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Global Talent Visa 

If you are interested in living and working in Australia, you may be eligible for the Global Talent Visa. The visa is designed to attract highly qualified, experienced and exceptionally talented individuals to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident. In particular, it targets those who can demonstrate the relevant skills in a number of targeted health, technology, scientific and financial sectors.

The Global Talent Visa is part of a federal government initiative to help support post-COVID recovery and boost local jobs. As a result, the Department of Home Affairs plans to invest heavily in the Global Talent Independent Program (GTIP) and has tripled its intake to 15,000 for the 2020/2021 fiscal year. 

This article will explain the benefits, eligibility criteria, process and costs associated with the Global Talent Visa.


Benefits of a Global Talent Visa

Provided you can meet the eligibility criteria, the Global Talent Visa is an extremely attractive option over other permanent residency visas (such as the skilled independent visa subclass 189 and 190, or employer sponsored visa subclass 186). 

This is because eligible candidates:

  • do not need to provide a skills assessment;

  • are not required to meet minimum points threshold; 

  • are not required to meet minimum English requirements;

  • do not require state or territory nomination or employer sponsorship; 

  • can be up to 55 years of age or older if they can demonstrate exceptional economic benefit to Australia; and

  • can be a recent Bachelor (Honours), Masters or Phd graduate in one of the key target sectors. 


If your employer is not willing to nominate you for permanent residency under the subclass 186, and provided you can meet the eligibility criteria, this may be an option for you to remain in Australia permanently. 

Eligibility Criteria

If you are a highly skilled candidate and demonstrate your international recognition and achievements, the Global Talent Visa is an attractive option for you. Your eligibility for this visa is determined based on the following criteria. You:

  • have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievements;

  • are prominent in your field of expertise;

  • would be an asset to the Australian community;

  • would have no difficulty in obtaining employment, or becoming established independently, in Australia in your area of talent;

  • have an organisation or individual in Australia with a national reputation in the same field, who can attest to your record of achievement;

  • have a current or potential income of AUD $153,600; 

  • meet onshore qualifying visa requirements including Schedule 3 (if applicable); and 

  • make your application in relation to one of the target sectors set out below, or a related sector.

Target sectors 

  • Agri-food and Agtech

  • Financial Services and Fintech

  • Health Industries

  • Digitech

  • Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space

  • Energy

  • Circular Economy

  • Infrastructure and Tourism

  • Resources

  • Education

Unlike the skilled independent visas (subclass 189, 190 and 491) and the employer sponsored visas (subclass 482 and 186), there is no occupation list for the Global Talent Visa.


Visa Process

Regardless of whether you are onshore or offshore, there are several steps in securing the Global Talent Visa. You must:

  1. submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the GTIP and wait to receive an unique identifier number (UIN); 

  2. secure a nominator and complete Form 1000; and 

  3. submit a visa application for a subclass 858

Seeking Nomination For The Global Talent Visa

You are required to select a nominator and have them complete Form 1000 at the time of lodging your DTV application. A nominator must be an:

  • Australian citizen;

  • Australian permanent resident;

  • eligible New Zealand citizen; or

  • Australian organisation.


The nominator must be able to attest to your international and exceptional record of achievement, based on their expertise in the same area. 


Only one nominator is necessary for your application. If you provide more than one nomination, the Department may request that you select only one nominator. However, you can provide as many letters of support as you like from:

  • Australian citizens;

  • Australian organisations; and 

  • internationally recognised individuals or organisations in your area of expertise. 


Processing Times

After submitting an EOI, it can take anywhere from a few days to a few months to receive an UIN. Please note that the GTIP is experiencing extensive delays in assessing EOI requests and some eligible candidates are likely to wait up to eight months to receive an outcome. 

After receiving a UIN, you can proceed to lodge a DTV application. Once you have submitted the DTV application, processing times are between one to two months. This is an extremely fast turnaround for applicants to achieve Australian permanent residency. 

GTV applications require robust well presented submissions

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