Does your business require highly skilled individuals to foster innovation and lead cutting-edge projects? Or perhaps you are a skilled individual with niche or globally sought skills that would like to migrate to Australia? The Global Talent Program may appeal to highly skilled individuals and Australian businesses because it allows for fast-tracked visas with a streamlined path to Permanent Residence.
The program is designed to attract the best and brightest talent from around the world to boost Australia’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery.
If you head a high-value global business or are an exceptional leader in your field, you could possibly qualify for the Global Talent Visa and secure Permanent Residence for yourself and your immediate family members in Australia.
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The Global Talent Program is designed to stimulate innovation and growth in the Australian economy and provides highly skilled migrants access to Permanent Residence. The program was first piloted in 2018 to attract international talent for STEM startups and is now available to other future-focused technology sectors, such as Mining and Energy Technology and AgTech. The Global Talent program is split into two parts – the Global Talent Employer-Sponsored (GTES) Program and the Global Talent Independent (GTI) program.
Each part of the program has a specific salary, international recognition and skills requirements that must be met.
Employers can use the GTES program to sponsor overseas workers for highly-skilled niche positions that cannot be filled by Australian workers or other standard visa programs – for example, the Subclass 482 Visa (TSS).
Employers should consider:
Applicants must earn at or above the Fair Work High-Income threshold – currently AUD $153,600.
The GTES Program has two streams:
In both streams, applicants must be:
Standard visa requirements may be negotiated under an Agreement with the Commonwealth – Subclass 482 and Subclass 186 Visas are processed in the Agreement stream.
The Global Talent Independent (GTI) Program provides access to direct PR for highly skilled or talented individuals in industries of future growth.
Several industries that have been recognised by the Government as priority sectors can make use of the Global Talent Program. These priority sectors may change from time to time in response to Australia’s economic needs. The priority sector list currently includes:
According to the Government’s Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce, these priority sectors can be expanded to include the below business units as per our infographic.
Unlike standard employer-sponsored visa programs, individuals applying for the Global Talent Independent (GTI) Visa do not need to qualify under a specific occupation list. Rather, they may be eligible if they have distinguished skills in one of these industry sectors and meet the GTI criteria.
If you have exceptional skills in an eligible sector, you may be able to apply for the program based on your demonstrated ability to:
Students and graduates may also be able to apply for the Global Talent Independent program.
The visa process requires a very high standard of skills and talent. Applicants must:
A person can express their interest in the GTI Program and if invited, can apply through the Subclass 858 Distinguished Talent Visa.
Applicants can apply from within or outside Australia with a provision for a health waiver if required.
The Global Talent Visa may also be an option for Senior Executives looking to relocate or expand their business to Australia.
Your eligibility to relocate as a Senior Executive will depend on your ability to:
Businesses can fast-track the temporary deployment of critically skilled staff to Australia for up to 18 months to establish a ‘beach-head’ for business relocation.
This visa option may be available through the Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408), Australian Government Endorsed Events stream, and Post COVID-19 Economic Recovery event with up to 10 visas available to relocating businesses.
Once the visa is granted, it allows the visa holders to stay in Australia indefinitely as this is a permanent visa. Therefore, they can live, work and study in Australia, enrol in Australia’s public healthcare scheme, Medicare, sponsor eligible relatives to come to Australia, and apply for Australian citizenship if eligible. They can also travel to and from Australia as many times as they like for 5 years from the date the visa is granted and apply for a Resident Return Visa after 5 years if they want to travel after the initial 5-year travel provision (although international travel restrictions may apply due to the pandemic).
If you have any queries about your visa circumstances or options, we encourage you to get in touch with Interstaff’s Registered Migration Agents. We always keep ourselves informed about updates from the Department of Home Affairs so that we can provide accurate information to our clients.
Simply contact Interstaff on +61 8 9221 3388 or 1800 449 858 (Free Call Within Australia). You can also contact us online for more information.
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