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Understanding Australian Global Talent Independent Visa for 2020 / 2021 | How to Apply

The Australian global talent independent Visa, requirements and how to apply in 2020 / 2021

Despite the global effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic, there's been a continued interest by migrants to travel to Australia. But considering measures that have been placed by the Australian government, there are fewer reasons for migrants to process Visas to Australia. However, there are still opportunities for migrants under the Visas for Innovation section. Under this section, the Global Talent Visa is a priority Visa which accepts applications from highly skilled and talented individuals from all over the globe.

This Visa is a huge priority and is accepted almost all the time because it's advantageous to the host Nation (which is Australia in this regard).

So, What is the Australian Global Talent Visa?

The Global talent Visa is a top priority Visa offered by the Australian government that's ranked under its ‘Visas for Innovation’ section.

According to Australia's immigration authority, the major aim of these Visas is to attract the best and brightest to help create a more prosperous Australia.

The Global Talent Visa Program, also known as the Global Talent Independent Program, is a streamlined visa pathway for highly skilled professionals to work and live permanently in Australia.

This Visa is a goal-oriented one, and which goal is to attract the very best talents and skills to Australia to help boost the Countries Economy.

Australia is after the brightest and best global talent to work in seven future-focused sectors. The program is designed to help grow national innovation and tech economies. This will create opportunities for Australians by transferring skills, promoting innovation, and creating jobs.


Beyond the business prospects, Australia is also a lifestyle destination, and one of the most prosperous, safe, and culturally diverse countries in the world. Australia offers opportunities for innovation, with strong trading links and a business-friendly regulatory approach. Through the program, talented individuals will be given permanent residency to make their new lives in Australia.


Eligibility and Requirements

Below are some of the qualifications required to apply for the Global talent Visa program.

First, a candidate is required to be highly skilled in one of the 7 target sectors. They will also be able to attract a salary that meets the high-income threshold.

Below is a list of the target sectors.

Target sectors for Australia's Global talent Visa program

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

Also, the Global Talent Visa Program recognizes and accepts talents under the following requirements:

Now, 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 endorse 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.

Note that places are also available to students who can demonstrate their exceptional talent and international recognition.

Another requirement is that the applicant must meet the High-income threshold, which is explained below:

Candidates should have the ability to attract a salary at or above the Fair Work high-income threshold of AUD153,600. Note that this figure is adjusted annually on 1st July by the Australian immigration authority.

In assessing this, the following will be considered:

  • Current salary shown through payslips or a contract, or
  • Future job offers outlining remuneration, or
  • Recent PhD or Masters graduates in the target sectors

Having met the eligibility requirements, the next step will be to apply for the Visa.


How to apply for Australia Global Talent Independent Visa for 2020 / 2021

Below is a step by step guide on How to apply.

Step 1. Expression of interest

The applicant is required to submit an expression of interest (EOI) using the Global Talent contact form. If the candidate meets the program parameters, he/she will receive a unique identifier.

The candidate will be contacted if his/her EOI is accepted. However, there will be no updates on EOI processing.

On the other hand, if the candidate's EOI is unsuccessful, he/she will be notified via email. 

Note: Expressions of interest can be submitted without contact from a Global Talent Officer.

Step 2. Apply for a visa

After the candidate has received a unique identifier, he/she will lodge the visa application via ImmiAccount

Please note, the applicant must choose the correct visa subclass when lodging.

For candidate's outside Australia at the time of application, they'll lodge a Subclass 124 Distinguished Talent visa.

For those in Australia at the time of application, they'll lodge a Subclass 858 Distinguished Talent visa.

Details about health and character checks, including family members in Visa and obligations, are given in each subclass selection.


One other key factor in obtaining a Global Talent Visa is the role of nominators. As part of the application, the candidate must be nominated by an eligible individual or organisation with a national reputation in his/her field. The nominator will endorse the candidate's achievements and international standing. However, note that the nominators are not required to provide the candidate with employment in Australia.


Also note that Global Talent Officers cannot fill in the role of nominators, and a candidate cannot change his/her nominator once a Distinguished Talent visa application has been lodged. 

Other information concerning the Global Talent Visa as provided by the Australian government are:

Impacts of COVID-19

For up to date information about entering Australia, visit travel restrictions.

For other related information, please visit the application page.

Note that all the information given above are correct as listed by the Australian immigration authorities, however, we want to disclaim any links to the Australian government. Hence we advise applicants to ignore any offer by any individual to help process the Global Talent Visa under our auspices, as we offer no such help.

We hope that this article will serve as a thorough guide to help you process your Global Talent Visa, thanks for reading through, and we wish you the very best of luck.