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How do I apply for a fast tracked tech talent visa? (updated: 28 May 2020)

By May 28, 2020June 10th, 2020318 Comments

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 Distinguished Talent visa (discussed further below).

While applicants have always been free to apply for this visa, the GTI initiative 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. Individuals may also express an interest with the Department to be invited to apply under this program.

An identified individual would receive a unique identifier and be invited to apply for a Distinguished Talent visa. Their visa application would receive priority processing (around 2-3 months). For the 2019/20 migration programme year, it is envisaged that 5,000 spots will be allocated.

The GTOs are located in Berlin, Dubai, New Delhi, Santiago, Shanghai, Singapore and Washington DC but will work with countries in those regions and attend key events/expos to promote this program. In particular, the Department aim to target the following sectors:

  • AgTech
  • Space and Advanced Manufacturing
  • Fintech
  • Energy and Mining Technology
  • MedTech
  • Cyber Security
  • Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT.

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:

  • Masters/Honours (with an 80% average) or
  • PhD or those within the last semester (6 months) of submitting their thesis.

Indications are that there are 1,000 spots allocated to this Student cohort (out of the 5,000) with half going to offshore applicants and half to onshore applicants.

What is a Distinguished Talent visa?

The Distinguished Talent visa is one of the more interesting and unique visas to Australia, requiring the applicant to have an “internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement” in either:

  • a profession
  • a 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.

Some examples of past individuals being granted these visas include a Baker/Patisserie, a Researcher of Food Allergens, an Academic in Maritime Security, a Cricket player/coach, a breakdancer, and a violinist.

There also remains a pathway where an applicant may be granted this visa (bypassing all of the above requirements) in situations where in the Minister’s opinion the applicant has provided “specialised assistance” to the Australian Government in matters of security, having received appropriate advice from an intelligence or security agency or the Director-General of security.

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 issued by a GTO or the Department
  2. a nomination and
  3. the visa application itself.

Hannan Tew Lawyers were recently interviewed in relation to this program (which can be read here), where a FOI request revealed that as at 31 January 2020 around 750 EOIs had been made for this application.

There are two ways to receive a unique identifier to be considered under the GTI program, by either:

  • contacting a Global Talent Officer (GTO) or
  • submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) here directly to the Department.

As part of this referral assessment, the GTO or the Department of Home Affairs would want to be satisfied that a candidate has:

  • an “internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement” and
  • either:
    • be able to attract a salary equivalent to the Fair Work High Income Threshold (FWHIT), currently AUD $148,700 (through current employment or a job offer) or
    • be a highly graded recent PhD or Masters Graduate.

Once the referral has been assessed, the GTO or the Department would email the candidate a unique identifier number to make the visa application and be considered under the GTI program.

Based on our experience, individuals have received these unique identifiers in several ways, including:

  • being directly approached by a GTO;
  • after submitting an EOI directly for the GTI programme;
  • after submitting an EOI for a Subclass 189 visa (the individuals were “selected” out of the pool and invited to apply under the GTI programme instead); and
  • reaching out to a GTO via LinkedIn, and submitting documents (in certain cases a 30-minute interview was conducted).

Although the Distinguished Talent visa application may now be lodged 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.

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 types of individuals with whom Hannan Tew Lawyers have advised and assisted have media coverage of their work, have received awards for projects/work, hold patents under their name, have various publications (academic and journalistic), and/or have worked for internationally renowned 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)

$4,110

$2,055 each

$1,030 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 advice and assistance with the:

  • Distinguished Talent visa start from AUD 3,500 plus GST and
  • EOI start from AUD 500 plus GST.

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.

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 with you soon (we’re seeing in about 3 weeks but could be longer due to COVID-19).

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

It varies. Unfortunately, the Department do not publish their processing times. Current Distinguished Talent visa applicants that we are assisting received their unique identifiers as late as May, and typically took around 3 weeks. We are aware that processing has slowed down during the COVID-19 pandemic, and likely also due to an increase in interest.

Does the Department advise me if my EOI is unsuccessful?

We have had clients contact us to advise that they were advised by the Department that they were unsuccessful – however this largely relates to PhD candidates who were not within the 6 months of submitting their thesis. We’re not presently aware of individuals who were advised they were unsuccessful because the Department did not find them suitable candidates. We also have been advised of individuals who have had EOIs submitted for length periods of time without any response.

What if I don’t meet one of the 7 targeted sectors?

The GTI program is specifically to target people in those sectors. Often an individual may meet one of these sectors without realising it. Feel free to reach out to us if you think you’d 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.

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 times for the Distinguished Talent visa?

Processing times are not currently published. However due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while we previously experienced processing times of weeks, this has becomes months (2 months+) in recent times.

Will the government extend the Global Talent Independent program?

There has been no information as to whether this program will be extended. Given that there are only 5,000 spots available, it is best to act quick if you think you may satisfy the criteria.

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 Global Talent Independent program, and are currently assisting various individuals from varied backgrounds with applying for the visa.  With only 5,000 spots under the program and no certainty as to whether this program will be extended, if you’re interested in the program and believe you could be a good candidate, it is important to act quickly to ensure you secure one of the spots.

Please feel free to contact the writer by email at [email protected] or phone +61 3 9016 0484 if you have further comments or queries 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 318 Comments

  • Hi team,

    I was reaching out to get some advice on the new PR visa. I studied Computer Science and graduated with the highest result that could be achieved a 1:1 in Ireland. This is a high distinction and I received an award for academic excellence. I also received a scholarship for my masters, I have passed all my exams but I just need to submit my thesis. I put my thesis on hold because I felt I could give much greater insights into women in the IT field after gaining more experience. I am currently working in Sydney in a consulting role that combines technology implementation, computer programming, CX, and client relationship management. My salary is $135,000. I have the ability to earn more than this but I accepted this offer as I wanted to work with this particular company.

    • Hannan Tew Hannan Tew says:

      Hi Laura,
      Thank you very much for getting in touch. based on a first glance of your experience and background, you appear to be a nice fit for the global talent programs. As a more in depth assessment will require a conversation about your personal and confidential information, we’ll get back to you directly to discuss further.
      Thanks!
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Nana says:

        Hi. Thank you for your information. May I submit 2 contact from with different job categories at the same time? Thank you

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Nana,
          Thank you for your comment.
          There’s nothing that prevents you from doing that, but there really isn’t any point. It’d be better for you to select one of the categories, but in your cover letter and supporting documents indicate that your profile across can be applied over multiple targeted sectors. Submitting multiple EOIs could actually delay your processing.
          Let us know if we can help.
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

    • Avatar Hannah says:

      Hi, i would like to know, is department sending invivites to people who have applied fron outside of Australia?

      • admin admin says:

        Hi Hannah,
        We’ve been advised that the Department have recommenced working through the backlog of offshore applicants to issue EOIs (with this previously being suspended).
        So in short, yes but it could take a while given the number of people who would have previously submitted EOIs.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Avatar Nusrat Laila says:

      Hi Hannan
      I would like to know the eligibility for GTI. I am a recent graduate from Western Sydney university, I have completed Masters of ICT with 84 percent CGPA and awarded a position on Dean’s Merit List. However, I am not working at this moment because of the Covid situation. Is there any chance that I can be eligible for Global Talent visa?

      Nusrat

      • admin admin says:

        Hi Nusrat,
        Thanks for your response!
        You would appear to satisfy the “student” cohort of this program being a recent highly graded graduate in the field of ICT. Not having employment does not affect your eligibility for this program, but it is worth keeping in mind that it’s a highly competitive program and most of the successful individuals that we have assisted have the achievements outlined in our article (i.e. academic/general publications, awards, spoken at conferences etc.).
        One of our lawyers will get in touch to see if we can help.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Francois Daoud says:

    Hello,

    I wanted to reach out regarding the GTI program. I have a Bachelor in Computer Science (Programming) and I have been in multiple role throughout my career. I am earning well over the threshold mentioned. I am currently working in Sydney in as a Principal Engagement Manager but I do have other functions and expertise. I am dual citizens (Canadian and British).
    I wanted to know whether you think there’s a possibility to that GTI would be the way forward?

    Thanks
    Francois

    • Hannan Tew Hannan Tew says:

      Hi Francois,
      Thank you very much your comment.
      At first glance, even if you aren’t eligible for the GTI program you may still be eligible for one of the general skilled migration visas (see here). A number of ICT related occupations are on the eligible list for permanent residence.
      One of our lawyers will reach out to you shortly to discuss further.
      Thanks,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Ali says:

    Hello

    My name is Ali. I am a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, studying wireless communication. I am also working as a lecturer in the field of ICT. I submitted an EoI for the global talent visa and received an invitation. I have the following questions please.

    -I am going to submit my PhD thesis in about three months. The visa application requires an official paper from the university stating that I’m finishing in 6 months. However, the university does not provide it until I submit. Do you recommend I apply for the visa now or wait? Does the invitation expire?
    -My wife does not have functional English. Can I still apply for her as well?
    -The application requires a paper from my employer stating the I’m going to get a future opportunity. Is it OK to apply for the visa without this paper?

    Many thanks,

    Ali

  • Avatar Balikis says:

    Hello,

    I am reaching out to get to know if i am eligible for the GTI program. I have a bachelors in computer science, Masters In Information Technology and i recently go a Masters degree in Networking at Melbourne Institute of Technology. I do have good grades but i have not had the chance to work extensively in my field. I would like to know if i am eligible to apply for the GTI program.

    Thanks
    Balikis

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Balikis,
      Thanks for reaching out. At first glance, without experience in the industry, it may be difficult to get you a visa under the GTI program. However, you may still consider general skilled migration applications (see here: https://www.hannantew.com.au/australian-immigration-services/general-skilled-migration/).
      I understand one of our staff members have reached out to you to obtain further information and see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Roy says:

        I’m Working as a GP for last five years in Perth. My registration is under supervision. I had a masters in Public health from University of Wollongong in 2009. My MBBS was from Bangladesh in 2006. I do pass the salary test though. Am i eligible to apply under MedTech?

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Roy,
          Thanks for your comment.
          MedTech is generally related to medical technologies rather than general practitioners. There may be some scope for recent Masters/PHD graduates, or doctors who are absolutely at the top of their field but ordinarily a GP would need to apply for the GSM (see here) / employer sponsored (see here) visas. One of our lawyers will reach out to discuss.
          Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Omotebi Olubiyi says:

    Hello ,
    I have advance diploma in statistics bachelor of economics back in africa and I had graduate certificate in business administration am currently studying masters of actuarial science in unsw . Before I came to Australia I had about 12 years experience in data science with three organizations. I have gotten an Australian to write a letter for me .how should I go about it

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Omotebi,
      Thanks very much for your comment.
      One of our lawyers will reach out to you today.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Mary says:

        Hi my name is Mary and I just finished my 2nd year of my PhD in Australia. My bachelor degree is Midwifery and my master degre is in sport sciences? My PhD is health and i have 5 years work experience as clinical researcher. I have 12 published papers with citation 94 and H index 6. Would you please let me know if I am eligible to apply for GTI program..I am also planning to submit my thesis in 6 month.Do I need any letter from my supervior or school to confirm that I will submi it by 6 months?

        Thank you
        Mary

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Mary,
          One of our lawyers will reach out to you first thing on Monday morning.
          Have a great weekend.
          Hannan Tew

    • Avatar Sarah Sabau says:

      Hi, which skills are considered under Energy and Mining Tech. Does Heavy Duty Diesel Fitters considered as high skilled workers?

      • admin admin says:

        Hi Sarah,
        That kind of depends – if you are an internationally renowned Heavy Duty Diesel Fitter then there might be some merit. However, full disclosure, we have not worked with any one in that position and would generally recommend highly skilled workers (as opposed to internationally renowned professionals) consider the general skilled migration categories. Either way, one of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
        Have a great weekend!
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Abdi says:

    Hi team,

    Can you please advise me how long the EoI takes? I have submitted an EoI yesterday but unsure how long it may take. Thanks!

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Abdi,
      Prior to the coronavirus lock down we were seeing invitations in a few weeks from EOI lodgement.
      Feel free to get in touch at [email protected] if you had any specific questions.
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar ALEX says:

    Hi,

    i have got an invitation to lodge this visa. However, I was wondering is 148 K income a strict regulation? I mean is having a PhD and being active in the area a cover for this level of income, as I have recently graduated and need to look for jobs. I had IPRS scholarship during my PhD which is a prestigious one in Australia. Any advice? I do not want to hire a lawyer as I prefer to lodge the application myself.

    Cheers,
    ALEX

    • Avatar Abdi says:

      Hi Alex,
      Based on my reading I do not think the 148K is a strict requirement but you can argue given your PhD you are more likely to attract salary of that region. When did you submit your EoI and how long has it taken it to you to get an invitation?
      Abdi

      • Avatar Hamed ZIAEIPOOR says:

        Thanks for your response,

        One week or so.

        I have one more question, I would like to lodge my talent visa, however, I have currently a graduate visa in processing lodged in early December which is almost 5 months ago and not granted surprisingly! What is your suggestion? Is it better to withdraw the graduate visa, first and then lodge the talent one or inverse? My student visa is still valid until OCT 2020.

        Thanks
        Alex

        • Avatar Mathew says:

          Hi,

          I would like to get information about Global Talent Independent Program. I am a CFA Charterholder-2019 (CFA Institute USA) from India, have 8 years of experience in Banking industry mainly in area of Treasury Mid Office. Please note that I don’t have the said Income Threshold Limit.
          Please let me know whether I am eligible for GTI visa application.

          • admin admin says:

            Hi Mathew,
            Thanks for your comment.
            Firstly we’ll need to review your CV in more detail to determine whether you an “internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement”. Even if you can’t meet the threshold income limit, with your experience you could consider the general skilled migration program. One of our lawyers will reach out to you to discus further.
            Kind regards,
            Hannan Tew

    • Avatar Monica Sierra says:

      Hi Alex, when did you submit your EOI? Could you let me know how long does it take ?

  • Avatar Subash says:

    After getting EOI, is there a time frame or deadline for the lodgement of application?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Subash,
      While there is no legislative time frame to lodge your DT visa application, the Department recommends that you do so as soon as possible.
      One of our lawyers will reach out to you in any case to answer any further questions you might have.
      Hannan Tew

    • Avatar ZIAEI POOR says:

      How long it usually takes to withdraw a graduate visa (485)?

      You are one of the best immigration agents and I would highly recommend you to all applicants…

      • admin admin says:

        Hi Hamed,
        Normally a withdrawal is actioned within 1-2 days (though it could take longer whilst COVID restrictions are in place).
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Madhu says:

    My nominator got his PR recently. If I choose this nominator will I have a chance to getting it ?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Madhu,
      An Australian permanent resident for these purposes means a non-citizen who, being usually resident in Australia, is the holder of a permanent visa. That is, just holding a permanent visa may not be sufficient.
      One of our lawyers will reach out to you to discuss further.
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Hazel says:

    Hello,
    We are based in Sydney on a skilled work visa and are looking at options that we would have for the Global talent program.
    Currently in the ICT field, my spouse has about 2 decades of experience across various technology functions, and across UK, Europe and Australia managing multi million dollar projects. However, he holds a science degree. Do you think we have a chance to be considered for the GTI? We are losing points on the age factor in the independent PR program so looking at this.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Hazel,
      Thanks for your query.
      One of our lawyers will get in touch today and you can discuss further in a confidential chat.
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Shukry says:

    I have just received an invitation for my EOI, I have some specific questions in relation to lodging my application. Could you able to help me with those questions please?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Shukry,
      We can absolutely assist.
      One of our lawyers will reach out to you by email today to discuss further.
      Hannan Tew

    • Avatar Alex says:

      hi Shuky,

      how low did it take to get inviatation for EOI ? i have also lodged for about 10 weeks now , never heard anything yet.

      • admin admin says:

        Hi Alex,
        Are you based overseas? We recently had discussions with a Global Talent Officer who advised that they’ve suspended processing EOIs for individuals based overseas due to the COVID-19 pandemic – which could be the reason for why you’ve not heard anything further.
        I understand that they’re still working through the EOIs to identify talent once they’re back on track, but it’s not clear when that may be. Normally, unique identifiers are issued about 1-2 weeks after you’ve submitted.
        Hopefully you’ll hear something soon, and feel free to get in touch with us if we can be of assistance with your visa application.
        Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Md Shakil Khan says:

    I did my bachelor’s in urban planning specialising in Spatial Data Analysis and Management. Since that time, I have kept on publishing my research papers in national and international journals and conferences. I worked for national (City Councils, Research Organisations) and international organisations (Ecorys Netherlands BV, WorldFish) as Spatial Data Analyst. In the meantime, the thirst of knowledge encouraged me to co-found O.CREEDS (Research and Consultancy Organisation) in January 2016. After that, I moved to Australia to complete my Master of Information Technology from RMIT University (with 70% marks). While studying, I was engaged as a research assistant working with spatial data science and its different techniques to make a sustainable future. During this time, I appeared as a guest lecturer at RMIT for a couple of semesters and was able to publish some of my papers in peer-reviewed journals. This vast experience helped to get a position as a Data Scientist in Telstra. While working with Telstra, I was also working to develop an existing model of Australia for Deakin University. While working, I got the PhD scholarship confirmation from Deakin University(will start in October 2020).

    Do I have any chance?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Shakil,
      At first glance your occupation is in a relevant sector (Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT.), and co-founding an organisation in addition to publishing materials is looked upon favourably. If you haven’t already, we’d recommend submitting an EOI.
      One of our lawyers will get in touch with you to discuss further.
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Md Shakil Khan says:

        However My Masters Result is Around 70%
        So will I be eligible with that ?

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Md Shakil,
          Our understanding is that if you are trying to apply based on being a recent Masters Graduate you would need to show a Masters with an 80% average.
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

          • Avatar Md Shakil Khan says:

            Hi Hannan
            I applied with a CV Highlighting my Academic Accomplishemtns and Got Rejected as my Masters was with 70% marks.
            I am thinking about aplying again showcasing my work experience( with salary statements, payslips) and Research-publications as secondary.

            Would you recommend that?
            I got 5 years of Experiene and Currently I am working for Telstra with 117000 salaray/year
            I also got PhD Sholership offer as well.

            Kind Regards

  • Avatar Victoria says:

    Hi,
    I can see a lot of people here and some of my friends already received the invitation until now, I don’t know how many left from the 5000 allocated this year. I just submitted today, if I am missed the first 5000 positions or I am rejected for this year, do I need to resubmit next year? Or they will put me in a pool or a queue later?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Victoria,
      As of January there were 735 EOIs lodged (see here) although we expect more to have submitted since then. We don’t have the latest numbers, but as it’s a pilot program once the 5,000 positions are filled you will have to wait until the government determines its position next year. It’s certainly worth submitting the EOI though (given it’s free!).
      Feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] if you have further questions.
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar oshodi oluwafemi says:

        Hello Team!
        I Recently completed my Master in Animal science with academic standing of 84.3 % . I also hold a post graduate diploma in Agriculture and bachelor in Agricultural Science as well. I have a skilled assessment in my field from Vetassess and also got a good grade in my English exams IELTS. Do I stand a chance for GTI invitation?

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Oshodi,
          Thanks for your comment.
          Though you should be commended for the achievements, unfortunately the skills assessment and the English assessment have minimum probative value in the context of the GTI program. What would be more relevant for you in terms of documentary evidence is published articles, patents, authored books, media articles referring to you or professional positions / accolades.
          One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can assist (if not Global Talent you might want to consider alternative visas such as one in the general skilled migration program).
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Kamal says:

    Hello,
    I am working in Aus since 2 years(overall 14 yrs full time workjng exp) on skilled visa (IT) and meeting the GTI payscale criteria.
    Questions:
    1. Am i eligible to apply for this visa ?
    2. Is there any confirmation email after logding EOI?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Kamal,
      Thanks for your comment.
      To your questions:
      1. Depending on which area of the IT sector you are in, you could certainly consider submitting an EOI. In terms of eligibility, it’s a bit more complex in that we’d need to review your CV / nominator and other requirements of the distinguished talent visa. In any case, one of our lawyers will reach out to you to discuss.
      2. There is an auto response message displayed from the Department but no “confirmation letter” as such.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Sharma says:

    Hi,
    Can I submit EOI without a nominator?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Sharma,
      The form allows you to submit the application without an EOI but it is a legal requirement for the visa. One of our lawyers will get in touch you to discuss in more detail.
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Anna says:

    Hi,
    I am a 500 visa (dependent) holder in Australia as my spouse is enrolled as student in Australia. Currently I am residing in South Korea. I am in my last semester of PhD in Environmental and Energy Engineering department and hopping to finish my degree in next 2 months. I have quite a good number of publications in good rank journals. Most of my work is related to water engineering but my department name includes the Energy Engineering tag. Will it be considered under “Energy and Mining Technology”? Am I eligible to apply for GTI visa without any nominator? If not, then please let me know how to find a nominator.

    There are few jobs in water industry, but they are only available to permanent residents. I don’t think they will nominate someone from outside as long as they get local employees.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Anna,
      Thanks for your note. We’ve actually worked with an Environmental Engineer with a successful EOI so there is certainly scope depending on your publications.
      In terms of the nominator, nominating you does not preclude them from hiring other local employees so it is certainly worth speaking to them.
      One of our lawyers will shoot you an email to see if you’d like to discuss further.
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Sara says:

    Hi
    I have a PhD in physics.
    Which sector is suitable for a physicist?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Sara,
      This would depend on what area you within physics you specialise in.
      Depending on your focus you could fit into space and advanced manufacturing, Energy and Mining Technology or Quantum Information.
      One of our lawyers will reach out to you to discuss further.
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Joy says:

    Hi, I am a PhD candidate studying ICT and am currently living in Australia. I have submitted the EOI on 11th, May. For the question “Are you currently studying a PhD and will submit your thesis in the next 6 months? “, I choose yes. But in my CV, I stated that I have just submitted the final thesis to my university and was waiting for the conferral. Will this inconsistency affect the process of my application? I feel quite nervous because two weeks has passed without any reply. I even did not receive the auto reply email after the submission, and I wonder if it is normal.

    Will they let me know if I get rejected, or they just leave me in the pool without any notification? I noticed that you told Alex that normally people get invited in one or two weeks. I wonder what is the longest case you have ever heard of? Do you think I should give up hope? 🙁

    Many thanks!

    Best regards,
    Joy

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Joy,
      You should certainly never give up on hope!
      There’s a lot to say here so one of our lawyers will get in touch with you directly.
      Thanks for getting in touch!
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Esh says:

        Hi Joy,

        Is there a place to mention that are you currently submitted your PhD or 6 months for the submission? I can only see that there are only 2 options to select (PhD or masters). Am I looking at the incorrect application? Can you provide the link for correct application? Thanks

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Esh,
          You can select “Yes” to the question: “Are you currently studying a PhD and will submit your thesis in the next 6 months?” in the contact form here.
          We’ll be in touch to see if we can help.
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

    • Avatar John says:

      Hi Joy,

      Have you received the invitation?

  • Avatar AAA says:

    Hi. I received EOI and submitted my application (distinguished talent visa-858) around 2 months ago in energy sector, but haven’t received any response from the department. Once they requested police check which I provided within 2 days, but since 2/April, there is no news. My Ph.D. candidature was not within last 6 months, but I got a letter from my Uni that I’ll finish it within 6 months. Do you think it’s because of CV or anything else? (I have 5 Q1 paper-citation 140)Anybody heard the same issue? I’m really concern!!! Thanks

    • admin admin says:

      Hi AAA,
      Thanks for your comment.
      It’s good news that they requested the police clearance which means that you they have commenced processing.
      Delays are expected due to COIVD-19 restrictions (the Department is focusing on travel exemptions at this moment) so that could be a factor.
      In any case, one of our lawyers will reach out to you to discuss.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar BG says:

    Hi,

    Having completed post graduation in economics, I am a co-founder and executive director of a USA based ICT company with 30 staff in India with 7 years in the leadership. We have developed in house applications that helped huge productivity and efficiency improvement in the field of mortgage banking. This can be categorized as Regtech under Fintech. These softwares however are not globally launched, but limited to our use as of now. Research of an AI based workflow application is underway. Product design is my part and technology is managed by a separate team. Having said these details, I don’t have any internationally certified documents to prove the work achievements. Would my profile be considered for GTI 124?

    Regards,
    BG

    • admin admin says:

      Hi BG,
      Thanks for your comment.
      At first glance, it seems like you could fit under the fit under the “Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT” sector.
      You would need to evidence your international recognition in some manner however, and one of our lawyers will get in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Amir says:

    Hi
    I have a PhD in applied physics from the University of Sydney in 1995 and now I’m professor in physics abroad of Australia
    My major focuses are on thin films, laser, and somehow the energy. Do You think can I apply for this Visa and Which sector is suitable for me?

    regards,

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Amir,
      While obtaining a PhD is a very positive step, the GTI also requires showing a record of having other exceptional achievements.
      We’d probably need to understand more specifically what you work has related to be able to determine which of the sectors is most appropriate, which you’d probably have the best idea about. Similarly, you’d need to be able to show the publications you’ve made, and whether you’ve received research grants and awards for your work and so on to demonstrate that you have a record of exceptional achievement.
      One of our lawyers will get back to you to discuss this further.
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar AN says:

    Hi,

    I am looking to apply for the GTI visa. I have completed Bachelors of Information Technology from India, after which I worked for a multinational company for 3 years. I was awarded with a merit degree for my bachelors(top5%). Following that, I completed my masters from University of Melbourne with an average of above 80 percent and was also awarded a deans list award for the same. Since then I have been working with a startup for a year in Australia as a Tech Lead. However, I still haven’t reached that salary bracket yet. Do I have chances?

    Thanks
    AN

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Aksnak,
      Thanks for your comment.
      To your question, it’s not essential that you are currently at the FWHIT salary bracket, but that you would be able to attract that salary (for example a job offer). You may be able to avoid the FWHIT amount if you are a recent Masters graduate (in the last 3 years). One of our lawyers will reach out to you to discuss your circumstances in more detail.
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Mahrukh says:

    Hi,
    Recently, my husband has completed his PhD and post-doc in wireless communication systems from France. Currently, we are living in France and want to apply for global talent visa. I want to ask that when should we apply and how long would it take to get the response about the invitation, given the current pandemic situation.
    Thanks in advance!

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Mahrukh,
      Hope things are well for you and your husband in France.
      In terms of timelines, unfortunately it varies. The Department do not publish their processing times. Current Distinguished Talent visa applicants that we are assisting received their unique identifiers as late as May, and typically took around 1-2 weeks before receiving the invitation. We are aware that processing has slowed down during the COVID-19 pandemic, and likely also due to an increase in interest.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to discuss your matter further.
      Hannan Tew Lawyers

  • Avatar Jone says:

    Hi Tew,
    I graduated with Australian PhD late 2018 and returned home. I was invited and then lodged 190 vic phd streamlined visa in late march 2020. I am perfectly fit with energy engineering sector. But I do not have any experience in industry. I have university lecturer experience.
    Should I apply for this visa as well?
    Please advise and thanks in advance?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Jone,
      You can certainly put in a new EOI for the GTI without impacting your pending 190 application (it would only be more complicated once you receive an invitation and have to decide whether or not to ).
      one of our lawyer will reach out to you directly to consider your eligibility under the GTI.
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar GW says:

    Hi. I have graduated from UNSW in Masters of Engineering Science specialising in Environmental Engineering with an average grade over distinction(over 75%). I’ve just started to work as an engineer in a company focusing on civil engineering projects but my duty are on wastewater data collection and analysis. As I am quite fresh in this field so the salary is obviously lower than the required number, do I still have a chance?

    Regards,
    GW

    • admin admin says:

      Hi GW,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      If you have graduated in the last 3 years you may be able to avoid the FWHIT amount.
      One of our lawyers will reach out to you to discuss further.
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Denver says:

    Hi

    My wife has completed her bachelor in economics and have Been working as a faculty manger for over 5 years she has been awarded in the guiness books of world records as she affiliated a program on how to conserve nature s resources and organised a largest audience to attend it so do you think she will stand a chance for this program .

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Denver,
      Thanks for your message.
      We’re very interested to hear about your wife’s Guinness world record! Depending on what it is that she’s been recognised for there may be options. It’s important to know that even if someone doesn’t clarify for the GTI they can consider the conventional Distinguished Talent visa or the general skilled migration visas. One of our lawyers will get back to you shortly to discuss.
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Shammi Sultana says:

    Hi,
    Kindly note I have lodged an EOI almost two weeks ago in Advanced manufacturing section. I am about to submit my final PhD thesis and expected to be finish within six months. I havent heard anything yet. I am a little bit worried that what might be the case. Are they still assessing the EOI or stopped processing due to reach there 5000 quota? Could you please also let me know if I am eligible to get this visa invitation?
    Thanks,
    Shammi

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Shammi,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Unfortunately, the Department do not publish their processing times. Current Distinguished Talent visa applicants that we are assisting received their unique identifiers as late as May, and typically took around 1-2 weeks. We are aware that processing has slowed down during the COVID-19 pandemic, and likely also due to an increase in interest (as you can see by the number of comments on this blog!). We don’t have clear data on whether the Department has filled their 5,000 quota yet but we’d recommend keeping your EOI submitted in any case. One of our lawyers will get in touch with you to see if there are any other options.
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Abdul Mueed says:

    Hi, I am looking for this stream, let me tell you bit about me.
    I have completed masters of data science from uts.
    I am working as contractor in software development, since i was student, i have around 3 and half year australian software developer experience.
    I have pte 7 each.
    I have nominators from my field who can certify that i will be great for australian community and my specific field.

    if any other information is required let me know. and if i do qualify can you let me know.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Abdul,
      Thanks for your comment.
      We’ll need a little bit information from you to assess (for example, what was your overall Masters average grade and when did you complete it / do you have any international publications?). In case you aren’t eligible for the GTI you could also considered employer sponsored visas with your current sponsor or general skilled migration.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to discuss further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Amir says:

    Hi Jordan

    I have one more question. Rumor has it if you get your Ph.D. degree in more than 3 years ago, you wouldn’t get an invitation letter. Is it right? ( I already told you that I’ve got my Ph.D. in 1995 and now I’m 67 years old )

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Amir,
      Happy to clear up rumours!
      If you obtained your PHD more than 3 years ago it means you won’t be able to take advantage of the recent graduate provisions (essentially you avoid having to demonstrate that you would be able to attract a salary equivalent to the Fair Work High Income Threshold (FWHIT), currently AUD $147,700). However, you may still be eligible for the GTI on the basis of an “internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement”. Hope that helps.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Ahmed says:

    Hi sir,
    I’m a PhD student at my second year in the field of chemistry, still have 2.5 years to finish. Im on a scholarship for PhD study which I obtained after a competitive selection process. I have masters degree from overseas and I have 4 publications and I worked as assistant lecturer overseas. If I could obtain a letter of nomination from my supervisor, will I be able to apply in this visa?
    Thank you
    Ahmed
    Reply

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Ahmed,
      Thank you very much for your comment.
      Given you still have 2.5 years until you finish your PHD, you wouldn’t be eligible under the recent graduate criteria, but you still may be eligible if you can demonstrate you have an “internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement” and are able to attract a salary equivalent to the Fair Work High Income Threshold (FWHIT), currently AUD $147,700 (through current employment or a job offer). One of our lawyers will get in touch and would be happy to discuss this further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Arya says:

    Hi,

    I will graduate in June from a Master of Philosophy degree (USYD) in Computer Science. My research work and thesis are using artificial intelligence to diagnose cancers on medical images – this can be regarded as a joint discipline of medical tech and ICT/data science. My coursework master of statistics from HKU and bachelor’s degree in information and computing science (with 84/100 GPA) can also prove the relevance.
    In this field, I have two submitted journal papers under review. I had three related research assistant experience in HongKong University and USYD.

    Do I have to wait for the result of publications to send my EOI?
    I’ve heard a rumor that this visa might get harder next financial year?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Arya,
      That sounds like an extremely interesting area to work – I’ve recently been reading Kai-Fu Lee’s “AI Superpowers” and its an eye opening look to the future of AI in China and surrounds. In terms of your questions, you may be able to submit the EOI without the journal papers if you are a recent graduate (or close to graduating). It is certainly worth a further discussion as you may also be eligible for other visas with your skills and experience. One of our lawyers will be in touch shortly.
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Arya says:

        Thanks for your reply.
        I’ve heard from another agency stating that it will be 100% success in the visa application if someone has got the unique identifier from EOI application- they said that the department will only check medical examination or crime records during visa application.
        Is that true? If it is, how do you think if I send my EOI immediately after graduated from USYD in June (without publication outcome)?

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Arya,
          Unfortunately that’s not necessarily true (you might not meet the criteria of the Distinguished Talent visa application).
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Ahmed I Sunny says:

    Hi,

    My brother in law works as an Associate Professor at Long Island University (USA) and also the director of Data Science over there. He also worked as a scientist for Amazon for 2 years. He currently earns more than 150000. However, we do not have a nominator who can identify him and nominate him. Though I am an Australian citizen and worked as a Network Engineer, I was wondering whether I would be able to nominate him? Can we seek any random company/person (recognized in his field) to act as his nominator?

    Kindly
    Sunny

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Sunny,
      Thanks for your comment. First of all, it’s great to hear about your brother’s success in the United States.
      The nominator can be any Australian citizen, permanent resident, eligible New Zealand citizen or Australian organisation with a national reputation in the relevant area. National reputation generally means “an image or opinion which is held by the Australian public” and looks at a number of factors including employment history, participation in conferences, contribution journals etc. We’d have to review the nominator’s CV to consider your / a proposed nominators CV in more detail but one of our lawyers will get in touch to discuss further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Khatun says:

    Hi,
    I have completed Bachelor of science in Agriculture (2011) and Master of Science in Agri-Biotechnology (2013). I have worked as a graduate researcher from 2011 to 2014 in Bangladesh. Later, I have joined a University of South Korea as a researcher from 2015 to 2017. In 2017, I have joined a public university of Bangladesh as a faculty member and currently working as Assistant Professor. Besides, I have joined a phD program in School of Agriculture, Food and wine (fully funded scholarship) on November 2019 in University of Adelaide. My research field is plant pathology. I have published 14 research articles (63 citation) in reputed peer reviewed journals and received 3 prestigious research grants from Bangladesh during my education and teaching career. If I could obtain a letter of nomination from my supervisor, will I be able to get this visa?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Khatun,
      Thank you for your comment.
      Assuming your nominator is an Australian Citizen/PR/eligible NZ Citizen with a “national reputation” in relation then you would certainly have a good shot.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to discuss with you further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Alice says:

    Hi, I have completed one year of Bachelor of Agriculture in Plant Production in China. Then, I came to Australia to complete my Bachelor of Agriculture in Sustainable Production and Master of Agricultural Sciences in Crop Production in Australia. I don’t have work experience but I have volunteer experience in an agritech company, conducted a research project related to agritech and completed my internship at orchard. I wonder if I stand a chance to apply this visa? Thank you.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Alice,
      Thank you very much for your comment.
      Despite not having significant experience, if you completed your Masters with a HD average in the last 3 years you may still be eligible for the GTI.
      In such a case you could even apply for the GTI without demonstrating the FWHIT salary.
      One of our lawyers will get in touch to disucss.
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Alice says:

        Hi Hanna Tew, thank you for your reply. However, I graduated with a Second Class Honours Division A. Would I still be eligible to apply? Thank you.

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Alice,
          We’d need to review your CV / academic transcript in more detail to advise.
          We’ve sent through an email to you so feel free to provide those documents there.
          Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Stan says:

    Is there any specific regulations for the future offer?
    Such as the minimum term length?
    How to convert the annual salary threshold to daily and hourly rate?
    And is the $148700 a hard limit or case-by-case concerning all factors?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Stan,
      Thanks for your comment.
      There is no clear clarification on the contractual requirements.
      We’ve lodged applications with permanent contracts, but presumably if you obtain a fixed term contract that is equivalent to a pro-rata FWHIT that should be okay. We would suggest making submissions to that effect. The amount is a hard limit (unless you are a recent graduate).
      In any case, one of our lawyers will reach out to you to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Dhrubo says:

    Hi,
    I am currently in my last semester of PhD. My several papers are in process and I have few published. Therefore, I have applied for EOI of 22 May in Energy and Mining Technology but have not received any responses yet. Could anybody tell me what is the current processing time of EOI? Thanks

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Dhrubo,
      Thank you for your comment.
      The most recent EOI we’ve seen (in May 2020) received an invitation in about 3 weeks.
      Hope that helps, but feel free to get in touch if you require our assistance with the EOI or visa application stage.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar James says:

    Hi Mr. Hannan Tew, I am due to complete my PhD in the area of chronic disease management with the application of medical technological tools in 5 months. I have also published several publications in the heath data science area involving data analytics with prediction models. I have also graduated from a Masters in Public Health degree in Sydney and won a Dean’s medal (GPA of 6.675 out of 7) and top student award for academic excellence. I have also worked as a casual research assistant and tutored in Western Sydney University for over a year teaching basic health data science. Would I be eligible to apply now or do you think it’s wise to wait it out after I graduate?

    Please advise

    Thanks

    James

    • admin admin says:

      Hi James,
      First of all, congratulations on all of your success thus far.
      You may have a few options (1) you might be eligible for the GTI on the research alone (2) you might eligible if your Masters was completed in the last 3 years or (3) you might be eligible once you have completed your PhD. Although your application will be stronger once you obtain your PhD, you have to balance this against the fact that there is a capped number of available visas. To provide more detail we’d need to review your CV in more detail, and one of our lawyers will be in touch to discuss.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Nguyen says:

    Hi Jordan,
    I was employed as a postdoc researcher at Monash University and supposed to start working in April. Unfortunately I still cannot travel to Australia due to the Covid-19. Recently Monash have supported me to apply an EOI for the GTI as a nominator and they helped me to proceed all submission steps. I’m not sure about the outcome but if I got the invitation, am I considered as an onshore (subclass 858) or offshore (subclass 124) applicant? FYI, I have signed the job offer few months ago and now can be considered as an employee of Monash.
    Thanks.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Nguyen,
      Thanks for your comment and sorry to hear that COVID-19 has impacted you so adversely.
      The 124 / 858 distinction is based on where you are at location and decision. Specifically, the 858 requires you to be in Australia at time of application and decision so your current circumstances mean that you won’t be able to apply for that visa. You can certainly apply for the 124 visa if you are invited though.
      One of our lawyers will get in touch with you to discuss further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Zeebee says:

    Hello, I submitted an EOI this week for GTI program, but since they do not send any confirmation email, wondering if the email that I entered is 100% right. Do they only contact via email or any possibilities they might give you a call? In case the email is the primary source of communication, should I resubmit my EOI?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Zeebee,
      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 with you soon (we’re seeing in about 3 weeks but could be longer due to COVID-19.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch with you to discuss further).
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Zeebee says:

        Thanks Hannan,

        Do they inform us via email if the EOI is unsuccessful?

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Zeebee,
          We have had clients contact us to advise that they were advised by the Department that they were unsuccessful – however this largely relates to PhD candidates who were not within the 6 months of submitting their thesis. We’re not presently aware of individuals who were advised they were unsuccessful because the Department did not find them suitable candidates. We also have been advised of individuals who have had EOIs submitted for length periods of time without any response.
          Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Abdul says:

    Dear Hannan lawyers,
    I am in Australia, and I submitted EOI on April 27 but haven’t heard any response on my EOI under MedTech. I already submitted my PhD thesis and I have a dozen of articles and a few travel grant. I have seen most people hearing response in 2-3 weeks, When I enquire about the outcome, they don’t reply. What do you suggest in this case? Is it they are holding eoi or still under consideration?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Abdul,
      Thanks for your comment.
      The Department doesn’t provide feedback so once you’ve submitted the best thing to do is wait until an outcome. Without looking at your EOI, the issue could be that your EOI was not with sufficient detail or simply that the Department is experiencing processing delays because of the abundance of applications.
      One of our lawyers will get in touch to see if they can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Frank says:

    Hi

    I have a question about my suitability. I am not in one of the 7 sectors. I studied economics at Unimelb, I have a honors and a master degree. The master economics degree is the first part of PhD study, so I did it with full doctoral scholarship. There do involve a lot of statistics and data science in the course.

    I am now working at a economics consulting firm, my work involves data analysis. My salary is close to the threshold, and I can show I can reach it in 3 years. Is there any way or possibility I can apply for this visa?

    Many thanks
    Frank

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Frank,
      As a recent Master’s graduate if you are “highly graded” you don’t need to show that the salary will be reachable within 3 years. Judging from the content of your comment, you could consider lodging an EOI. One of our lawyers will get in touch with you to discuss.
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Sanjay Meena says:

    Hello,
    I submitted an EOI around 20 May and still waiting for any response. I am working as a data scientist in Australia and I seem to satisfy most criteria including pay. If I don’t get a response in a few weeks, should I submit a new EOI ?

    Regards,
    Sanjay

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Sanjay,
      From our understanding EOIs are taking 3-4 weeks at this point in time so we don’t recommend lodging multiple EOIs.
      We could assist by reviewing your EOI and confirming eligibility. One of our lawyer’s will be in touch.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Md. Zakir Hossain says:

    Currently I am Final year PhD student and I have 3 months to submit my thesis. I applied for EOI of GTI and my EOI is successful. I have my wife and 2 sons. Currently they are also under student visa. They were in Australia till January, 2020. As I am in last few months of my PhD I sent them back to home country for temporarily. That’s mean my family is offshore right at this moment and they can’t come to Australia now due to COVID-19 restrictions. At this circumstances, what would be better to get this VISA quickly? Should I include my family or I shouldn’t include them now. I know once case similar to me and he applied for this VISA with his family though his family is not in Australia right at this moment. His application is now on hold. It is not currently being processed. Now I am very much confused what should I do? I am looking forward for your suggestions. Your kind directions will be highly appreciated.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Zakir,
      Congratulations on your successful EOI!
      Your specific situation is quite complicated so one of our lawyers will reach out to you to discuss.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar amir says:

    Hi Hannan
    If my sector doesn’t meet these sectors, do the Department inform me that Maybe I am appropriate for distinguished Talent Visa ?

  • Avatar Mahbub E Khoda says:

    Hi,
    I received my EOI response a few days ago.
    Since, my passport is expiring in next month I applied for a renewal.
    Due to covid-19 it may require more than a month to get the new passport.
    Do you suggest I apply for the GTI with the old passport and update it when I get the new passport?
    Or should I wait for the new passport and then apply?
    Please advise.

    Thanks.

    Mahbub

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Mahbub,
      Thanks for your comment.
      You can update your passport details during visa processing through your Immi account. The first step would be to ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria and submit an EOI. One of our lawyers will reach out to you to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Hossein says:

    Hello Hannan

    I’m aged 67 and according to the Department of Home Affairs, if I wanna apply for a Distinguished talent visa, I should be of exceptional benefit to the Australian community. In your opinion, How can I demonstrate this condition?

    and if I wanna and some recommendation letters to my applicant, am I forcible to get recommendation letters from the guys who are in my major? ( I mean furthermore the nominator, I wanna add some rec letters to my applicant, cause of my age )

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Hossein,
      Thank you for your comment. Under policy, exceptional benefit to the Australian community would be “a contribution that would elevate the international standing of the particular area in Australia. The applicant would also need to demonstrate that this benefit would be immediately realised and ongoing in the future.” It’s quite general , but would ordinarily require detailed submissions addressing this. One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Withana says:

    Hi
    I completed my PhD in April 2020 from Australian University. My PhD is in Finance and Economics. I’m a lecturer in Finance in a private University in Melbourne. I have attended conferences, done publication in my filed. I would like to know whether I can apply for GTI visa or not.

    Kind Regards

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Withana,
      We’d need to review your CV before considering your eligibility further, but at first glance it certainly appears feasible.
      One of our lawyers will reach out to you to discuss further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Genet says:

    Hi Hannah,
    My husband is to finish his PHD in international law within 6 months. He has an experience in this sector by research and teaching at university.
    As well As he has more than 3 years experience in foreign affairs overseas . Can he would be eligible to apply for GTI or any option?

    Thanks

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Genet,
      The PhD in international law might not be sufficient for a GTI as it doesn’t neatly fit into the target sectors (unless his thesis was for example, Space law). In any case, he may find options in other visas such as the general skilled migration visa (or even the Distinguished Talent visa without the global talent pilot support). One of our lawyers will reach out to discuss further and see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar PF says:

    Hi Hannan Team,

    I submitted my EOI a week ago under Data Science but I just noticed that my field is considered under MedTech. Can I resubmit my EOI under MedTech or does it make a bad impression? I appreciate if you advise on this.

    Best,

    • admin admin says:

      Hi PF,
      Thanks for your comment. If you’ve put in something incorrectly in your EOI you’ll usually need to contact the Department or submit a new EOI.
      It’s best to put in complete and accurate information at the beginning to avoid delays / issues later on. One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if they can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Mahmoud Alrsai says:

    I have submitted my EOI on the 5th of May, and no response yet. Any advice?
    Is this delay due to Covid-19 only or due to a large number of applicants? Do they still send invitations out?

    Thank you!

    • Avatar Sara says:

      Hi mahmoud
      Did you receive a response? I submitted my EOI on the 25th may but I have not received any response yet!

  • Avatar Chen says:

    Dear Hannan lawyer,
    I recently got the invitation to apply for talent visa. The condition is I am in Australia, and my wife is overseas, and she doesn’t have any Australian visa. In this case which visa shall I apply (858 or 124) through immi account. Can I apply for my visa alone now and later add my wife after getting PR? Look forward to your kind guidance.
    Thanks

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Chen,
      Thanks for your email. The thing you need to consider, is that unlike most visas which allow for families to be in different locations – the Distinguished Talent visa has both an offshore and onshore version (Subclass 124 and Subclass 858). To apply for the onshore version (Subclass 858) you all need to be onshore – so if your family is abroad, you won’t be able to apply for this (or you can but they won’t be considered to have made a valid application). You generally can’t add a family member after the visa is approved (you would for example, have to apply for a Partner visa). One of our lawyers will get in touch to discuss with you further.
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Tes says:

    Hi Hannan,
    I have completed PhD in Reproductive medicine. I had IPRS scholarship during my PhD candidature. I have completed an undergraduate degree in Nursing and a postgraduate degree in Reproductive and Maternal Health in overseas. I have also seven years of experience in teaching and research in overseas. I have been the lead-authored for several articles in a range of international peer-reviewed journals. Further, I am an active reviewer for a number of leading journals in my field. Would I be eligible to apply for GTI program?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Tes,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Depending on the exact nature of your work, you might be able to fall under the MedTech category. If you completed your PhD in the last 3 years you might also be able to avoid the salary requirement. You certainly are accomplished, so we’d love to work with you if possible (if not a GTI then potentially a general skilled migration visa, for example). One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Ann says:

    Hello!

    I’ve been working as a data scientist for over 8 years now. When I first started my career I was a research engineer at my university, published around 8 papers during that time. I’ve been a speaker at various events and conferences as well as teaching data science part-time.

    Unfortunately my current salary isn’t matched with the requirement (around 10-15AUD less than the required salary). But I believe I can easily get a job with that minimum salary requirement when I move to Australia.

    Do you think I have a high chance of getting the invite? Thank you!

    • Avatar Ann says:

      *edit: 10-15k AUD less

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Ann,
      Thank you for your comment.
      You can avoid the issue if you have a letter of offer from Australia with a salary above the FWHIT. There may also be an argument that job advertisements could be sufficient (although this is risky). In any case, you may wish to consider lodging an EOI as there is no lodgement fee. One of our lawyers will get in touch with you to discuss further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Camila says:

    Hello,
    I believe my husband and I have good chances to apply for this Visa. How can I reach a lawyer to get more information and have our situation assessed?
    Thanks,
    Camila

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Camila,
      Thanks very much for your comment.
      One of our lawyers will shoot you an email directly to see how we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Munazza says:

    How can I demonstrate if I am an internationally recognized record of exceptional and outstanding achievement? I am a Ph.D. student and submitting a thesis in the next 6-8months. I don’t have any publication as the first author but as co-author 3.
    Please reply if i am eligible for a global talent visa. My Phd is funded by scholarships.
    thanks

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Munazza,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Assuming your PhD can be aligned to one of the 7 preferred category, and you expect to submit your thesis in the next 6 months, and you can find an eligible nominator, there is no reason why you should not be eligible. One of our lawyers will reach out to you directly to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Mithilani Jayasinghe says:

    Hi,
    My querry is regarding the EOI form. What do you select as your highest achievement (education ) in that form if you are submitting ur PhD thesis within one month?will it still be masters?Thanks!

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Mithilani,
      You’d select Masters as your highest position (there would be a question afterwards which would ask about whether or not your PhD thesis is being submitted in the next 6 months). Feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] if you’d like our assistance.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Sara says:

    Hi hannan
    I submitted my EOI on 25th May. How long does it take to receive a response?
    Thanks

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Sara,
      Thanks for your comment.
      The most recent invitation we received took about 3-4 weeks from EOI submission and was received at the end of May.
      Feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] if you would like to discuss your specific matter further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Sophie Fang says:

    Dear Hannan lawyers:

    I submitted the EOI at 21st May. Three weeks have passed and I haven’t received any response till now.

    I got PhD degree in 2018 .I am now a post-doctor in UNSW with an annual salary of about $100,000. I am in the energy sector and have a lot of evidences for my achievements in the field including academic publications, prizes and awards internationally. My nominator is a highly-reputed professor in Australia.

    I thought I should be eligible for this GTI program, except that my current salary is not that high as required.

    Just wondering if this waiting time is normal for recent EOI submissions?

    One more concern is that I am now wondering that if I filled in the incorrect email address carelessly during the EOI submission (because I got too many files to upload for proof of my achievements, but the uploaded files are limited at 5M, I have to resize the uploaded files for a long time and I almost lose patience during the final submission😂). If this is the case, how can I fix it? Am I supposed to resubmit the EOI if I still get no response for a certain time? I have been so anxious recently about this concern.

    Looking forward for you suggestion.

    Thank you so much.

    Sophie Fang

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Sophie,
      Thanks for your comment!
      You appear to be eligible for the program based on what you’ve outlined, however eligibility unfortunately does not guarantee an invitation to apply as it’s still a highly competitive process. The last client we assisted received an invitation at the end of May (and took about 3 weeks), so given that more people have submitted EOIs since then, you’re probably still within the appropriate time frame. Re the issue with your email address, options would be to either re-submit an EOI, or send them an email to advise that you had spelt your email incorrectly (though from our experience your highly unlikely to receive a response).
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Thomas says:

    Hi Hannan Lawyers,

    I am interested into apply GTI visa. I studied my bachelor and master at Australia, finish with Master of Actuarial Science degree at MQ. I am working as Data scientist at the moment and I am confident that I will pass the salary threshold soon, since its close to that number now. But my current experience is only around 2 years. And I am not sure whether I pass the requirement of ‘Internationally recognized and have outstanding achievement’.
    I have nominator to support me as well.

    Thanks,
    Thomas

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Thomas,
      Thank you for your comment.
      There is no absolute experience requirement, you simply need to show you are internationally recognised and have outstanding achievement. You could use for example, use examples of citations, media interviews, publications, presentations etc. In the alternative, you might be able to meet the “highly graded graduate” pathway if your Masters was completed in the last 3 years. One of our lawyers will be in touch to discuss further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Ali says:

    Hi hannan
    I’m a medical doctor and i have several published articles, some awards and patents. Can i apply for this visa?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Ali,
      We’d need to review your CV, but it certainly looks like you could be eligible if you have published articles, awards and patents.
      One of our lawyers will reach out to you to discuss further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar lyn says:

    Hi there,
    Do they limit the number of applicants for this type of Visa per year?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Lyn,
      Thank you for your comment.
      The program is actually a pilot at this point in time and there are 5000 places slated for the 2019/2020 program year.
      We don’t have clarity on whether the Department will extend the pilot program at this stage, so if you are eligible, we would recommend applying.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can assist.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Rai says:

    Dear Hannan lawyers:

    I am a bit confused when filing the EOI form as it asks me ” currently live in Australia” or not. I am a recent phd graduate from Australian universities. I submitted my thesis and left the country for a leisure trip in my home country, but then the border was closed. However, I still have a valid visa. Also, I pay the rent for my apartment and hold a sessional job at the university. Should I choose “yes” for this option because I just temporarily leave the country?

    Regards,
    Rai

    • admin admin says:

      Dear Rai,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Your query is a bit of a tricky one. As it asks if you are “currently” living in Australia – the most correct answer is probably where you are as at the time you make the EOI. In your case, as you’re overseas that would mean that you likely need to respond “No’.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to discuss further.
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Thomas says:

    Hi there,

    I quit my job from my home country and then relocate to Australia in Feb 2020. Currently, I’m looking for a job but no luck. My previous salary is close to threshold. Am I still eligible for GTI visa? Thanks.

    Regards,
    Thomas

    • admin admin says:

      Dear Thomas,
      Thank you for your comment, and I’m sorry about the challenges you are finding a job.
      You may be able to avoid the salary requirement if you are a “recent highly graded graduate” (and meet the other requirements).
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to discuss further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Charles says:

    Dear lawyers,

    I just received the invitation for this program. I am planning to involve my wife as the secondary applicant.

    I am currently working in Australia, so I should apply for subclass 858. My wife is now studying her PhD in China, she will graduate next year and come to Australia then.

    But the invitation letter mentioned that I need to ensure all secondary and dependent applicants are in Australia at the time of lodgement. Just wondering if it is necessary? I am thinking that It may not matter as long as we prepare the required documents sufficiently.

    I am not sure about this issue. You are an experienced team, hope you can kindly give some suggestions.

    Thank you very much for your kind help.

    Charles

    • admin admin says:

      Dear Charles,
      Thank you for reaching out.
      Unfortunately the short answer is this: unlike most visas which allow for families to be in different locations – the Distinguished Talent visa has both an offshore and onshore version (Subclass 124 and Subclass 858). To apply for the onshore version (Subclass 858) you all need to be onshore. So if your wife is abroad, you won’t be able to apply for this (or you can but she won’t be considered to have made a valid application).
      It can get complicated, so one of our lawyers will be in touch to discuss further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Angie says:

    Hello Charles, congratulations!! when did you lodge the EOI?

  • Avatar Leo says:

    Hello,

    I am a PhD candidate within 6 months of submission.

    What is the latest date to submit an EOI for the GTI program 2019/20? Is the program running until the end of the current financial year, or until the end of 2020?

    Thank you

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Leo,
      Thanks for your comment.
      The official 2019/2020 program ends on 30 June 2020 so I’d recommend you lodge your EOI as soon as possible. We don’t have absolute certainty on whether the Department will continue the pilot program but we have spoken to a GTI officer recently who mentioned that the Department is working through the backlog of offshore applicants to issue EOIs (with this previously being suspended due to COVID-19) in order to meet the program quota.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Shery says:

        Dear Hannan
        I submitted my EOI 4 weeks ago. Do you recommend to submit again? I know some offshore applicants that have not received any response during last two months!

        • admin admin says:

          Dear Shery,
          Thank you for your comment.
          Ordinarily it is not recommended to submit multiple EOIs as this can slow down your own processing. However, if you have not submitted an eligible EOI then it would be worth submitting again. In any case, we are aware that offshore applicant’s are experiencing delays but have also recently been advised that the Department is now going through the backlog. One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if they can assist with an assessment.
          Kind regards,
          Hannna Tew

  • Avatar Angie says:

    Dear lawyers:

    I am 28 years old, a chemical engineer with 4 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. I graduated with honours not only in the engineering school but also in the University. I have worked in oil and gas fields, as a senior engineer supervisor, in 4 countries and I meet the requirements of the annual salary.

    I came to Australia to work with a 482 TSS visa. But my work is in danger now with the industry downturn.

    I submitted the EOI on the 30th of May under Energy and Mining Tech.

    Should I expect to be contacted by the Australian inmigracion office before the program ends this month?

    Regards and thanks in advance!

    Angie

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Angie,
      Glad to hear of your success in the industry at such a young age! Assuming your EOI was submitted with appropriate submissions, we’d tentatively say you are still in a position to get an invitation. Unfortunately, we do not have clarity regarding the visa post 30 June 2020, but the best you can do is submit a complete EOI and wait for an invitation. Do get in touch with us if you would like our assistance in reviewing your files (or require assistance with the visa application should you get an invitation).
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar AM says:

    Hi,

    I received my Masters in December 2016, and currently doing a Ph.D. at UNSW in energy systems in my second year (finishing in 1.5 years). I have +15 international publications including 2 book chapters and some international collaborations plus a full record of scholarships and other rewards. Am I eligible?

    regards,
    AM

    • admin admin says:

      Hi AM,
      Thanks for your comment. The fact that you have international publications, book chapters as well as scholarships / awards certainly suggests that you would meet the criteria. You would also need to demonstrate the salary requirement (as you are not considered a recent graduate) and find a nominator.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help (we would need to review your documents to determine whether you are actually eligible).
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Saddam says:

    Hi
    I am chemical engineering and I have a number of patents and publications and I have applied under the Energy and Mining Technology Sector on 25 May and I have not gotten any reply.

    In my EOI, I have written 700 words instead of 700 characters, Could this affect my application. What should I do? Should I lodge a new EOI? What do you suggest?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Saddam,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Rather than the world length impacting your application, usually delays are because of either not meeting the criteria or simply because there is a back log. Given your application was lodge don 25 May, it is very possible that your application is just waiting for a case officer. We’d need to review your EOI before advising further, but one of our lawyers will reach out to see if we can help.
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar AS says:

    Hi,

    I have a query regarding my friend’s application. He is Ph.D. student doing research in the medical technology field (Biomedical image processing) in Australia. He is awarded a prestigious international scholarship, published several articles (7) in his filed, presented his studies (conference) in 3 continents, and got a letter of intent to submit his thesis in six months. He applied for Global Talent Independent (GTI) expression of interest and got a mail that the information that he has provided doesn’t meet the GTI requirement. So I would like to know whether he can submit one more expression of interest clearly providing all the information?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi AS,
      Yes, if he didn’t meet the criteria at that time he can certainly apply again with the correct information (just be clear to avoid providing conflicting information because that could raise an issue of providing false or misleading information).
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Dhrubo says:

    HI Hannan TEW,

    I have just received an invitation. Do I need to lodge the visa before the end of program year 2019/2020?. I guess it takes time to collect the required documents and depends on the other body. Thanks

    I really appreciate your suggestions.

    Dhrubo

    • Avatar Joy says:

      Hi Dhrubo,

      Congratulations. May I ask, when did you submit your EOI? Thanks in advance.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Dhrubo,
      First of all, congratulations on your invitation!
      In relation to lodgement, it’s not absolutely clear that an application must be made by the end of the program year. From what we understand 5000 places are available to be filled and if you have an invitation, you would still be able to lodge past that date. That being said, we have no confirmation from the Department to that effect, so if you’ve reached an invitation we’d certainly recommend going ahead with lodgement (especially since lodgement fees increase from 1 July).
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help!
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Ali says:

    Hi,
    Hope you are doing well.
    I have recently completed PhD degree from Australia and I have more than 70 published research papers, book chapters. I have also awarded best PhD award for my research work. Further, I am working in a university as post-doc research fellow with over 100K salary per year. I had also awarded fully funded scholarship for my PhD studies.
    I have lodged EOI recently 10 days ago and waiting for the response.
    Should I expect to be contacted before 30th June?

    Best regards.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Ali,
      Thanks for your notes.
      Assuming you are eligible and have completed your EOI appropriately, we would hope you do get an invite.
      Should we get further updates from the Department about what will happen from 1 July 2020 we will update this page so you can be notified.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if you need us to review your existing application.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Yujie says:

    Hi,
    I received feedback and I was given the identifier number for priority processing, I have attached all the documents except for the birth certificate because I don’t have it at the moment they are still processing a new one back home. So is it possible for me to submit? Because I have other documents in support of my identification (Driver’s licence and National ID) together with the passport.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Yujie,
      Congratulations!
      Your birth certificate is not compulsory (evidence of identity is) so you can instead provide primary photographic evidence such as the passport, drivers licence and national ID. One of our lawyers will be in touch in case you want our assistance with the visa application.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Yujie says:

        Okay, thank you. Because I saw something on the checklist I received for the Distinguished Talent Visa application …that documents needed for efficient priority processing include a birth certificate.

  • Avatar Yurie says:

    Hi,
    I lodged in my application (single applicant) and I included my family members back home(sisters, mother and brothers) in terms of having a family I am not alone, then I submitted but the system is showing they are also applicants and I need to submit their documents as well. This difficult for me in that they live in the village I cant get all the necessary documents. Is there a possibility to remove them from the application after I have lodged it in?…then maybe later on in life add them…because I don’t want the process to be delayed?..

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Yurie,
      It is possible to withdraw applicants after you have lodged, though there are certain requirements if they are considered members of your family unit that need to be considered. One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Ayesha says:

    Hi, i have submitted my eoi on 6th so do you know what is the current expected time to receive response?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Ayesha,
      Thank you for your post and congratulations for submitting your EOI.
      The times can vary depending on whether you are onshore or offshore (or whether you meet the eligibility requirements). If you do meet the eligibility requirements we are seeing a processing time of about 3 to 4 weeks.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar H says:

    Dear concern,
    I have completed BSC in Management and IT and MSc in Computer Forensics and Cyber Security. My results are 2:1 or merit in both. I also an IEEE conference publication. I also have experience of more than two years. I am confused about whether I am eligible or not.

    Regards

    • admin admin says:

      Hi H,
      Thank you for your comment.
      Based on a quick glance you could consider a visa under the Cyber Security stream. Even if you are a recent graduate, you would still need to demonstrate an “internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement”. This would need a review of your full CV. In case you aren’t eligible for the GTI, you could consider a general skilled migration application.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regarsds,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Shahzad says:

    Hi, I am near to finish my 3rd year of PhD and will submit my thesis within 6 months. I would like to know more about submitting my EOI whether it’s appropriate or not.

    • admin admin says:

      Dear Shahzad,
      Thanks for your comment.
      In addition to being a recent PhD graduate (or someone completing it in the next 6 months) you would need to demonstrate an “internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement” in one of the relevant categories. We’d need to review your full CV to consider, and one of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar TK says:

    Hi. I have submitted my EoI on 24th May and still haven’t yet received any response. Any idea on the response time recently?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi TK,
      We’re seeing about 3-4 weeks for processing assuming all documents were provided correctly and you meet eligibility eligibility.
      Feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] if you want our assistance.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

    • Avatar KSR says:

      I have submitted my EoI on 22th May and haven’t received any response till now. Please update here, once you get the response from them. Thanks

  • Avatar Chami says:

    Hello,
    Is there an expiry date for the unique identifier number?
    How long that invitation is valid? Can I keep it for another year and apply for PR?
    Chami

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Chami,
      We haven’t seen any expiry dates on the unique identifiers but it is important to note that there are only 5,000 positions slotted for the current program year. If the positions are filled, and the government does not extend the pilot, then you could miss our on your opportunity under the current visa stream. Given the fluidity, we recommend any individuals who are eligible go ahead and lodge the application.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can assist you with the application.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar chami says:

    Dear Hannan,
    What do you mean by current program year?
    Thank you
    Chami

  • what are the screens in immiaccount form for GTIP visa subclass 124 right after document upload? I’m waiting for few docs to upload and proceed but need to be prepared for arranging further info if needed, after document upload, is there any other screen apart from payment ?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Rakesh,
      Once you’ve uploaded document there should not be any other information required apart from payment (you have already provided the information and documents for your application). Good luck with your visa application!
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Anne says:

    I am a PhD student and submitting a thesis in the next 3 months in diagnosing cancer using novel analytical methods. My supervisor gave me a recommendation and graded me highly. However, I don’t have any publication yet. I am confused. I got a university scholarship to study PhD. Please reply if I Am Eligible for a global talent visa.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Anne,
      It certainly sounds like you are doing important work – even if you are a recent PhD graduate you would still need to show that you have international recognition. This doesn’t necessarily have to be publications (you can refer to referees from the top individuals in the field for example). In any case, it might be worth you submitting an EOI based on your current results and any other record of achievement to see if the Department does select you?
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Mohsen Esmaily says:

    Hello,

    My wife has recently (two days ago) submitted her EOI. Given the current situation, it is unlikely that she receives a decision on her EOI application before July 1 (the end date of the current programme). Is it possible to apply for the actual visa (585) without the unique identifier?

    Thank you for your advise,
    Bests, Moe

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Moe,
      It’s a good question as it is not clear. What we know is that the Department has 5000 positions to fill for the 2019/2020 program year. Given that the Department has not made much of an announcement around this, we are under the impression that if the Department invites you, and the 5000 positions have not yet been filled, and you submit your application before they have been filled, you might still be eligible under the GTI program. However, this is subject to any updates by the Department. You can choose to apply for the Distinguished Talent visa without a EOI but that means you will not be assessed under the GTI program (which has the priority processing).
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can assist.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar TA says:

    Hi Everyone and Admin,
    Any idea of last date to submit GTI EOI? I assume this program is for 2019/2020 fiscal year. Can any one submit in July 2020?

    Cheers

    • admin admin says:

      Hi TA,
      Given the visa program is designed for the 2019/2020 program year, we suggest that EOI be submitted by 30 June 2020.
      Let us know if we can be of assistance.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar MSB says:

    Hi everyone,

    I lodged my EOI application for visa 858 on the last week of May. It has been four weeks now and I have not received any response. So I have following queries:

    1. Will the unsuccessful EOI applications be responded?
    2. How long was the wait time for the recent applicant with successful outcome?
    3. Since the current program year ends on 30th July, should I lodge the visa (assuming positive outcome of EOI) before that date? or the deadline of current program year is for EOI only for this visa subclass?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi MSB,
      Good luck on your EOI application.
      To your points:
      1. If the application is incomplete or without merit you will not hear back from the Department. That being said, we are aware that some individuals have received unsuccessful responses.
      2. Our most recent EOI took about 4 weeks;
      3. What we know is that the Department has 5000 positions to fill for the 2019/2020 program year (ending 30 June). Given that the Department has not made much of an announcement around this, but our recommendation is to submit any EOI prior to 30 June.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can be of assistance.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Rakesh Sharma says:

    what is Registration / Licensing / Professional membership requirements, is it applicable for ANZSCO code 262112?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Rakesh,
      Registration requirements vary depending on your location, occupation, and even the specific position duties.
      We’d need to review your circumstances in more detail to consider this so feel free to book a consultation through here if you’d like to discuss.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Jnanamurthy says:

    Hi I submitted eoi May 23rd. Its been one month now, still no response. I graduated my PhD in ICT last year in Australia. Could you provide more information regarding this.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Jnamurthy,
      Thanks for your comment.
      It’s hard to say, but there could be a number of reasons for the delay. For example, the application may be incomplete or without merit or there could a delay in processing due to an influx of applications. The best thing you can do is ensure that your application was submitted with correct and detailed information to meet the relevant criteria.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

    • Avatar Joy says:

      Hi Jnanamurthy,
      Have you received any response yet?

  • Avatar Ping says:

    Hi Tew,
    I graduated with Australian PhD in Chemistry focusing on the development of chemical libraries for early stage drug discovery in July 2018 and I continue be employed as a postdoc researcher until 12/2018. I went back to my home country in 2019 for 1 year. Now I am currently working at Australia university as a research fellow. I am not quite sure that my field of study will be fit with Medical technology sector or not and am I able to apply for this program?
    Could you please give me some advice?
    Thanks in advance
    Ping

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Ping,
      Thank you for your comment.
      Our understanding is that the Department is quite liberal with the meaning of the sectors and usually there are ways to further explain your duties to fit under Medical technology. The more difficult aspect is to show that you have an internationally recognised reputation. One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can review your CV and consider your eligibility.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Manoushak azad says:

    Hi,
    Hope you’re doing great.
    I am an artist with rich background and has some exhibitions and awards in here Australia, the USA and also the Middle East. I noticed there is no specific category for art in Industry/ Sector section when we want to put an EOI. Which category should we apply among 7 sections ?
    Also for annual salary for someone in art filed it depends how many art works they can sell also sometimes there is no sale specially in the current situation, so how we can write an exact number in that section too?
    Looking forward hearing from you.
    Thank you so much in advance.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Manoushak,
      Glad to hear of your success.
      Unfortunately the GTI is not designed for artists at this stage (as it focuses on STEM subjects) but you might still be eligible for the standard Distinguished Talent visa if you have international recognition.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Should we consider that we are not invited for the program 2019/2020 if they do not invite before June 30? Until what moth invitations are expected tobe issue?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Rocio,
      Thanks for your comment.
      It’s not clear yet whether or not the Department will extend the pilot beyond 30 June 2020 so our advice is just to submit the EOI prior to 30 June if you consider you are eligible.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Shahzaad says:

    Hi,

    Do you see any clients whose GTI is successful and they are in 2nd year of their PhD program in Australia? Also, they completed their Master’s degree more than 3 years ago.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Shahzad,
      That totally depends, an individual can be eligible irregardless of whether they have a PhD or Master’s Degree (if they can show they have sufficient international recognition). The recent PhD / Masters requirements are just additional requirements for individuals who are trying to avoid the FWHIT salary requirement (though of course high academics can also indicate international recognition).
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help in your circumstances.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Mohamed Farh says:

    I have a highly graded PhD in Biotechnology, in 2017, specifically done in Agricultural research and I have been working as a postdoc since I graduated in research connected somehow to my PhD work. So I think I fit with AgTech sector. So far, I had published up to 26 scientific papers in renowned international journals, which is generally an exceptional number considering the graduation date. My wife is also a PhD holder in Biomedical Engineering field, just graduated this year with a record of good publications, so she might fit with Medical Technology sector. If I am the main applicant, am I eligible for application considering that my PhD is recently awarded. Can my PhD primarily considered as recent? How properly can I find the nominator considering I am an offshore applicant? Your answers to my inquiries will be highly appreciated.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Mohammad,
      At first glance, it certainly seems as though you are a high achiever. To apply under the recent PhD criteria (and avoid the FWHIT threshold) would need you to have completed your PhD in the last 3 years (being before June 2017). The nominator challenge is a bit more difficult, but we would suggest you speak to academics in your field within Australia. This might involve contacting universities and other research colleagues to find a “nationally reputed” Australian citizen / organisation.
      One of our lawyers will reach out to see if we can assist.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Michael says:

    Hi Tew,

    Many thanks for your great updates and thoughtful response to everyone. In terms of my case, I have submitted my EOI for GTI on 5th of June, but haven’t received any responses from CO (3 weeks already). I graduated Master of Philosophy at Wollongong Uni Australia last year with High Distinction and currently I am a second-year PhD at UTS. I have lodged EOI with Energy Sector since I am working on energy and nutrient recovery from waste, and an investigator of Australian Research Council Hub for Energy-efficient Separation. I have 8 international journal publications. I am not sure whether I have made any information mistakes in my submitted EOI. Do you know any ways I can do to check or update my current EOI? or Could you advise me whether I should submit a new EOI before 30/06/2020, please?
    Many thanks for your kind response in advance
    Kind regards,
    Michael

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Michael,
      No worries, and thanks for getting in touch.
      It’s not unheard of to take more than 3 weeks for an invitation so it may simply be the case that you are sitting in processing. The Department will usually respond to you (unless you have provided an incomplete application or without merit). We could review your EOI and consider if it is worthwhile putting in another application? One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Michael says:

        Many thanks Hanna Tew for your kind and thoughtful advice. Your customer service is really great. Strongly recommend
        Cheers,
        Michael

  • Avatar Thiru says:

    Hi.

    I got my GTI invitation today. Onshore application. I submitted the EOI on 24th May and received the response on 26th June. So it is now a days, the response time can be 4 to 5 weeks.

  • Avatar Sudhakar Deeti says:

    Dear Admin,

    I am doing PhD in Macquarie University, in next 5 months I am planning to submit my thesis. I have done my masters in bio molecular and bio medical sciences and now I am doing PhD neuroethology. Just wondering am I eligible to apply for this visa, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Sudhakar,
      Thank you for comment.
      We’d need to review your CV in order to confirm, but at first glance you appear to be in the correct field (MedTech) and could potentially apply under the recent Masters Graduate pathway or the PhD pathway. Don’t forget you’d also need to demonstrate that you have a “internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement”.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Sara says:

    I completed my PhD in business school in May 2020 and I had IPRS scholarship during my PhD, also I’m working as a lecturer and I meet the income threshold. My research includes data analysis, also I published one book chapter, journal article and acceptance on international conference. I have submitted my online EOI (700 words) on 22nd June and it is unlikely that I receive a decision on my online EOI application before 1st July (the end date of the current programme). At the moment I’m on bridge visa because I applied for students Visa in February and till now I didn’t get any response from them, I’m eligible to apply for a graduate visa but I’m waiting for the result of my EOI. Am I still be eligible under the GTI program since he Department has 5000 positions to fill for the 2019/2020 program year? Do you think that I get a response before 1st July?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Sara,
      Thanks for your detailed comment.
      At a cursory glance it appears you have a strong claim to meet the criteria.
      Regarding the EOI processing, we are yet to hear from the Department as to (1) whether they will extend the program (2) permit people to continue applying after the program year has ended (as long as 5000 positions are available). Our position is if you are eligible you should put in a complete application (which you appear to have done) and wait for a response. We’ll update this page should we hear further.
      In the mean time, one of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help with any other potential visa application (for example general skilled migration).
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

    • Avatar John says:

      Hi Sara,
      Have you received any response to your EOI? Also, you mentioned that you have submitted online EOI (700 words) on 22nd June. Isn’t it suppose to be 750 characters that are allowed in the online form? Have a nice. Hope you’ll reply to my comment.

  • Avatar vikas kumar says:

    i got EOI in Feb 2020 but planing to lodge visa this month, is the EOI has an expiry or condition that within some time period after EOI, we should lodge application as with 189/190 visa, because in my EOI, time period not mentioned?
    Is form 80 or photographs also needs to be submitted event though not asked during lodging?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Vikas,
      Are you talking about an invitation for the 189/190 visa or the invitation for the GTI program? They are separate visas and one invitation does not permit the lodgement of the other.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Jahid says:

    Hi,
    May be out of the topic. Just wondering whether you know any update of subclass 485 visa for those who are eligible to apply after completing study but currently stranded outside of Australia.

    Sincerely yours,
    Jahid

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Jahid,
      That’s a bit complex since you need to be onshore for the 485 application / decision.
      It MIGHT be possible for you to apply for a travel exemption (read here) and then come to Australia on another visitor (say Visitor visa).
      Let us know if we can be of assistance.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Tiana says:

    Hi
    I got UID number for GTI program last week. Should we lodge the 858 visa before July 2020? Because I am waiting police check from Japan, it might take 2-3months. I am afraid that the policy will be changed after July and wondering to submit application right now. Could you please give me any advice?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Tiana,
      Congrats on your invitation! You also don’t need to submit the police clearances at time of application (they are a time of decision requirement).
      To avoid risk, we’d recommend that you apply for your visa prior to 30 June 2020.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

    • Avatar Miraz says:

      Hi Tiana,
      Congratulations on your invitation. May I ask you when did you submit your EOI?

  • Avatar abhijit saxena says:

    do we need to provide form 80 or 1221 while lodging visa in GTI -subclass 124 application in immiaccount? i don’t see it is mentioned there in upload section.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Abhijit,
      Thanks for your comment.
      You do not need to ordinarily include a Form 80 or Form 1221 (which are effectively the same thing). However, the Department do have a discretion to request this, and can do so for individuals from “high risk” countries. To your point, you can lodge without it, and if requested upload or email it to them separately.
      Let us know if you require assistance with your visa application.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Alessandra yokota says:

    Hi Hannah Tew

    I am just wondering if you guys have heard of any successful application for the unique ID in June? I have applied for the GTI 5 weeks ago and have not heard from them until now. I heard the processing time is longer than usual recently due to COVID-19, however, is there any chance that my application was not suitable for the program? Would they notify me if I am not eligible or my application is not successful? I was feeling very positive about it at the beginning and thought my CV was ticking all the boxes, but getting a bit disappointed with the waiting period.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Alessandra,
      We have seen some invitations being released in June. Waiting 5 weeks is not unheard of because of the delays caused by COVID-19, and you usually will be notified if your application was not suitable. The only time you would not get a response is if your application was not complete. Usually it is just a matter of waiting (we know this is tough) but we can review your application if you’d like to give you further guidance.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Hana says:

    Hi,
    If my partner receives this visa(858), and my wedding will be after recievning the visa, can can I receive a visa as his wife?

    Best regards,
    Hana

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Hana,
      You wouldn’t be able to prepare the application on the basis of being his wife, but you could be included as a “de facto” partner as long as you are able to provide evidence of your genuine relationship according to that criteria.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Xeri says:

    Good Day Admin. My name is Xeri. I submitted an EOI on the 27th of May. Today is the 29th of June and I have not gotten a feedback. At the time of submission, I was awaiting my PhD result. Thankfully, I got my PhD result just last week. With the 30th June deadline looming, do I quickly send in another EOI, this time with my PhD result? Does 4-5 weeks of no response spell doom?

    Thanks

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Xeri,
      The PhD might not be the key document in your application (evidencing that you would submit your PhD thesis in the next 6 months is sufficient). In addition to that, you need to show that you have an international recognition (so published articles, patents and awards becomes more important). One path forward might be to simply contact them and request that they add further information to your application.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Rhea says:

    Hi,

    I am a third-year P.hD candidate, majoring in artificial intelligence. My wife is also a third-year P.hD candidate, majoring in telecommunications.
    We want to lodge the GTI first. But I do not know how many papers or how quality papers is sufficient.

    Thank you!

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Rhea,
      Thanks for your comment.
      You are both potentially in suitable sectors (Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT) so if you are submitting your thesis in the next 6 months you could potentially avoid the FWHIT. In terms of how many (published) papers, I would suggest you reference all of them.
      In short, you appear eligible, it’s a race against time because the program year ends today so we are unsure how the Department will treat new applications, but we’d need to review your documents to confirm.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Eddy says:

    Hi,

    Thanks for the informative post.
    I have 5 years work experience in the ICT sector (security/cloud architect/network engineering) and have some advanced IT Certifications.
    I got a job offer in Australia that pays above the documented AUD148,700.
    I applied for and got the 482 visa but got caught in the immigration travel ban before i could fly in.
    I got pointed in the direction of this visa type recently by a friend and i plan to apply for the Subclass 124 (since i am currently offshore).
    I saw in a previous comment where you called out a ‘discussion’ with a GTO who adviced that the scheme/processing EOI has been suspended for overseas based applicant.
    1) can you confirm the above i.e is it suspended for offshore applicants ?
    2) if this isn’t suspended i plan to get my to-be manager as a nominator, is this possible or is there a conflict of interest here (employer-employee) relationship ?

    Thanks again for the informative post.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Eddie,
      Thanks for your comment, and I’m glad of your interest in the GTI program.
      The same GTO has advised that they’ve recommenced processing of the backlog of offshore EOIs, which as you can probably imagine is likely to be fairly substantial. We’re aware of instances where individuals who lodged their EOIs several months ago have been contacted with unique identifiers.
      The only legislative requirements for a nominator is that they are an Australian organisation or individual and that they have a “national reputation” in the same field as yours. There is no conflict for an employer to be your nominator, and we’ve indeed helped numerous individuals who have been nominated as such.
      One of our lawyers have reached out to you to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Mehreen Shahid says:

    I have heard 189, 190 visas have been suspended as a result of new policies (in effect from July 1, 2020 onward).
    What are the revised policies for 858 and 124 visa (GTI Program)?
    I want to submit my EOI for 858 visa (on-shore). Thank you.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Mehreen,
      The GTI program was still processing in June 2020 (we have grants in that period) and even though the program year ended on 30 June 2020 our understanding is that there are still positions available. As of today the EOI page is still accepting invitations, so our advice is to submit if you are eligible.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Sara says:

    Hello,

    Could you please let me know if a nominator can nominate more than one applicant?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Sara,
      From our understanding, there is nothing precluding a nominator from nominating more than one applicant (they just need to meet the relevant criteria being that they are nationally recognised and an Australian citizen).
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help with any other aspect of the EOI or visa application stage.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Giddi says:

    Would applications commence processing before health examination reports are received? I cannot do my health examination until 10 August even though I lodged my distinguished talent 858 visa application on 28 June.

    • admin admin says:

      Congratulations Giddi!
      A visa can be approved as fast as one month, but if health examinations are outstanding the Department will contact you at that stage and give you 28 days in which to respond. You ca usually seek an extension of time based on COVID-19 delays.
      All the best!
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Aziz says:

    Hello,

    I have a question and hoping to get your kind advice – I’m currently based in Australia and I have lodged an EOI about 6 weeks ago but I haven’t had any emails from the Department informing me whether I was/was not successful in my application. What should I do now – do I contact the Department and ask them regarding this or should I just wait?

    Thank you!

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Aziz,
      Thanks very much for your comment.
      Waiting 6 weeks is not unheard of because of the delays caused by COVID-19, and you usually will be notified if your application was not suitable. The only time you would not get a response is if your application was not complete. Usually it is just a matter of waiting (we know this is tough) but we can review your application if you’d like to give you further guidance.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Praveen says:

    Hi,

    I am a Cloud Architect and DevOps Engineer with an overall 16 years of IT Infrastructure experience. As part of ICT, does my profile eligible for the Global Talent – Independent program?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Praveen,
      You’d need to demonstrate more than just experience (you need to show you have an internationally recognised level of success) but there is no reason why you couldn’t meet the criteria on the basis of that position title alone. In the alternative you might also want to consider general skilled migration. In any case, we’d need to review your CV, so one of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Mike says:

    Hi
    I submitted application for visa 858 from 29 June. Do you know how long I can receive the contact of CO for police check, medical and other requirements? I saw some friend receive s56 request within 1 day.

    Thank you

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Mike,
      Congratulations on your submission!
      You can actually complete your police checks and medicals prior to making a request (you can do health examinations as soon as you’ve submitted the application). We’d actually recommend doing these as soon as possible to avoid delay in processing.
      In any case, what we’re seeing is that the request for information is quite quick (usually within a week).
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar LILY says:

    Hi,
    Is it ok if we make an application for multiple visas at the same time?
    regards

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Lily,
      You are permitted to have multiple applications lodged (bear in mind that multiple applications means multiple lodgement fees). You would have to track the matters though, as one visa could potentially overwrite a preferred visa if you have multiple processing.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to get further information to see if we can help answer your question more specifically.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Nivedita says:

    Hi I have applied an EOI for the global talent and am awaiting a response. If I receive a positive response am I completely sure that the visa will be granted. Are you aware of any situations where the EOI was successful but not the final visa?

    Thank you.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Nivedita,
      Thanks for your comment.
      If you receive an invitation that means your claims meet the criteria. You still have to submit the actual visa application (and provide the documents that would support your claims and the visa criteria). We haven’t worked on any applications where the visa was refused, but of course it’s possible if the documents don’t add up at that stage.
      Feel free to get in touch if you require our assistance at visa application stage.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Praveen says:

    Thank you for the response. Based on my skill, I have worked in the US for about 4.5 years with reputed organizations like Microsoft.
    I am not sure if this can be considered for international experience apart from my home country.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Praveen,
      The short answer is it can be.
      The level of the work will also be relevant.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar LILY says:

    Hi,
    Is the 1000 number capacity allocated to seven sectors equally? I mean will this number be divided into seven for each sector?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Lily,
      There is no indication that the 1000 places are divided by the seven sectors.
      If you are in a relevant sector and want to go down the highly graded student pathway, we’d submit lodging an EOI.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Dhrubo says:

    Hi Hannan Tew,

    I have lodged the visa recently. I have received automatically generated health request mentioned that I have 28 days to respond. but I am unable to that due to no available slot near me. later I have received another s56 request and got 70 days to provide that. In that request, the department also mentioned that I don’t need to contact the department regarding health examination extension as they have aware and consider the current delays. Could you please suggest me what should I do in this case?

    Regards

    Dhrubo

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Dhrubo,
      Based on the above you just need to schedule your medicals when possible.
      Specifically the Department have advised that: “Our visa processing officers are aware of the disruptions. We will take the extended timeframes into account when considering your visa application.” See here.
      Hope that helps,
      Hannan Tew Lawyers

      • Avatar Dhrubo says:

        Thanks, I have already booked on 21 August, which is most earliest near me. Should I inform the department about my booking?

        Regards
        Dhrubo

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Dhrubo,
          As 21 August is within your 70 day time frame I see no reason for you to contact the Department.
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

  • Avatar HKhan says:

    Hi,

    Thanks for the very informative discussion thread.
    I am a PhD student and have submitted EOI on 26 June. Just wondering does it still come in the 5000 spots for 2019/20? Is there any deadline for this?
    When can I expect to receive the outcome of my application?
    Please let me know.
    Thanks

    • admin admin says:

      Hi HKhan,
      Indications are that there are 1000 positions for the student cohort (our of the 5,000 overall positions).
      The challenge is again that the positions are to be filled in the 2019/20 program year so you’ll just have to wait and see if the Department invites you (ideally in 1-2 months). Do let us know if you require our assistance should you get an invitation.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Tahid says:

    Hi Hannan, I have received PR invitation for GTI (I am in Australia). My family members have valid visa for Australia as my dependent and they are now stuck in my country for Covid-19.
    What is the process to include them in PR visa application?
    Any information would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Tahid,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Your situation is a bit complex. Unlike most visas which allow for families to be in different locations at time of lodgement – the Distinguished Talent visa has both an offshore and onshore version (Subclass 124 and Subclass 858). To apply for the onshore version (Subclass 858) you all need to be onshore – so if your family is abroad, you won’t be able to apply for this (or you can, but they won’t be considered to have made a valid application). Just be aware that if you were to obtain PR without your family, for them to obtain permanent residency you’d likely need to lodge a Partner visa to sponsor spouse and children for PR. The lodgement fees are quite high ($7.7k + children) and the processing times are significant.
      One of our lawyers will get in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Don Nguyen says:

    Hi there,

    I just wonder that 5,000 visas are allocated for main applicants only or for applicants plus their own families? If that number (5,000) is also counted for accompanying people, the number of successful applicants would be reduced significantly and fewer chances left for those who intend to apply for this visa.

    Kind regards,

    Don Nguyen

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Don,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Our understanding is that the way Australia’s migration programme is structured, the figures account for all visa grants (main applicants and dependents). While we’re not 100% sure as to the GTI program, you’re right in that the 5,000 spots may well include family members, rather than solely 5,000 invitations.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Ashad says:

    Hi,

    I am studying at an Australian University and will be submitting my masters thesis in August and will get my results by November hopefully.

    Has this 858 stream closed after June 2020 or will it be continued for 2020/2021 also? If this continues then will there be another 5000 new seats?

    Thanks

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Ashad,
      Thanks for your comment. We don’t have absolute clarity whether the program is continuing for the 2020/2021 year since there has been no announcements. At this stage however, we see that the EOI process is still open so we recommend anyone who is eligible go ahead and apply. Hopefully you obtain a high grade in your Masters program and can consider this option in November. Let us know if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Oli says:

    Hi,

    I am not sure whether I am eligible for the GTI program under Recent Graduate pathway or not?

    I graduated from USYD in IT in 2018 with “almost” Distinction Average (74.7/100.0). Distinction average of USYD will be above 75.

    Currently working as a software developer with a company in Australia. My salary is very far behind the threshold and I don’t have any publications or international recognition.

    However, I am representing my company to work with a number of federal government organisations such as CSIRO and Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE).

    Could you please provide any suggestion?

    Best Regards,
    Oli

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Oli,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Given the competitive nature of the program, I’d say that unfortunately an “almost” Distinction Average is not sufficient for you to avoid the FWHIT.
      That being said, you could submit an expression of interest in any case given there is no cost for that process. Ultimately, a more appropriate pathway for you might be to consider a graduate visa followed by a general skilled migration visa (here) and / or employer sponsored visa (here).
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Felix Dang says:

    Hi Hannan Tew,
    I submitted my EOI for MedTech on 29/June. in March 2020, I got my Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and my projects were about implant therapeutic devices. I published 8 papers (in 5 of them, I’m the first author) and presented my work in 4 international conferences in Asia and Australia ( poster and oral presentations). Currently, I’m working at a university in Sydney as RA and my salary is below the requirement.
    I have a couple of questions:
    1. Do you think that I have any chance to get the invitation? and is my EOI still in the 2019/2020 program year?
    2. When should I expect to receive it?
    3. Is it quicker to contact GTO (via Linkedin)?
    4. In your observation, do you know if there are any invitations in the Medtech sector for the EOI submitted in June 2020?
    5. Did you observe an increase in number of EOI in June, if yes, is it significantly higher, say 2 – 3 times higher than the previous period?
    6. Is this visa “first come first serve” or they will access a bundle of EOIs at once and then give the invitation for the selected?
    Thanks for your help
    Cheers,
    Felix

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Felix,
      Hope you are well.
      Your background certainly sounds like you have a suitable profile. However, it is just worth noting that the key criteria is for this visa is demonstrating that you have “an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement” in your profession. This is a highly competitive process, and the successful applicants which we’ve assisted have been able to demonstrate achievements in addition to their professional careers such as you’ve outlined: publications (academic/journal), patents, awards, speaking at conferences, media coverage, testimonials from distinguished people in the field etc.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if they can help with regard to the other questions you have.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Bdoor says:

    Hi
    I was just wondering anyone in this group received invitation for recent Master Graduate.

    Thanks

  • Avatar Jimmy says:

    Dear Hannan,

    I submitted my EOI on June 11 and have not received response yet. Is it required to submit the info (e.g. passport bio page, etc.) of dependent applicant (wife and child) when submitting EOI? If yes, what can one do if he/she did not attach them?
    During waiting for the response, would be better to apply for health examination and police check or the time after invitation is enough?

    Thanks in advance

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Jimmy,
      Thanks for your comment.
      You do not need to put in info of your dependent during the EOI. You are also generally within processing time so if you submitted the correct information, then all you have to do is wait. You also can’t undertake health examinations until the invitation (though you can get police clearances if you are willing to take on the cost in case you don’t get invited).
      Good luck!
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Jami says:

    Hi Hannan,
    I have submitted my EOI on the 2nd of Jun and still haven’t yet received any response.
    Any idea about the response time recently?

    Thanks in advance

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Jami,
      Based on our best estimate, that seems to be int he processing time (3-6 weeks).
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Evelyn says:

    Hi

    I just graduated from master of biotechnology at UQ in 12/2019 and got a job as research assistant in brisbane, but my salary is only around 50K as a new graduate. My GPA is 6.625/7.0 with two semesters’ Dean’s Commendation for Academic Excellence (four semesters in total), while I don’t have any publications as first author. Do u think my case is suitable to apply for GTI.

    Thanks in advance!

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Evelyn,
      Thank you for your comment. As a high scoring graduate you won’t need to demonstrate that you earn the fair work high income threshold but you still need to show international recognition. If you haven’t had articles published, you would need to rely on reference letters. It’s certainly worth a shot!
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Yusuf says:

    Hello,

    Just wondering whether anyone got an invitation in July? I submitted my EOI 28 May and still no response. A friend of mine submitted 20 May and got the UID 24 June.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Yusuf,
      Thanks for your comment.
      We haven’t had any invitations since 30 June yet but we do have a number in the pipeline.
      It will certainly be interesting to see if anyone else on this blog received invitation since the program year ended.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

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