Global Talent Independent Visa Australia
Global Talent Independent Program was officially launched on November 4, 2019, which offers a streamlined, priority visa pathway for highly skilled individuals to work and live permanently in Australia. The program is designed to strengthen Australia’s ability to compete for the world’s best and brightest skilled migrants and grow Australian businesses of the future.
“This creates opportunities for Australians by transferring skills, promoting innovation, and creating job opportunities.
The Department will work with universities in Australia along with industry bodies, and state and territory governments to attract global talent in emerging and future-focused industries.
The eligibility requirements for the program include that the candidate:
Is highly skilled and internationally recognized in one of seven target sectors which are mentioned below:
These sectors have been selected to foster growth in future-focused industries:
- Cyber Security
- Space and Advanced Manufacturing
- Energy and Mining Technology
- Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT
Candidate must have the ability to earn the Fair Work High Income Threshold (currently $148,700).
In assessing whether a candidate is likely to have the ability to meet this salary threshold, the Department will consider current salary or future job offers; as well as candidates who have recently graduated or are soon to graduate with Ph.D. or Masters’s qualifications in the target sectors.
The launch of this new program is just the latest in a series of measures taken by the Australian government to attract international students to stay in the country.
The program aims to attract 5,000 migrants between July 2019 and June 2020 who work in the seven sectors and are likely to earn more than AUS$149,000 per year. Successful applicants will be fast-tracked into permanent citizenship.
Although it’s not suitable for fresh graduates, it’s a clear indication of skill shortages in Australia. If you’re keen to pave a path to the Land Down Under, consider a degree in these emerging fields and it might just lead you there.
Individuals who wish to be considered under the Global Talent Independent program can register their interest through the Contact Form here: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/global-talent-contact-form. Migration Agents can also refer potential candidates using this link.
Individuals who meet the requirements will be provided with a unique Global Talent identifier, which provides priority processing for a Distinguished Talent visa application. Candidates accepted into the program will receive streamlined, priority processing with complete visa applications currently taking less than a month to finalize. All visa applicants need to meet the Distinguished Talent visa regulatory criteria, including health and character requirements, before a visa can be granted.