Global Talent Independent Program

  • Work and live permanently in Australia
  • 15,000 spaces available for 2020-21

Global Talent Independent Program

the Global Talent Independent Program is another name given to the Global Talent Visa Program. It’s a visa pathway streamlined for highly-skilled professionals who are ready to work in Australia and live as a permanent resident in the country.

Australia is determined to welcome the brightest and the best global talent to work in 10 sectors that are future-focused. The program is created to help grow Australia’s tech and innovation economies. This will create opportunities for Australians by creating jobs, promoting innovation, and transferring skills. 

Australia is reputed for being a lifestyle destination. The country is counted among the safest, most prosperous, and culturally diverse nations of the world. With a business-friendly regulatory approach and strong trading links Australia offers immense opportunities for innovation.

Through the GTI program, talented people will get a chance to receive Australia PR.

In 2020-2021, there were 15,000 places allocated under this program.

Global Talent Officers (GTOs) are usually located in Shanghai, London, Washington DC, and Singapore. They work in the promotion of the program by engaging with business, prospective applicants, and industry. Now, they are active in this role from within Australia. This is because of the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

Eligibility for the program

To get a visa under the Global Talent Visa Program, you must be a highly-skilled person in one of 10 sectors. You could also draw a salary that can be matches the high-income threshold.

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

For eligibility for applying for the Global Talent Visa Program you must:

  • prove with evidence of outstanding achievements that you are internationally recognized
  • currently be prominent in the field you have expertise
  • give evidence that you would be an asset to Australia, in the area you have expertise
  • have no difficulty in getting a job in Australia or becoming established in your field
  • have an individual or a recognized organization in Australia to nominate you as a global talent in the same field as the applicant

You must meet a high standard. You must show a track record of exceptional level in professional achievement. This may include patents, senior roles, international publications and memberships, and professional awards.

Ph.D. graduates, and certain Ph.D. students who are close to completing their thesis can also participate in this program. They can demonstrate their international recognition and exceptional talent in a target sector.

High income threshold

Candidates should be able to attract a salary that equals or stands above the Fair Work high income threshold. This threshold is AUD153,600. This amount is annually updated on 1st of July.

In making this assessment, the following are considered:

  • future job offers outlining remuneration, or
  • current salary shown via a contract or payslip, or
  • recent Ph.D. graduates in the target sectors
How to apply

Step 1: Submit your Expression of Interest (EOI)

You must first submit an EOI with the help of the Global Talent contact form. If you satisfy the program parameters, you will get a unique identifier for invitation reference and an invitation code.

You will be contacted if your EOI has been accepted successfully. 

In case your EOI is doesn’t make it, you will get a notification for the same via email. Then you can explore other Australia visa options.

Note: Submission of EOI can be done with no contact from a GTO (Global Talent Officer).

Step 2. Apply for the Australian visa

After you get an identifier for invitation reference and invitation code, proceed to file the visa application using ImmiAccount.

Irrespective of whether you are inside or outside Australia while applying, file a Subclass 858 (Global Talent) visa application.

You can include immediate family members in your application whenever you want before a decision on your application arrives. These family members must meet the health and character requirements prescribed.


As part of the application process, you must get nominated by an individual or organization deemed eligible. They must have a national reputation in your field. It will be the nominator’s job to endorse your achievements and international standing. They are under no obligation to arrange employment for you in Australia.

Check Form 1000 for the requirements of the nominator. The Nominator has to complete the form if you get an invitation to apply.

No Global Talent Officer can be your nominator. Also, you won’t be allowed to change your nominator after lodging an application for a Global Talent visa.

COVID-19 impact

Those granted a visa under the Global Talent Visa Program are in no need of a travel exemption. All travelers arriving in Australia have to quarantine for 14 days. This will be done at a designated facility viz. a hotel in their port of arrival.

Holders of Hong Kong passport

As a result of an announcement made recently, priority has been given to visa applications by holders of Hong Kong passport. Prospective applicants can get in touch with the GTO for Hong Kong.

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