Your Guide to the Global Talent Independent Program Australia

Fast-Tracked Immigration For Highly-Skilled Professionals

Do you hold a senior position in your company? Would you like to live and work in Australia?

This guide explains the how the Global Talent Independent Program can allow you to do this.

Australia is always on the lookout for skills and expertise to continue to support Australia’s international competitiveness and we need leaders to do so. If you hold a senior position in your industry and are looking for your next challenge, you may qualify for a Global Talent Independent Program (GTI)  visa (also known as a Subclass 858 visa).

The Global Talent visa program is for applicants who are recognised as being at, or near the top of their field in their home country. For example, you may be a Professional (i.e. Senior Manager), an Academic, a Sports Professional, or work at a senior level in the arts.

You must demonstrate a record of achievement at a senior level over a significant period of time.  For example, you may be, or have been, a Senior Manager in a sizeable organisation. You would have the required qualifications and a demonstrated track record of employment in your area. You should have some recognised achievements, such as industry awards; newspaper and magazine articles; links to reputable websites that refer to your achievements.

The key factor to note is that you must be working at a senior level, not at middle level. This visa is for leaders with a national reputation in their sector.

Candidates who have skills of benefit to Australia but are not industry, sporting or academic leaders should look at other visa options such as:

If you’d like to discuss your application with one of our experts, you can schedule a call on our contact page.
The full list of common visa types is here: Common Visa Types

If you would like to know the official government position on the GTI visa class, more information can be found on the Department of Immigration website.

What are the benefits of qualifying for a Global Talent Independent visa?

Well, for one, the wait times are shorter than for other visa classes. How would you like to have your visa approved in as little as 3 months?

The Global Talent pathway offers priority processing for highly-skilled applicants who meet the criteria. You must be one of the brightest and best in one of the priority sectors AND you must show evidence that you have the ability to earn a salary of AUD$158,500 or more with an Australian organisation. 

What are the priority sectors?

  • Energy
  • Resources
  • Education
  • Circular economy
  • Health industries
  • Agriculture (Agri-Food and Ag-Tech)
  • Defence, advanced manufacturing and space
  • Infrastructure and tourism
  • Financial services and fintech

If this sounds like you, then the Global Talent visa has two pathways:

  1. The Global Talent Pathway, and
  2. The Distinguished Talent Pathway

What is the difference between the Global Talent Pathway and the Distinguished Talent Pathway?

The Global Talent Pathway requires an Expression of Interest (EOI) to be submitted first. If you meet the program parameters you will receive an invitation to apply for the visa with a unique invitation reference and invitation code. It’s much like getting access to an exclusive club where only the best of the best can apply.

If you don’t work in one of the priority areas, or have the ability to earn a salary over AUD$158,800, you can still apply for the visa through the Distinguished Talent pathway. Don’t be mistaken though and think that this pathway is easier. It is not. You still have to show that you have a demonstrated international record of exceptional and outstanding achievements.

How do you demonstrate your international achievement?

For example, an applicant rated at, or near, the top of their field in their home country would be considered to have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement if:

  • the field is undertaken and recognised in a number of countries; and
  • the achievement would be similarly recognised in relation to international and Australian standards (where such standards apply) for that area.

Senior positions held by individuals:

  • A senior academic (such as a professor), or a senior executive (such as a CEO or Vice President). An organisation with an internationally renowned reputation would be considered as an ‘international organisation’;
  • An individual with an established track record of holding senior positions in organisations, in a number of countries;
  • An individual completing major international projects that have had a wide reaching impact. For example:
    • a pharmaceutical executive who has led projects and as a result, successfully accelerated the clinical trial process to achieve a medical outcome, would be considered as an individual who has had a wide-reaching impact on the health benefits of society; or
    • a senior software engineer who has successfully led the innovation and implementation of a novel product with market disrupting qualities which will positively impact on the productivity on the industry; or
    • an individual whose research in their field is internationally lauded or has global application. For example, a scientist involved in genomic sequencing whose work has benefits for international pandemic control; or a computer scientist whose pioneering research has been recognised with an international award for enduring impacts on the computing industry.

Professional athlete whose performance is internationally recognised through success in competing at major national or international events.

Internationally acclaimed artist with a sustained record of well-recognised work.

How does the Department assess this achievement?

  • information provided by an accepted nominator who has a national reputation in relation to the applicant’s area of claimed achievement. This may include a full account of the reasons why the nominator believes the applicant has an exceptional and outstanding record of achievement;
  • supporting statements and material provided by the applicant detailing relevant aspects of their record of achievement, including their qualifications, awards, and professional or academic positions held. This could include information relating to achievements both in Australia and overseas;
  • supporting statements from internationally recognised individuals or organisations in the applicant’s claimed area of achievement who are qualified to comment on the applicant’s achievements and the applicant’s reputation within the area; and
  • prestigious and internationally recognised awards received from internationally recognised institutions or organisations.

What type of evidence you need for the following fields:

Academia and research

  • reports commissioned;
  • books published;
  • articles published in refereed journals with strong reputation, high Journal Impact Factor (JIF) and a high standard of peer-review as reflected by the prestige of the journal
  • prestigious and internationally recognised awards received;
  • recognition by peers (including an exceptional record of citations in journals);
  • statements of achievement from government, professional, scientific or other relevant bodies;
  • honours and accolades (for example, a Nobel Prize; an award from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), or the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC));
  • professional designation such as Professor, PhD, or M.D (Doctor of Medicine), or associated with credentials attesting to specific competence, learning or skills;
  • membership of international groups and organisations associated with the area of learning;
  • evidence of government/private grants associated with the applicant’s research;
  • evidence of receiving a fellowship or an honorary appointment such as Professor or Associate Professor in one or more highly regarded educational institutions that specialises in the same field;
  • academic qualifications associated with the applicant’s area of expertise that are equivalent to Australian standards, as set out in the Australian Qualifications Framework;
  • scale and audience of research undertaken or completed;
  • statements from the applicant’s research supervisor (or professor) that the student’s thesis/ research has strong prospects of being published;
  • evidence of patents with strong prospects of application and commercialisation;
  • links to any reputable websites that refer to the applicant and what they have done/achieved.

A profession

  • prestigious national and international industry awards and accolades;
  • references from current and past employers;
  • statements from prominent business and industry peers;
  • academic degrees or professional designations associated with the applicant’s profession;
  • personal/professional titles (such as CEO, Director, Department Head and Professor) indicating an earned rank or position that is senior, in relation to the hierarchy within the formal structure of an internationally recognised organisation;
  • newspaper and magazine articles attesting to achievements and/or awards; and
  • links to any reputable websites that refer to the applicant and what they have achieved.

A sport

  • national and international rankings;
  • membership of national sporting teams;
  • results in international competitions or tournaments;
  • statements from international sporting bodies;
  • sporting scholarships received;
  • newspaper and magazine articles attesting to achievements; and
  • links to any reputable websites that refer to the applicant’s sporting achievements.

The arts

  • books published;
  • national and international sales achieved;
  • awards and commissions received;
  • galleries in which works are displayed;
  • scale and audience of displays held;
  • recognition by peers;
  • honours and accolades (for example, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award, an Academy Award, or a Nobel Prize in Literature);
  • academic qualifications associated with the applicant’s area of the arts;
  • statements from national and international artistic bodies;
  • newspaper and magazine articles attesting to achievements;
  • links to any reputable websites that refer to the applicant’s artistic achievements.

What if you’ve held these positions but no longer do?

You must still be prominent in your field

it is expected that you are currently active in your field. What if you have taken a break? Had a child and been on maternity leave? What effect does this have on your prominence? There are ways to satisfy this, so please talk to us.

You should provide a combination of the following to demonstrate you are prominent in your field/area of expertise:

  • details of recently completed projects;
  • evidence of current or recent studies and research in a relevant PhD course;
  • details of recent publications;
  • details of current and recently held senior positions in a sizable business or organisation;
  • evidence of delivering a presentation at professional forums, conferences and events;
  • reference letter from a university or employer;
  • evidence of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property held;
  • evidence of recent national and international awards;
  • evidence of membership of prominent international bodies, professional associations and current registrations/ licences.

You must be an ‘asset’ to Australia

What does ‘asset’ mean?

It means that your settlement in Australia will be ‘useful’ to and benefit the Australian public.

‘Asset’ does not only refer to economic benefit. It could also refer to social and/or cultural benefit to the Australian community.

How is this assessed?

You will be considered an asset to the Australian community if you: 

  • raise Australia’s technical and/or academic standards internationally;
  • will introduce and/or transfer skills to Australia;
  • will elevate Australia’s competitiveness and reputation in sports and the arts; or
  • will make a significant positive social or cultural impact on the Australian community.

What kind of information/documentation should you provide to demonstrate you will be an asset:

  • evidence that they have created a product/ technological advancement that is unique, and cutting edge in nature;
  • evidence demonstrating that the applicant’s research fills a significant knowledge gap and will be of benefit to industry, business or academia in Australia; or
  • evidence of their involvement in successfully establishing a start-up company, which is still operating.


You must demonstrate that you would have no difficulty in obtaining employment, or in becoming established independently in Australia within your area of achievement.

How is this assessed?

  • employment contracts or offers of employment related to the area of achievement for work in Australia. This may be evidenced by current and future employment opportunities from employers, employment/recruitment agencies, universities or organisations involved with the area of achievement in Australia;
  • evidence of self-employment or opportunities to establish a viable business within the area of achievement;
  • evidence of sponsorships, scholarships, grants or other payments intended to support the applicant while they are engaged in activities related to the area of achievement;
  • evidence of academic qualifications in their area of achievement; or
  • a demonstrated track record of previous employment in their area of achievement.

How we help you with your application

The first thing we do, and the most important thing, is to have a consultation with you to really determine if you meet the criteria. There is no charge for this consultation.

We spend as much time with you as we need to find out your background and your achievements, and to confirm how you can provide the evidence that is required. We may be chatting with you for one hour or more. Whatever it takes for us to confidently advise you whether or not to apply for the visa. We have a 100% success rate with these applications but that is only because we spend a long time ensuring that you can satisfy the criteria. If we are not confident, we will tell you. We are careful, thorough and rigorous in our assessment. At the end of the consultation, you will know exactly how to proceed. We don’t take risks with your future, your money and your visa status.

The next step is to provide you with a detailed list of documentation we require to evidence your career. This includes talking to your nominator to get the required evidence of their internationally recognised achievements.

We spend many hours checking your documents and doing our own research on your achievements. We go through every piece of evidence in detail. We must clearly and convincingly demonstrate to the Department that you are worthy of a Global Talent visa.

Next Step - Book a Call

What our previous clients have done is to book a time for an introductory chat to see if they qualify for the Global Talent Independent Program or, alternatively, the Distinguished Talent Program. It’s easy to organise and you can relax knowing that the application will be handled on your behalf by us.

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