The former Distinguished Talent visa became known as the Global Talent visa, which offers a streamlined visa pathway for highly skilled professionals, or for those who have achieved prominence in the arts, sport or research and academia.
It is designed to provide a streamlined and priority visa pathway for exceptional talents looking to migrate to Australia permanently. This is part of the Government’s initiative to attract the brightest individuals in “target sectors”. Migration program planning will be a key component of Australia’s economic recovery after COVID 19 and the Government is carefully targeting skilled workers.
To be eligible for the GTI program, you will need to provide evidence of the required recognised talent within the outlined sectors and meet the high-income threshold (currently $153,600 per year) or prove the potential to earn it.
Talent You will need evidence of the talent through one of the following options:
International recognition with a record of exceptional and outstanding achievements
Maintaining prominence in the field of expertise
Demonstrating the ability to obtain employment in Australia and become established within the field
Demonstrating the evidence of potentially becoming an asset to Australia
Recognition through an Australian organisation or individual (within the same field) to become nominated as global talent.
What are the occupation categories that make up the Global Talent Independent pathway?
Agri-food and Ag-Tech
Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space
Infrastructure and Tourism
Financial Services and FinTech
How is ‘talent’ assessed by the Department?
International Recognition: this includes the international standing of the country where the applicant’s achievements were realised, in respect of this field. This will also consider the standing of the achievement according to Australian & international standards.
Record of Achievement: evidence will need to be provided including some critical information such as the information provided by the applicant’s nominator, along with any supporting documents for the qualification.
Current Prominence: this is to prove that any documents supplied would show the currency of the accomplishments.
Asset to Australia: you should provide proof that you can become of economic, social, or cultural importance to the community.
Employability: the applicant should show that he or she will have no issue finding employment in their field. This can include employment offers or contracts or evidence of potential self-employment, sponsorships, scholarships, or grants to support the applicant while they are completing work in the field of achievement.
Nominator: finding a nationally recognised nominator, which could be an Australian organisation or individual.
Applicants who are under 18 years old or over 55 years old at the time of application will need to demonstrate an exceptional benefit for the Department to consider the application. Talk to a migration agent in Australia to get the right advice before submitting your application.