Global Talent Independent Program
December 04, 2020

Global Talent Independent Program: Are you eligible for Australia PR?

Australia’s 2020-21 Federal Budget announced that one of the visas that will get priority within the Skilled Stream is the Global Talent Visa. The government announced the formation of a new taskforce to attract exceptional talent, along with international businesses.

The vision of the government is that this will help to support economic recovery post-COVID and also boost local employment levels eventually.

In this blog, we will share useful information about the Global Talent Independent Program and even on how you can apply for it. The Global Talent Independent Program intends to draw the best, exceptional global professionals from seven growth sectors to Australia.

These Sectors are:

  • Space & Advanced Manufacturing
  • AgTech (Agriculture Technology)
  • Energy & Mining Technology
  • Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT
  • FinTech (Financial Technology)
  • MedTec (Medical Technology)
  • Cyber Security

The professionals who get a Visa under this category can take advantage of Australia’s business-friendly regulatory policies, more significant opportunities for innovation and a better lifestyle as well. There are 15,000 positions open under the GTI program in 2020-21.

Global Talent Independent Program: Are You Eligible?

Wondering if you fit the bill for applying for a Visa under the GTI program? Let’s look at all the requirements:

Talent Requirements:

To fulfil all the requirements, you must:

  • Be from one of the seven sectors mentioned above
  • Be internationally recognised and be able to demonstrate proof of exceptional achievements in your field of expertise
  • Be able to prove that you are currently an expert in your domain
  • Be to prove beyond doubt that you will be able to find suitable employment in Australia in your chosen field, and be an asset to Australia
  • Have as your Nominator a recognised Australian organisation or a recognised Australian (An Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident) individual with proven expertise in the same field.

Income/Qualifications Requirements:

You must meet either the income threshold or qualification criteria. To be eligible, you must either:

Have current employment/offer of employment with High-Income Threshold of $153,600 per annum.


Have finished an Honours/Master Degree (with 80% average or higher) or PhD (or if you are within six months of submitting the thesis) in the previous three years.

What are the Requirements for Nominators?

The nominator should be a recognised Australia organisation or a distinguished Australia citizen/Permanent Resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

Nominator should endorse you, the applicant, for achievements and international standing.

In short, the nominator will have to furnish Form 1000, along with proof to illustrate their national reputation in the same field as the applicant. To be sure, the nominator does not need to employ the applicant for them to migrate to Australia. Form 1000 does not bound the nominators under any obligations.

Related ReadA Guide to Australia Permanent Residency: What You Need to Know

How to Apply for a Visa Under the Global Talent Independent Program?

  • Step 1: Submit Expression of Interest:
    You need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the Department using the Global Talent contact form. The EOI may include a CV, cover letter, and necessary documents to prove eligibility.

  • Step 2: Apply for the Visa:
    After assessing your application, the Department of Home Affairs will email a unique identifier number to you. Using this identifier, you can apply for Subclass 858 Visa. You will need to adhere to the health and character requirements under Subclass 858.

What You can do with the Subclass 858 Visa?

If granted, the Subclass 858 Visa allows you to live and work in Australia permanently. You can work or study further. You will be able to enjoy the benefits of Australia’s public healthcare scheme and sponsor relatives to Australia. If you are eligible, you may also apply for citizenship in Australia.

Want to Apply? We can Help!

Under the current migration planning levels, the number of places under GTI has been trebled. So, if you are eligible, this is a great time to apply. Aussizz Group’s Australia Immigration Agents can help you through the process with written eligibility assessment, review of documents, preparing the support letter, submission of EOI, and preparing the complete application.

If you are interested, please feel free to get in touch with us now!

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