Global Talent Independent (GTI) Visa: A Helpful Step-By-Step Guide

Introduction

The future of Australia will be defined by its ability to attract the best and the brightest minds in the world to move to Australia and create innovative jobs here. To fulfil this vision Australia has announced a special class of permanent visas called the Global Talent Visas for highly skilled professionals in seven target sectors namely:

  • AgTech
  • Space and Advanced Manufacturing
  • FinTech
  • Energy and Mining Technology
  • MedTech
  • Cyber Security
  • Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT

The GTI visa is unique from all other skilled work visas as it is not points tested. There are no English language requirements or skills assessment requirements. Moreover, the Global Talent visas are being given priority over all other visas so their processing times are also quite short.

Applicants can apply under three streams:

  • Honours and Masters Stream
  • PhD Stream
  • Professionals Stream

15,000 Global Talent Visas have been earmarked for the financial year 2020-21 making them the most sought after Australian permanent visas this year. If you are interested in applying for a Global Talent Independent (GTI) visa, read this step-by-step guide or contact us for a FREE assessment.

Global Talent Independent (GTI) Visa

Thinking of applying for a GTI Visa? This step-by-step guide is for you.

GTI Visa At a Glance

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Visa Application Fees (AUD)

From AUD 4,110.

If you are over 18 years old and are assessed as not having functional English then you need to pay a 2nd instalment of $4,890, otherwise the 2nd instalment is NIL.

There is also a fee for each family member who applies for the visa with you.

You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

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Age Limit (years)

To apply for this visa you must be between 18 and 55 years old.

If you are under 18 years old or you are aged 55 years or older when you apply, you must be of exceptional benefit to the Australian community.

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Avg. Processing Time (months)

Processing time for EOI Stage

  • 75% of applications: 4 months
  • 90% of applications: 5 months

Processing time for GTI Visa Stage

  • 75% of applications: 1 months
  • 90% of applications: 2 months

GTI Visa Streams

1

Honours or Masters

This stream is for Honours or Masters graduates who have completed their studies in the last 3 years, and have an overall grade-point average of 80 (or above) out of 100.

2

PhD

This stream is for PhD students who have completed their studies in the last 3 years, or are in their final 6 months of submitting their thesis.

3

Professionals

This stream is for highly skilled professionals in one of the seven target sectors who are able to command a salary that meets the high income threshold, which is currently AUD153,600.

How To Apply For GTI Visa?

Step 1. Submit an Expression of interest (EOI)
  • You must submit an expression of interest (EOI) using Global Talent contact form. You can either do it yourself or use a registered migration agent to help you.
  • There is no application fees for submitting an EOI.
  • The EOI is the most important step in the GTI visa application process, and unless you make a strong submission, you will not advance to the next stage.
  • The Immigration Department will assess your EOI submission to check if you meet the GTI program parameters. If you do then the Department will contact you or your registered migration agent and assign you a unique identifier for the next stage.
Step 2. Apply for a Distinguished Talent visa
  • The next step after you recieve a unique identifier is to lodge the application for a Distinguished Talent visa.
  • Some applicants get confused at this stage as they do not know which visa subclass they should apply for. The simple rule is:
    • If you are outside Australia at the time of application, lodge a Subclass 124 Distinguished Talent visa.
    • If you are in Australia at the time of application, lodge a Subclass 858 Distinguished Talent visa.

Checklist

Apply From

  • You can be inside or outside Australia to submit an EOI or lodge a valid application for this visa.

Age

  • You must be under 18 and 55 years of age.
  • If you are under 18 years old or you are aged 55 years or older when you apply, you must be of exceptional benefit to the Australian community.

English Proficiency

  • Unless you have a passport from the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada or New Zealand, you must provide evidence of functional English.
  • There are many ways to demonstrate functional English such as sitting an English exam: IELTS (overall Band 4.5 or more) or PTE (score of 30 or more).
  • Alternatively, if you elect to pay additional Visa Application Charges of $4890 then English language requirements do not apply to you.
  • Similarly, no English language requirements apply for any primary applicant who is under 18 at the time of application.

Target sectors

  • You must be a highly skilled worker in one of the seven target sectors for this visa, namely:
    • AgTech
    • Space and Advanced Manufacturing
    • FinTech
    • Energy and Mining Technology
    • MedTech
    • Cyber Security
    • Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT

Talent

At the EOI stage, the Department will assess your talent based on the documents you have submitted for the EOI. To be invited to apply for the Distinguished Talent visa, you must:

  • prove you are internationally recognised with evidence of outstanding achievements
  • still be prominent in your field of expertise
  • provide evidence that you would be an asset to Australia, in your area of expertise
  • have no difficulty obtaining employment in Australia or becoming established in your field
  • have a recognised Australian organisation or individual in the same field endorse you as global talent

You are expected to meet a high standard and show an exceptional track record of professional achievement. Some examples of this include senior roles, patents, professional awards and international publications and memberships.

High income threshold

You should have the ability to attract a salary at or above the Fair Work high income threshold of AUD153,600.

The Department will assess this by considering:

  • your current salary shown through payslips or a contract, or
  • future job offers outlining remuneration or
  • exceptional academic qualifications for Masters and PhD graduates in target sectors

Educational Qualification Requirements

  • There are no minimum educational qualification requirements for this visa if you meet the high income threshold.
  • Places are also available to recent Honours, Masters or PhD graduates who have completed their studies in the last 3 years who can demonstrate their exceptional talent and international recognition.
  • PhD students in their final 6 months of submitting their thesis are also eligible.
  • Honours and Masters graduates must have an overall GPA of 80 or more out of 100

Nominator

  • You must be nominated by an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, an eligible New Zealand citizen, or an Australian organisation with a national reputation in your field.
  • Your nominator will endorse your achievements and international standing. They are not required to provide you with employment in Australia.
  • You can approach peak bodies in your field of expertise to nominate you. For example, Australian Computer Society (ACS) can nominate you for GTI visa under a number of target sectors.
  • You can change your nominators after teh EOI stage, however this is not possible once you have lodged your visa application.
  • If you are unsure of how to find a nominator, we can help you. Fill out the contact us form below and we'll get in touch with you within 24 hours.

Skills Assessment

  • You do not need a positive skills assessment to be eligible for this visa.

Dependents

  • You can add family members including your spouse and any dependent children.
  • If you are under 18, you can also include a parent or that parent's dependents.

Health Exams

  • You will be notified to undertake the health examinations after lodging your Distinguished Talent visa application successfully. When you are requested to undergo medicals, you will be provided with a HAP ID and a list of where the appointment can be undertaken.
  • You must pass health exams for the Distinguished Talent visa to be granted.
  • There is no option to waive health for the main applicant and dependants.

Police Clearance

  • You will be notified to provide police clearances from all the countries/regions where you have been residing for over 12 months (included) cumulatively in the past 10 years.
  • Since the processing time for obtaining police clearances in some countries/regions can be very long, it is best to apply for these as soon as you lodge your visa application.
  • You must not have a substantial criminal record.

Frequently Asked Questions About GTI Visa

I am a Hong Kong passport holders. Do I get priority for GTI Visa?

Visa applications for Hong Kong passport holders are being prioritised at the moment​. If you are from Hong Kong, contact us to find out more about priority processing of your application.

Can I work on a GTI visa?

Yes, GTI visa comes with full work rights which allow you to work, study and live in Australia permanently.

Do I have to provide a skills assessment for GTI visa?

No. You do not need to provide a positive skills assessment if you are applying for the GTI visa.

Which visa subclass should I choose to apply for GTI visa?

If you are successful at the EOI stage, you will be invited to apply for the distinguished talent visa. You will need to choose the correct subclass of the Distinguished Talent Visa:

  • If you are outside Australia at the time of application, lodge a Subclass 124 Distinguished Talent visa.
  • If you are in Australia at the time of application, lodge a Subclass 858 Distinguished Talent visa.

Can you change the nominator after you have already applied for the GTI visa?

You can change the nominator after the EOI stage. However, as the nomination is a time of application criteria for the Distinguished Talent Visa, you cannot change to a new nominator once a visa application has been lodged. So make sure that you pick your nominator carefully. 

Can I work while waiting for my GTI visa?

Whether you can work while waiting for the GTI visa depends on which stage your application is in. For instance:

  • If you are at the EOI stage, then you can work only if you hold another substantive visa with work rights. EOI does not come with an associated bridging visa so if your current visa expires, you will become unlawful.
  • If your EOI is successful then:
    • If you have applied for distinguished talent visa while your current substantive visa is still in effect then you are granted a Bridging Visa A (BVA) in association with your distinguished talent visa. This BVA comes into effect when your current substantive visa expires and has full work and study rights. Until you are on your current substantive visa you will have to comply with the work conditions on your current visa.
    • If have applied for distinguished talent visa after your current substantive visa expired then you are granted a Bridging Visa C (BVC). This BVC comes into effect on grant and has a “No work" condition (8101) imposed on it. If your BVC has condition 8101 imposed on it, you will not be able to work. In order to work, you may be able to apply for another BVC without the condition, on ‘compelling need to work’ grounds. Book a free consultation if you need any help with applying for BVC with full work rights.

Can I apply for the GTI visa program from offshore?

Yes. You can apply for both stages of the GTI visa from offshore. If you are invited to apply for the visa, you will need to choose the correct subclass of the Distinguished Talent Visa:

  • If you are outside Australia at the time of application, lodge a Subclass 124 Distinguished Talent visa.
  • If you are in Australia at the time of application, lodge a Subclass 858 Distinguished Talent visa.

Is GTI visa a Permanent Visa?

Yes, GTI visa is a permanent residency visa.

Once granted, you will be able to:

  • work and live in Australia permanently
  • get access to medicare
  • travel in and out of Australia
  • sponsor your parents
  • apply for Australian citizenship

How long will a global talent unique identifier and invitation be valid?

Currently, the invitation sent by the Department after a successful EOI has no expiry. However, you should proceed with lodging an application, as soon as possible as the total number of visas under this program are limited.

How many GTI visas are planned for this year?

15,000 Global Talent Independent (GTI) visas are planned for 2020-2021 financial year.

Which target sectors qualify for GTI visa?

To be granted a visa under the Global Talent Visa Program, a candidate will be highly skilled in one of the 7 target sectors. They will also be able to attract a salary that meets the high income threshold.

Target sectors

  • AgTech
  • Space and Advanced Manufacturing
  • FinTech
  • Energy and Mining Technology
  • MedTech
  • Cyber Security
  • Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT

What documents are needed for secondary applicant of GTI visa?

To apply as a secondary applicant, you must submit the following documents:

  • AFP Police clearance
  • Evidence of ongoing relationship such as marriage certificate and any other documents which have the names of both the applicants such as lease agreements, bank account statements, utility bills etc.
  • Health exam results

Can I move to any state or regional area after receiving my GTI visa?

Yes, the Distinguished talent visa issued under the GTI visa program does not restrict you in terms of where to stay. You can live, work and study in any part of Australia.

Do I get a bridging visa after applying for EOI for Global Talent Independent (GTI) Visa?

No, there is no bridging visa associated with the EOI stage of GTI visa.

The processing times for EOI can take several months so if your current visa is expiring soon, you must find other ways to stay lawful in Australia.

Contact us if you would like to explore other visa options while waiting for your EOI outcome.

Need help with your GTI visa application?

Enter your details to book a free consultation with one of our experienced Registered Migration Agents. We can customise our plans as per your circumstances.

Both, do-it-yourself (DIY) as well as full service options are available. Book now!

DIY

We understand that some applicants prefer the DIY option. We can review your application and highlight any risks to minimise the chances of refusal. Enter your details and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

Full Service

The full service option is best for applicants who want peace of mind knowing that a professional is taking care of the entire migration process. Enter your details and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

Methodology

How it works

Here’s how we'll work with you:

1

Initial consultation & documents review

We ask you to send us some background information. An experienced consultant is assigned to your case who sets up an initial online call to go over your specific migration goals and challenges.

2

In depth research & Advice

Your personal consultant then researches all possible options for you and prepares a detailed plan of action and milestones for your successful migration.

3

Application prep & submission

Once you approve the plan, your personal consultant takes over. Your application is prepared, all relevant documents are compiled and lodged focusing on timely and error free submissions.

4

Ongoing updates & communication

Our team continually monitors the progress of your application every step of the process. Any updates are promptly communicated to you to ensure that nothing slips through the cracks.

Accreditations & Memberships

Conclusion

If you belong to one of the seven innovative technology sectors, the GTI visa is the best option for you to obtain an Australian PR. The processing times for this visa are short and there are no English language or skills assessment requirements.

Obviously, this visa is highly competitive and the quality of applicants has been on the rise. These days you need to make a compelling EOI submission to get an invite from the Department. Too often, applicants who lodge their own EOI for GTI visa underplay their achievements or miss attaching critical evidence to substantiate their claims and get refused at the EOI stage.

If you need any help preparing a submission for EOI for Global Talent Independent (GTI) visa, contact our GTI Visa Specialists who will guide you step by step in preparing and lodging your visa application.

Good luck to you with your journey to becoming an Australian Permanent Resident and Citizen.

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