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How do I apply for a fast tracked Global Talent visa? (updated: 20 May 2024)

By 30 March, 2022May 20th, 20242,147 Comments20 min read

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On 4 November 2019, the Global Talent Independent (GTI) program was officially launched to provide a streamlined, priority pathway for highly skilled and talent individuals to obtain Australian permanent residency.

This program is another layer of the “Global Talent” initiative that the Department of Home Affairs (Department) have rolled out to support innovation in Australia, which joins the renamed “Global Talent – Employer Sponsored” (GTES) scheme. You can read a general summary of these two schemes here.

As part of the 2024/25 federal budget, the Australian government announced that while there will still be 4,000 spots for this program, it will be replaced by the “National Innovation” visa. Please see further information about this visa here.

What is the Global Talent – Independent program?

The GTI program is designed to attract skilled migrants at the top of specific key sectors to Australia. It operates through an additional layer on top of an existing visa – being the Global Talent (Subclass 858) visa (discussed further below).

The GTI program involves the Department taking on a more active role by engaging “Global Talent Officers” (GTO) in key locations overseas to invite targeted individuals to apply for an Australian visa. GTOs will work with countries in their regions and attend key events/expos to promote this program.

Individuals interested in this program, should submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) with the Department of Home Affairs (Department) to be invited to apply for this visa. A successful candidate will receive a unique identifier and be invited to apply for a Global Talent visa. For the:

  • 2019/20 migration programme year – there were 5,000 spots;
  • 2020/21 migration programme year – there were 15,000 spots;
  • 2021/22 migration programme year – there were 15,000 spots;
  • 2022/23 migration program year – there were 5,000 spots;
  • 2023/24 migration program year – there are 5,000 spots; and
  • 2024/25 migration program year – there will be 4,000 spots for it’s final year (see here) before being replaced by the “National Innovation” visa.

In particular, the Department aim to target individuals with profiles relevant to the following 10 sectors (set out in Direction 89) (see below).

The Department are also looking to target certain student cohorts with research that is internationally recognised and relevant to those targeted industries, including those who have recently (in the last 3 years) completed a PhD.

What is a Global Talent visa?

The Global Talent visa aims to attract individuals who have an “internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement” in either a profession, sport, the arts, or academia and research. The GTI program utilises the “profession” or “academic and research” aspects of this visa.

It also requires the applicant to still be prominent in the area, be an asset to the Australian community, demonstrate that they’d have no difficulty in obtaining employment (or being established independently) in the area, and be nominated by either an Australian individual or organisation with a national reputation in the area.

You can read more about the Global Talent visa here.

Am I eligible under this program?

Broadly speaking, to be eligible under this program, a candidate must:

  • fit under one of the 10 targeted sectors outlined above; and
  • have an “internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement” in their field, and either:
    • be able to attract a salary equivalent to the Fair Work High Income Threshold (FWHIT), currently AUD $167,500 (due to increase on 1 July 2024); or
    • have completed their PhD in the past 3 years (degree conferred).

If you do not satisfy the above, you would not be eligible under this program. Please note that being eligible is not necessarily the same as being likely to receive an invitation given the highly competitive nature of the program, which has increased due to the growing popularity and awareness as well as the reduce allocations.

What are the 10 target sectors?

Though we are not aware of any official definition of the 10 target sectors, Direction 89 represents a departure from the original 7 target sectors which largely related to “Tech”. This broadening moves away from that “Tech” emphasis and more into the Department’s other priority sectors.

Examples of relevant skill sets to the target sectors include the following:

Resources

Engineering, Geology, Metallurgy, Waste Management, Energy Saving Technology, Extraction and Processing

Agri-food and AgTech

Seed technology, nanomaterials, biofuels, supply chain and packaging, wearable technologies

Energy

Clean energy, resource robotics, computational metallurgy, geostatistics, beneficiation, battery / energy storage

Health Industries

Medical and biomedical technology, pharmaceutical and vaccine research and development, IT biochemistry, digital health, implantables and wearable devices, genomics

Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space

Astrodynamics, satellite systems, rocket and avionics systems, urban mobility, military equipment acquisition and sustainment, automation and robotics, nano-manufacturing, sustainable manufacturing and life-cycle engineering

Circular Economy

Bioenergy, sustainable production, recycling, waste treatment, waste to energy technology, emissions technology, ecologically sustainable manufacturing

DigiTech

Quantum computing, cyber sciences, cyber security, artificial intelligence, blockchain, IoT, big data, disruptive technologies, smart cities, machine learning, network engineering, cloud computing

Infrastructure

Water infrastructure, Energy infrastructure, regional development

Tourism

Travel and tourism infrastructure

Financial Services and FinTech

Neobanking, payment systems, wealth and regtech, blockchain

Education

Cutting edge skills in emerging fields of the industry, developing advanced educational systems and curricula, improving the education infrastructure in Australia, digital data and eResearch platforms

You can read more about relevant skill sets to these target sectors and specialisations that the Department aim to prioritise here.

How do I apply?

To access one of the 5,000 positions under the GTI for priority processing, there are three steps:

  1. the unique identifier and code issued by the Department
  2. a nomination and
  3. the Global Talent visa application itself.

    Presently, to be considered under the GTI program, you would need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) here directly to the Department. You will need to have a nominator at this time, you can read some information about the Form 1000 and the nomination process here.

    In our view, your GTI EOI should submit a covering letter, a CV, and evidence of your claimed achievements.

    Once the referral has been assessed, the Department would email the candidate a unique identifier number and code to make the Global Talent visa application and be considered under the GTI provisions.

    Although the application form may now be completed online, the Form 1000 (which has to be completed by the nominator) is still a paper-based form that then needs to be scanned and uploaded.

    Your nominator must complete this form, and they must be an:

    • Australian Citizen/PR/eligible NZ Citizen; or
    • Australian organisation

    who has a “national reputation” in relation to the area.

    The nomination process is basically an endorsement of your skills, rather than a “sponsorship” with attached obligations (other than to tell the truth of course). You can read more about the nomination and the Form 1000 requirements here.

    We recommend:

    • reviewing your nominator profile to ensure that they have a “national reputation” before asking them to assist;
    • sending the Form 1000 to your nominator when you first ask them to assist to ensure they’re comfortable with what’s on the form.

    Both of these steps are to save an awkward conversation down the line.

    The key criteria is being able to demonstrate that you have an “internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement” in your field. This is to distinguish “ordinary” individuals.

    The successful individuals with whom Hannan Tew Lawyers have advised and assisted have: received awards/media coverage of their work, made publications (general/academic), hold patents, spoken at conferences, and/or have held senior positions at international companies.

    The visa applicant must also be of good health and character, which means that police clearances and health examinations must be provided/undertaken.

    How much does it cost?

    The government lodgement fees for this application (set to increase from 1 July 2024) are:

    Main applicant
    Dependent (18+)
    Dependent (<18)

    $4,710

    $2,360 each

    $1,180 each

    Over-18 dependent applicants who do not have “functional English” also have to pay an additional $4,890 when the visa is ready to be granted.

    Our professional fees for an individual applicant are set out as follows (note that fees are subject to your individual circumstances as determined in a consultation):

    Consultation1 hour discussion

    $ 330-440

    Inc GST
    • Written Eligibility Assessment
    • Consideration of Other Visas
    • Undertaken by Video Conference
    Book

    EOI

    $ 5,500

    Inc GST
    • Review of Documents
    • Preparation of Support Letter
    • Submission of EOI
    Contact Us

    Visa

    $ 4,400

    Inc GST
    • Review of Documents
    • Preparation of Complete Application
    • Submission of Global Talent Visa Application
    Contact Us

    How long will it take to receive an outcome on my EOI?

    The pathway of obtaining priority processing via GTO referral has ceased. The Department’s website for the GTI program no longer lists GTO email addresses, and specifically states that “Departmental officers (formerly known as Global Talent Officers) no longer provide individual support to candidates”.

    Practically, this means where it was previously possible to obtain EOI outcomes in 1 month or less for high profile candidates, all applicants will now be subject to “standard” processing times. As at the time of writing, the Department are currently processing EOIs in about 3-6 months.

    The Department have indicated that certain individuals who are endorsed by “Whole of Government partners” may be supported in exceptional cases.

    What is the impact of Direction 100?

    On 28 October 2022, the Department issued Direction No. 100 which outlines the order of consideration of skilled visas, including Global Talent visas (see here).

    This sets out the order of priority for certain visas, and gives the highest priority to applications in relation to a healthcare or teaching occupation.

    Within the list of priority, it also gives the highest priority to visa applications:

    1. where the primary applicant is located outside Australia at the time the visa application is made; and
    2. made by Hong Kong nationals.

    How can we engage Hannan Tew Lawyers?

    There are two ways to engage us, there are routes that can be taken:

    1. undertake an initial consultation to discuss your circumstances, and for us to provide advice and options. A fee of $330-440 is applicable which consist of a 1 hour discussion followed by written advice. This is if you want to discuss your circumstances further, get an idea as to process, confirm eligibility, and ask any other questions you may have. You can view our availability and book in a time convenience for you here; or
    2. if you are confident about eligibility and do not want the consultation and advice, we can go ahead and prepare a GTI EOI application for you for $5,500. However, if we later found that you were not eligible for the visa, we would only be able to refund that amount less the time already spent on your matter.

    What is the process once we engage you?

    In the first instance, we would need to send over our cost agreement (CA) outlining our fees, scope of services and terms and conditions of engagement for your review.

    If you were happy with the contents, we would ask that you sign the document and deposit the professional fees upfront into our trust account. Your funds would remain in trust until your GTI EOI was lodged after which we’d issue an invoice and move the funds from trust in payment of our invoice.

    Upon receipt of the signed CA and deposit, we would send a template statement, reference letters and a list of documentation required. A significant part of our services involve the drafting of the cover letter which we’d send for your review, and work together to finalise . We also review all documentation (including reference letters prior to signature), and make suggestions of what documents to include or not include.

    We submit the GTI EOI as your appointed legal representatives and all correspondence related to your GTI EOI should be directed to us (with which we would of course update you).

    Common mistakes?

    Having spoken to hundreds of prospective applicants and assisted numerous individuals through both the GTI Expression of Interest (EOI) and the Global Talent visa application itself, you can read about some of the most common mistakes we have found by EOI applicants here.

    Frequently asked Questions

    Hannan Tew Lawyers have had a significant amount of queries from individuals both at EOI and at visa application stage. This means that we’ve noticed a trend of common queries, which we’re happy to share with you.

    What were the 14 November 2020 changes to the Global Talent visa?

     On 14 November 2020, the Department passed legislation that removed the offshore Subclass 124 visa and made some major amendments to the onshore Global Talent Subclass 858 visa application. You can read a summary of these changes here.

    What were the 20 January 2021 changes to the GTI program and EOI eligibility?

    From 20 January 2021, Bachelor (with Honours) and Masters graduates are no longer eligible for invitation to the GTI program on the basis of those qualifications alone. This replaces older guidelines which considered applicants who:
    1. were recent Masters or Honours graduates (who completed their studies in the last 3 years);
    2. had obtained a WAM of at last 80% or more; and
    3. the course was directly related to the relevant target sector.

    These individuals were also considered to have the ability to attract the Fair Work High Income Threshold (FWHIT) requirements.

    The Department have advised that the new changes apply “regardless of the date you submitted your EOI”, meaning it applies to existing EOIs which have already been submitted.

    That is not to say that recent Masters or Bachelors (Honours) graduates should not apply, but that they must also demonstrate international recognition outside of their academic achievements in order to receive an invitation.

    Note that candidates in the above cohort who received an invitation reference identifier prior to 20 January 2021 will still be eligible to lodge an application for a Distinguished Talent (subclass 858) visa with priority processing. 

    What were the 27 February 2021 changes to the Global Talent visa?

    On 27 February 2021, the Distinguished Talent visa was renamed the Global Talent visa.  The Subclass and criteria remained the same.

    I am a PhD Graduate, am I likely to be invited?

    Our experience has been that the Department have a strong preference for PhD graduates who:
    • are undertaking research that is highly novel and/or can be commercialised; and/or
    • have demonstrated employability (i.e. securing a postdoctoral position and/or a job in the industry).

    As a PhD graduate the strength of your application lies in your research quality. Having secured employment is strong evidence that your research is valued as either further funding is flowing to support that research, or a commercial business is seeking to apply your research. .

    Do I get an acknowledgement after submitting my EOI?

    Once you select “Submit”, an acknowledgement message will be displayed. You will not receive an email confirming that your EOI has been received. The Department will be in contact to either request further information/documents from you, or issue you a unique identifier.

    How long does it take to get a response from my EOI?

    See the section above – the general answer is that it varies and unfortunately, the Department do not publish their processing times. Presently, we’ve been receiving outcomes in about 3 months.

    Does the Department advise me if my EOI is unsuccessful?

    The Department have indicated that they will advise EOI applicants whether they were successful or not. Please see our interview with a Global Talent Officer on this point here. This has also been our experience.

    What if I don’t meet one of the 10 targeted sectors?

    The GTI program is specifically to target people in those sectors. If you clearly do not meet these sectors, then this program is not for you. However, there are many instances where an individual may meet one of these sectors without realising it. Feel free to reach out to us if you think you that you may be a candidate but are unsure as to whether you meet one of the sectors.

    How do I know if I am a “distinguished talent”?

    This is quite a subjective assessment. Consider whether you have had significant academic or professional accomplishments that are not in the “ordinary” course, look at what we’ve described above as successful candidates who have received EOIs. Feel free to reach out to us if you think you may be such a candidate, but are unsure as to whether you might qualify.

    How do I find a nominator?

    This is the most common question we receive from offshore EOI applicants and the answer depends on your personal circumstances. It could be your employer, an industry colleague, an academic colleague, or even an industry body. Various skills assessing authorities also now offer this service including the ACS, Engineers Australia, Institute of Managers and Leaders, and the Australian Institute of Medical and Clinical Scientists. You can apply for these before submitting your EOI.

    Do you assist with finding a nominator?

    Where engaged to assist with the GTI EOI or Global Talent visa, we provide recommendations based on an individual’s profile. However, we do not source a nominator for you.

    What are the requirements for the nominator?

    The criteria to be a nominator is set out above and we have  written an article that helps explains what this means for them here. The nominator will need to provide the Form 1000 and some evidence to demonstrate that they have a “national reputation” in the same field as you.

    If I receive a unique identifier, does this guarantee that my Distinguished Talent visa application will be granted?

    No, it does not. You still need to meet all the criteria for grant of the actual visa, including health and character clearances.

    How long is the processing time for the Global Talent visa itself?

    Most applications are finalised in 9-12 months, largely depending on how complete the application is (i.e. whether documents were missing) and availability to undertake health examinations.

    I’ve received a unique identifier, but I have family members (spouse/partner, children) outside Australia. What do I do?

    On 14 November 2020, the Department merged both the offshore (Subclass 124) and onshore (Subclass 858) Distinguished Talent visas into one visa subclass – the Subclass 858 visa. Amendments were made such that applicants may be either inside or outside of Australia at time of lodgement. This was later renamed the Global Talent visa.

    I’m in Australia as the holder of a Bridging Visa pending an outcome on a further substantive visa. Can I apply for the Global Talent visa?

    Yes. On 14 November 2020, the Department merged both the offshore (Subclass 124) and onshore (Subclass 858) Distinguished Talent visas into one visa subclass – the Subclass 858 visa (and later named the Global Talent visa). These changes also now allow applicants to apply onshore so long as they hold either a substantive visa, or a Bridging Visa A, B, or C.

    What is the impact of Direction No. 89 and the target sectors?

    On 17 December 2020, the Department issued Direction No. 89 which outlines the order of consideration of the Global Talent visa.  Relevantly, it listed out revised target sectors. You can read a summary of the differences between the old target sectors (largely focused on tech) and the new, existing target 10 target sectors here.

    Will the government extend the Global Talent Independent program?

    The Department has set 4,000 positions for the 2024/25 migration program year, indicating that this is the last year before it is replaced with the “National Innovation” visa. This number represents a slight decrease from 5,000 spots the year before, confirming their intention to leave this as a “niche” pathway for very strong candidates. The program is in high demand, so we encourage eligible applicants to apply as soon as possible to take advantage of the positions.

    Conclusion

    With immigration uncertainty in other countries, the Global Talent Independent program is a positive initiative to try and attract some of the best and brightest talent from around the world.

    Hannan Tew Lawyers have had a significant amount of enquiries about the GTI program, and have been at the forefront of this program since conception (see discussion comments below for example).

    We have been interviewed by various media outlets including ITnews, and SBS regarding our insights and views on the GTI program, and on our insights on immigration more broadly which can be read here. We have also delivered sold out CPD sessions via industry bodies to educate other Migration Agents / Lawyers on this program.

    With significant experience advising the tech and start-up industries in Australia, we have the knowledge and experience to understand your profile and convey the importance of your research, experience and skill sets to the Department to improve your prospects of receiving an invitation and/or the visa itself.

    Please feel free to contact us by email at [email protected] or phone +61 3 9016 0484 if you have further comments or would like some guidance.

    This document does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. Please consult an immigration professional for up to date information.
    Jordan Tew

    Author Jordan Tew

    Jordan is one of less than 50 lawyers who are Accredited Specialists in Immigration Law by the Law Institute of Victoria, and less than 100 nationally. Accredited Specialists undergo a vigorous assessment process, and make up about 1% of all registered migration agents.

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    Join the discussion 2,147 Comments

    • n says:

      Hello and thank you very much for your comments and clarifications.
      We just have heard that getting acceptance in the talent visa is getting harder and harder compared to last year. is that right? I applied around seven months ago and have not heard anything yet. So could you please let us know with restrictions being removed soon in Australia, is there any changes in processing speed of the applications?
      I truly appreciate your answer

      • admin says:

        Hi N,
        The program is still competitive, but for applicant’s who truly are exceptional it is still not problematic.
        It’s unlikely that removal of restrictions are going to change the processing speed of application since the GTI program has generally been exempt from the processing freezes.
        Good luck!
        Hannan Tew

        • Sean says:

          Hello Admin,

          Trust you’re doing well.

          Please do you know the processing time for 2nd application after rejection?
          My thinking is GTI officer may already have previous apllication and outcome report and can easily identify the change in circumstances 😊 🙏

          Sean

          • admin says:

            Hi Sean,
            We’re not aware of any difference in expected processing time for second applications after a rejection.
            As you are making a second application, make sure you are clear about identifying the change of circumstances that means your second one should be assessed differently.
            Good luck!
            Hannan Tew

    • alex hauptmann says:

      What’s the chance of an invitation after the RFI email? Could you please disclosure the average processing time after received RFI based on your cases?

      Best,
      Alex

      • admin says:

        Hi Alex,
        The chance of an invitation after an RFI totally depends on how you respond.
        In any case, usually a decision is made within a couple of weeks of the RFI response, so you seem to be almost there!
        Good luck!
        Hannan Tew

    • Eric says:

      Hello,
      First of all, thank you for the valuable forum and comments.
      I’m currently applying for the 858 Global Talent Visa and living in CA, USA. On the application, the request is to provide “Character History, Evidence of – the UNITED STATES”, Is an FBI or CA background check is enough or do I need to do both checks?
      Thanks again!

      • admin says:

        Hi Eric,
        You’ll most likely require an ‘FBI Identity History Summary’ and a State or Territory Police Clearance for each State or Territory in which you have lived for at least 3 months for the last 12 months.
        Good luck,
        Hannan Tew

      • Mohammad says:

        Hi, I got my PhD degree last month and started a postdoc position this month. My student visa was expired and now I am on bridging visa A. I have heard that I cannot apply for GTI since I am on a bridging visa. Is that true?
        Given the situation is becoming tougher and the regulations in Australia are always changing, I don’t think the bridging visa holders should rely on this visa given that the issue of visa 485 takes a very long time. Don’t you think so?

    • Koranat says:

      Hi Hannan,

      Is a PhD student who has thesis submission due in 6 months still eligible for GTI or only PhD grads within the last 3 years are considered?

      Many thanks,
      B

      • admin says:

        Hi Koranat,
        The short answer is that you do not need a PhD to be considered for the GTI program (you just need international recognition).
        Previously claims were made for international recognition on the basis of a PhD student within the last 6 months of submission which is no longer sufficient.
        Good luck,
        Hannan Tew

        • Koranat says:

          Hi Hannan,

          Thanks so much for the reply.

          So if I have the internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement (e.g., publications) but do not have an income which meet FWHIT, I will satisfy the criteria by only having completed the PhD within the last 3 years?

          Cheers,
          Koranat

          • admin says:

            Hi Koronat,
            That’s right, recent PhD graduates in the target sector (those who completed PhD’s in the last 3 years) won’t need to show they are earning an income about the FWHIT.
            Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you require further assistance.
            Kind regards,
            Hannan Tew

    • Ali says:

      Hi Hennan and All,
      Anybody applied for the Australian citizenship on the basis of GTI 858 visa as the Govt will relax the requirements for the GTI visa holders?

      Any updates?

    • Aakaash says:

      Hi Hannan Tew Lawyers,

      Great and informative blog post! I wanted to ask if I should consider applying for the GTI visa now or wait for a few years. I am in the last 6 months of my PhD in Australia and have several internationally recognised publications at top tier conferences and journals in Robotics and AI. I also have two international patents for a device created while here in Australia, and a startup that I co-founded. Do you believe with this background it is worthwhile pursuing the VISA application now or should i wait until graduation. However after graduation do I need to go onto the 485 then apply for the GTI or do I go straight to a bridging VISA?

      Thank you for you advice and I look forward to hearing from you.

      Kind Regards,

      Aakaash

      • admin says:

        Hi Aakash,
        Thanks for reaching out.
        If you have a start-up and patents you might be able to argue that you have international recognition regardless of your PhD and apply now.
        However, you still should still pursue a 485 as the GTI is not guaranteed and can take a significant time to process.
        Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you’d like our assistance.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Rouhollah says:

      Hi Admin,
      Have you seen any movement in the December applications?

    • Masih momeni says:

      Hello..I am working in the field of designing and manufacturing tools and machines for wood and metal industries..I also have a patent in this field..I have several other innovative ideas.Please guide me how I can in good condition to Immigrating to Australia. I am also married and have two children aged ten and sixteen

    • Behzad says:

      Dear admin,
      I am an ophthalmologist with many international achievements. However, I do not have any Australian nominators. I have heard that some Australian organizations can nominate applicants for this visa. Is there any organization that can nominate my EOI as an ophthalmologist physician?
      Thank you in advance,
      Behzad

    • Nisha says:

      Having a PhD in the target sector within 3 years is enough for this? What is the success rate?

      • admin says:

        Hi Nisha,
        We’d need more information to be able to assess your circumstances (and the success rate depends on the quality of the candidate).
        Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you’d like to discuss.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • MMR says:

      Hi admin, there are many people who get GTI visa in previous easily. But I am not sure about the current situation. Do you have any information who are recently get GTI visa? I have submitted the EOI in January 2021 , but I didn’t receive any news so far. If the GTI is still available then Could you please provide me the update for the requirements of GTI application.

      • admin says:

        Hi MMR,
        The requirements of the GTI haven’t changed recently (and are listed on our blog) but processing time can be significant.
        Many applications from late 2020 are still processing.
        Feel free to email us if you feel your EOI was not complete.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Rutty says:

      Hello Hannan

      I want to appreciate the good work you are doing. I lodged my EOI since March, 2021 as offshore applicant with no current job as at the time of lodging. Now, I am currently employed offshore with salary below threshold. I have updated the department about this new engagement to show my prominence in my field. Moreover, I initially applied under Education sector but later see I falls under Resources sector; I updated the department to consider me under Resources. This is my profile:
      Phd in Chemical Engineering in November 2019
      Publications: 74
      Citations: Over 1100
      H-index: 19
      Reviewers of over 30 high-impact journals
      Contribution by UNESCO-EOLSS to a book
      Nominator: Distinguished Professor in my field of study in Australia
      Offshore applicant

      Please, how will I know if the department has updated my profile with the new update on current job offshore and change of sector? Likewise, it has been 8 months of waiting, how much time can I be expecting response from the department?

      Thanks and looking forward to your response

      • admin says:

        Hi Rutty,
        As long as you email the Department with the correct identifying details they should be able to update your application.
        Processing for most applications has unfortunately slowed down, so many applications from late 2020 are still processing.
        Good luck, keep updating the Department as things improve, but otherwise it’s just a waiting game.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • RR says:

      Hi Hannan,
      I got an RFI about my previous GTI application which was about the evidence of the thesis submission. I provided the evidence about the thesis submission after 6 months and my EOI got rejected. I am about to thesis submission now and I already got a postdoc offer at CSIRO with a salary of about 100k. What is the chance of getting an invitation this time if I reapply again?

      • admin says:

        Hi RR,
        It’s definitely worth applying again – though your prospects depend on your overall international recognition.
        Having that Postdoc job offer definitely helps.
        Good luck!
        Hannan Tew

    • Sram says:

      Hi Hannan,

      I have lodged GTIP visa on Nov 16th. Got the medical examination request immediately and was cleared in a few days. However, I see that my application status is still shown as received. No s56 or any other emails. I was going through other related forum and is not hearing any recent visa grant updates. Do you think the recent new outbreak will delay the visa grants? And also is it normal to stay the application status in ‘Received’ status for a long time?

      • admin says:

        Hi Sram,
        Firstly, congratulations on your invite.
        Secondly, a few weeks to process is not too much of a concern for the GTI application. Just make sure all relevant documents are uploaded so you don’t have a request for information.
        All the best,
        Hannan Tew

    • Pushpavalli Raju says:

      Hi Hannan
      I received my GTI visa granted in March this year. I am in India and I am supposed to make my first entry to Australia by March 2022. My intended state to enter is WA (where I used to work and have great network). Given the current circumstances, I am bit doubtful whether I can make the move (with an infant). Could you please guide me whether I could get extension on my first date of entry.
      Your answer will be very helpful.
      Thanks, Pushpa

      • admin says:

        Hi Pushpavalli,
        Firstly, congratulations on your GTI grant.
        Current Department policy is: “Where a person holds a skilled visa and condition 8504 has been imposed, their visa grant letter will advise the date they should first arrive in Australia (initial entry date). Holders of skilled visas should try to enter Australia before their initial entry date. However, we understand that, because of COVID-19 related impacts on travel, some visa holders have been unable to enter Australia by their initial entry date. In this case, holders of valid skilled visas can still enter Australia after their initial entry date. Visa holders should try to arrive as close to their initial entry date as they can, subject to travel and border conditions.” (see here).
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • hanna says:

      Hi Hannan,
      I am doing my phd in Australia and i have a student visa. I have a fulltime job offer. However, I need to start the job in late January22. I wanted to submit my thesis in ate January and right after that, start the fulltime research fellow job. i was wondering if it is possible to do so? i mean right after i submit my phd thesis, is it legal to do a fulltime job? should I change my visa to bridging visa?
      I really appreciate if you advise me. Thanks.
      Hanna

      • admin says:

        Hi Hanna,
        Students who have commenced a masters by research or a doctorate course may actually work unlimited hours after commencing their postgraduate research course so this is likely to apply to you (double check your visa condition).
        Good luck!
        Hannan Tew

    • Tam Lam says:

      Hi Hannan,

      Thanks so much for the great information.
      I am still in the Phd program (hope to submit my thesis next 3 months). I see that PhD student with international recognition is still acceptable for the GTi. Is that correct? I saw many ppl got the invitation after submitting their EOI while others are under processing. Do you have any advice or idea on that? If so I would like to ask you team to help with my application. Thanks.

      • admin says:

        Hi Tam,
        Thanks for reaching out.
        You can still apply as a PhD student, but your prospects are generally low unless you can show international recognition notwithstanding the PhD study alone (a higher threshold than PhD gradutes).
        If you want to speak to us about your prospects, feel free to email us at [email protected]
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Shalu says:

      Hi Hannan,

      I submitted my EOI with ACS nomination in Feb 2021 and still haven’t heard back on the outcome. Any suggestions what might be the reason?

      Thank you!

      • admin says:

        Hi Shalu,
        Thanks for reaching out.
        Applications can take 12+ months to process. If you believe you have compassionate or compelling reasons for priority processing, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Mandeep says:

      My brother has completed his Phd and waiting for conferral award in Victoria , Australia.His PhD is in Information systems and he has international publications ,citations and is a reviewer in many journals. He has a full time job in IT sector .What is his prospects for Global talent visa.His salary is not meeting the threshold .
      He is an adjunct fellow in his university..

      • admin says:

        Hi Mandeep,
        There’s nothing stopping PhD candidates from applying, but they have more onerous assessment criteria. They must show that they have a prior internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in a priority sector prior to their studies. PhD graduates are exempt from the salary threshold (for up to three years after graduation).
        Feel free to contact us at [email protected] for a formal assessment.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Ali Khan says:

      I got a one-year contract in university as a lecturer. Salary is 90k annual much below the threshold. Rest my profile is really good. Do you think I can be considered despite this low salary? Regards

    • Jasmine says:

      Hi there,

      My name is Jasmine and I completed my PhD (officially conferred) in Pharmacology from University of South Australia in August 2021. I had submitted my EOI with all the required documents (including a nominator willing to support my application) outlining my academic and professional achievements for the global talent visa on 16th November 2020 and still have no response (more than 13 months now) on the outcome of my EOI. I have been employed full time since November 2020 and work with an Australian biotech firm in Adelaide. Would appreciate if some advice is given on the EOI processing timeframes for this visa.

      Thank you.
      Kind regards,
      Jasmine

      • admin says:

        Hi Jasmine,
        Thanks for reaching out. The Department is currently processing most November 2020 applications, but there is a significant slow down during the end of year break.
        I’d expect you receive a decision early in 2022, but feel free to update the Department if you have had significant changes since you submitted.
        Good luck,
        Hannan Tew

    • Jasmine says:

      Thank you Hannan Tew. Your response is highly appreciated.

      Kind regards,
      Jasmine

    • Isaa says:

      Hi Hannan:
      I recently finished my PhD in Economics in Sydney. I have a number of working papers on topics such as environmental issues and trade policy. I have more than 3 years experience in tertiary education at both levels (under and post grad) as a lecturer and tutor. I have a MS in Economics and Finance (honors) and BS in Mathematics. Does my area as a University lecturer in Economics fall under Global Talent Visa Program in Australia?
      Thanks
      Isaa

      • admin says:

        Hi Isaa,
        At first glance, your challenge will be meeting a target sector (e.g. you could look to Circular Economy if your advice is used by the industry).
        Secondly, whether or not you are eligible depends on international recognition (e.g. the citations of your papers, employment, media presence).
        Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you’d like to discuss further.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Arun says:

      Hi – I came to Australia in JULY 2019 on a 4 year subclass 482 visa which was granted on MAY 2019. In JAN 2021 I received DISTINGUISHED TALENT 858 VISA
      I saw a information about fast tracking citizenship for distinguished talent visa holders. Am I eligible for the citizenship to be applied in 2022?
      Under normal circumstances I would be eligible on July 2023 .

      • admin says:

        Hi Arun,
        Unfortunately this new exemption excludes Distinguished / Global Talent visa holders who received an invitation from the Department to apply. Effectively, this means that the above special residence exemptions do not include individuals who obtained their Distinguished / Global Talent visa via the Global Talent Independent (GTI) program and you will have to wait until you meet ordinary general residence provisions before applying. You can read more about this here: https://www.hannantew.com.au/blogs/citizenship/new-special-residence-requirements-for-citizenship/
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

        • ayesha says:

          Hi,
          Kindly guide me at earliest. Can 482A apply for 898 global talent via in 2023/2024?
          Many thanks.

          • admin says:

            Hi Ayesha,
            Yes, at this stage you can still apply for the Global Talent visa if you hold a 482 visa.
            Kind regards,
            Hannan Tew

    • Anna says:

      If I received an invitation from the Department to apply for the Global Talent program – how likely is the application going to be granted? Is it mainly dependent on your health examination outcome and character clearance/assessment or are they also going to review your eligibility (international standing, achievements etc)? I am assuming the eligibility part is done during the EOI review process? Thanks.

      • admin says:

        Hi Anna,
        Generally speaking, once you have an EOI invite you should be able to get the visa without too much difficulty.
        That being said, we have seen additional documents being requested at visa stage when the EOI was not too detailed.
        Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you’d like our assistance, otherwise all the best (and congratulations on the invite).
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • T says:

      I’m currently on bridging visa A as I have applied for my 485 visa in last September and it is still in the processing stage. I’ve received the GTI invite in December and want to apply for the GTI visa. However, as I understand I will be granted bridging visa C if I apply while on bridging visa A. It will not allow me to work in Australia as GTI visa is not listed as a substantive visa for C. Am I missing something or what can I do to apply for GTI while keeping my work rights?
      Thank you very much

      • admin says:

        Hi T,
        The Bridging Visa C won’t come into effect until your BVA is no longer in effect, so even though it might me granted, it might not impact your work rights.
        In any case, you can also consider applying for removal of the work restriction in certain cases.
        Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you’d like further information.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • RR says:

      Hi,
      Can I include the email evidence for the invitation of reviewing papers and invited talk and manuscript for the journal to show I have international recognition?

      Thanks,
      RR

    • Jasmine says:

      Hi Hannan Tew,

      Following my invite, I applied for the visa last week. The Global Talent Officer has raised some queries regarding the ability to obtain future employment. Currently, I hold a PhD and am employed in the health industries sector but do not meet the salary threshold of $158K. The GTO has suggested I could provide evidence of job advertisements demonstrating that I could potentially meet the salary threshold in the future.
      I would highly appreciate if you could provide me with some guidance/share your experiences on what other documents apart from job adverts I can show? I have 28 days to respond to their query.

      Look forward to your response.

      Thanks,
      Jasmine

      • admin says:

        Hi Jasmine,
        Congratulations on the invite!
        You can use things like job offers, market rate data, job advertisements, salary surveys and past contracts.
        Good luck!
        Hannan Tew

    • MFO says:

      Dear admin,

      I am thinking to apply for the Global Talent visa and I am not sure if I am eligible to do that.

      Could you please check my profile below and let me know if I am eligible for GTI?

      As you know everywhere in the world, there are problems that society suffers from, so it is important to identify a problem and think carefully about finding a solution to it or mitigating the effects of this problem.

      1. I have been working in the Jordanian Ministry of Education since 2009 and I have a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.

      2. Since my childhood, I have been thinking about solving some problems, and I have succeeded in solving some of them, and I have not succeeded in others.

      3. I live in a place far from the city center, so 22 years ago I set up a private store in the town and learned to maintain and sell computers and laptops, and I achieved very great success. In 2009, I developed my business and worked in selling mobile devices and Special communication cards in mobile phones and also succeeded a great success, and in 2017, I launched an application similar to the Uber application, but it did not succeed due to the complex conditions in my country, and I turned it on for a short period and then stopped it and it is still successful until now.

      4. In the year 2020, I obtained an agency from the Jordan Telecom Company (Orange) to become an official agent for the Orange Money Wallet. I also obtained the agency of the Dinarak portfolio company and the agency of the Jordanian Company for Payment Solutions (Madsooatkom ), and it succeeded with great success.
      These wallets are used for money transfers and to pay bills, and this helped people a lot and saved time and effort in going to the city center.

      5. Also, a year ago, I myself designed and launched an application and website that sells recharge cards to telecommunications companies, PlayStation cards, international games and some services, and achieved sales of more than 16,000 sales through the application.

      6. A short while ago, I called one of my friends in Australia and he talked to me about the Global Talent Program. I am very excited to identify a problem in areas far from the main cities in Australia and study and analyze this problem and try a lot to solve this problem or mitigate its effects and help people even Their lives will be easier and better.

      Also, I am very excited to develop my current business and do similar projects in Australia. I am excited to come to Australia and do anything that is good for the community and the people there while keeping my business here in Jordan.

      I am 39 years old now and I have a lot of time to do a lot of useful and good things.

      Many thanks,
      MFO

    • June says:

      Hi Hannan Tew,

      I submitted my EOI on Feb 2022, and updated the GTI email address around 2 wks ago with my recent publications and the letter about my thesis submission. And GTO replied my email last Friday asked me if I have finished my degree and can provide them my completion letter, however, I told them honestly that I just submitted my thesis will need another 3-4 months to get my completion letter. Then just replied me that currently they don’t approve EOI without PhD degree, and asked me to send him my completion letter as soon as I get it, he will be very happy to look at my EOI.

      So my questions are : 1. since they normally don’t reply emails, and GTO replied my email and asked my degree, is that means they are interested in my application ?
      2. After I get my degree, do I need to join the long waiting queue again for them to look at my case or they will process my EOI as soon as I get my completion letter?

      Thanks,
      June

      • June says:

        I mean submitted on Feb 2021 (not 2022, wrong type)

      • admin says:

        Hi June,
        They are right in that they don’t generally process non PhD academics (unless they have exceptional talent notwithstanding the PhD).
        So you have one of the following options:
        (a) respond to the Department with evidence of your “exceptional talent”;
        (b) wait until the you complete your PhD and if the EOI hasn’t been decided, update the Department, or if it has been decided, lodge a new EOI application.
        Good luck!
        Hannan Tew

    • Tracy says:

      Hi Hannan Tew Lawyers,

      I submitted EOI in late December 2020 for Digitech field as a professional with outstanding skills. But I haven’t received any feedback from GTI. Could you please share some updates about the progress in that GTI officers are processing EOI? Did all EOIs submitted in December 2020 receive results?

      Thanks.

      Tracy

      • admin says:

        Hi Tracy,
        The GTI automated emails indicate that they’re processing most applications lodged in December 2020.
        It might be providing an update and seeking a follow up?
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

        • thuannguyen says:

          Dear Hannan,
          I’m a Vietnamese civil engineer working in Singapore for more than 10 years. My main works are designing metro systems, both in Vietnam and Singapore. I only have master degree in my field and I’ve just received offer from my current corporation in Australia with salary above the threshold. Do I have a chance of getting GTV since all metro construction projects considered international recognization.

          • admin says:

            Hi Thuan,
            You may have some prospects, but it is not simply a case that working on any metro construction projects mean you have international recognition. You too should have awards, media attention, and / or leadership roles. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] to discuss further.
            Kind regards,
            Hannan Tew

    • Mohammad Zare says:

      Dear Hannan
      Is there any age restriction in applying for GTI program? Holding a Ph.D. degree from UNSW and Being an academic full professor, what is the chance of getting through.
      Whit Thanks
      ZM

      • admin says:

        Hi Mohammad,
        There is not a hard cap to age, but if an applicant is aged below 18 or above 55, an exceptional benefit to the Australian community needs to be established.
        In short, it’s more challenging, but feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] if you want us to undertake an assessment.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Anastasia Nitsopoulou says:

      Will the fact that a candidate is working in their field in Australia and not currently earning above the FWHIT preclude them from being considered for the program? I understand that there are several factors that come into the assessment, but am stuck on understanding this particular requirement. If your current income falls a bit short and you show data that you could receive income above this threshold with another employer, can you be considered? Or will the fact that you are currently working in your field in Australia below the FWHIT be taken as a reflection of skills and talent?

      • admin says:

        Hi Anastasia,
        The requirement is what you could earn (and not what you actually earn) so there are definitely situations where you can convince the case worker you meet the FWHIT even if you are earning less than that in Australia.
        One simple example is start-up founders who are bootstrapping so purposely keep a low salary.
        Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you’d like our assistance.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Shalu says:

      Hi Hannan,

      I submitted my EOI in Feb 2021 and the nomination form by ACS in August 2021. I got a response yesterday again asking for the documents proving my achievements.
      I am a little confused as all the evidences are already submitted. Please advise.

      Thanks!

      • admin says:

        Hi Shalu,
        That generally indicates that you do not have sufficient evidence (or it was unclear).
        Feel free to book a consultation with one of our lawyers here to discuss in more detail: https://www.hannantew.com.au/initial-consultation/)
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

        • Shalu says:

          Thanks Hannan. I resubmitted few of the old evidences and provided some new evidence as well. I received the invitation to apply today!
          May I check if IELTS is a mandatory requirement for GTI visa before I proceed and lodge my visa application?

          • admin says:

            Hi Shalu,
            The English is not a time of application requirement, but the visa is processed pretty quickly so you should just have everything ready at time of lodgement.
            Kind regards,
            Hannan Tew

    • Wenyne says:

      Hi, Hannan,

      I submitted 188B application a year ago. Recently, I note there is GTI program andmay be qualified. Can I apply to GTI program while waiting for result of 188B. Thanks

      • admin says:

        Hi Wenyne,
        Yes, you can apply for the GTI program whilst waiting for the 188B to progress. Just bear in mind that we have seen instances where the Department case holders have said that they generally avoid issuing invites to people who have other pathways to permanent residence, and in that case you need a compelling reason as to why the invite should be issued.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Stephen says:

      Dear Hannan,
      I got my 858 visa several days ago. The visa states the first entry day (within one year ). However, because of Covid-19 and some business, I can’t leave China. Someone told me that sending them an email would have no restriction on the date of first entry. Is that right? Will the 858 visa be cancelled because it cannot be activated within one year in the future?
      Thanks for your help.
      Best Regards,
      Stephen

      • admin says:

        Hi Stephen,
        For now you can use the facilitation notice here, however bear in mind this will not apply indefinitely, so you should still aim to enter Australia as soon as reasonably practical.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Lili says:

      Hi,
      I got the invitation and lodged the 858 visa application on 1 Apr and the police clearance was sent the Australian consulate on 20 Apr, how long do you think it takes for the visa to be granted? And I assume there won’t be any further question from Home Affair given they already sent me letter requesting the police clearance?

      Thanks.

      • admin says:

        Hi Lili,
        Processing time is usually within a few weeks of responding to any requests for information.
        Good luck!
        Hannan Tew

    • Lisma says:

      Hi,

      I have completed phd in feb 2019, it is almost 3 years and 3 months. Currently working as assistant professor in a public university in india. I have 2 years teaching experience and 8 moths post doc experience in Australia with some publications, conference presentations. Stil am i eligible for GTI application from offshore?

      • admin says:

        Hi Lisma,
        It’s not that just completing a PhD would make you eligible, so we’d need to review your situation in more detail.
        Feel free to contact us at [email protected] to discuss further.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Laure says:

      Dear Hannan,
      If I receive the invitation to apply for the GTI visa, how much time do I have to gather and submit all the documents, in particular the english certificate (e.g. IELTS) of my spouse?? Thanks in advance.
      Kind regards,
      Laure

      • admin says:

        Hi Laure,
        Congratulations on your invitation.
        The invitation is valid for 12 months, but we suggest you lodge as soon as possible.
        Good luck, and feel free to email us at [email protected] if you’d like our assistance.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

        • Laure says:

          Thank for the info and sorry for the misunderstanding. I have not received the invitation, it was just a supposition to set the question.
          Best regards,
          Laure

    • Viv says:

      Dear Hannan,
      I have a quick question: if I get invited by GTI and during visa lodgement process, I would like to change my nominator from an individual in Form 1000 (I haven’t submitted form 1000 with my EOI, just a recommendation letter) to an Aus organization (CSIRO), is it possible to do that? I have an individual as a nominator in my EOI (without form 1000) but would like to change to CSIRO after I get invited during my visa lodgement process.

      Thanks
      Regards

      • admin says:

        Hi Viv,
        You can actually change the nominator after the EOI invite (but before the visa application).
        Just be aware that you can’t change the nominator after visa lodgement.
        Good luck!
        Hannan Tew

    • Kenrid says:

      Dear Hannan,
      I saw the post from June above and have similar situation. I am now doing my PhD and expected to graduate this December. I plan to apply for GTI in around July this year, and I would like to ask how do you think is exceptional talent notwithstanding the PhD. In my case I am doing medical research, I have six publication and participate 3 well-known conference, and receive 6 grants (research grants and travel grants) during my PhD. Plus I may get an postdoc offer from an Australian University. Would you recommend me to apply?

      Best,
      Kenric

      • admin says:

        Hi Kenric,
        Thanks for your enquiry.
        As a general tip, you should apply after you complete your PhD since the GTI program is already competitive amongst PhD graduates.
        Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you’d like to discuss more in any case.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Prab says:

      Hi there,
      Can I include my retired parent who does not have evidence of functional English as part of 858 visa application? Elderly Parent is dependent on me.

      Can there be a mixture of outcomes for a single 858 visa application such that one dependent doesn’t get visa while other dependents do?

      • admin says:

        Hi Prab,
        Unfortunately you can’t include a parent on your visa application (unless you are the Global Talent recipient under the age of 18).
        You might be able to consider visas after your permanent residence grant, so feel free to contact us at [email protected].a if you’d like to consider.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • A. S. says:

      Dear ??
      Thank you so much for this important article. A lot of important information has been presented.
      I have one question regarding this statement:
      “Over-18 dependent applicants who do not have “functional English” also have to pay an additional $4,890 when the visa is ready to be granted.”.
      The question is: If I receive the invitation to apply for the GTI visa, Can I include my wife who does not have evidence of functional English as part of 858 visa application?

      Best Regards

      • admin says:

        Hi A.S.,
        Yes, you can apply even if your wife does not meet functional English (you will be asked to pay the second visa application charge before visa grant).
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Asma Najibi says:

      I am Asma Najibi, and I like to apply for Global Talent Independent Program in Australia. As a matter of fact, I would like to ask an immigration officer to endorse me so that I will be able to be invited for a Global Talent Independent Program (Fast Tract) as a talented researcher in the shortest time possible. I would like you to help me with this issue by introducing me some Global Talent Officers whom I can request to endorse me for this resident program.
      Best regards,
      Asma Najibi

      • admin says:

        Hi Asma,
        We can’t directly connect you to a Global Talent Officer but feel free to email us at [email protected] if you want to discuss how to make the best possible application.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Sappy says:

      Hi Hannan,

      Is IELTS a mandatory requirement for GTI visa application?

      Thanks,
      Sappy

      • admin says:

        Hi Sappy,
        English is not a compulsory requirement, but over 18 applicants need to demonstrate functional English or pay the additional government fee of $4,890.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Albert says:

      I have the GTI visa, but my first entry date is approaching (September 5, 2022). At the moment I can not enter Australia and might be able to do the first landing by the end of 2022. Is it allowed? I sent an email to GTI and the reply is a confusing automatic PDF file which says we have to stick on the first entry, but in the end it signals that they will not cancel the visa just for this reason, do you have any suggestion? Thank you in advance.

      • admin says:

        Hi Albert,
        The position is that the Department can cancel the visa if you miss your first entry date but they have indicated that they won’t at this stage.
        The advice is that you should enter as soon as possible, but if you miss it you take that letter with you when you travel.
        Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you require further information.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Ashley says:

      Hi Hannan,

      I have submitted the EOI for GTI visa in May, 2021, when I was ready to submit my Ph.D thesis. I submitted my thesis and work as a postdoc from Sep.,2021. And then I got the completion letter in January, 2022. All the information has been updated to immigration office. People around me get identifier code within 3-6 months if they submit EOI after receiving completion letter. Since I have waited around 14 months, is it possible to have a new application? Or any suggestions?

      Thanks so much and I’m looking forward to your reply!

      Regards,
      Ashley

      • admin says:

        Hi Ashley,
        There’s no formal expedite process so the best way to proceed is simply to ensure you update the Department with any further information.
        We can look at your application for you in a consultation, but the best approach is usually just to wait.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • MMR says:

      Hi Hannan,
      Is the GTI application for onshore closed? I hear the news that Australia is giving priority to “OFFSHORE” Permanent Visas.
      I am looking forward to hearing your response regarding the Onshore application.
      Regards,
      MMR

      • admin says:

        Hi MMR,
        The GTI process is not officially closed for onshore applicants, but there are suggestions that this soon may be the case.
        We will make an update when there is any formal news.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Shihab says:

      Hi Hannan,

      Regarding the “functional English” of the Global Talent visa for additional applicants. My wife completed her Bachelor’s degree in computer science, and 4 years of full-time study from a college in 2000. The study was in the English language. I can have a certified letter of completion study from her college that prove her study was in English during the four years.

      The question is: Can upload this certificate into the system and use it as “functional English” for my wife?

      Looking forward to hearing your response.

      Kind regards,

    • Molse says:

      Hi Hannan
      I applied the EOI of GTI in Mar 2021, but no reply until now. I am not PhD degree, but I have over 8-year experience, some overseas patents in renewable energy field and a job offer in renewable energy field in Australia which meets the salary requirement, but I stayed in stage of entrepreneurship after submitting the application. Since I applied the EOI, I also obtained some patents and international awards in same area. And recently, I have a thorough business plan in clean energy field to find incubator or investment in Australia. Now, I heard that other people applied the EOI in the same period have received the feedback at early time but I didn’t get any reply. Could you tell me what should I do next? Should I give up to wait and reapply again? Or choose another visa?

      Many thanks
      Molse

      • admin says:

        Hi Molse,
        Rather than renewing the application, one suggestion might be to update the Department and let them know that your application still has not been processed (particularly since they are processing applications lodge din April 2021 right now). Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you would like us to assist with this.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Shabnam says:

      Hi,
      First of all, I want to thank you for the information. I want to apply for the task force. Should I email the task force team before submitting the EOI or after that?

      • admin says:

        Hi Shabham,
        You should only email the task force team if you have high prospects, and we generally do this right before submitting the EOI.
        Good luck!
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Ali says:

      Dear Hannan,
      I applied EOI of GTI online form yesterday. But I didn’t receive any confirmation email. Is that normal?? Or Should I receive email after finishing the online form.
      Looking forward to hearing your response.
      Kind regards,

      • admin says:

        Hi Ali,
        That’s right – the system doesn’t issue any acknowledgement letters and the Department will only write to you when they are ready to make a decision (or request further information).
        Good luck!
        Hannan Tew

    • sunil says:

      For the character certificate from the USA, in the requirement, it says “US temporary residents and visitors ‘FBI Identity History Summary’ issued by the FBI and if you resided in the US for at least three months in the past year, a State or Territory Police Clearance for each State or Territory in which you have lived for at least 3 months during the last 12 months.” My question is: If I did not live in the USA for the last 12 months (I left USA in 2017 ), do I still need a state certificate?

      • admin says:

        Hi Sunil,
        You will need an FBI Identity History Summary if you lived in the US for more than 12 months in the last 10 years.
        You won’t need a State or Territory police check unless you lived in a particular State in the last 12 months.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Sewunet says:

      Dear Hannah,

      I am doing my PhD in one of the Gr8 University of Australia, and I am planning to submit my PhD by December 2022 (I am able to complete my PhD within less than 3 years). I have 41 research publications in reputed journals so far, attended many scientific conferences, . I am a director of the regional chapter of an international society, and won grants. I am also currently working as a casual senior research assistant. My PhD work is on antimicrobial resistance (which is listed as number one under Health industry). I am a member of the Australian Society for Antimicrobials, and Pacific Region Infectious Disease Association, and other . Expert professor in infectious disease will also nominate me, and I can also get support letter from other experts in the area.

      How do you rate my chance of being successful with GTI from your experience?

      Do you think it is a good idea to submit EOI after submission of my PhD thesis and getting confirmation of submission (to save time) or after getting conferral letter (which will take additional 3 or 4 months)?

      Looking forward to your reply

      Thank you so much

      Kind regards,
      Bel

      • admin says:

        Hi Bel,
        Without knowing about your application, looks like you’ll meet the minimum criteria after you lodge your PhD (and usually the best strategy is to lodge after you receive your conferral letter).
        Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you’d like to discuss further.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Karan says:

      Hi Admin,
      I have received an email from the department saying need more information to assess my application as follows:
      “Evidence of status of nominator”

      I am not sure I can provide the evidence on time (deadline is 28 days), because my nominator is not available right now.How can I request more time to give the information?

      • admin says:

        Hi Karan,
        The best way to request more time is to simply upload a statement explaining the reason for the delay and how much more time you reasonably need (e.g. 28 days).
        Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you’d like our assistance.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Y says:

      Hi Admin,

      I would like to ask, will the GTI officer know if we have received another visa when processing our EOI?

      Thanks in advance

    • SG says:

      Hi
      I was wondering what is endorsement from Global talent officer, does it mean that I will get invitation for sure?
      In that case how much time it 5akes to get invitation?

      • admin says:

        Hi SG,
        Congrats on the endorsement, though that does not mean you will get an invitation (it means you will get priority processing).
        Usually priority processed applications are decided within 1-2 months.
        Good luck!
        Hannan Tew

    • Jane says:

      Hi Admin,

      Do you know which month they are processing?

    • Sappy says:

      Hi Hannan,

      May I know if there are any recent changes to the final visa processing priority for GTI?

    • Manish Jethra says:

      Hi Hannan,
      After an Invitation to Apply is received what other considerations are still remaining to grant the GTI Visa?
      If the medical check and police clearance are both positive is it certain that GTI Visa will be granted (may take time but will get a visa)?

      Thanks, Manish

      • admin says:

        Hi Manish,
        After an invitation, technically the entire application is reassessed at visa stage (including health and character, but also the nominator and your supporting documents).
        Usually we ensure the EOI application is prepared with sufficient detail and clarity that the same or slightly amended submissions can be used in the Global Talent visa application.
        Hope that helps.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Royalty says:

      Hello Hannah,

      I have received my EOI since September 28th, I’ve been busy traveling as I have tight schedule for the end of year.

      Would like to confirm if it doesn’t expire and if it does, how long does it take.

      Thanks for all, I’ve really gained a lot ok this platform in my waiting period

      • admin says:

        Hi Royalty,
        Firstly congratulations on your invitation.
        We understand that the most recent batch of invitations do not have an expiry date (though an older iteration had 12 month periods).
        In short, you should apply as soon as possible because the program can fluctuate / your documents can lose relevance.
        Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you’d like to discuss further.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Shezan says:

      Dear Hannah,

      My EOI was rejected recently after waiting for 20 months. I requested for priority processing and has refusal on my EOI and closure of EOI. I know someone who had exactly similar case and profile, he got refusal for invitation after he requested for priority processing. However, he contacted GTO via LinkedIn and requested him to review it by sharing a powerpoint presentation on his profile and achievements, and within few days, he was invited. I could not find my GTO on LinkedIn and i was wondering if it is a wise decision to reply to the same email from which i got email about refusal on my EOI? I believe the GTI email is not monitored by a single officer or is it monitored by a single person who can forward it to the concerned GTO? can you shed some light on it? Also, would you recommend if it is wise to ask for review via email (though EOI outcome is not reviewable) and any such email will have any consequences on future EOI lodging (be it GTI or 189 etc)? I was thinking to drop a polite request to review by sharing a powerpoint presentation about my profile to my GTO. Your expert opinion will be much appreciated.

      • admin says:

        Hi Shezan,
        Our current understanding is that the GTI program is no longer eligible for priority processing.
        In any case, we do not recommend sending additional correspondence to the GTO inbox unless you are certain you are an exceptional candidate / are making relevant updates.
        In your case, the most appropriate method might be to apply for the GTI EOI again.
        Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you’d like to consider this further.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Aeson Dela Cruz says:

      Hi, would recent PhD graduates (provided that they fall under the sectors be eligible to apply for GTI?

      • admin says:

        Hi Aeson,
        Recent PhD Graduates don’t need to show that they earn above the FWHIT, but apart from that benefit, they still need to demonstrate that they have international recognition etc. So yes, recent PhD Gradutes can apply, but their invitation depends on their personal circumstances. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] to discuss further.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Toby says:

      Hi Admin,

      Do you know which month they are processing?

      It would be helpful and appreciated if you could kindly update the processing month in this website page according to the automatic response email.

      Best regards.

      Toby

    • Admas says:

      Dear Hannah,

      I recently submitted by PhD and secured a postdoctoral research fellow in cancer research with a salary of $90, 000). It has been two months since I started my new position at a prestigious university in Australia. I have 43 research publications in reputed journals and have attended numerous scientific conferences. My PhD research has garnered media attention and recognition from international organisations, including the World Health Organisation. I am a member of several international societies and professional associations, including the Public Health Association of Australia, and the Australian Society of Antimicrobials. Additionally, I co-founded and direct of the regional chapter of an international society dedicated to cancer prevention and research. I have also been successful in securing research fundings or grants. During my PhD study, I worked as a casual research assistant and academic tutor, and prior to my PhD, I worked as a lecturer in medical health sciences.

      I am planning to submit a GTI application, but I have not received my PhD conferral yet as it takes some time to process, I would appreciate your recommendation on this?

      Thank you so much.

      Kind regards,
      Admas

      • admin says:

        Hi Admas,
        As you are currently not earning at above the FWHIT, we would generally recommend you wait until you have you obtain your PhD conferral.
        Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you’d like to discuss further.
        Kind regards,
        Hannna Tew

    • May says:

      In general, how much faster can my application be processed if I am HK citizen and in the healthcare sector? I just submitted my application in Jan 2022.

      • admin says:

        Hi May,
        HK citizens in the healthcare sector can expect priority processing of 3-6 months.
        Feel free to reach out to us directly if you want to discuss this further.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • MMR says:

      Hi Admin,
      Is the PhD graduate eligible to submit EOI for GTI Visa? I am looking forward to hearing your response.

      • admin says:

        Hi MMR,
        There is no specific qualification requirement for the GTI visa, and simply having a PhD is not sufficient to apply for the GTI visa.
        Ultimately, you will need to demonstrate you have international recognition (a PhD is one of the factors in this assessment).
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Sandy says:

      Hi Hannan,

      After the first entry date, for how long do I need to stay ? Can I just make a week long visit to activate my PR status?

      Thanks and Regards,
      Sandy

      • admin says:

        Hi Sandy,
        Even one day of entry is sufficient to mee the first entry date requirements.
        Just bear in mind that your Global Talent visa would have a 5 year travel facility, and to extend this you usually need to be present in Australia for 2 of the last 5 years.
        Feel free to contact us at [email protected] for further information.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Rose says:

      Hi Hanna,

      hope to receive your help.

      I lodged in all my docs. for 858 Visa in Dec. 2022. health checked as their request and submitted all required docs. Then i got one email from HomeAffairs to ask my lungs checked one more time. Then i completed all in Jan. 2023
      But up to now, after more 5 months, i have not yet received any information for my Visa.
      What should i do ? and any problem to my case ?

      Thank you so much

      • admin says:

        Hi Rose,
        Thanks for reaching out.
        Additional medicals can be requested when the MOC finds a potential issue in your first tests.
        We’d need more information to know what the issue is, but one piece of good information is that the Global Talent visa has health waiver provisions.
        Feel free to reach out at [email protected] to discuss this further.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Arun says:

      Hi,
      For the Global Talent Independent Visa (For Asian candidates), where should it be sent to? I was planning to send it to South Asia Officier. Can I still send it to their corresponding email ([email protected]) or submit my EOI on immi page?

      Thanks

    • Admasu Belachew says:

      Hi Hannan Tew,

      I am planning to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Global Talent Visa now that I have received my PhD. In 2020, I submitted an EOI while I was still a first-year PhD student, holding a master’s degree. However, the outcome was that they stopped accepting applicants with master’s degrees by that time and advised me to reapply after completing and receiving my PhD. Now that I am preparing to submit my EOI again, I am wondering if I should mention my previous unsuccessful application. Unfortunately, as you know, the EOI application does not provide an opportunity to explain the reasons for previous unsuccessful applications; it only allows for selecting one option. I am concerned that this might have a negative impact on my current application. Despite having an excellent CV with awards, recognitions, Many quality publications, grants, conference/international meeting participation, and securing a post-doctoral fellowship, I worry that my previous application might still affect my chances. I would appreciate your recommendation in this situation?

      Thank you so much!

      Kind regards,
      Admas

      • admin says:

        Hi Admas,
        You can include an explanation for your previous EOI refusal, and the changes that now make you eligible, as an attachment to the application.
        Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you’d like our assistance with this.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Mahmudul says:

      Hi Hannan,
      I am planning to submit EOI in the end of the year because my graduation will be complete in November form Bangladesh. Actually, I am working with a Australian company for the last one year therefore they want me to join their team. But the problem is the company is pretty small you can check if you want ( mymaccomputer.com.au ) with very few workers. so if I apply for working visa will it be acceptable? in the same way I would like to get to know the process very well so that I won’t be rejected. I hope you may help me by informing.
      Thanks

      • admin says:

        Hi Mahmudal,
        A job offer on it’s own is not sufficient to receive a GTI EOI invite (you would still need to meet other criteria demonstrating international recognition).
        However, a job offer may be used to obtain an employer sponsored visa.
        Feel free to contact us at [email protected] to discuss further.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Won says:

      Hi Admin,

      Do you know which month they are processing?

      Best regards.

      Won

    • Admas says:

      Dear Hannan,

      Do you know which month the department is processing?. I have submitted my EOI in early September.

      Thank you so much?

      Kind regards,
      AD

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