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Australian Global Talent Visas

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 Australia is seeking for highly skilled migrants

As part of the Australian Government’s Innovation Agenda, the Global Talent Visa is an exciting new program designed to compete for the best and brightest migrants from around the globe. Under this program, the government will seek to identify and recruit up to 5,000 highly skilled migrants each year in specific industries to help grow Australia's economy.

 

Global Talent Independent Program (GTI)

On Monday 4 November 2019, the Hon David Coleman MP officially launched the Global Talent - Independent Program which offers a streamlined, priority visa pathway for highly skilled and talented individuals to work and live permanently in Australia.

About the program

The program is designed to attract skilled migrants at the top future-focused fields to Australia. The program brings the best talent from around the world.

This creates opportunities for Australians by transferring skills, promoting innovation, and creating job opportunities.

The government is working with Australian universities, industry bodies, and state and territories to attract global talent to Australia.

Australian Global Talent Officers are in Berlin, Dubai, New Delhi, Santiago, Shanghai, Singapore, and Washington DC. They work across several countries in their region and attend key industry events and expos to promote the program.

To express interest for priority processing within the program, a candidate will be highly skilled in one of the seven target sectors and be able to command a salary that meets the high income threshold or be a highly graded recent PhD or Masters Graduates.

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

Candidates should have the ability to attract a salary at or above the Fair Work high income threshold (FWHIT), which is currently AUD148,700. This figure is adjusted annually on 1 July.

In assessing whether a candidate is likely to have the ability to meet this salary threshold, the Department will consider:

  • current salary evidenced through payslips or a contract, or
  • future job offers outlining remuneration, or
  • recent PhD or master’s graduates in the target sectors.

For more information see  Fair Work High Income Threshold

How to apply

Expression of interest by individuals for consideration under the Global Talent program can be registered through the Global Talent contact form.

A unique identifier will be provided to individuals who meet the program parameters, which provides priority processing for a Distinguished Talent visa application.

As part of the application, you 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
  • eligible New Zealand citizen
  • an Australian organisation.

When lodging your application, ensure you choose the correct visa subclass on the application form, depending on whether you are in or outside of Australia, otherwise your application will not be valid.

Source: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/

 

Global Talent Employer Sponsored (GTES)

The GTES is designed to benefit Australia and Australian workers.

It aims to bring globally mobile, highly skilled, and specialised individuals to Australia who can act as 'job multipliers' in Australian businesses, helping them to hire more local staff and fill critical areas of need.

About the program

The Global Talent Employer Sponsored program allows employers to sponsor overseas workers for highly skilled niche positions that cannot be filled:

  • by Australian workers
  • through other standard visa programs - in particular, the Short-term stream and Medium-term stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa

Before the Department enters into an agreement, businesses must be able to demonstrate that they cannot fill the position through existing skilled visa programs.

You will then be able to sponsor workers for a TSS visa under the GTES.

Any position filled through a GTES agreement must provide opportunities for Australians by, for example:

  • creating new jobs for Australians
  • transferring skills and knowledge to Australian workers
  • You must demonstrate how you realise these opportunities throughout the GTES agreement period.

Key features

The main features of the GTES are:

  • trusted employers can access highly-skilled roles - you are not restricted to occupation lists for the TSS visa short-term or medium–term streams
  • there are 2 streams – Established business and Startups
  • the earning threshold for applicants is higher than under the standard TSS stream
  • you can negotiate variations on the standard TSS visa requirements
  • the visa is valid for up to 4 years and allows access to a permanent residence pathway
  • you can negotiate age requirements for the permanent residence pathway
  • priority processing of GTES agreements

Approved businesses must meet specific criteria and requirements to be considered for the GTES.

GTES streams

Established Business stream

The Established Business stream lets employers who are accredited sponsors employ workers with cutting-edge skills to help innovate in an established business and make Australian businesses and their Australian employees the best at what they do.

The main features of this stream are:

  • access up to 20 positions per year (applicant and position criteria must be satisfied on each occasion)
  • flexibility in certain visa criteria, including access to 4 year TSS visas
  • transitional pathway to permanent residence after 3 years, including age cap concessions
  • simpler agreement applications and faster processing of agreements
  • if the position ceases, the visa holder will have 60 days to find a new sponsor and a new visa or depart Australia

Startup stream

The Startup stream lets employers sponsor workers with cutting-edge skills to contribute to Australia's developing startup ecosystem and bring new ideas, new jobs, new skills and new technology into Australia.

This stream is for startups operating in a tech-based or STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field.

The main features of this stream are:

  • access up to 5 positions per year (applicant and position criteria must be satisfied on each occasion).
  • flexibility in certain visa criteria, including access to 4 year TSS visas.
  • transitional pathway to permanent residence after 3 years, including age cap concessions.
  • simpler agreement applications and faster processing of agreements.
  • if the position ceases the visa holder will have 60 days to find a new sponsor and a new visa or depart Australia

Startups must be endorsed by the independent GTES startup advisory panel.

Panel members include:

  • Alex McCauley (Chair), Chief Executive Officer, StartupAUS
  • Alex Gruszka, Chief Operating Officer, StartupAUS
  • Bronwen Clune, Digital Director, LaunchVIC
  • Emily Close, Head of Venture Community & Business Development, AirTree
  • Lorraine Chiroiu, Chief Executive Officer, AusBiotech
  • Murray Hurps, Director of Entrepreneurship, Director/Co-founder University of Technology Sydney, Startup Muster

Eligibility criteria

Established Business

Employer criteria

  • Demonstrate that access to the GTES will support job opportunities and skills transfer for Australians
  • Labour market testing evidence for the specific positions as part of requesting a GTES agreement
  • The employer must be in good standing with relevant regulatory agencies, including compliance with immigration and workplace laws
  • Must be publicly listed or have an annual turnover of at least AUD4 million for each of the past 2 years
  • Be endorsed as a TSS accredited sponsor

Applicant and position criteria

  • Must meet health, character and security requirements
  • No familial relationship with directors/shareholders
  • Qualifications must be commensurate with the highly skilled role
  • At least 3 years work experience directly relevant to position
  • Capacity to pass on skills/develop Australians
  • Position must have minimum annual earnings equivalent to the Fair Work High Income Threshold (AUD148,700 as at 1 July 2019)

For further information regarding High Income Employees see the Fairwork Ombudsman website.

Startup

Employer criteria

  • Demonstrate that access to the GTES will support job opportunities and skills transfer for Australians.
  • Labour market testing evidence for the specific positions as part of requesting a GTES agreement.
  • The employer must be in good standing with relevant regulatory agencies, including compliance with immigration and workplace laws.
  • Operates in a technology based or STEM-related field (eg digital, biomedical, agtech).
  • Independent startup advisory panel will assess and endorse the business as a viable and genuine startup.

Applicant and position criteria

  • Must meet health, character and security requirements.
  • No familial relationship with directors/shareholders.
  • Qualifications must be commensurate with the highly skilled role.
  • At least 3 years work experience directly relevant to position.
  • Capacity to pass on skills/develop Australians.
  • Minimum annual earnings at the market salary rate, but not less than AUD80,000. This can include equity but must have a cash component that is no less than the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (currently AUD53,900).

Startups seeking to access the GTES must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • you have received an investment of at least AUD50,000 from an investment fund registered as an Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnership
  • you have received an Accelerating Commercialisation Grant at any time

 Source: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/

Immigration advice and assistance

In case you meet the requirements to apply for any of these visas, the first step is to have a legal consultation with one of our immigration lawyers. The purpose of this consultation is to analyze your case in detail, confirm your eligibility and give the lawyer the opportunity to create a fully customized visa strategy.

For further information about visa applications, please call our office on 02 6247 7577 or send an email to: info@visaustralia.com

VisAustralia is committed to working hard to assist our clients, negotiate the application process and apply for permanent residence in Australia.

 

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