Would I Qualify For The Global Talent Visa
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Would I Qualify For The Global Talent Visa

The global talent visa is often considered the fastest way to get Australia PR but would you qualify for the global talent visa? In this article we’ll cover some of the key criteria you’ll need to meet if you are going to be in for a chance to qualify for the Australian global talent visa.

What Is The Global Talent Visa?

The global talent visa attracts highly qualified, experienced and exceptionally talented individuals to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident. In particular, those who can demonstrate the relevant skills in a number of targeted health, technology, scientific and financial sectors.

The Global Talent Visa Program, also known as the Global Talent Independent Program, is a streamlined visa pathway making it a popular option for candidates. It is a key part of an Australian government initiative to help support the 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.

Would I Qualify For The Global Talent Visa?

If you are a highly-skilled candidate with a relevant Masters or PhD, the Global Talent Visa is an attractive option for you. Your eligibility for this visa is determined based on the following criteria.

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You have a background in one of the following related sectors:

    • AgTech
    • FinTech
    • MedTech
    • Cyber Security
    • Space and Advanced Manufacturing
    • Energy and Mining Technology
    • Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT.
  • You have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievements;
  • You are prominent in your field of expertise;
  • You would be an asset to the Australian community;
  • You would have no difficulty in obtaining employment, or becoming established independently, in Australia in your area of talent;
  • You have an organisation or individual in Australia with a national reputation in the same field, who can attest to your record of achievement;
  • You have a current or potential income of AUD $153,600;
  • You meet onshore qualifying visa requirements including Schedule 3 (if applicable); and

What Occupations Qualify For The Global Talent Visa?

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.

How To Apply For A Global Talent Visa?

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

  1. submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) using the form here to the GTIP and wait to receive a unique identifier number (UIN);
  2. secure a nominator and complete Form 1000; and
  3. submit a visa application for a subclass 858distinguished talent visa (DTV).

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; or
  • an Australian permanent resident; or
  • an eligible New Zealand citizen; or
  • an Australian organisation.
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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 from:

  • Australian citizens;
  • Australian organisations; and
  • internationally recognised individuals or organisations in your area of expertise to support your application.

When submitting your EOI to the GTIP, it is not a requirement for you to have a nominator but it does strengthen your EOI to include a completed Form 1000 identifying an appropriate nominator.

You can also change your nominator between the time of submitting an EOI and lodging the DTV application. However, once you submit your DTV application with a completed Form 1000 (identifying your nominator), you will not be able to change nominators.

Australia Global Talent Visa Processing Times

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

After receiving a UIN, you can proceed to lodge a DTV application. The DTV application processing time is between one and two months from the time of submission. This is an incredibly fast turnaround for applicants to achieve Australian permanent residency.

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If you are onshore, you can now apply for the DTV if you hold a substantive visa, a bridging visa A, B or C (a substantive visa is any visa that is not a bridging visa). Historically, onshore applicants who held a visitor visa or bridging visa were not permitted to apply for the DTV. However, new regulations introduced from 14 November 2020 have removed these barriers and allow more eligible applicants to apply.

Australia Global Talent Visa Application Costs

Typically, an applicants employer will cover the cost of an Australian Global Talen Visa. As of December 2020, the following DTV application fees apply:

Primary Applicant $4,110
Applicant over 18 $2,055
Applicant under 18 $1,030

Additional costs may include health examinations, police checks, translations of documents, and so forth.

Summary

As an exceptional candidate with expertise in one of the target sectors, you may be eligible to apply for the Global Talent Visa. The global talent visa offers a priority processed and streamlined pathway to Australian permanent residency. The Australian Government is highly invested in the Global Talent Program as part of its initiatives to assist in Australia’s economic recovery post-COVID-19.

Do You Qualify? Are you interested? 

After reading the above, would you qualify for the Global Talent Visa and is this a path you would consider?

Let us know in our comments below.

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Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts! 

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