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What is the Global Talent Independent (GTI) visa? How can I apply for the GTI Program?

Category: Visa for Australia

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I am 48 years old and am too old to apply for the skilled migration visas in Australia (I understand that applicants need to be younger than 45 years for the sc 189 and sc 190).

I have heard about the Global Talent visa in Australia. I understand that applicants must be not older than 54 year.

What is the Global Talent Independent (GTI) visa?

How can I apply for the Global Talent visa?


Answer provided by Migration Agent

Dear P.

The Global Talent Independent (GTI) program has been designed to attract the best and brightest skilled migrants to Australia in a number of sectors.

Applicants meeting eligibility requirements may be invited by the Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) to apply for a Distinguished Talent (sc 124) visa.

Target sectors:
- AgTech
- Space and Advanced Manufacturing
- FinTech
- Energy and Mining Technology
- MedTech
- Cyber Security
- Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT

Expected salary threshold:
Applicants should have the ability to attract a salary of at least A$ 153,600.

DoHa will consider:
- current salary evidenced through payslips or a contract, or
- future job offers outlining remuneration, or
- recent PhD or Masters graduates in the target sectors.

Age & English language requirements:
Candidates must not be older than 54 years and all applicants aged 18 or over must have functional English (alternatively payment of an extra application charge, the second instalment, is required).

One of the requirements of this visa is that an Australian organisation or individual with a reputation in the same field as the applicant, attests to their record of achievement in the field.

As part of the application, applicants will need to be endorsed by a nominator who has a national reputation in the same field as you and is either an eligible Australian citizen, resident, an eligible New Zealand citizen or an Australian organisation.

The Department of Home Affairs accepts GTI nominations from the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and considers the ACS as an organisation with a national reputation in the following target sector groups under the GTI program:
- Cyber Security
- Quantum Information/Advanced Digital/Data Science/ICT
- FinTech (candidates with a predominantly tech focus)
- MedTech (candidates with a predominantly tech focus)
- AgTech (candidates with a predominantly tech focus)

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