The government officially launched the Global Talent Visa-Independent Program (GTI) on 4 November 2019. The Hon David Coleman MP announced that the GTI program is designed to provide a streamlined and priority visa pathway for highly skilled and talented individuals to migrate to Australia permanently.  The government aims to attract talented individuals from across the world who are the top of their field of industries in so-called “target sectors”.

Global Talent Independent program

Places in the GTI program will be tripled to 15,000.

Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce

A new whole-of-government Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce will be established to attract international businesses and exceptional talent to Australia, to support the post- COVID recovery and boost local jobs.

This initiative builds on the existing Global Talent Initiative and Business Innovation and Investment Program and the new initiative announced by the Prime Minister on 9 July 2020 to attract export-orientated Hong Kong-based businesses to Australia.

What is the GTI (Global Talent visa) program?

The Department works with Australian universities, industry bodies, state, and territory government to attract highly skilled and talented individuals. There are Global Talent Officers in major cities such as London, Shanghai, Singapore, Berlin and Washington DC.  These officers work with key industries to invite individuals to apply for the GTI program.

The Department is looking for individuals who are skilled in one of the seven target sectors and are able to earn a salary that meets the fair work high-income threshold or be a high a performing recent PhD, Masters or Honours graduate.

Access to the program is via referral from either the Global Talent Officers or by a nominator.

Target sectors

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

Expected salary threshold

The high-income threshold is adjusted every financial year, and it is the amount set by Fair Work Australia. This year, the threshold is at $153,600.

The Department will assess the applicant’s ability to earn the threshold through:

  • The applicant’s current salary
  • Job offer outlining the salary
  • Recent PhD or Masters graduates in the target sectors.

For more information see  Fair Work High Income Threshold

Benefits of the GTI Program

The benefits of the GTI Program include:

  • Priority processing
  • Higher age limit to apply
  • No assessment
  • No points system
  • Real talent goes through

How to apply?

To apply you must:

  1. Apply to receive a unique identifier issued by the Global Talent Officers; and
  2. Secure a nominator; and
  3. If successful with these two steps, apply for the visa.

Highly skilled professionals referred to the Department may be invited to apply for a Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 124 or subclass 858).

Use our Global Talent assessment form:

  • to refer a highly skilled individual at the top of their field to the Global Talent Independent program (to receive a global talent unique identifier), or
  • to lodge a Distinguished Talent visa application through the Global Talent Independent program (you will need a global talent unique identifier)

Unique identifier

A unique identifier will be provided to individuals who meet the program requirements. You will have to submit an expression of interest (EOI) on the Global Talent Contact form. Once submitted, you will receive an acknowledgment that your EOI has been submitted. There is no standard processing time for the EOI. However, it is understood that due to COVID-19, these are currently taking longer than usual.


The applicant will need to have a nominator to nominate them for the program. The nominator must have a national reputation in the same field as the applicant and is either:

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

Depending on the industry you are in, your nominator could be your university, your employer, your industry body, or your industry peers.

A number of factors may be assessed to determine the nominator’s national reputation. For example, the Department may look at the nominator’s:

  • record of achievements
  • leadership in the industry
  • professional associations with leading organisations and industry bodies
  • employment history
  • contribution to international journals
  • participation in local and international conferences

Visa application

Once you have received the unique identifier, you will be able to lodge your application under the Distinguish Talent Visa. Depending on whether you are located in or outside of Australia, you will have to apply for a different subclass. If you are in Australia, it will be an subclass 858 Distinguished Talent Visa (subject to being onshore with an appropriate visa,

What is the Distinguished Talent Visa?

The Distinguished Talent Visa is for individuals who are globally recognised for their exceptional achievement in a profession, sport, arts or academia and research. It is a visa that will allow you and your family to live in Australia permanently.

When applying for the visa, the Department will consider:

  • Your contribution – it must be of benefit to the Australian community, the Australian economy, the social, cultural standing of Australia or raise Australia’s standing in academia, the arts or sport.
  • You must be internationally recognised, and you must be prominent in your field for the past two years.
  • You must able be able to show that you can find work in your area of expertise in Australia.
  • You must have a nominator. The nominator must have a national reputation in the same field as you.

How much does it cost?

Main applicant – $4,110

Dependent (under 18 years old) – $1,030

Dependent (over 18 years old) – $2,055

2020/21 Financial year

15000 spots were allocated for the 2019/20 financial year. Currently, there are no updates as to whether the government will be continuing the program. However, expression of interest can still be submitted.


Due to the COVID-19, the processing time for most visas and EOI have been delayed. Global Talent Officers posted overseas are now working in Australia.

Contact Ms Ayshmin for more details

Registered Migration Consultant in Australia MARN (0955824)

+61-402-671354 MS.Ayshmin

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