This article is updated regularly. Last updated: October 27, 2021

In this article

  1. What is the Global Talent Visa?
  2. Background
  3. Target sectors for Global Talent Visa
  4. Requirements of the Global Talent Visa
  5. Application process for Global Talent Visa
  6. Frequently Asked Questions about the GTV
  7. Common Mistakes
  8. Fees for a Global Talent Visa
  9. Processing Times
  10. Further Information
  11. How we can help
  12. Comments and Questions

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What is the Global Talent Visa?

The Global Talent Visa (Subclass 858) is a streamlined visa program for highly skilled professionals to move to Australia. The Global Talent visa application process is simpler, faster and more affordable than many other Australian visas, so naturally this makes it very popular. There is no age limit or points testing and it grants immediate Permanent Residency. If you meet the criteria for this visa, please make an appointment to speak with us today - we would love to help you on your visa journey.

There are 2 pathways under the Global Talent visa:

  1. the Global Talent visa pathway - an opportunity for highly skilled people in the target sectors; and
  2. the Distinguished Talent pathway - a pathway for exceptional and outstanding individuals who do not fit into any Global Talent sector. Some examples are as Olympic athletes and famous musicians.

Generally speaking, the Global Talent pathway is easier to attain than the Distinguished Talent. At Work Visa Lawyers we will explore all angles of your personal situation and advise which visa and which pathway is right for you.

Background

In 2019 the Australian Government introducted the Global Talent Visa program. The visa initialy had several streams including the "Global Talent Independent visa" and the "Global Talent Employer Sponsored visa". These streams no longer exist but you may see people still using the term "Global Talent Independent" or "GTI", as the modern version is essentially the same as the GTI visa. 

The Distinguished Talent visa was originally a separate visa, Subclass 124. It is now part of the new Global Talent visa scheme, Subclass 858.

Target sectors for Global Talent Visa

To be eligible for the Global Talent visa, you must be talented in one of the target sectors. The Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs has identified 10 target sectors for the Global Talent visa program:

Resources

  • Advanced visualisation technologies, e.g. sensors;
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies;
  • Beneficiation technologies (improving the economic value of a resource such as ore.);
  • Expertise in energy saving technologies for extracting and processing ores, such as ore body mapping, geophysical tools and drilling, mineral refinement, automated trucks and robotic equipment or grinding and processing technologies; and
  • Resource waste management.

Agri-food & AgTech

  • Agricultural big data analytics;
  • Commercialisation experience within the industry;
  • Future proteins for human and animal consumption;
  • Food and beverage technology;
  • Individual technologies or a combination of technologies related to farm equipment, weather, seed optimisation, fertiliser and crop inputs, and irrigation;
  • Precision measurement and/or application of farm inputs such as nitrogen and pesticides, gene editing, nanomaterials and synthetic biology;
  • Predictive technologies around planting times, climatic forecasting and crop cycles; and
  • Wearable technology, including ear-tag trackers for animal management.

Energy

  • Advanced visualisation technology (e.g. sensors);
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies;
  • Automation and robotics (e.g. smart sorting technologies for recycling);
  • Beneficiation technologies (i.e. improving the economic value of ore);
  • Recycling technology (e.g. feedstock recycling or E-waste processing);
  • Traceability technologies, e.g. experience with sophisticated material trading systems that make material sources more transparent to consumers; and
  • Expertise with the following fields in the sector:
    • Hydrogen technology;
    • Clean technologies, renewables and hybrids (including solar and wind power);
    • Battery/energy storage design (specialised, grid-scale and precursors for batteries);
    • Bioenergy and biofuels;
    • Micro-grid design; and
    • Supporting the transition to net zero carbon emissions.

Health Industries

  • Antimicrobial resistance;
  • Biochemistry and cell biology;
  • Biostatistician;
  • Biotechnology;
  • Biomedicine and Bioengineering;
  • Cell and gene therapies – genomics;
  • Clinical trials;
  • Digital health;
  • Health economists;
  • Implantable and wearable devices (e.g. 3D printed custom devices, bionics and prosthetics);
  • Infectious disease;
  • Medical devices;
  • Medical physicist;
  • Microbiology and immunology;
  • Nanotechnology and genomics;
  • Neuroscience and neurology;
  • Pharmaceuticals;
  • Precision medicine;
  • Point of care diagnostics; and
  • Regenerative medicine.

Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space

Defence

  • Augmented and virtual reality;
  • Cyber Security;
  • Expertise in military equipment acquisition, sustainment and evaluation;
  • Robotics and automation; and
  • Sensors and analytics.

Advanced manufacturing

  • Advanced materials;
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing), materials resilience and repair;
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning;
  • Automation & Robotics;
  • Bio-manufacturing and biological integration;
  • Biotechnologies;
  • Digital design and rapid prototyping;
  • Digitisation and automation;
  • Nano-manufacturing and micro-manufacturing;
  • Precision manufacturing; and
  • Sustainable manufacturing and life cycle engineering.

Space

  • Aviation in space
  • Experience that would be of benefit to the National Civil Space Priority Areas:
    • Position, navigation and timing (PNT) infrastructure (global navigation satellite systems);
    • Earth observation technology and services;
    • Communications technologies and services (lasers for data communication, quantum technologies for secure communication, and hybrid radio and optical communications);
    • Space situational awareness and debris monitoring (including space traffic management);
    • Leapfrog R&D, which includes new rocket technology, high-tech materials, space medicine, synthetic biology, quantum communications, in-orbit servicing and optical wireless communication technologies;
    • Robotics and automation on Earth and in space;
    • Access to space, which includes international space missions and launch activity;
  • Engagement with international space and astronomy regulatory bodies.

Circular Economy

  • Artificial Intelligence and digital technologies;
  • Bioenergy generation;
  • Bio-methane production;
  • Commercialisation experience within the industry;
  • Development of sustainable production and supply chain practices that reduce atmospheric land and marine pollution;
  • Energy infrastructure;
  • Recycling and responsible manufacturing to support industries (plastics, paper, glass, tyre components, e-waste and lithium batteries);
  • Reducing emissions and increasing efficient use of natural resources (including energy, water and materials);
  • Waste treatment (management and reuse) and emissions technology; and
  • Waste to Energy (WtE) technology (the ability to generate reliable baseload electricity that is also capable of diverting waste away from landfill and reducing carbon emissions).

DigiTech

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning;
  • Automation;
  • Big data;
  • Blockchain technology;
  • Cloud computing;
  • Cyber security detection, prevention and response services;
  • Data and eResearch infrastructure;
  • Data management and analysis;
  • Data science;
  • Disruptive technologies;
  • Front-end development;
  • Internet of Things;
  • IT integrated with control systems for plant and machinery;
  • Machine learning engineering;
  • Network engineer/architect;
  • Quantum information and computing;
  • Robotics;
  • Senior experience in developing and producing digital games and immersive technology;
  • Smart cities;
  • Smart tech;
  • Software and product management/development;
  • Start-ups and Entrepreneurs in the industry;
  • Systems integration; and
  • 3D printing.

Infrastructure and Tourism

Infrastructure

Potential or ability to:

  • drive economic development in regional communities;
  • develop gateways to support Australia’s international competitiveness;
  • improve and expand Australia’s energy infrastructure; and
  • improve water security across Australia.

Tourism

Potential or ability to:

  • increase the economic benefits to Australia from tourism;
  • target high value travellers in the markets and tourism segments that deliver the greatest returns; and
  • foster a sustainable and innovative tourism industry.

Financial Services and FinTech

  • Automated and predictive financial advice;
  • Blockchain technology;
  • Commercialisation experience within the industry;
  • Digital wallets;
  • Financial advice (e.g. automated and digital);
  • Financial data analytics, compliance and ‘RegTech’;
  • Micro-savings;
  • Next generation lending, investment and wealth management;
  • Online banking; and
  • Platform banking and payments (e.g. contactless).

Education

  • Cutting edge innovation within the Education sector
  • Research and education infrastructure planning;
  • Characterisation (Technologies in advanced microscopy and microanalysis that underpin modern science, medicine, engineering and industrial innovation);
  • Digital Data and eResearch Platforms; and
  • Platforms for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

 

If you are highly skilled in one of these areas, or you work in a senior role for a company that provides services in one of these sectors, you may be eligible for the Global Talent visa under the Global Talent pathway.

If you do not work in one of these sectors but you are a highly talented person, you may be eligible under the Distinguished Talent pathway, but the standard you must meet is significantly higher. Please make an appointment to talk to Work Visa Lawyers if you need help understanding which pathway suits you best.

What are the requirements of the Global Talent Visa?

In addition to being highly skilled or talented in a target sector, you must meet the following requirements:

1. Age requirement for Global Talent visa

There is no age requirement for the Global Talent visa program. However, if you are under 18 or over 55 years of age, you must show that you would provide an exceptional economic benefit to Australia.

2. English requirement for Global Talent Visa

Applicants over 18 years old must show that they have at least functional English.

Each applicant who cannot show this will be required to pay a secondary visa application charge. This charge is currently around AUD $4,890 per applicant.

3. Salary requirement for the Global Talent Visa

Applicants must show that they are likely to earn or have the "ability to attract" at least AUD $158,500 per year in Australia (updated July every year). This can be demonstrated by an existing job or job offer, or advertisements for jobs in Australia in which the applicant has a high chance of succeeding.

Recent PhD graduates may be considered as meeting the salary requirements based on their earning potential, rather than current earnings.

We may be able to help you demonstrate this requirement.

4. Australian nominator requirement for the Global Talent Visa

Applicants must have an Australian person or organisation who will nominate them for the program. The nominator must have a national reputation in the same field as the applicant and attest to the applicant's skills.

Application process for Global Talent Visa

To apply under the Global Talent program, applicants must go through two stages:

  1. Expression of Interest
  2. Visa application

An expression of interest must be submitted online via the Department of Home Affairs website.

If you are successful with this first stage, you will be provided with a unique Global Talent identifier and invited to submit a visa application.

Once this happens, you can then proceed to lodge your visa application. The Department of Home Affairs has recently set the Immi Account system up so that these applications can now be lodged via your Immi Account if you have one.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Global Talent Visa

What is the Global Talent Visa?

The Global Talent Visa Program, or the Global Talent Independent Visa GTI), is a fast-tracked and streamlined permanent visa pathway designed to attract highly skilled and highly talented individuals to work and live in Australia.

What occupation should I have to be eligible for the GTI visa?

To be eligible for the Global Talent visa you should be highly skilled and working within any of the following target sectors:

  1. Resources
  2. Agri-food and AgTech
  3. Energy
  4. Health Industries
  5. Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space
  6. Circular Economy
  7. DigiTech
  8. Infrastructure and Tourism
  9. Financial Services and FinTech; and
  10. Education

How can I find a nominator?

You must have a nominator to receive an invitation for a Global Talent visa. Your nominator will need to attest to your prominence in your field and therefore, they need to work in the same field as you, and be senior to you (if possible). You will have more connections on your field of work that we do so we suggest reaching out to your colleagues, friends, university professors or previous employers. Read our “Dos & Don’ts” of finding a nominator if you need a little more guidance.

What are my nominator’s obligations?

Nominators are required to attest to the applicant’s national reputation, prominence and achievements.

They are not sponsoring the applicant and are not obligated to provide employment to the applicant.

Your nominator should attest:

  1. to your record of exceptional and outstanding achievement
  2. to your prominence in your area;
  3. that you would be an asset to the Australian community; and
  4. that you would have no difficulty in obtaining employment, or in becoming established independently, in Australia in your area.

They are also required to produce a completed approved Form 1000.

What if I cannot find an Australian nominator?

Having a nominator is a legislative requirement to be granted a GTI visa. If you do not have one, you will not meet the criteria and consequently will not be granted the GTI visa.

If you are an engineer and cannot find a suitable nominator, you can apply to Engineers Australia for a nomination. You can read more about this here.

If you are working within the following sectors: Cyber Security, Quantum Information/Advanced Digital/Data Science/ICT, FinTech, MedTech and AgTech, the Australian Computer Society (ACS) may be able to provide you with a nomination. You can go to the ACS website for the application process.

Will the Department of Home Affairs be contacting my nominator?

We have noticed that recently more and more nominators are being contacted by the Department of Home Affairs, usually during the visa application stage. This is so the Department can verify the identity of the nominator, to check if the nominator really knows the applicant, and to confirm that the nominator indeed signed the Form 1000.

The Department of Home Affairs may contact the nominator to ask how they know the visa applicant.

I have a Bachelors Degree, Honours Degree, or a Masters Degree. Am I eligible to apply for a GTI visa?

Yes, you may still be eligible but you can not purely rely on these degrees to get an invitation to apply for the GTI visa. You will need to show that, in addition to your degree, you:

  1. have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in one of the target sectors;
  2. are prominent in the area;
  3. would be an asset to the Australian community;
  4. would have no difficulty in obtaining employment, or in becoming established independently, in Australia; and
  5. have an Australian nominator (who can be an individual or an organisation) who has a national reputation in your field that can attest to the above.

I don’t have a university degree. Can I still Apply?

Your talent doesn’t necessarily have to be academic, you might also have a record of exceptional performance in a profession. We have seen candidates granted Global Talent visas on the basis of their successful career history in the right sector.

I am highly skilled, but my field is not one of the sectors listed. Is there a way I can apply for a Global Talent Visa?

If your sector is not included in the list as a target sector for the Global Talent Visa but you are an accomplished, highly-skilled talent or professional you may still be able to apply for a GTI under the Distinguished Talent pathway. You will need to show you are exceptionally talented to qualify for this visa.

I have a serious health condition, will this affect my GTI visa application?

Applicants for the GTI visa are required to meet the Australian health requirement. If you have a serious health condition you must apply to the Department of Home Affairs for a PIC health waiver. You will need to provide submissions with complete supporting documentation with your visa application.

You can read more about health waivers here.

We have experience assisting with PIC 4007 Health Waiver Requests. And you can find some of our happy clients’ positive feedbacks for Health waiver and GTI applications on our website.

I have just submitted my Expression of Interest (EOI), how long should I wait before I expect to hear back from the Department of Home Affairs?

There is no simple answer to this question. As with the other applications, processing times vary. It can be anywhere between one month to four months.

If you are from Hong Kong or on a very high income, you might be eligible for fast-tracked, priority processing. Read our article on Global Talent Visa processing times here.

I have just received an invitation to apply for a GTI visa, what is the processing time? When can I expect a decision?

As above, it depends. If you submitted a complete application with all questions answered and all documents attached, you might get a decision quicker than if the Department has to contact you for more information. That being said, 90% of invited applicants will have their visa processed in 3 months, and a lucky 75% of applicants get processed on less than 73 days. Given many other visas take years to be processed, even the slowest Global Talent visa will still be faster than the alternative.

I think I’m eligible for the Global Talent visa, but I don’t know where to start. What should I do?

Make an appointment to speak with one of our friendly immigration lawyers or registered migration agents at Work Visa Lawyers, we’ll be happy to explore and explain all your visa options.

If you just can’t wait, fill out our Free online Global Talent Quiz and one of our team will get back to you with an initial assessment.

Common Mistakes

Use of Technical Language

The person assessing your application is not going to be trained in your area of expertise. They are a government employee who most likely has an undergraduate arts degree. They are probably not going to understand the technical terminology of your field. It is the role of your nominator to verify that you are an expert in your field, not the person reviewing your application, so keep the wording of your application as simple as possible. You will need to explain what you do in layman’s terms, for example: if you are a paleobotanist you might say that you study plant matter in fossils to assess the likelihood of fossil fuels existing in nearby rock structures.

You can include some information about why your particular area of work is special, say in the paleobotanist example, you might say you are investigating a unique plant that could lead to renewable fossil fuels, but keep it simple.

If the Department cannot understand your application, it is going to take longer to process and may even result in a refusal.

Focusing on the Wrong Aspects of Your Application

We have seen clients who were very eager to mention names of people they knew or had worked with, but they did not have an employment or contractual relationship with. This is not the sort of information the Department finds useful in assessing an application.

Similarly, talking too much about your area of expertise can be a deterrent. It is important to provide enough information, but not too much information.

Rushing your Expression of Interest (EOI)

We know the Global Talent Visa is a very exciting prospect, but sometimes we see people who have written their EOI quickly, been very excited, and submitted it without giving themselves time to revise. The EOI is a very important document of the Global Talent Visa so it is worth taking the time to re-read it and make sure everything is clear and correct.

Not Having a Nominator

A lot of EOIs do not have a Form 1000 Nomination for Global Talent attached, and this is a big mistake. Quite simply, if you submit an EOI without nominator, your application is almost guaranteed to be rejected.

Not Mentioning Your Partner’s Skills

Is your spouse or partner also highly skilled? This could help! The Department of Home Affairs has a lot of discretion in deciding who they will grant the GTV to, so it helps to tell them every little thing that could work in your favour. If they can see that granting you a visa will benefit Australia twofold, this may improve your changes of being selected.

Not Seeking Professional Advice

While not everyone wants to engage a migration agent or lawyer to write their visa application, you really are doing yourself a disservice if you don’t obtain some professional advice. At Work Visa Lawyers we help clients apply successfully for Global Talent Visas every day and we know what makes a good application great. Make an appointment to talk to one of our team today so we can maximise your chances of receiving an invitation for the Global Talent Visa.

What are the fees for a Global Talent Visa?

Government Fees

There are no government fees to submit an Expression of Interest.

The government fees to submit a visa application are:

Base Application Charge: AUD4,180
Additional Applicant Charge: AUD2,095
Additional Applicant (under 18) Charge: AUD1,045
Additional Charge for not having Functional English: AUD4,890

Professional Fees

If you engage a lawyer or migration agent to help with your application, you will need to pay their professional fees. Work Visa Lawyers offers an initial 1 hour appointment for AUD275. During the appointment we will assess your personal situation and provide a quote on fees for assistance if you choose to proceed. The AUD275 from your first appointment can be deducted from any fees you incur for professional services provided by Work Visa Lawyers after you have signed up.

What are the processing times for the Global Talent Visa?

Expression of Interest Processing Times

EOI processing times cary depending on whether your EOI has been given priority and "fast-tracked", or is being considered based on the date it was submitted (queued).

If your EOI is given priority, it can be processed as quickly as 2 weeks to 3 months.

If your EOI is queued, it may take 8-12 months.

Visa Application Processing Times

Processing times for the Global Talent visa application itself also tend to vary a lot between individuals. We have seen visas granted in the Global Talent stream as quickly as 13 days. Some applicants may need to wait as long as 4 months, but this is still a very fast Australian visa.

Further Information about the Global Talent Visa

You can find further information about the Global Talent visa at the following links:

Articles about the Global Talent visa

Videos about the Global Talent visa

How can Work Visa Lawyers help?

Work Visa Lawyers is highly experienced in all parts of the Global Talent visa application process. We are able to assist with all aspects of the application, and can also provide advice in relation to:

  • your eligibility for a Global Talent Visa
  • documents to demonstrate your skills and ability to attract salary
  • finding an Australian nominator

Work Visa Lawyers will provide an eligibility assessment before advising you to proceed with a visa application.

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