Australian Government has recently established its intention to rebuild its economy through immigration. It will triple the visa quota to be issued under the Global Talent Independent Program (GTI) for the upcoming program year.
Going by the previous trend, foreign skilled workers in the tech sector received the highest number of visas through the Global Talent Independent program between July 1 and December 21, 2020. Further, the department of Home Affairs revealed that a total of 11013 visas were granted to skilled workers belonging to future-focused sectors of Australia such as quantum information, data science and IT. More invitations were issued to foreigners in the medtech industry, followed by energy and mining technology, agtech, space and advanced manufacturing, fintech and cyber security.
What Is Global Talent Independent (GTI) Program?
The Global Talent Independent Visa Program of Australia was launched in November 2019 with an aim to attract global tech talent permanently in Australia. It was launched with an intention to fulfil labour demand and opportunities in very new occupations and new sectors as existing occupation visa based models were proven inadequate.
Earlier, the Department of Home Affairs explained, “when a new occupation emerges, it is a challenge to fit them under the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) list of classification. This list primarily provides information on the skill levels, qualifications and experience required to be eligible for a skilled working visa. But when it comes to new occupations belonging to future-focus industries, this classification can be a bit difficult in terms of skilled migration context. For such occupations, GTI program proves to be effective.”
Four Key Considerations To Improve Your Chances
Consider the following four points to make a successful GTI application:
- Future-focussed Sectors:
Under the GTI program, candidates must have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in one of the following areas:
- Space and Advanced Manufacturing;
- Energy and Mining Technology;
- Cyber Security; or
- Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT.
International Students in this cohort can start the GTI process as soon as they know that they will submit their thesis in the next 6 months.
Please note: Effective from 20 January 2021, Masters and Bachelor with Honours graduates are no longer eligible for invitation to the GTI program on the basis of their qualifications alone.
- Exception and Outstanding Requirements
A GTI applicant need to demonstrate a strong record of outstanding achievements, and that they are still prominent in their field of expertise such as:
- evidence of awards,
- memberships, and
- Senior roles in the nominated field. Details of projects, research, and other professional recognition should also be provided.
Nomination from individuals in any university of Australia is an added advantage.
- Proving Your Worth To Australia
GTI applicants need to show how their skills and achievements would be an asset to Australia. They may start by demonstrating:
- how their knowledge and experience will positively impact Australia’s economy,
- add to project development and research,
- give Australia a competitive advantage, or
- introduce new skills to the Australian community.
- Ability to secure employment
- Evidence of job opportunities in the nominated field may be provided.
- How is your Application Prioritized
The Minister for Immigration has made a formal direction to give highest priority to applicants who is related to one of the following sectors:
- Agri-food and AgTech;
- Health industries;
- Defence, advanced manufacturing and space;
- Circular economy;
- Infrastructure and tourism;
- Financial services and FinTech;
However, applicants who do not fall into one of the higher priority categories will still be processed.
Looking for Visa Assistance?
The GTI program is great for skilled professionals as well as local employers looking to attract significant foreign talent. Team at CanApprove is capable of providing you with expert counseling and guidance to apply for Australia Immigration through various such programs. Book your appointment today to get started.