Australian Global Talent Visa

Australian Global Talent Visa
Australian Global Talent Visa

The Australian Global Talent Visa Program, known as the Australian Global Talent Independent Program (GTI), is a streamlined permanent visa pathway for highly talented and skilled professionals to work and live permanently in Australia.

The Australian government officially launched the Global Talent Independent Program (GTI) on 4 November 2019. In 2019-2020, this Global Talent Independent Program (GTI) was awarded 5000 places. In 2020-2021, the Government has increased the places to 15,000 under the Australian Global Talent Visa Program.

The Australian Global Talent Visa is designed to attract highly talented professionals, with entrepreneurial innovative ideas and cutting-edge skills within specific target industry sectors, who can contribute to Australia’s economy.

Australian Global Talent Officers are usually located in different key locations including London, Shanghai, Singapore, and Washington DC. They promote the Australian Global Talent Visa program by engaging with prospective Australian Global Talent Visa applicants, business and industry.

Australian Global Talent Visa Eligibility

To be granted an Australian Global Talent Visa, an individual should be highly skilled in one of the 7 target sectors. They will also be able to attract a salary that meets the Fair work Australia high-income threshold. In 2020, the Fair work Australia high-income threshold is at $153,600.

Seven Target sectors for Australian Global Talent Visa

  1. AgTech
  2. Space and Advanced Manufacturing
  3. FinTech
  4. Energy and Mining Technology
  5. MedTech
  6. Cyber Security
  7. Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT

To apply for the Australian Global Talent Visa Program under the Distinguished Talent visa, individuals must:

  1. prove they are internationally recognised with evidence of outstanding achievements
  2. still be prominent in their field of expertise
  3. provide evidence that they would be an asset to Australia, in their area of expertise
  4. have no difficulty obtaining employment in Australia or becoming established in their field
  5. have a recognised organisation or individual in Australia nominate them as global talent, in the same field as the applicant and
  6. meet a high standard and show an exceptional track record of professional achievement. This may include senior roles, patents, professional awards and international publications and memberships.

Places are also available to master’s students and PhD students who can demonstrate their exceptional talent and internati​onal recognition across the seven target sectors.

High income threshold – Australian Global Talent Visa Program

Candidates should have the ability to attract a salary at or above the Fair Work high-income threshold of AUD153,600. This figure is adjusted annually on 1 July.

In assessing this, the current salary shown through payslips or a contract, or future job offers outlining remuneration, or recent PhD or master’s graduates in the target sectors will be considered.

How to apply​ for the Australian Global Talent Visa Program
Step 1. Expression of interest – Australian Global Talent Visa
  • Submit an expression of interest (EOI) using Global Talent contact form. The EOI can be submitted without contact from a Global Talent Officer.
  • If you meet the program parameters, you will receive a unique identifier.
  • The Department of Home Affairs will contact you if your EOI has been successful or unsuccessful.
Step 2: Secure a nominator for Australian Global Talent Visa
  • To apply for the Australian Global Talent Visa Program, you must be nominated by an eligible individual or organisation with a national reputation in your field.
  • The nominator will endorse your achievements and international ​standing. They are not required to provide you with employment in Australia.​​
  • The Nominator will be required to complete Form 1000 if you are invited to apply under the Australian Global Talent Visa Program.
  • You will not be required to provide a nominator at the EOI stage.
  • Australian Global Talent Officers cannot be your nominator. You cannot change your nominator once a Distinguished Talent visa application has been lodged.
Step 3: Apply for an Australian Global Talent Visa
  • Once you receive a unique identifier, lodge the visa application via ImmiAccount.
  • If you are in or outside Australia at the time of application, lodge a Subclass 858 Distinguished Talent visa.
  • Refer to the above Subclass 858 Distinguished Talent visa for information on health and character checks, including family members in the visa application.
  • You can add immediate family members to your application at any time before the Department of Home Affairs decides on your application. Family members who apply for the visa must meet our health and character requirements.

Cost for

  • Main applicant: A$ 4110
  • Dependent (over 18 years old): A$ 2055
  • Dependent (under 18 years old): A$ 1030
Travel Exemptions

Individuals granted a visa under the Australian Global Talent Program do not require a travel exemption. All travellers arriving in Australia must quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility, such as a hotel in their port of arrival. ​

Hong Kong passport holders

Following a recent announcement, visa applications by Hong Kong passport holders are being prioritised. Prospective applicants can contact the Global Talent Officer for Hong Kong​.

If you would like to consult regarding Distinguished Talent or Australian Global Talent visa eligibility contact our registered migration agent at Visa Help Australia.

Source: For the latest updates and further information on the Australian Global Talent visa, please always refer to the Department of Home Affairs website.