Getting a Permanent Resident Visa in Australia can be a dream come true for many. However, the wait time for becoming a permanent resident can go up to two years. The good news is that the Australian Government has offered multiple visa processes for those who want to stay permanently in Australia. One of the visa programs is the Global Talent Independent program.
What is the Global Talent Independent Program
Global Talent Independent program (GTI) is a fast-track visa program for highly skilled, talented oversea-born individuals to work and live in Australia permanently. Launched on November 4, 2019, the aim of GTI is to attract more skilled professionals to live in Australia.
Individuals who apply under the GTI program get a high priority for Visa Processing. However, not everyone is eligible for GTI.
Who can apply for a Global Talent Visa?
To apply for a Global Talent Visa, you must qualify for 3 things:
- Earn above $149,000 per year in Australia
- Be between the ages of 18 to 55 years old
- Are highly skilled in any one of the 7 key industry sectors
What are the 7 industry sectors?
- Energy and Mining Technology
- Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT
- Cyber Security
- Space and Advanced Manufacturing
Should I apply for GTI?
If you qualify for the above, then the answer is definitely a yes. The average processing time of a Distinguished Visa through the GTI program is 3 months, which is much quicker than the average processing time for general Permanent Residence Visa applications.
However, the caveat is that you must be highly skilled in the 7 key industries. To be considered highly skilled, you must qualify for one of the following Visa streams: Honours or Masters, PhD, or Professionals.
How much does the Visa Application Cost?
The Visa Application fee is AUD 4,110. If it is assessed that your English is not functional, you can be asked to pay a second instalment fee of AUD 4,890.
In addition to this, there are other costs associated with the visa process such as health checks, police certificates and biometrics.
You can also expect a fee to be paid for each family who applies for the visa along with you.
How to apply for the GTI Program
There are two main steps to apply for the Global Talent Independent Program.
Step 1: Submit an Expression of interest (EOI)
Submit an expression of interest using the Global Talent contact form. You can do this yourself, or reach out to a migration agent to help you. At this stage, there are no application fees for submitting an EOI.
After you submit this, the Immigration Department will assess your eligibility and check whether you meet the parameters of the GTI program. If you do, you or your migration agent will be sent a unique identification number for the next stage.
Step 2: Apply for a Distinguished Talent visa
Now that you are eligible, you can send your application for a Distinguished Talent Subclass 858 visa. The Immigration Department has begun accepting Subclass 858 visa from Australia and from off-shore.
Proving your Talent
Proving your talent is a critical element in ensuring that you pass the GTI program and get a Distinguished Talent Visa. At the EOI stage, this will be a crucial question that the Immigration Department will ask.
To ensure that your prove your talent, make sure:
- You are a well-known figure in your field of expertise
- Present documented evidence that you are internationally recognized due to outstanding achievements
- You have no difficulty in gaining employment in Australia or establishing your own business in Australia
- Your nominator must be a recognized Australian organization or individual in your core field
You can also share patents, professional awards, records of international publications and memberships to prove your talent.
Clear a Health Exam and Get Police Clearance
If you are allowed to apply for a Distinguished Talent Visa, you will have to pass a health exam. You will be provided with a HAP ID and a list of clinics where the health exam can be taken. However, since November 14th, 2020, you do have an option to waive the health exam requirement.
Police clearance would also be required from the countries or regions you have been staying in for over 12 months in the past 10 years. It is crucial that you assess the time for obtaining the police clearance. If your country of residence or origin has a long processing time for a police clearance, it can delay your visa application.
Who can Nominate you?
Having a nominator is a must to prove your talent. You can also approach bodies in your field of expertise to become a nominator.
The person or the organization will endorse your achievements and international standing.
Additionally, you can change your nominator after the EOI stage if you ever feel the requirement.
How good should your English proficiency be?
When applying for the Global Talent Independent program, English is a key criteria. However, when you have a passport from USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, or New Zealand, you must prove your English proficiency.
You can prove your English proficiency through an IELTS or PTE exam. For an IELTS exam, you have to get a Band of 4.5 or more. And, for a PTE exam, you should get a score of over 30.
This process can be skipped if you pay an additional fee of AUD 4,890.
There are many bureaucratic processes to follow when applying for the Global Talent Independent program. There is a sea of information and guides that you can read online if you come across any blocks. Additionally, there are many migration agents who can provide you with further assistance.
The best place to start is on the Australian Immigration and Citizen site.