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Posted on November 23 2019

What is the Global Talent Independent program of Australia?

By  Editor
Updated May 10 2023

Aiming to bring the best talent from across the world, the Department of Home Affairs officially launched the Global Talent Independent program on November 4, 2019.

The Global Talent Independent program (GTI) provides a streamlined and prioritized pathway for highly skilled talented overseas-born individuals to work and live permanently in Australia.

GTI is specifically designed for attracting skilled migrants to the top future-focused fields to Australia. Under the new program, highly skilled migrants in certain selected industries will get a fast-tracked or expedited processing for their Australian permanent residency.

Applications submitted under the Graduate Talent Independent program will get the highest priority for processing.

Who all are eligible for Australia PR through GTI?

Those highly skilled and talented migrants are eligible that –

  • Earn above $149,000 per year in Australia
  • Are highly skilled in any one of the 7 key industry sectors

They will also be expected to meet the standard checks for security, character, and integrity.

What are the 7 key industries covered under GTI?

The key industry sectors are –

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

Up to 5,000 places will be available under the Global Talent Independent program in 2019/20.

How to apply for GTI?

GTI program can be accessed through a referral from either –

  • A Global Talent Officer
  • An individual or organization that has a national reputation in the same field as the candidate

Those highly skilled professionals that are referred to the Department of Home Affairs might be invited to apply for a Distinguished Talent visa, that is, either subclass 124 or subclass 858.

Both subclass 124 and 858 are permanent visas for people that have a globally recognized record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in an eligible field.

The only difference between the two is that while for subclass 124 the applicant must “be outside Australia when this visa is granted”; for subclass 858 the applicant must “be in Australia when you apply and when this visa is granted”.

Where have the Global Talent Officers been deployed?

Global Talent Officers from the Department have already been deployed in –

  • New Delhi
  • Dubai
  • Santiago
  • Berlin
  • Singapore
  • Shanghai
  • Washington DC

Each will be handling many countries in their region. The Global Talent Officers will also be attending expos and other key industry events for the promotion of the Global Talent Independent program.

As per David Coleman, the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, “With this program, we are targeting the world’s most highly skilled migrants”.

Further, David Coleman opined that “By enabling local businesses to access the world’s best talent, we will help to grow high growth industries in Australia.”

According to Karen Andrews, the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, “We can create high-paying local jobs by making Australia a global technology hub and the Global Talent program is a signal to tech companies that we’re open for business.”

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