of achievement for work in Australia. This may be evidenced by current and future employment opportunities from employers, employment/recruitment agencies, universities or organisations involved with the area of achievement in Australia;
  • Evidence of self-employment or opportunities to establish a viable business within the area of achievement;
  • Evidence of sponsorships, scholarships, grants or other payments intended to support the applicant while they are engaged in activities related to the area of achievement;
  • Evidence of academic qualifications in their area of achievement. E.g. PhD or Masters degree;
  • Evidence of high scores (overall grade-point average of 80 out of 100) during the completion of their Masters degree or Bachelor Honours degree, or
  • Demonstrated track records of previous employment in their area of achievement.

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:

  • A senior academic such as a Professor at a university recognised internationally for teaching excellence and cutting edge research would meet the requirements regarding national reputation
  • A nominator employed by a lead ICT company as an ICT professional would be assessed as having a national reputation if that company is a multi-national technology company, one of the world’s largest employers, or a leader in creating technological innovations

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:

  • Solid Track record of achievements
  • Evidence of High calibre
  • Leadership in the relevant field of expertise
  • Professional Associations with lead organizations and industry bodies
  • Current and previous employment history
  • Participation at Conferences both in Australia and Internationally
  • Contributions to a number of international Journals which would be utilized by Researchers, Academics and Organizations undertaking work in the same field of research

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.

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:

  • 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

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 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:

  • Bachelor with Honours, Masters by Coursework and Masters by Research graduates - No longer eligible solely based on having achieved a qualification in a priority sector.
  • PhD graduates who completed their studies within the past three years - Still Eligible for GTI. However, candidates who achieved their qualification overseas from a non-Australian Education Institution must demonstrate that their PhD meets Australian standards.
  • PhD students nearing completion of their degree - Required to demonstrate that they have a prior record of exceptional and outstanding professional achievement, and that their PhD will meet Australian standards.
  • International Record - Students can demonstrate an International record with the following evidence: Academic qualifications, Transcripts showing 80%+ results, Academic awards/recognition, Research of international interest and significance, Research presented at international forums, How research can be used to inform academia, Governments or industry, Evidence of how research will advance Australia’s competitiveness, Potential for innovation and productivity increases.

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 $162,000, as at 1 July 2022, 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:

  • Current salary - evidenced by Payslips or a contract of employment
  • Future job offers - outlining remuneration
  • Recent PhD or Masters Graduates - in the target sectors

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:

  • Current salary - evidenced by Payslips or a contract of employment
  • Future job offers - outlining remuneration
  • Recent PhD or Masters Graduates - in the target sectors

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:

  • 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 and receive an 'Invitation to apply for the GTI Program'. This will include a unique invitation reference identifier and an invitation code.
  • If the applicant meets the GTI requirements, they can apply for the Global Talent Visa, Subclass 858, with priority processing.
  • Prepare and submit key documents for the GTI application, including: Submission (presentation of favourable issues and positives of applicant's case), Client CV, Client Personal Statement, Nominator Statement, and Evidence of Claims.
  • Pay the Department of Home Affairs, Visa Application Charge. The Base Application Charge is currently $4,180 AUD, and the Additional Applicant Charge for over 18 is $2,055 and the Additional Applicant Charge for Applicants under 18 is $1,030 AUD.
  • Evidence of Functional English Ability - All Applicants over 18 years of age must provide evidence of functional English language ability; otherwise, they will need to pay a second instalment of the visa application fee. Functional English means an average IELTS Test band score of at least 4.5 based on the 4 test components.
  • Undergo Medical examinations and Chest X-rays and Biometrics.
  • Police Clearance Certificates - apply for Character certificates for all applicants over 16 years of age and from each country in which you have lived for 12 months or more in the last 10 years.
  • Processing times - As at 01 October 2021 - 75% of 858 visa applications are decided in 73 days and 90% of 858 visa applications are decided in 3 months.
  • Hong Kong Passport Holders - Priority Processing - In July 2020, an announcement was made to start prioritising EOI's and visa applications from Hong Kong passport holders and residents of Hong Kong. The Australian government is offering new and extended visa options to students and skilled workers from Hong Kong. This will help Hong Kong passport holders to remain in Australia, with pathways to permanent residency. These changes will be implemented through updates to regulations and procedural instructions.

Benefits - Global Talent Visa, Subclass 858

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

  • Permanent visa – the program provides permanent residency on grant of the visa
  • Priority processing – complete applications expected to be finalised between 62 Days and 3 months
  • Work and study anywhere 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

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