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In November 2019, Global Talent Independent (GTI) program was introduced to attract highly skilled professionals and researchers from selected industry sectors to Australia. Initially when the program was launched, only 5,000 intake was available for the 2019 – 2020 program year, but now the allocation has been tripled to 15,000 under the program for 2020 – 2021 as the Government announced that they will focus on innovators (Global Talent), investors (Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)) and job creators (Employer-Sponsored visas) as a cautious approach to the rebuild its post-COVID economy.
According to the 2019 – 2020 Migration Program Report, a total of 4,109 people were granted GTI visas from 5,923 Expressions of Interests (EOIs) over the first seven months. 99.5 % of the lodged GTI visa applications were successful whereas Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) was 94% successful. The breakdown of grants per targeted sectors were as follows:
|Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT||28%|
|Energy and Mining Technology||20%|
|Space and Advanced Manufacturing||8%|
Note: 3,344 applied from onshore and 765 applied from offshore
As of 17 December 2020, targeted sectors for the GTI visa program have increased from seven to ten sectors:
|Prior to 17 December 2020||From 17 December 2020|
|Space and Advanced Manufacturing||Agri-food and AgTech|
|Energy and Mining Technology||Health Industries|
|MedTech||Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space|
|Cyber Security||Circular Economy|
|Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT||DigiTech|
|Infrastructure and Tourism|
|Financial Services and FinTech|
It is important to note that increase in targeted sectors and allocations for the visa program does not mean that the standard has been lowered.
From 01 July 2020 to 10 October 2020, 3,986 GTI EOI have been submitted (almost 57 EOI daily submissions) and compared to the previous statistics for non-invited (30%), about 44% (1,640) out of the 3,986 applications were not invited.
So, is the Global Talent visa an alternative to applying for skilled visas such as Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa? Possibly, however, as mentioned above the Global Talent visa aims to attract highly skilled individuals who are at the top of their field and who can make a significant contribution to the Australian economy.
If you are able to demonstrate that you have an internationally recognised record of exception, currently prominent, outstanding achievement in the above ten targeted sectors and meet the following key requirements, you could be eligible to apply the Global Talent visa without having to meet fewer requirements than the 189 visa:
When comparing to the 189 visa, key features of the Global Talent visa over 189 visa includes:
Even though the Global Talent visa has fewer requirements than 189 visa, there are certainly benefits of applying for a 189 visa compared to other pointed test visas – Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) and Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491):
|Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189)||Global Talent Visa (subclass 858)|
|Expression of Interest||Yes||Yes|
|English Requirement||Competent English||Functional English or payment of 2nd VAC|
|Age Limit||45||55 (unless exception value to Australia)|
|Visa Application Charge – Main Applicant||AUD$4,045||AUD$4,110|
|2020 – 2021 Planned Levels||6,500||15,000|
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