Global Talent Visa
Despite the current pandemic and border closure in Australia, the Australian Government are keen to attract highly skilled professional under the Global Talent Visa programme.
The Global Talent Visa Program is a streamlined visa pathway. It is for highly skilled professionals to work and live permanently in Australia. Through the program, the Australian government will grant talented individuals permanent residency to make their new lives in Australia. Australia wants the brightest and best global talent to work in ten future-focused sectors. This program is designed to support the economy by introducing innovative skills to high priority industries. This will create opportunities for Australians bytransferring skills, promoting innovation, and creating jobs.
To be considered for an invitation to apply under the program, candidates need to demonstrate that they are highly skilled in one of the ten target sectors or a related sector:
- - Resources
- - Agri-food and AgTech
- - Energy
- - Health industries
- - Defence, advanced manufacturing, and space
- - Circular economy
- - DigiTech
- - Infrastructure and tourism
- - Financial services and FinTech
- - Education
The Department is in the process of finalising Fact Sheets for each of the target sectors, which detail some of the occupations/skills, which are being targeted. Current fact sheets can be found at https://www.globalaustralia.gov.au/about-us/news-and-resources.
In addition, individuals must also:
- prove they are internationally recognised with evidence of outstanding and exceptional achievements
- still be prominent in their field of expertise
- provide evidence that they would be an asset to Australia, in their field of expertise
- have no difficulty obtaining employment in Australia or becoming established in their field
- have a recognised organisation or individual in Australia endorse 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 and outstanding achievements. This may include senior roles, patents, professional awards, international publications, media articles and international memberships.
Places are also available to PhD graduates and certain PhD students who can demonstrate their exceptional talent and international recognition. PhD students who are nearing completion of their degree must be able to demonstrate they had a record of outstanding achievement prior to commencing their PhD studies. Candidates also must demonstrate that their PhD qualification is equivalent to Australian standards.
Candidates should have the ability to attract a salary at or above the Fair Work high income threshold of AUD158,500 (as at 1 July 2021). In assessing this, we will consider:
- current salary shown through payslips or a contract, or
- future job offers outlining remuneration, or
- recent PhD graduates and certain PhD students with relevant qualifications in the target sectors.
How to apply for the Global Talent Visa Program
Candidates for the Global Talent Visa Program must first submit and Expression of Interest via the Department’s website (https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/visas-for-innovation).
If the candidate is invited to apply for a Global Talent (Subclass 858) visa the will be issued with two unique codes which should be entered during the visa application process to access priority processing.
If granted, the Global Talent visa will permit the primary applicant and any dependents (partner and children under the age of 23) with Permanent Residency for five years.
- A candidate who has been endorsed by a Global Talent Officer for priority processing can expect and outcome on their EOI within 4-8 weeks, subject to individual circumstances.
- At present 90% of all Global Talent visa applications are being finalised within around 90 days, subject to individual circumstances.
Individuals who are interested in the program may email the Global Talent South East Asia team at Global Talent South East Asia Mailbox GlobalTalentSouthEastAsia@dfat.gov.au for further information and to be considered for priority processing.
Stakeholders/connections that may be interested in partnering with the Global Talent South East Asia to promote the program through their networks, should also email the Global Talent South East Asia Mailbox.