Global Talent Independent Visas
The Global Talent Visas or GTI Visas are becoming a more and more important part of Australia’s migration program. Australia is keen to attract more high calibre applicants to the Global Talent program and the interest from applicants is constantly increasing. It’s easy to understand why too.
- Successful candidates are granted permanent residence within a few weeks; &
- Successful candidates get travel exemptions and can come to Australia even with border closures
In the coming Migration Program year for 2021 – 2022, 15,000 places have been allocated to Global Talent Visas. This is an increase and something we are keen to see continue to grow.
Australia has stated that they are looking to attract candidates in the following target areas:
- Agri-food and AgTech
- Health Industries
- Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space
- Circular Economy
- Infrastructure and Tourism
- Financial Services and FinTech
To be eligible to apply for the Global Talent Visa Program under the Global Talent visa, individuals must:
- prove they are internationally recognised with evidence of outstanding achievements
- still be prominent in their field of expertise
- provide evidence that they would be an asset to Australia, in their area of expertise
- have no difficulty obtaining employment in Australia or becoming established in their field
- have a recognised organisation or individual in Australia nominate them as global talent, in the same field as the applicant
Candidates must 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.
You don’t have to be a household name to qualify for a Global Talent Visa but you do need to be recognised in your field and highly qualified. The real over arching point of this visa is to create a benefit to Australia. So your mindset needs to be “how can I demonstrate that I will be a benefit to Australia?”. When applying, is not a time to be shy. You need to clearly lay out all your achievements.
We have recently helped clients obtain a Global Talent Visa in varying areas from Energy, Infrastructure, FinTech, Cyber Security & Education.
One of the key parts of a Global Talent Visa application is that you have to be nominated by an Australian individual or organisation. What does “have to be nominated” mean? Your nominator does NOT have to sponsor you or offer you a job. They are NOT responsible for you when you arrive in Australia. What they do have to do is vouch for you. They must confirm who they are and why they are qualified to nominate you. This means they need to be in your field and be suitably qualified. They need to support your application and confirm how and why you will be a benefit to Australia. There is a small section of an official form they must complete as well.
For some overseas applicants finding a nominator will be one of the hardest parts of an application. If you do not have a nominator, no matter how qualified you are, you cannot apply for the Global Talent Visa.
The application process is a two step one where an Expression of Interest is submitted and then if successful you will be invited to apply for the Global Talent Visa. You need to apply for the Global Talent Visa and then very quickly your permanent residence should be granted.
This is a really exciting opportunity for the right candidates. There is a lot of interest in this visa at the moment. If you would like to discuss the Global Talent Visa generally or look at your situation specifically please get in touch with us.