Global Talent Visa – Independent Program (GTI)

The Global Talent Visa was introduced in November 2019 with 5,000 places. In 2020-2021, there are 15,000 places available under the program.

There are 3 types of Global Talent Visas

Employer Sponsored

Supporting Innovation

Only for South Australia; pilot for 1 year

Global Talent

Most used

Advantages of this Visa

  • Permanent Residency.
  • No age limit.
  • No formal qualifications required.
  • No skills assessment.
  • No points test.
  • Only functional English required, or pay 2nd instalment.

It’s a 2-stage process:

  • Identifier application
  • Visa application: Subclass 858 Distinguished Talent Visa

This visa is for highly skilled professionals in these 7 sectors (all in future-focused technology):

  • AgTech
  • Space and Advanced Manufacturing
  • FinTech
  • Energy and Mining Technology
  • MedTech
  • Cyber Security
  • Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT


To be eligible to apply for the Global Talent Visa Program under the Distinguished Talent visa, individuals must:

  • prove they are internationally recognised with evidence of outstanding achievements
  • still be prominent in their field of expertise
  • provide evidence that they would be an asset to Australia, in their area of expertise
  • have no difficulty obtaining employment in Australia or becoming established in their field
  • have a recognised organisation or individual in Australia nominate them as global talent, in the same field as the applicant

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

Places are also available to Masters and PhD students who can demonstrate their exceptional talent and internati​onal recognition across the target sectors.

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