Global Talent Independent Program


Global Talent Independent Program

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Global Talent Visa Program

The Global Talent Independent (GTI) Program, a newly launched project last year, is very popular! Coupled with the cause of COVID-19, the Australian government immediately increased the quota from the original 5,000 quota to 15,000. However, in order to better attract talents, the Australian Immigration Bureau has also made changes to GTI!

The Immigration Bureau announced that starting from November 4, 2020, GTI will launch a new policy with a number of content changes in order to

  • better attract talents and expand the scope of applications;
  • Simplify visa steps;
  • Priority trial and accelerated trial time.

In order to attract global high-end technical talents and strengthen Australia’s high-tech industry, the Australian government officially launched the Global Talent Independent program on November 4, 2019.

The talents to be attracted by the GTI project need to come from ten specific fields,including Resources, Agri-food and AgTech, Energy, Health Industries, Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space, Circular Economy, DigiTech, Infrastructure and Tourism, Financial Services and FinTech, Education.

What is Global Talent Independent Program?

GTI Latest Policy

First – Subclass 124 Distinguished Talent Visa is closed

Until recently, the Global Talent Independent Program was a fast-track to one of two visa subclasses: Subclass 124 and Subclass 858. The difference between these two visas was that Subclass 124 visa was for offshore applicants and Subclass 858 was only for onshore visa applicants.

The Department of Home Affairs has as of 14 November 2020 closed down the offshore subclass 124 visas and expanded the subclass 858 visa to replace the 124 visa’s previous role.

Now, regardless of an applicants’ location (offshore or onshore), Global Talent Independent is a fast track to the Subclass 858 visa.


Second –   Amend the Distinguished Talent (Resident) (Subclass 858) visa so that:

  • The applicant may be in Australia or outside Australia but not in immigration clearance at time of application and grant. This will simplify access to the visa product.
  • Holders or former holders of certain temporary visas will no longer be barred from applying for a Distinguished Talent visa onshore. This measure will make the visa more accessible to potential applicants. Applicants who are in Australia will be required to hold a substantive visa or bridging A, B or C visa.
  • Public Interest Criterion (PIC) 4005 is replaced with PIC 4007

1. At present, GTI project applicants need to meet the requirements of PIC 4005, which means that both the main applicant and their family members must meet the health requirements, otherwise they will have the opportunity to be refused!

2. There is no PIC 4005 waiver. However, PIC4007 has a health waiver to visa applicants. This is a big change to the Distinguished Talent visa.

  •  Introduce special return criteria 5001, 5002 and 5010

All primary and secondary applicants must meet the criteria:

  • that the applicant is not a person who left Australia following a visa cancellation on character grounds
  • that the applicant is not a person who was removed from Australia in the 12 months before applying for the visa, unless there are compelling or compassionate circumstances
  • and that the applicant is not a ‘Foreign Affairs student visa’ holder or a student visa holder supported by a foreign government, unless certain requirements are met.

Third: first entry must be made before a date specified by the Minister for the purpose, and condition 8515 may be imposed on secondary applicants

Condition of 8515: After the visa is approved, the marital status (betrothed, registered marriage or cohabitation relationship) cannot be changed before entering the country to activate the visa.

GTI’s global talent policy has been reformed again to attract talents. At the same time, this policy change gives visa officers more flexibility and discretion, makes the policy more humane, the visa process simplifier and speeds up the processing time.

Advantages of GTI program

GTI is a kind of independent skilled immigrants, but the skills requirements are higher than that of 189. It can bring the high skills needed for Australia’s economic recovery.

So, what’s the advantages of GTI program?

  • No career assessment
  • Not restricted by the scoring system
  • No need to live in remote areas
  • Does not require nominated by state government
  • No need to nominated by employer
  • Priority trial, shorten trial time
  • The quota is sufficient to reach 15,000

GTI Program Application Conditions

1. Applicants must be top talents in one of the following ten target sectors and obtain international recognition

  • Resources
  • Agri-food and AgTech
  • Energy
  • Health Industries
  • Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space
  • Circular Economy
  • DigiTech
  • Infrastructure and Tourism
  • Financial Services and FinTech
  • Education

2. Applicants need to be nominated

Having a recognised organisation or individual in Australia nominate them as global talent, in the same field as the applicant.

Tips: Acs Nomination Guide

3. Applicants need to prove that they have the ability to meet high income standards in Australia

Candidates should have the ability to attract a salary at or above the Fair Work high income threshold of AUD 153,600. This figure is adjusted annually on 1 July. From January 20, 2021, this requirement cannot be waived.

4. Candidate should provide evidence that they would be an asset to Australia, in their area of expertise

5. Candidates should prove they are internationally recognised with evidence of outstanding achievements

For professionals who have been engaged in work research for many years, they need to prove through the following materials:

  • industry awards and accolades and
  • references from current and past employers and
  • statements from prominent industry peers and
  • academic degrees or professional designations associated with the applicant’s field of work and
  • personal/professional titles (such as CEO, Lord, Knight, Right Honourable) indicating an earned rank or position within a formal power structure.

For Graduates:

  • your research is of international interest and significance; or
  • your research would be relevant to an international audience; or
  • you have presented your research at international forums; or
  • your research could be used to inform academia, governments and industry abroad; or
  • your research is relevant to Australian academia, governments and industry that will advance Australia’s international competitiveness; or
  • your research highlights the potential for innovation and productivity increases

All of the above conditions can be satisfied if one of them is met

PS: Starting from January 20, 2021, graduates with a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree with honors will no longer be eligible for GTI invitation.

6. still be prominent in their field of expertise

For professionals who have worked for many years, it is necessary to pass a variety of proofs such as recently published academic papers, job positions, recent majors, and whether they are members of industry associations in the field.

But for recent graduates, it’s much simpler, as long as you are a research-oriented master’s or doctoral graduate, or a Ph.D. student who is about to submit a thesis within six months.

After satisfying the above conditions, you can submit the EOI, and once you are invited, you can submit the visa.


GTI program frequent Questions & Answers.

If academic qualifications do not belong to these ten target sectors, can they meet the requirements?

This question depends on different situations. If you are a PhD student, it depends on whether your research field can be related to these ten target sectors.
Don’t give up completely because your professional name is not related to these fields.

What if my current salary level is not up to A $153,600?

In assessing whether the candidate has the ability to meet the salary standard, GTI program will focus on considering the candidate’s current salary standard and future job opportunities.

And in fact, the Immigration Bureau’s own official website has clearly stated that if the income does not meet the requirements, but if you have a PHD degree, or a high-scoring Master (above 80 points), or a Bachelor of Honours degree, and you can prove yourself have ability to meet the income requirements, you can have an opportunity to gain the visa.

I am not a PhD student, can I not apply for GTI?

Actually it is not! Bachelor or research master graduates are eligible to apply.
Moreover, the Immigration Bureau’s requirements for Outstanding Achievement are very broad, not just limited to academic ability. The premise is that the average graduation score cannot be lower than 80 points, or you have a Bachelor of Honors degree, but Ph.D. does not have this score requirement, and you can apply without graduation. However, if you want your application to be reviewed first, you need to ensure that submitting at least one paper within half a year.
If the applicant currently has a good job, there is also a probability of being invited.



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