Global Talent Visa- Independent program (GTI)
What is the GTI (Global Talent visa) program?
The Department works with Australian universities, industry bodies, state, and territory government to attract highly skilled and talented individuals. There are Global Talent Officers in major cities such as London, Shanghai, Singapore, Berlin and Washington DC. These officers work with key industries to invite individuals to apply for the GTI program.
The Department is looking for individuals who are skilled in one of the seven target sectors and are able to earn a salary that meets the fair work high-income threshold or be a high a performing recent PhD, Masters or Honours graduate.
Access to the program is via referral from either the Global Talent Officers or by a nominator.
- Space and Advanced Manufacturing
- Energy and Mining Technology
- Cyber Security
- Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT
A unique identifier will be provided to individuals who meet the program requirements. You will have to submit an expression of interest (EOI) on the Global Talent Contact form. Once submitted, you will receive an acknowledgment that your EOI has been submitted. There is no standard processing time for the EOI. However, it is understood that due to COVID-19, these are currently taking longer than usual.
The applicant will need to have a nominator to nominate them for the program. The nominator must have a national reputation in the same field as the applicant and is either:
- an eligible Australian citizen or permanent resident
- eligible New Zealand citizen
- an Australian organisation.
Depending on the industry you are in, your nominator could be your university, your employer, your industry body, or your industry peers.
A number of factors may be assessed to determine the nominator’s national reputation. For example, the Department may look at the nominator’s:
- record of achievements
- leadership in the industry
- professional associations with leading organisations and industry bodies
- employment history
- contribution to international journals
- participation in local and international conferences
Once you have received the unique identifier, you will be able to lodge your application under the Distinguished Talent Visa (outside Australia). Depending on whether you are located in or outside of Australia, you will have to apply for a different subclass. If you are in Australia, it will be an subclass 858 Distinguished Talent Visa (subject to being onshore with an appropriate visa, some such as a subclass 600 or ETA, are excluded from allowing you to make an onshore application and accessing a bridging visa). If you are outside Australia or holding an inappropriate visa, you will have to lodge a subclass 124 Distinguished Talent Visa.
What is the Distinguished Talent Visa?
The Distinguished Talent Visa is for individuals who are globally recognised for their exceptional achievement in a profession, sport, arts or academia and research. It is a visa that will allow you and your family to live in Australia permanently.
When applying for the visa, the Department will consider:
- Your contribution – it must be of benefit to the Australian community, the Australian economy, the social, cultural standing of Australia or raise Australia’s standing in academia, the arts or sport.
- You must be internationally recognised, and you must be prominent in your field for the past two years.
- You must able be able to show that you can find work in your area of expertise in Australia.
- You must have a nominator. The nominator must have a national reputation in the same field as you.
How much does it cost?
Main applicant – $4,110
Dependent (under 18 years old) – $1,030
Dependent (over 18 years old) – $2,055
2020/21 Financial year
15000 spots have been allocated for the 2020/21 financial year which is 3 times more than the previous financial year.
Breakdown of grants for GTI visa in 7 target sectors. Statistics from the 2019-2020 Migration program Department of Home Affairs. The breakdown of grants per targeted sector were as follows:
- Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT (28%)
- MedTech (26%)
- Energy and Mining Technology (20%)
- AgTech (9%)
- Space and Advanced Manufacturing (8%)
- FinTech (6%)
- Cybersecurity (3%)
Due to the COVID-19, the processing time for most visas and EOI have been delayed. Global Talent Officers posted overseas are now working in Australia.