Australia’s ability to bring the best minds from around the world to work in the land will determine its future. The nation knows this very well and has already taken a step forward to achieve this vision.
It announced a particular category of permanent visas, known as the Global Talent Visas, for skilled individuals. The different target sectors for the GTI program include:
- Agri-food and AgTech
- Health Industries
The GTI visa is different from the other skilled work visa. That’s because it’s not tested with points. There’s no need for a skills assessment either. The Global Talent visas are given the topmost priority over any other visas, resulting in short processing times.
Applicants can pick and apply on either of these streams:
- Professionals Stream
- PhD Stream
In the financial year 2021-22, the Australian government set aside 15,000 Global Talent visas. It shows that it’s the most desirable and in-demand Australian permanent visa this year. Follow these steps if you want to apply for a GTI (Global Talent Independent) visa.
All The Streams
1. PhD Stream
This stream is ideal for those PhD students who:
- are in their last six months of thesis submission;
- completed their studies in the past three years
2. Professional Stream
This stream is ideal for highly skilled professionals who can earn a salary that meets the high-income threshold (currently AU$158,500). Previously, bachelor’s and master’s degree students with high GPAs (above 80%) didn’t have to meet the high threshold requirement.
There’s no such option now. All master’s and bachelor’s students are currently assessed under the professional stream, no matter their GPA.
How To Apply
Step 1: Submit EOI
- Use the Global Talent contact form to submit the EOI or Expression of Interest. You can either hire and seek help from a registered migration agent or do it yourself.
- There are no application fees for EOI submission.
- As EOI is considered the most crucial stage in the visa application procedure, it becomes necessary to make a strong submission to advance to the next stage.
- The Immigration Department will evaluate your EOI submission to determine whether you meet the GTI program standards or not.
- If you do, the registered migration agent or the Department will contact you and assign a unique identifier for the upcoming stage.
Step 2: Submit Application For a Distinguished Talent Visa
After receiving the unique identifier, make sure you apply for the Distinguished Talent Subclass Visa 858.
Since 14th November 2020, anyone from within or outside Australia can apply for this subclass 858 visa.
To be eligible for a GTI visa, you must be between 18 and 55 years of age. If you’re above 55 or under 18 while applying for this visa, you’ll be considered a unique benefit to the Australian community.
Note: If you don’t have a passport from New Zealand, Canada, the USA, Ireland, or the UK, you’ll have to submit evidence of your English proficiency. You can do so by taking PTE or IELTS. However, paying additional charges of $4890 waives this English language requirement.
Get the most out of this guide and enjoy a seamless application process while applying for this GTI visa. You must go through all the paperwork carefully beforehand and ensure that you’re transparent about all the terms and conditions. All the best!