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GTI is a streamlined program aiming to attract highly skilled professionals to work and live permanently in Australia. It is designed to bring bright and qualified foreign professionals from seven future-focused sectors into Australia. These sectors are:
To be eligible, the applicant must be internationally recognised with outstanding achievements and can attract a salary at or above AUD153,600. The applicant must also be prominent in his/her field and have no difficulty obtaining employment in Australia.
The Department of Home Affairs has released statistics for the GTI program. Let us go through the latest data now.
The government announced that for the 2020-2021 year, there are 15,000 places allocated to the GTI program. So far (1 July 2020 until 10 December 2020), 1,513 applicants who submitted an EOI have successfully been invited to apply for the visa. A breakdown of this number per month is approximately 280 visas were being issued each month. The table provided by the Department of Home Affairs is as follows:
|Month of Invite||EOIs|
While several EOIs are being processed, there are around 6,789 EOIs in the backlog as of 22 December 2020.
Regarding the GTI application being withdrawn and refused, the data provided indicated that between 4 November 2019 and 30 November 2020, 53 applications were refused, and a total of 142 applications were withdrawn.
Data from the Department of Home Affairs indicates that the target sector with the most visa grant is the Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT. This is likely to be because most of the visa applications lodged during this period are from the Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT target sector. This data is for the period between 1 July 2020 and 12 July 2021.
During this period, the breakdown of the number of lodged visa applications per sector is as follows:
|1||Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT||534|
|3||Energy and Mining Technology||315|
|5||Space and Advanced Manufacturing||125|
The number of visa grants per sector is as follows:
|1||Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT||521|
|2||Energy and Mining Technology||355|
|4||Space and Advanced Manufacturing||121|
The total number of refusal (for all the target sectors) during this period is less than 5.
Depending on the different sectors, the highest qualification of the primary applicant varies. Most applicants have a PhD in their field for some industry, whilst for other industry, most applicant holds a master degree.
Space and Advanced Manufacturing
Energy and Mining Technology
Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT
As seen, whilst a master or PhD is not always necessary, but most applicants in the seven sectors hold either Masters or PhD.