As Australia tries to restart the economy post-pandemic, the Morrison government will reset the permanent migration cap in its October budget. Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge wants to use the newly launched Global Talent Independent program to attract 5,000 of the world’s most talented high-tech migrants each year, with fast-tracking to Australian permanent residency.
The Australian Government recently announced three new visas for innovation:
- Global Talent Independent (GTI)
- Global Talent Employer Sponsored (GTES)
- Supporting Innovation in South Australia (SISA)
Why the Global Talent Independent Visa?
Launched in November 2019, the Global Talent Independent program aims to attract highly-talented candidates who are at the top of their field in high growth industries. To entice these talented candidates, the Australian Government have designed the GTI program with the follow key features:
- Priority processing, with decisions being made from one week to two months.
- Permanent residency straight away
- No age limit
- Free to work for any employer
- No sponsorship requirements
- No SAF levy to be paid
- Access to Medicare and other government benefits
Global Talent Visa as a substitute for Employer-Sponsored Visa
The key areas of problems include:
- The Skilling Australia Fund (‘SAF’) levy has made it very expensive for employers to sponsor workers.
- The work experience requirements are very difficult for prospective migrants to meet. The current work experience requirements are:
Global Talent Independent Visa vs Regional Migration
Global Talent Independent Visa vs Trades and Agricultural Labourer Positions
The Global Talent program focuses on high-tech related and highly paid skills sets. This is a positive and there are definitely some shortages in relation to such highly skilled tech-related positions. However the most consistent areas of shortages are not in relation to high-tech positions, but are in trades and also agricultural labouring positions.
Trade Occupation Shortage
There have been consistent shortages in relation to trade occupations such as electricians and diesel mechanics. These shortages are reflected by the fact that these occupations I consistently on the medium-term (long-term) skill shortages lists for migration purposes. You will also find that many states do not add any extra conditions for sponsoring these occupations, whereas Degree level and often management focus positions often require many additional requirements to meet state sponsorship.
Agricultural Labour Shortage
The shortage of Australian agricultural labourer positions is well documented over many decades. This gap has been partially field by the Pacific Islander and also backpacker visas. However the need to address the low wages and seasonal nature of this work has never really been addressed by the Federal Government. As a result, there is a consistent and ongoing shortage in this area.
The shortage in this area is set to increase over the next couple of years, as the effects of the Coronavirus will stop the constant flow of backpackers that have been coming to Australia up until recently. The number of backpackers that are already in Australia will not be sufficient to complete all the work and their incentive to keep doing the job is decreasing over time. This is an article for another day, but there is an argument for the introduction of a government subsidised and regulated base level wage for agricultural labour during the Coronavirus times. Such a move would decrease the dependence on foreign labour which is currently almost impossible to access. It would also provide more stability for the sector and allow people to live in regional areas, bringing great economic benefit to these regional areas.
Global Talent Independent Visa in 2020-2021 – Opportunity for Permanent Residency
The Global Talent Independent Visa is the most successful of the three visas for innovation. The opportunity to attract global talent has been increased by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is due to the global increase in unemployment rates as a direct impact of the COVID-19. Prior to the global pandemic, these highly-skilled candidates might not have been looking to migrate to Australia. With the Coronavirus under control, Australia has become an even more attractive destination compared to other nations where COVID-19 has proliferated.
Minister Tudge hinted at the potential development of the GTI program as an integral part of the Australian migration program for the 2020-21 migration year, post-pandemic.
More Information on the Global Talent Programs
If you are interested in finding out more about visas under the the Global Talent program, read more here:
- 3 Visas for Innovation - Global Talent Visa Program: https://www.workvisalawyers.com.au/news/all/the-global-talent-visa-program.html
- Global Talent Independent: https://www.workvisalawyers.com.au/news/all/why-the-australian-global-talent-independent-visa-is-so-hot-right-now.html
- Global Talent Employer-Sponsored: https://www.workvisalawyers.com.au/news/all/new-global-talent-visa-as-part-of-tss-482-to-attract-entrepreneurs-to-australia.html
- Supporting Innovation in South Australia (SISA): https://www.workvisalawyers.com.au/news/all/new-south-australian-entrepreneur-visa-processing-times-requirements-checklist-supporting-innovation-in-south-australia-sisa-subclass-408-temporary-activity-visa.html
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