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Are You Skilled + Want To Work In Australia…???

By 14 August 2019No Comments

The Australian Federal Government has announced it has made its Global Talent Independent Program (GTI), formerly known as Global Talent Scheme permanent, official following the pilot period which was started last year on 1st July 2018. However, the scheme became official on 1st July 2019 after it signed up 23 companies during the trial in the last financial year including five issued under the start-up stream.

The GTI was launched to pacify the furious tech sector following the scrapping of the 457 visas in 2017 (which was replaced by Temporary Skill Shortage visa subclass 482), offers fast-tracked visas for up to 4 years with a Permanent Residency pathway.

The GTI is split into two streams: One for the start-ups with annual turnover of less than $4 million and another one for established businesses. The established businesses can apply for up to 20 visas per year whereas the start-ups can only apply for five visas in a year. However, the companies have to be approved under the GTI scheme and only then can they apply for the fast-tracked visa under the Temporary Skill Shortage visa category (visa subclass 482), with an aim for them to be approved within two weeks.

Immigration Minister David Coleman said that the pilots showed that GTI had strong support from industry and highlighted the economic benefits of recruiting overseas talent directly to Australian businesses.

The government has already started deploying recruitment officers overseas to bring thousands of the best and brightest workers to Australia.

Coleman revealed that there is one officer in place at Berlin, Germany and more to be sent next month to the United States, Singapore, Santiago, Shanghai and Dubai. Their task is to recruit 5000 professionals at the top of their fields in target industries, particularly in the tech sector. The Home Affairs officers will be placed in key overseas locations to look out for the best people in high growth industries and encourage and convince them to come to Australia and help in growing those industries. The government has set aside 5000 of the 160,000 places in the permanent migration stream for the new program.

For this, the global talent officers will work with local industries to identify talented people and attend key industry events and expos and promote life in Australia.

These high-skilled overseas workers will bring with them unique skills and knowledge that are transferred to Australian businesses, allowing them to create more jobs and economic opportunities for Australians by strengthening their skills in innovation and technology.

GTI permits a higher earning threshold than the TSS visa and give individuals access to the permanent resident pathway. The highly-skilled workers identified by Home Affairs will be motivated to apply for existing permanent visas including the distinguished talent and skilled independent visa.

We will keep you updated with further data, in the meantime you can visit Home Affairs for detailed information.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible for this visa but are still skilled and looking to obtain sponsorship to work in Australia, Pendragon is in the unique position to sponsor a selection of talent individuals each year, take our FREE visa assessment to see if you qualify.


Purnima Kabra