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How do I apply for a fast tracked tech talent / global talent visa? (updated: 10 July 2021)

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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 recently renamed “Global Talent – Employer Sponsored” (GTES) scheme. You can read a general summary of these two schemes here.

This blog is regularly updated as further information becomes available to us, so please check back for further updates.

The below describes what this scheme is, what visa it utilises, and how to apply.

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 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 would receive a unique identifier and be invited to apply for a Global Talent visa. Their visa application would receive priority processing (around 1-2 months). 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.

In particular, the Department aim to target the following 10 sectors (set out in Direction 89):

  • Resources;
  • Agri-food and AgTech
  • Energy
  • Health Industries
  • Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space
  • Circular economy
  • Digitech
  • Infrastructure and tourism
  • Financial services and Fintech
  • Education

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 or (or are close to submitting their thesis).

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.

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 this 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 $158,500; or
    • have completed their PhD in the past 3 years (or nearing completion of their thesis with an expected submission date of 6 months or less).

If you do not satisfy the above, you would not be eligible under this program.

Does my profile fit in one of 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” (generally meaning that there should be some sort of innovative/tech component). This broadening moves away from that “Tech” emphasis and more into the Department’s other priority sectors.

How do I apply?

To access one of the 15,000 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 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.

In our view, your 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 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 are:

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

$4,180

$2,095 each

$1,045 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 are set out as follows (note that fees are subject to your individual circumstances as determined in a consultation):

Consultation1 hour discussion

$ 385

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

EOI

$ 2,310

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 Application
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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 Distinguished Talent visa.  Relevantly, it listed out revised target sectors.

The Department have advised that their legal position is that Direction No. 89 has superseded (and revoked) the prior Direction No. 85 which listed the original 7 target sectors.  As such the EOI form has been updated to include reference to the new target sectors.

A table summarising the prior target sectors and the new target sectors (and the minor differences between them) can be seen below:

  • AgTech
  • Space and Advanced Manufacturing
  • FinTech
  • Energy and Mining Technology
  • MedTech
  • Cybersecurity
  • Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT
  • Agri-food and AgTech
  • Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space
  • Financial services and FinTech
  • Energy
  • Health Industries
  • Digitech
  • Circular Economy
  • Infrastructure & Tourism
  • Education

The Government’s priority has always been in relation to three broader priority sectors being health and life sciences, financial services, and advanced manufacturing (see here). There are a number of other “enabling sectors” which the Department consider would assist them in these priority areas.

Relevantly, these new target sectors broadened:

  • “AgTech” to include Agri-food and allow for individuals doing general work in the food/ beverages that may not necessarily have been “Tech”;
  • “Advanced Manufacturing and Space” – to include “Defence”;
  • “FinTech” to allow for those in financial services that may not necessarily have had a “Tech” component;
  • “DigiTech” which presumably refers to “Digital Technologies” appears to have a broader scope but encapsulates two of the prior target sectors.

The introduction of three new sectors are also interesting, being:

  • circular economy – which is an expansion of “Advanced Manufacturing” and has principles based on removing waste/pollution, keeping products/materials in use, and regenerating our natural systems;
  • infrastructure & tourism – which is a very broad field capturing arguably two completely different sectors. These new sectors are seen as an “enabling sector” as discussed above.
  • education – which presumably relates to individuals doing pioneering things in education (being the introduction of EdTech, or even innovative ways to learn). This is also an “enabling sector”.

What are the statistics around this visa?

As mentioned above, the GTI program had a planning level of 5,000 spots for the 2019/20 program year. A planning level is not an absolute target or a ceiling, but just a notion that the Department works towards in granting visas. The Department’s annual migration programme report indicates that 4,109 were granted against this target (3,344 onshore and 765 offshore).

The breakdown of grants per targeted sector were as follows:

  • Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT (28%)
  • MedTech (26%)
  • Energy and Mining Technology (20%)
  • AgTech (9%)
  • Space and Advanced Manufacturing (8%)
  • FinTech (6%)
  • Cybersecurity (3%)

Following budget announcements on 6 October 2020, The Hon Alan Tudge MP announced that 15,000 places (triple the last program year) will be set as the planning level for the 2020/2021 program year. This significant increase confirms the Department’s prioritisation of the global talent independent program more generally. That being said, we see that the demand for this program is now significant so encourage applicants to make sure they prepare the best possible application to have the highest prospects of success to obtain permanent residence.

Some useful resources

A few links below can provide further insights into the program:

  1. Department of Home Affairs website (see here)
  2. An interview with a Global Talent Officer (see here)
  3. FOI dealing with GTI statistics for the period 1 July 2020 to 8 January 2021 (see here)
  4. FOI dealing with the status of applications lodged in June 2020 as at 28 November 2020 (see here)
  5. ACS guidelines for nominations (see here)

Common mistakes?

Having spoken to hundreds of prospective applicants and assisted numerous individuals through both the Expression of Interest (EOI) and the 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 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?

It varies and unfortunately, the Department do not publish their processing times. The Department’s “auto-response” if you email them is that they’re currently processing EOIs submitted in October 2020. We have received outcomes for individuals with whom EOIs were submitted between September – December 2020.

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. Please be aware that the Australian Computer Society (ACS) will nominate individuals with a technology focus who do not have a nominator. You would need to first obtain your unique identifier, then email the ACS who will advise on the next steps (a fee of AUD 500 would be payable).

Do you assist with finding a nominator?

Where engaged to assist with the 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?

Processing times are not currently published. However our experience is that most applications are finalised in 1-2 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.

Will the government extend the Global Talent Independent program?

The Department has set 15,000 positions for the 2020/21 program year. This is a threefold increase from the 2019/20 program year. 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.  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 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 1,879 Comments

  • Mike Xing says:

    Hi Hannan,

    Could you please advise the estimated waiting period from EOI submission to UID invitation based on your experience?

    Many thanks!

    Mike

    • admin says:

      Hi Mike,
      It depends, but we find on average current decisions have been made between 6-9 months after lodgement.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Eddy says:

    Hi Hennan,
    Its been 9.5 months since i submitted my EOI. Is this normal to wait for more than 9 months ? How can i contact them to know about the progress of my EOI. Its really frusterating, please respond thanks.
    Regards,
    Eddy UK

    • admin says:

      Hi Eddy,
      Unfortunately that’s not unheard of.
      There’s also no way to get an update (you can email them, but its not recommended to harass them unless you have some change in your application).
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

    • Polly says:

      Hi Eddy,

      I am in a similar situation. I submitted my EOI last July and still haven’t heard anything from them.

      Cheers,
      Polly

      • wei says:

        errrr, I just send them an email because I have waited for 10 month. hopefully I could receive some good news.

  • Jackie says:

    Hi Hannan,
    Have you heard of any successful cases in education sectors? Or any one where has already applied from education sectors? Thanks. Jackie.

    • admin says:

      Hi Jackie,
      We’re yet to see any approvals for clients in the Education sector specifically.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Jay says:

    Hi, Hannan,
    If my GTI visa is rejected, can I still apply for the 485 visa?
    Many thanks

    • admin says:

      Hi Jay,
      If your visa is rejected you will have issues going forward (e.g. s48 if you are onshore).
      If your EOI is rejected your other visa options will not be impacted (unless you provide false or misleading information).
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Lily says:

    Hi Hannan,
    I got a question to ask.
    After responding to s56 request, I got an invoice for 2nd VAC. I was planning to pay at a later time, since the timeframe to pay it is 70 days.
    Weirdly, I got the visa granted before I have paid for it.
    I am a little confused now. Does this mean that I do not have to pay the invoice? Which email address of the home affairs should I use to discuss about it?
    Thanks.

    • SK says:

      Hi Lily
      You have a different experience with it. I have expressed our intention to pay for the 2nd VAC two weeks ago, but have not got the invoice for the same and the status is still in further assessment. I am desperately waiting for the invoice so that I can make the payment.
      Thanks
      SK

      • Lily says:

        Hi SK
        you should receive the invoice soon.
        In my experience, there was also a two week waiting period between my response and receiving the invoice.
        Good luck.

      • Jinbo says:

        Hi Lily,

        The Homeaffairs has asked me to provide evidence of my wife’s English for the second time, given that I have sent them an email regarding my intention to pay the 2nd VAC on 29th April this year via the [email protected] email address.
        I appreciate if you could tell me how to expression my intention rather than sending an email to the noreply email address.

        Regards,
        Jinbo

    • admin says:

      Hi Lily,
      That’s very strange!
      They should not have actually granted the visa without the VAC invoice unless you actually did meet the English criteria (which might be the case).
      You might want to flick the Department an email at [email protected] to raise this, but I”m assuming that you or your partner did actually meet the English criteria without knowing it.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Lily says:

        Hi Hannan
        Thanks for your explanation.
        The truth is that my partner neither got an acceptable English test result nor has a degree obtained in English speaking countries.
        he does meet any criteria outlined on the website.
        I will write to the homeaffairs to raise my concern.
        Thanks

        • SK says:

          Its more than 10 working days that I expressed statement for the payment of SVAC, still I have not got invoice. I do not know when I will get that one.
          SK

      • Jinbo says:

        Hi Hannan,

        The Homeaffairs has asked me to provide evidence of my wife’s English for the second time, given that I have sent them an email regarding my intention to pay the 2nd VAC on 29th April this year via the [email protected] email address.
        I appreciate if you could tell me how to expression my intention rather than sending an email to the noreply email address.

        Regards,
        Jinbo

  • Hakeem says:

    Hi Hannan,

    I got invited and submitted my Visa application on 12 April. Health examinations were done and cleared on 18th April. On 28th of April the case officer sent me s56 request for more information. They need police check from Australia but with old surname. For my family members they only need bridging Visa as our temporary work Visa was expired after we lodge Visa application.

    I submitted all the bridging Visas but still wait for police check which may come this week.

    My questions are:
    1. How long to get GTIvisa if I submit police check this week?
    2. Does it mean we met the English language requirements for my wife, as I have submitted her bachelor’s degree including a letter from the university president, where the language of instructions was in English?
    Regards

  • Muhammad says:

    Hi Hannan,
    Hope you guys are doing great.
    Couple of quick queries.
    1: If the entire package including all benefits go up to thresh hold, would that count or it has to be the basic salary?
    2: Any of your clients submitting EOI in SEP 2020 got any response yet?
    Would really appreciate your answer.

    Best Regards, Muhammad

    • admin says:

      Hi Muhammad,
      1. Technically the FWHIT is actually base salary (but you can be creative in your argument because the legal requirement is how much you can be expected to earn, not how much you earn); and
      2. Yes we’ve received some invites from Sep 2020, though not all.
      Good luck,
      Hannan Tew

  • Hamed Gamal eldien says:

    Hi Admin,
    I just get the the invitation two days ago, Finally after 8 months.
    I will lodge my application this week,
    Is it need to submit a police clearance with the application or after I submit the application they should ask me for police clearance if they need it?
    Thanks

    • admin says:

      Hi Hameed,
      Congratulations on the invite.
      You can actually submit your visa without the police clearances, but you should provide them as soon as possible to avoid processing delays.
      Good luck!
      Hanna Tew

  • AA says:

    Hi Admin,

    I want to ask you, what is the chance of applying without a nominator?

    Thanks a lot

    • admin says:

      Hi AA,
      You can apply for the EOI without the nominator (though not recommended as the Department seems to be asking for evidence of this now).
      You should not apply for the visa at all without the nominator.
      Good luck,
      Hannan Tew

  • Jesse says:

    Dear Hannan,

    I submitted my EOI application on 25th Sept, 2020, and was wondering if under your observation that not hearing back is common. Is there anything to help with the application at this time?

    Kind Regards,
    Jesse

    • admin says:

      Hi Jesse,
      There’s nothing to do to expedite the application unless there are compelling or compassionate circumstances.
      We’re seeing movement in September applications now, so that kind of processing time is expected.
      Good luck,
      Hannan Tew

  • Hunag Ze says:

    Hi, I received my invitation in July 2020. However, I yet to submit my visa application. I appled for Med-Tech. I am wondering how can I get a nominator on this field.
    Thanks,
    Huang ze

  • VA says:

    Hi admin,

    I submitted my EOI on 9th of November 2020 with 6 months to go in my PhD. I have just received reviewer comments on my PhD thesis. They are 4 minor suggestions which I’ll address asap but it might take my University around a month (or so maybe) to give me the award letter. My question is, should I wait for a month or should I tell the department now given that I don’t know when they’ll open my application and I want them to know that I am done with my PhD (or close to it). I mean, technically, its not done yet but is it better to let them know that I have received comments which are minor in nature (I have a University letter saying that the thesis needs changing of minor editorial nature)??

    • admin says:

      Hi VA,
      Our position would generally be that there hasn’t been an update in your circumstances so we’d wait until completion.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Stephen says:

    Dear Hannan,
    I will graduate this June in China and I have already submitted the EOI in December 2020.
    I will get a lecture position in China. My contract salary is about 50,000 Australian dollars per year.
    I don’t know if I should submit my job contract to them.
    Best Regards,
    Stephen

  • Polly says:

    Hi all,

    I just received an invitation letter from the department to apply for the GTI visa. At one point, I almost gave up and started to prepare for post-study work visa.
    Thanks heaps Hannan for creating this forum. It helped so much while I was waiting.

    I would like to share this information with those who are still waiting. Be patient and the news will eventually arrive.

    Here is my timeline:
    Target sector: Medtech
    First EOI: 13 July, 2020
    Second EOI: 9 September, 2020. I didn’t know I could update my information via email, so ended up submitting another EOI.
    PhD thesis submission: 28 August, 2020
    PhD completion: 2 Feb, 2021
    Publications: >20 at the time of EOI submission, including a few conference publications. Also had one in BMJ as the first author and two others with impact factor>7.

    Provided a few updates including my completion of PhD and employment. Currently working as a senior data analyst with an annual package of 90k.

    Cheers,
    Polly

  • Omar says:

    Hi Hannan,
    Today I got granted my GTI Visa.

    Kind regards

    • admin says:

      Congrats Omar!
      So great to see people on this blog getting their approvals!
      All the best,
      Hannan Tew

    • Dan says:

      Big congrats Omar. How long did it take for your visa grant since application submission? Thanks

    • Polly says:

      Congratulations Omar. Just wondering if you applied for a bridging visa while you were waiting? I just submitted my visa yesterday. My student visa will expire on August 28. So I am not sure if I should start applying for bridging visa A now. I am afraid my work may be affected if I apply for bridging visa A as it seems there are work restrictions attached to bridging visa A. Just not sure which restriction would be for people who are waiting for 858 visa.

      Cheers,
      Polly

  • BB says:

    Hi Admin and all,
    Now, 6 months are remaining to submit my PHD thesis and thinking of asking for a letter from my supervisor. Could you please tell me in what format it should be it. For example, does it need to be detailed containing the thesis topic and exact date of submission or a general comment from my supervisor saying he is my supervisor and i am in the last semester of my PHD is fine. Thanks in advance

    • Omar says:

      Yes, they asked for a new police check with my old surname. They also asked to apply for bridging Visa for my family as our temporary work Visa is expired.

  • Edmund says:

    Hi Hannah, do you know if the applicant has 2+ haematuria (trace of blood cell) in urine test, will that make their GTI visa or PR visa application get rejected? Thank you.

    • admin says:

      Hi Edmund,
      It depends on costing and prejudice to access of the specific condition.
      Shoot us an email if you’d like to discuss this further at [email protected]
      Kind regards,
      Hanna Tew

  • James says:

    Hi Hannan and team, just wondering if graduating PhD students are still getting invites. I can only see post-docs getting invites these days. Has the policy around PhD (in the last 6 months) changed?

    • BB says:

      Hi James,
      My friend who is yet to graduate got invitation in mid-March. He applied in mid july 2020. However, his profile is impressive for his level with 40 plus publication and 300 citation, casual lecturer job.

    • admin says:

      Hi James,
      You don’t need any qualification to apply (you need to show international recognition).
      There seems to be some confusion where people have assumed that if you are within 6 months from submitting a PhD and in a sector you can get an invitation but that’s not the case. The policy around PhD’s being submitted within 6 months is more in relation to avoiding the FWHIT. To your question, we’ve recently assisted a first year PhD candidate but they had significant achievements regardless of their PhD study. Most academics we assist are post-doc since they have more international recognition.
      Good luck!
      Hannan Tew

  • Aaron L says:

    Hi Hannah, may I know what kind of supporting documents or evidence of how your settlement in Australia will be an asset to the Australian community we can provide? For evidence of employment prospects in the target sector in Australia, besides some jobs ads, what else can we provide? Thank you for your help.

  • Sweta Patel says:

    Hi, I have recently submitted my Ph.D. theses to Hemachandra North Gujarat University of Gujarat, India. I have more than 6 years of work experience as an University Lecturer and that was positively assessed by VETASSESS. Also, I have many scholarly publications in reputed international academic journals. Can I be eligible for GTI visa? It will be appreciated if you kindly assist me in this regard.
    Looking forward to your reply.’
    Thank you.
    Regards,
    Mrs. Sweta Patel

  • Parry says:

    Hi Hannan,
    I got my invite on 10th Feb’21, visa application submitted on 25th Feb’21 , s56 requested document submitted on 31st March’21. Since that application showing “under further assessment” ( since last 6 weeks) and normal processing time written 18-20 months. Is that normal time for taking decision on GTI visa application? Do I need to wait further or require to contact department to know about delay?

    Regards,
    Parry

    • admin says:

      Hi Parry,
      You don’t need to contact the Department and normally it doesn’t take that long to process but it could be something as simple as your case worker going on leave.
      Just ensure that you submitted the correct and complete documents and then wait for processing.
      Hannan Tew

  • Kate says:

    Hi Hannah,
    I’m currently studying a PhD in an Australian University and will you submit my thesis within 6 months.
    Should I put Doctorate or Masters degree as highest level of qualification?
    And is it beneficial to attach a form from the nominator to your EOI? Thank you.
    Kind regards,
    Kate

    • admin says:

      Hi Kate,
      Your highest qualification is whatever you have achieved (Masters) and providing the Form 1000 in the EOI application is highly recommended.
      Good luck!
      Hannan Tew

  • VA says:

    Hey admin,

    You mention that providing Form 1000 with the application is highly recommended. How about providing it after submitting EOI as an update?

    Thank you
    VA

    • admin says:

      Hi VA,
      Yes, we’d recommend you update the Department with a Form 1000 if you haven’t already done so.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Hajati says:

    Hi,
    Thanks for creating this forum.
    Just wondering if I can send an EOI for GTI after the first one was rejected.
    After waiting for 6 months, a week ago, I received an email and my EOI for GTI Visa was reject. They indicated I didn’t meet the eligibility criteria but didn’t specify which criteria.
    Let me provide some information about me. Would you happen to know why it was rejected. Could it because I don’t have a full time job?
    – Have a PhD in information systems (from an Australian University)
    – About 15 publications including high impact journals and A-ranked international conferences
    – Currently working a casual lecturing job at two universities in Australia
    I chose the ICT sector coz my education and experience fits there. Should I send another EOI through the education sector?

    Thanks in advance for your advice

    • admin says:

      Hi Hajati,
      Sorry to hear about your negative outcome.
      Good news is you can apply again, but the Department will want some kind of evidence that there has been a substantial change to your circumstances.
      We’d need to review your eligibility to advice further, but feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] for an assessment.
      Good luck!
      Hannan Tew

  • Anu says:

    Hi Hannan,
    Thank you very much for your kind guidance about GTI.
    I submitted an EOI in data science in October 2020 and waiting for UID/invitation.

    I am wondering how to provide proof for functional English? I completed PhD in 2020 at an Australian university within 3 years and 6 months and my wife is in last 6 months of her PhD at an Australian university. Can we submit letters from the university to meet the criteria?

    Thank you
    Anu

  • EK says:

    Hello Hannan Team,

    I lodged my GTI visa application on May 17th. In the Immi Account, it currently states that evidence of character history, the section where Police Clearance certificate has to be attached, is the recommended document, not a mandatory one. However, when you click on the description in the Evidence of Character section, it states that anyone who is above 17 and who lived or travelled outside of Australia since the age of 16 and spent 12 months or more outside of Australia, is required to submit a police check.

    In your experience with the applications, does the Department have to request that the applicant provide a Police Certificate if the above conditions apply to them, or should the applicant initiate Police Clearance check even before the Department asks them to submit it? For your information, I am an offshore candidate.

    Thank you in advance.

    • admin says:

      Hi EK,
      Character requirements are mandatory.
      The Department will request them in due course, but to process your application as fast as possible you should obtain them befoer that.
      Good luck!
      Hannan Tew

  • VA says:

    Hi admin,

    Form 1000 (which I am submitting as an update to my EOI) asks if the the person is currently employed and if yes, how much is their salary. I am currently employed as a research officer for an international organization (my EOI highlights this fact that I am employed but I have not mentioned my salary in my EOI) but my salary is quite low as its only one day per week deal. My PhD is almost finished now and I am currently applying for postdocs. Do you think my low salary might go against me? So I am wondering if I am better off not submitting Form 1000 because I will have to highlight my current salary? Any advice would be great

    • admin says:

      Hi VA,
      As you not it depends on particular circumstances, but the general advice is you should include a Form 1000 at the EOI stage.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Aarjoo says:

    Hi,
    I submitted my EOI on 24th March 2021 under financial services with over 3 years industrial experience in Australia and had a nominator with over 15 years experience and established in the field. I had submitted two reference letters, nomination form, client review and two of my articles that I had published in my sector. I have seen that people have got invitation even within three days of the EOI lodgement. Can I consider it a positive sign that I still haven’t got a rejection email? Any idea on what kind of applications get rejected? Its really the waiting period that is making me anxious.

    Thanks,

    • admin says:

      Hi Aarjoo,
      The median processing time is about 6 months, though some applications get processed faster and slower.
      Until you have a negative decision, you still have a chance so good luck!
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Sanjay says:

    Hi all and admin,
    I am now last semester of my PHD and will submit my thesis by November. I have 40+ publications most from before i started my PHD with around 700 citation. I was a clinical microbiologist in a tertiary care hospital for around 5 years and i also have experience of guiding some masters thesis student in my field. I got 3 PHD scholarship in Australian universities and chose to join current one. After i joined this university i got one college top-up scholarship, 2 competitive research grant based on my research and academic excellence. In my PHD i was working on finding treatment for drug resistant bacterial infection and have got some very novel findings on a molecule which acts as an antibiotics. I have presented these findings at conferences and have got great attention from the fellow researchers. Now, i am preparing manuscript on these findings to publish them as full papers. Apart from these i have also worked as reviewers for many reputed international medical journals and editor for 2 reputed international medical journals. With this profile do you have i have any chance to get UID. I am planning to submit my EOI this month. Thanks in advance

  • Ace says:

    Hi Hannan,

    I would like to share my timeline for everyone’s information.

    Onshore applicant
    Submit EOI: 15 Mar 2021
    Received UID: 22 May 2021, No RFI
    Sector: Energy
    Recent graduate (2021) from Australia with full scholarship. 11 journal papers including 6 first author papers. 20 domestic/international conferences including some invited talks.

    Submit Visa: 22 May 2021
    Health Clearance: 25 May 2021
    Police Clearance: 1 Jun 2021

    I would like to ask you that is it mandatory/recommended to attach form 80 and form 1221 to my application? I couldn’t see the section for these when I attached the docs but I noticed these from the checklist of docs after I lodged my application.
    Thanks in advance.
    Cheers,
    Ace

    • admin says:

      Hi Ace,
      Congratulations! The Form 80 and Form 1221 are not mandatory but subject to your particular circumstances.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

    • NP says:

      Hi Ace, Congrat and best of luck for for visa process. Did you have job with salary above threshold? Because i have seen many people who are still waiting for more than 7 months are have not heard anything. I my self have 35+ publication with 750+ citations, last semester PHD, 4 PHD full scholarship from different Australian university and chose current one. I got 4 competitive research grant on my own and one college additional scholarship. I have supervised 4 masters student and have worked as reviewers for many international journal and academic editor for a few international journals and now waiting for more than 7.5 months. Even my friends who applied after/before me got rejected. I applied in medtech.

  • Sarah V says:

    Hello there,

    Should the nominator necessarily be the applicant’s acquaintance?
    Which is more advantageous? An independent nominator or an acquaintance nominator?

    Many thanks

    Regards
    Sarah

    • admin says:

      Hi Sarah,
      The nominator can be an acquaintance (there’s no advantage either way).
      Good luck!
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Sarah V says:

        Dear Hannan Tew,

        Many thanks for this helpful blog. Just found a couple of useful info here.
        Is there a chance one’s case be rejected only because the applicant and the nominator did not have any (scientific) collaboration before? Considering all other criteria were fulfilled.

        Sincerely
        Sarah

        • admin says:

          Hi Sarah,
          We’ve not seen any applications rejected on the basis of the nominator yet but they should have some national recognition. Scientific collaboration is only required for academic nominators (e.g. business leaders would not usually have this).
          Hannan Tew

          • Jose says:

            Dear Hannan,

            Does that mean if I have a nominator from academia , we should have had scientific collaboration before?
            Can an academic person with national reputation nominate myself even though we did not have any scientific collaboration before?
            Thanks

            Cheers
            Jose

          • admin says:

            Hi Jose,
            You do not need to have worked with your nominator to have them as a nominator.
            Hannan Tew

  • Ayman says:

    Good Morning Admin,

    I have submitted my EOI on the 30th of September, 2020 in Med/tech sector, till now I didn’t receive any response from them. According to your expectations, when I should expect a response from them? thanks for your valuable forum.

    • admin says:

      Hi Ayman,
      I think the median processing time is about 6-9 months (we’re seeing most of our October clients now get results). Don’t be too stressed about the delay though, it’s hard to tell what’s in the Department’s processes.
      In short, stay positive, patient, and hopefully you get a response soon.
      Hannan Tew

  • Ace says:

    Hi NP,
    Thanks for your warm regards. I am working as a research associate but below the bar. Little bit more about myself, I lodged eoi June last year before submit my thesis but it came with negative result Feb this year.
    I applied again in March after I received degree/job offer and it came with UID.
    Wish you the best luck for your application. Cheers

    • Sarah V says:

      Hello Ace,

      Congrats on this!
      Did you receive a UID or an invitation code?
      Some forums say an invitation code was introduced recently to replace UID. Not sure how accurate this is though.

      Thanks and congrats again.

      Regards,
      Sarah

      • Ace says:

        Hi Sarah,

        I can confirm you that it’s invitation code and invitation reference identifier.
        From the email, invitation can be used only once and is valid 12 months.
        Thanks and all the best for your case.
        Cheers

    • Np says:

      Thanks Ace for giving some more detail information. Well done.

  • Sha Pudaruth says:

    Hello Hannan,

    Education Agent Counsellor who is practicing as a sole trader in Australia since 2016. Business is profitable but not meeting income threshold criteria. Because business in established in 2016 till now doubling income every year. Is education agent counselor eligible for global talent visa?

    • admin says:

      Hi Sha,
      Thanks for your comment.
      We’ll need more detail on what the role of the education counsellor and would look for some kind of innovation you can focus on.
      In any case, at first glance we’d say low prospects on the basis of salary (especially as we expect the program to become more challenging with the reduced numbers for the next program year).
      Feel free to email us at [email protected] for an assessment.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Florian says:

        Hello Hannan Tew,

        For offshore applicants, should the income threshold be met upon starting work in Australia or is this threshold a prospect to be met after a couple of years working in Australia?

        Thank you and regards
        Florian

        • admin says:

          Hi Florian,
          Yes, you need to demonstrate you can earn that amount in Australia now (unless you are a recent PhD graduate or within 6 months of submitting your PhD thesis).
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

  • Tony says:

    Hi Hannan,

    Can one consider their chance of granting visa are very high after receiving an invitation code and reference identifier? Considering the declared info for EOI were accurate and the nominators do their job ok.

    Cheers
    Tony

    • admin says:

      Hi Tony,
      Yes, though you would still be assessed for international recognition usually those who have an invite will be approved their visa unless they fail health or character assessments.
      Good luck!
      Hannan Tew

  • Nuria says:

    Hello,
    I sent my EOI in February 2021 and have received rejection. I think it may be because I haven’t finished my PhD yet (although I did provide letter from my PhD program coordinator that said I would submit in 6 months).
    My profile:
    – PhD student in Agricultural sciences (I will submit and defend my thesis in October 2021) in Spain. Currently offshore
    – I was collaborating as a researcher at the University of Melbourne for 9 months (From January to October 2020).
    – 4 Q1 articles published in international journals and have also been cited in internationally recognized journals.
    – 4 communications to national (Spain) and international conferences.
    – All my articles are related to the agri-food sector and food technology.
    – I provided 2 letters of recommendation (one from my thesis supervisor and one from a professor at the University of Melbourne who was my supervisor during my time there).
    – I provided several job offers that fit my profile and complied with FWHIT.
    – Nominator: nationally and internationally recognized professor at the University of Melbourne in the agri-food field.

    Do you think that I have not received an invitation now because I have not yet finished my PhD and that once I finish it and send the degree I will receive an invitation or simply I have not received it now because my profile is not good enough?

    Thanks so much in advance!
    Cheers,
    Nuria

    • admin says:

      Hi Nuria,
      The Department are much stricter on candidates who have not finished their PhD yet, so it may be the case that you can make a stronger application then. Remember in all cases that simply completing a PhD is not sufficient, you need to show international recognition and achievements.
      Feel free to email us at [email protected] if you’d like to discuss further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Nuria says:

        Thanks so much for the response!
        Then, the fact that I’ve not finish the PhD may be the reason why I didn’t receive invitation this time.
        Regarding international recognition, I have 4 papers in international journals and I was invited by the University of Melbourne to work with them as a researcher.
        Could you please tell me if this could prove international recognition and my application will be stronger once I finish the PhD?

        Thanks so much in advance!

  • MA says:

    Hi Hannam,
    During EOI submission am I required to upload all the publications or only lists of the published articles.

    Thanks,

    • admin says:

      Hi MA,
      We generally provide extracts or google scholar pages depending on the value of the articles.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • AH says:

    Hi Hannan, does that mean a recent PhD graduate will tick the box ‘no’ on the eoi form where ability of high income threshold is asked? Will not it affect negatively? I mean does not department expect that phd graduate will meet the threshold sooner or later?

    • admin says:

      Hi AH,
      As a recent PhD graduate, a candidate doesn’t need to show that they earn at above the FWHIT so it shouldn’t impact you negatively. However, the practicality is that as the program gets more competitive, there are higher quality candidates you are competing against.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Isaac says:

    Hi Hannan,
    In the EOI form some fields like employer, current annual salary, evidence of salary are mandatory to submit the form. As a recent graduate how to escape these fields. Thank you for your response on this.

  • Sam says:

    Hi Hannan,
    I got my invitation to apply for this visa. Is this mandatory to send passport or visa evidence of the nominator? Because my nominator is not happy to give me his passport. What I can do. Thank you very much.

    • BB says:

      Hi Sam,
      I was reading through some comments in expat forum, they were saying they provided the nominators details such as phone number, address but not passport and the case officer never asked for this. One of my friend also did not provide passport but he is still waiting for visa grant. So i do not think it is mandatory. Could you please tell me when you submitted your EOI and your profile? It has been almost 8 months since i submitted my EOI and still have not heard back. Thanks in advance and best of luck for your visa process.

    • admin says:

      Hi Sam,
      As best practice we always include the passport to evidence citizenship (along with evidence of their achievements).
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • TAOTAO CAI says:

    Dear Hannan,

    I have submitted my 858 visa application on 11th June 2021, and I received a letter from IMMI about my baby’s visa status yesterday. The content of the letter is below.

    “ An electronically lodged application for a subclass 858 visa is not an application for a Bridging Visa (BV), therefore CAI, xxx (10 months baby) has not been granted a BV in relation to this application.

    Departmental records show that CAI, xxx ‘s currently holds a BV in relation to an application for a subclass Post-Study Work Stream (VC 485) visa.
    In the event that CAI, xxx ‘s current visa status changes before this application for a subclass 858 finalised, and he does not hold another Australia visa, CAI, XXX should apply for a Bridging E visa in association with this application.“

    My baby’s 485 BV visa is still in effect. Is it means I do not need to do anything if my baby’s 485 BV visa still keep in effect before my 858 visa application finalised and grant the visa? Only if my baby’s 485 BV visa status changed from in effect to invalid before my 858 visa application finalised, I need to apply for the BVE visa for my baby. Do I understand it correctly?

    Many thanks for your consideration, hope to hear from your soon.

    Kind regards,
    Taotao

    • admin says:

      Hi Taotao,
      If you don’t withdraw your Graduate visa then your baby’s BV related to that will stay in effect during processing. As long as your 858 visa is processed before any outcome on the Graduate visa there is no issue.
      If you do withdraw your Graduate visa, then you need to ensure you apply for another BV for your baby to ensure legality (e.g. BVC or BVE).
      Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you’d like to discuss in more detail.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Mike says:

    Dear Hannan,
    I know the EOI takes a long time to process. But i also hope your advice on, if one got an invitation, how long it would normally take for the 858 visa to process, based on your extensive experience?

    Thanks

    Mike

  • Alex Trebeck says:

    Hi Hannan,

    May I ask is there any EOI invitations approval recently for your customers? And if so, when did they submit their EOIs?

    Regards
    Alex Trebeck

    • admin says:

      Hi Alex,
      Our most recent invite was 16 June 2021 for an application lodged on 3 June 2021.
      That being said, we have a number of applications pending since October 2020.
      Good luck,
      Hannan Tew

      • Alex Trebeck says:

        Thanks for the info.

        One more question, may I ask is there any successful invitations for recent PhD students based on your cases?

        • admin says:

          Hi Alex,
          We do have some recent PhD students (but they also hold excellent positions).
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

  • Anand says:

    Hi admin,

    While applying for GT visa on immi account, do I need to provide certified copies of the documents or just the scanned copies will do?

    Thanks
    Anand

  • Hello Admin,

    Well-done on a good job, I’m currently offshore and my passport expired in April, I’ve actually applied for another one but it would take over a month to get it in my country

    Can I submit EOI with my expired passport while I wait for the renewal and I’ll update as soon as it comes because I’ve seen here that EOI can be updated

    • admin says:

      Hi Oyewele,
      The EOI isn’t a visa application so there is no legal requirement to have an updated passport. The Department could choose to reject your EOI if they find that you do not have a valid passport when they decide your application but in any case that point you could resubmit. Without having any experience in this, we think you should be able to submit with your expired passport number and update the Department later.
      Good luck!
      Hannan Tew

  • David Platt says:

    Dear Hannan,

    May I ask the current process for the 2020 October applicants based on your cases?

    Best,

    David Platt

    • admin says:

      Hi David,
      The majority of our October cases have now been processed so if you lodged then you should hear soon.
      Good luck!
      Hannan Tew

      • David Platt says:

        I submitted it on Oct 19 2020 in DigiTech Sector. But still, nothing heard till now. Does it mean my EOI is not invitated?

        • admin says:

          Hi David,
          You will definitely hear from the Department if you are unsuccessful (assuming your email address was recorded correctly).
          If you haven’t heard, you’ve still got a shot!
          Good luck!
          Hannan Tew

          • David Platt says:

            Some of my friends, who submitted in late October, are also waiting for the EOI outcome. It seems that the department has temporally frozen the processing. May I ask is there any outcome for your customers who submitted in late October, especially in the DigiTech sector?

          • admin says:

            Hi David,
            Things have certainly slowed down, but we do have invites from October.
            In any case, all we can do is be patient at this stage.
            Kind regards,
            Hannan Tew

  • Vijay says:

    Hi,
    I am a Corporate Banker with 16 years of experience and working in Singapore for last 11 years. Have managed a team of 10 ppl in the past, received 2 awards from Asset HK on my deal structure and recently completed CPA Australia (after doing my MBA and ACA 16 years ago). I do meet the salary requirements too. What are the chances for a banking professional like me to get a GTI nomination.

    • admin says:

      Hi Vijay,
      Sounds like you should have a reasonable prospect of success (depending your specific circumstances).
      Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you’d like our assistance.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Lepton Novel says:

    What is the planning level for GTI in 2021-2022?

  • Laith says:

    Dear Team, Thank you so much for the great info and assistance. very appreciable

    I would like to ask a few questions and kindly asking if you can answer me

    1- I hold a student visa in Australia which will expire in March 2023, However, I will finish my Ph.D. this October 2021 after that I will start a research position at the university. will my visa stay active until 2023? or I have to apply for another visa? what visa do you recommend?

    2- I plan to apply for an EOI of Global Talent visa after I finish my Ph.D. Can I apply if I hold a bridging visa or I should have another visa?

    3- 3- I applied for an EOI of Global Talent visa before, and I got rejected. The department at that time asked me if I don’t provide them with the completion letter of my Ph.D. in two weeks, they will decline my EOI.
    Should I mention that to them when I apply again? do you think that would help in the process of a new application?

    • admin says:

      Hi Laith,
      If you PhD finishes that far in advance of your Student visa expiry, yes the Department can take steps to cancel your Student visa if you do not switch over to another visa within a reasonable time (e.g. a Graduate visa).
      You can apply for the GTI whilst holding a Bridging visa or other visa.
      If you’d like to discuss this further, please contact us at [email protected]
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Kim Chan says:

    Hi Hannan, do we need to provide the copy of my nominator’s passport to Home Affairs Department for checking at any stage? Thanks.

    Best,
    Kim

    • admin says:

      Hi Kim,
      It’s best practice to provide evidence of the nominator’s citizenship / residence.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Kim Chan says:

        Thanks Hannan. What would be the possible evidence other than passport?

        • admin says:

          Hi Kim,
          You can provide a VEVO check, an Australian citizenship certificate, or a visa grant (depending on their circumstances).
          Good luck!
          Hannan Tew

  • VA says:

    Hey admin,

    Have you seen any movement in the November applications? Also, in your experience, is data science the most busy sector (application wise), and hence the department takes alot of time time to process them?

  • Naser says:

    Dear Hannan,
    I have submitted my EOI of Global Talent visa 4 months ago, however I did not get any feedback. Although I know about various times to receive feedback of the home affairs, l would be grateful if you could assist me about estimated time that I should wait to get the result.
    Thank you in advance

    • admin says:

      Hi Naser,
      It’s usually taking 6-9 months if your application is not expedited.
      Good luck!
      Hannan Tew

  • Kim Chan says:

    Hey admin,

    Have you seen any movement in the October/November applications?
    Also, in your experience, is data science the most busy sector, and hence the department takes alot of time time to process them?

    • admin says:

      Hi Kim,
      Most of our early October applications have been processed, but the late ones are still pending.
      We do expect processing to pick up over the next few weeks.
      Good luck,
      Hannan Tew

  • Kumar says:

    Hi admin,
    I submitted my 858 application 14 days back after receiving the UID. The application status still shows received. Also, I got an email saying that a bridging visa application can be lodged within 2 days after my submission. Is it common for everyone? I am presently on 482 and have another one year valid visa period.

    Thanks
    Kumar

    • admin says:

      Hi Kumar,
      Unlike many other visas, Bridging Visas are not automatically granted by legislation for onshore 858 applicants
      Notwithstanding this, sometimes the Department does grant the BVA (likely through a manual process).
      In any case, it’s probably not required for you since you still have a substantive visa valid for one year, but to be on the safe side you should just manually obtain a BVA through your immi account.
      Good luck,
      Hannan Tew

      • Kumar says:

        Hi admin,
        So going through your reply, I understand that I might have received this Bridging Visa because of my residence address. The email received addressed to my offshore address as I mentioned ‘usual country of residence’ as my home country instead of Australia. Should I change my address to an Australian address, I am here in Australia for the last 2 years.
        Thanks
        Kumar

        • Kumar says:

          Hi admin
          In continuation to my previous message, I also added my family members (wife and 2 kids) along with this application, and they were automatically granted Bridging Visa but when I checked VEVO, they are still on 482.
          So again the question is… this might happen because of family or the offshore address. So what should be the ‘usual country of residence’ for the address?
          Thanks
          Kumar

  • Mike says:

    Dear Hannan,

    Do you have any new visa grants since the new fiscal year? Is there a slow down of 858 visa processing speed?

    Thanks

    Mike

    • admin says:

      Hi Mike,
      We haven’t had any issues with visa processing (but EOI’s did slow down towards the end of the year).
      Anecdotally, once health and character is completed most visas take less than a week to process.
      Good luck!
      Hannan Tew

  • Imtiaz Ahmed says:

    Dear All,
    I am going to submit my PhD in 31 December 2021. To commence my PhD, I was awarded an Australian Government Scholarship. I also got few other international scholarship. Besides, I have 40 plus publication and I am a reviewer of some of the top journals in digital communication. Now I am in last semester of the PHD.
    My Nominator is an Australian citizen, Should I submit my EOI for GTI now or after the thesis submission?
    Another question is What should be the expected salary in Form1000 while the candidate start job in Australia?
    I am asking this question because my nominator suggests 90k to 100k per Annam, which is much lower than the threshold income level for GTI.
    I will be grateful if you kindly answer my questions. Thanks in advance.
    Regards,
    Imtiaz

    • admin says:

      Hi Imtiaz,
      You can submit your EOI now and with processing times, update it with your PhD completion evidence when you get it.
      As a recent graduate you are also exempt from the FWHIT so it’s okay that your nomination form has a salary below the FWHIT (though of course you are still competing with other applicants so the higher the better).
      Good luck,
      Hannan Tew

      • Imtiaz Ahmed says:

        Dear Hannan,

        Thanks a lot for your suggestion.
        I really appreciate your suggestion.

        Regards,
        Imtiaz

      • Rosen says:

        Hi, Hannan,
        I’ve already submitted my PhD thesis, but haven’t got the completion letter yet.
        So, when I apply for the EOI, do I select the option “PhD” for “highest level qualification”? And do I select the option “No” for the question “Are you currently a PhD student”?
        Meanwhile, how do I update information like my PhD completion letter?

        Thanks very much!
        Best,
        Rosen

        • admin says:

          Hi Rosen,
          If you haven’t completed your PhD yet you should say “Yes” for are you a PhD letter.
          You can also update your information in the future by emailing [email protected]
          Good luck!
          Hannan Tew

  • Chalie says:

    Hi Hannan,

    Is norminator necessary during EOI stage? I submitted my application last December off-shore without attaching any norminator information. Will no-norminator be a reason to be closed or pending?

    best,
    Charlie

    • admin says:

      Hi Charlie,
      It’s highly recommended but not essential (we often see requests for the nominator form).
      In any case, you will receive a notification if your application is unsuccessful.
      Good luck,
      Hannan Tew

  • VA says:

    Hello admin,

    Just wondering if you are you seeing any movement in the November applications?

    Thank you

  • Tirdad says:

    Hi,
    Today I submit my documents for Global Talent Visa. Unfortunately I forget to upload my CV and first page of my publications. How can I send these documents?

  • Alyaa says:

    Dear Team,
    Thanks for the great cooperation,

    I got rejected a year ago for my EOI of Global Talent visa. The department at that time asked me if I don’t provide them with the Ph.D. completion letter in two weeks, they will reject my EOI.
    Currently, I have a Ph.D. with strong points such as 40+ publications, 70+ reviews, 3 awards during the Ph.D., and I got a position at one of the Australian universities.

    Should I mention that I got rejected before to the department when I apply again?
    do you think that would help in the speed of the process of a new application?

    • admin says:

      Hi Alyaa,
      I don’t think it will speed things up if you mention that you were rejected last time, but you should certainly apply again with your new profile!
      All the best!
      Hannan Tew

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