Global Talent Visa

This program aims to attract highly skilled and talented individuals from specifically targeted industries to permanently settle in Australia.

Through the Global Talent Visa, Australia is seeking highly skilled and talented people from across the globe in specific industries for priority processing so that they may settle in Australia.

The Global Talent Visa is divided into 2 streams:

Global Talent Independent Program Visa (GTI)

Global Talent Employers Sponsored (GTES)

Every year 15 thousand (15,000) places are made available for highly skilled and talented individuals in one of ten (10) priority sectors in Australia.

Benefits of the Global Talent Visa:

  • You will receive priority processing of your visa.
  • There is also no age limit for applicants.
  • You do not need an Australian employer to sponsor you with a job.
  • It is NOT a point tested visa.
  • You do not need exceptional English skills. You are only required to score 4.5 on the IELTS International English Language Test or similar.
  • You can be residing in Australia or offshore when you apply.
  • This visa allows you to stay in Australia permanently.
  • You can live and work anywhere in Australia indefinitely.
  • You may enrol in Australia’s public health care program.

Global Talent Visa eligibility criteria:

You will have to be highly skilled and internationally recognised in one of the following target sectors

  • Resources
  • Agri food & Ag technology
  • Energy
  • Health industry
  • Defence, Advanced Manufacturing & Space
  • Circular Economy
  • Digitech
  • Infrastructure and Tourism
  • Financial Services and Finitech
  • Education

Other requirements:

  • Your current salary must be AUD 158,500 or more (as of July 1st 2021),  OR
  • Your future job offers outlining your remuneration should reflect a salary of AUD 158,500 or more (as of July 1st 2021),  OR
  • You must be a high performing recent PhD holder in one of the target sectors.
AS PART OF THE APPLICATION, YOU WILL NEED TO BE ENDORSED BY A NOMINATOR WHO HAS A NATIONAL REPUTATION IN THE SAME FIELD AS YOU AND IS EITHER:
  • an eligible Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • eligible New Zealand citizen
  • an Australian organisation with a national reputation in relation to your area of talent.
WHO COULD BE A NOMINATOR?
  • Employer
  • An industry colleague
  • An academic colleague
  • or even an industry body.
  • The Australian Computer Science Society (ACS) will nominate individual with a technology focus who do not have a nominator. You will however first need to obtain your unique identifier, then email the ACS who will advise on the next steps.

You will have to meet the heath, character, security and integrity checks that will apply to all applicants.

About this Process

PRE -VISA APPLICATION:

  • Before you apply for this visa you will need to lodge an Expression of Interest(EOI) for consideration under with the Global Talent Independent Program.
  • If you meet the above-mentioned eligibility criteria, you will be provided with a unique identifiernumber (UIN) which provides priority processing for a Distinguished Talent visa application.
  • Should you receive a unique identifiernumber it will mean that you are now invited to apply for the visa.

VISA APPLICATION:

  • Once you have received your unique identification number, you will have (60) sixty days to apply for your visa. (In certain cases 60 days was not imposed)
  • When lodging your application, If you are in or outside of Australia at the time of the application lodge a Subclass 858 Distinguished Talent visa.

GLOBAL TALENT EMPLOYERS SPONSORED VISA (GTES):

Global Talent Visa Australia is for applicants that are highly talented in their skill globally and are not covered by temporary skills shortage program, which is also known as 482 working visa / TSS.

Global Talent Visa Australia allows employers to sponsor overseas workers for highly skilled niche positions that cannot be filled:

  • by Australian workers or
  • through other standard visa programs – in particular, the Short-term stream and Medium-term stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa / 482 work visa.

Before the Department enters into an agreement, businesses must be able to demonstrate that they cannot fill the position through existing skilled visa programs.

Employers will then be able to sponsor workers for a TSS visa under the GTES.

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