Global Talent Independent (GTI) Program

The Global Talent Independent (GTI) visa (subclass 858) is a targeted visa program to attract highly skilled technology professionals in the following sectors to Australia:

  • Resources
  • Agri-food and AgTech
  • Energy
  • Health Industries
  • Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space
  • Circular Economy
  • DigiTech
  • Infrastructure and Tourism
  • Financial Services and FinTech
  • Education

The Australian government has also indicated that they will consider expressions of interest for a Global Talent visa from highly skilled individuals that are outside the above target sectors; however, they must be of exceptional standard and are less likely to be successful.

Main Requirements Of The Global Talent Independent (GTI) Visa

Applicants interested in a GTI visa must have an Australian organisation or person that has a national reputation in the same field as the applicant’s skills that is willing and able to nominate them for the program.

Applicants who are aged 18 years or older must demonstrate that they have at least ‘functional’ English. Applicants that cannot meet this requirement are still eligible for the Global Talent visa; however, a secondary visa application charge is payable.

All applicants must demonstrate that they are likely to earn or ‘have the ability to attract’ a salary of at least A$153,600.

The Global Talent Independent (GTI) Program does not have an age requirement. However, the Department has indicated that if an applicant is under 18 or over 55 yeas of age they must demonstrate an ‘exceptional benefit’ to Australia.

Application Process For The Global Talent Independent Visa

Step 1 – Expression Of Interest

The first step is to lodge an Expression of Interest to be considered for the GTI Visa Program. The Department will then assess your claims, your nomination and the expression of interest.

Step 2 – Invitation/Unique Identifier

If you are invited by the Department of Home Affairs you will be issued with a Unique Identifier (UI) to enable lodgement of your visa application.

Step 3 – Visa Application

Once you have been issued with your UI, you are able to apply for your Global Talent visa online. This is done via the Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 858) regardless of if you are located in or outside of Australia.

Schedule a Consultation with Ethos Migration Lawyers to Tailor a Specialised Solution for your Global Talent Independent Visa Application

GTI Visa – Eligibility Criteria

To be granted a visa under the Global Talent Visa Program, a candidate must demonstrate that they are highly skilled in one of the 10 target sectors and demonstrate that they will be able to attract a salary that meets the high income threshold.

The ‘Target Sectors’ are:

  • Resources
  • Agri-food and AgTech
  • Energy
  • Health Industries
  • Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space
  • Circular Economy
  • DigiTech
  • Infrastructure and Tourism
  • Financial Services and FinTech
  • Education

Talent Requirements

Applicants must be able to demonstrate:

  • they are internationally recognised with evidence of outstanding achievements
  • they are still prominent in their field of expertise
  • they provide evidence that they would be an asset to Australia, in their area of expertise
  • they have no difficulty obtaining employment in Australia or becoming established in their field
  • they have a recognised organisation or individual in Australia nominate them as global talent, in the same field as the applicant

High Income Threshold Requirement

Candidates should have the ability to attract a salary at or above the Fair Work high income threshold of AUD153,600. This figure is adjusted annually on 1 July.

In assessing this, the Department will consider:

  • current salary shown through payslips or a contract, or
  • future job offers outlining remuneration, or
  • recent PhD graduates in the target sectors

Make Your Expression Of Interest Count

The Australian government has committed to attracting the best and brightest talent from around the global to Australia via this program. Further information on the GTI Visa can be found on our article here.

Ethos Migration Lawyers can assist you to prepare a strong, well presented and cohesive Global Talent visa application through each stage maximising your chances of success.

Our firm has been interviewed by various media outlets including the Australian Financial Review for expert commentary on the Global Talent visa schemes and are well placed to assist you with your journey.

Next Steps in Obtaining a Global Talent (GTI) Visa

If you would like further information on the subclass 858 Global Talent Independent Visa Program, or wish to schedule a consultation please contact our team of immigration lawyers and registered migration agents on 1300 083 843 or via email at info@ethosmigration.com.au.

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