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How do I apply for a fast tracked tech talent / global talent visa? (updated: 15 November 2020)

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

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

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

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

What is the Global Talent – Independent program?

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

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

Individuals interested in this program, should submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) with the Department of Home Affairs (Department) to be invited to apply for this visa. A successful candidate would receive a unique identifier and be invited to apply for a Distinguished Talent visa. Their visa application would receive priority processing (around 2 months). For the 2020/21 migration programme year, 15,000 spots have been allocated which is a significant increase from the 5,000 positions allocated last year.

In particular, the Department aim to target the following 7 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.

What is a Distinguished Talent visa?

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

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

You can read more about this visa here.

Am I eligible under this program?

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

  • fit under one of the 7 targeted sectors outlined above; and
  • have an “internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement” in their field, and either:
    • be able to attract a salary equivalent to the Fair Work High Income Threshold (FWHIT), currently AUD $153,600; or
    • have completed their Honours/Master Degree (with a 80% WAM average or higher) or PhD (or be within 6 months of submitting their thesis) in the last 3 years.

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

Does my profile fit in one of the 7 target sectors?

The 7 target sectors outlined above largely relate to “Tech” which generally means there should be some sort of innovative/tech component. The Department have released a fact sheet that provide some details as to what could fall within these sectors.

How do I apply?

To access one of the 15,000 positions under the GTI for priority processing, there are three steps:

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

Presently, to be considered under the GTI program, you would need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) here directly to the Department.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We recommend:

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

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

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

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

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

How much does it cost?

The government lodgement fees for this application are:

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

$4,110

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

Consultation1 hour discussion

$ 385

Inc GST
  • Written Eligibility Assessment
  • Consideration of Other Visas
  • Deductible from EOI / Visa
Book

EOI

$ 2,200

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

Visa

$ 4,400

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

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

The Distinguished Talent visa previously held two visa subclasses – the offshore Subclass 124 visa, and the onshore Subclass 858 visa application.

On 14 November 2020, the Department passed legislation that removed the offshore Subclass 124 visa and made some major amendments to the onshore Distinguished Talent Subclass 858 visa application.

Importantly, these changes allow for Distinguished Talent Subclass 858 visa applicants:

  • to be either inside or outside Australia;
  • who are in Australia to be either the holder of a substantive visa, or a Bridging Visa A, B, or C; and
  • have access to a health waiver.

These changes are significant as this affects people who:

  • held Bridging Visas and were pending a decision on a further substantive visa (common for individuals applying for further Student visas, Graduate visas, and/or Partner visas) – previously the Department declined to issue invitations to individuals on bridging visas;
  • were onshore but had family members offshore – who were unable to apply for the onshore Distinguished Talent Subclass 858 visa and had to either apply without their family members, or lodge offshore Distinguished Talent Subclass 124 visas to include their family and travel offshore for visa grant; and
  • had health issues and could not access the waiver.

What are the statistics around this visa?

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

The breakdown of grants per targeted sector were as follows:

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

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

Some useful resources

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

  1. Department of Home Affairs website (see here)
  2. An interview with a Global Talent Officer (see here)
  3. Latest FOI detailing GTI statistics (see here)
  4. ACS guidelines for nominations (see here)

Common mistakes?

Having spoken to hundreds of prospective applicants and assisted numerous individuals through both the EOI and the visa application itself, we’ve addressed two of the most common mistakes we’ve seen:

Submitting incomplete EOIs

We have received hundreds of emails from individuals with emails such as:

  • I did not provide supporting evidence of my achievements;
  • I rushed my EOI and forgot to include X document, or now wish to include X document;
  • I think I did not provide enough documentation and now wish to provide some extra documents to increase my chances.

This is a highly competitive program designed to attract the best and brightest, and your EOI should be aiming to make the best first impression as possible. While you can email the Department further documents, it’s worth considering the volume of applications they have, and the effort required to link your email and further documents to your original EOI application.

Submitting dense information

This program will inevitably attract individuals undertaking ground-breaking work, in novel and innovative areas. However, while many industry colleagues may understand exactly what a Q1 and H Index of 68 is, or the latin/scientific terms for your research, most others do not – using that language will make your profile confusing at best.

The person assessing your EOI is unlikely to come from the same technical background as you. It’s important to make your profile as accessible as possible, meaning to make the technical aspects of your achievements understandable for a lay person.

Many in academia will have heard of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition – which challenges PhD candidates to present their research in appropriate language to an intelligent but non-specialist audience in the space of 3 minutes – approach your EOI in the same manner.

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 to either request further information/documents from you, or issue you a unique identifier.

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

It varies and unfortunately, the Department do not publish their processing times. Despite the announcement of the new allocations for the 2020/21 migration program year, we still have a significant number of clients with whom EOIs were submitted in June/July that are still pending an outcome. We’re seeing gradual movement and have received sporadic invites over the past few months.

Does the Department advise me if my EOI is unsuccessful?

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

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

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

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

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

How do I find a nominator?

This is the most common question we receive from offshore EOI applicants and the answer depends on your personal circumstances. It could be your employer, an industry colleague, an academic colleague, or even an industry body. Please be aware that the Australian Computer Society (ACS) will nominate individuals with a technology focus who do not have a nominator. You would need to first obtain your unique identifier, then email the ACS who will advise on the next steps (a fee of AUD 500 would be payable).

Do you assist with finding a nominator?

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

What are the requirements for the nominator?

The criteria to be a nominator is set out above and here. The nominator will need to provide the Form 1000 and some evidence to demonstrate that they have a “national reputation” in the same field as you.

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

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

How long is the processing times for the Distinguished Talent visa?

Processing times are not currently published. However our experience is that most applications are finalised in 1-2 months, largely depending on how complete the application is (i.e. whether documents were missing) and availability to undertake health examinations.

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

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

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

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

Will the government extend the Global Talent Independent program?

The Department has set 15,000 positions for the 2020/21 program year. This is a threefold increase from the 2019/20 program year. The program is in high demand, so we encourage eligible applicants to apply as soon as possible to take advantage of the positions.

Conclusion

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

Hannan Tew Lawyers have had a significant amount of enquiries about the GTI program, and have been at the forefront of this program since conception.  We have been interviewed by various media outlets including ITnews, and SBS regarding our insights and views on the GTI program, and on our insights on immigration more broadly which can be read here.

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

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

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

Author Jordan Tew

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

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Join the discussion 1,249 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 Melanie Etse says:

            I hold a Civil Engineering Diploma (six-year degree program) and I am a Doctor of Engineering (finished on April 2017), currently working as Research Fellow at Curtin University.
            I have published +25 papers in international conferences and high-impact international journals in subjects concerning numerical modeling, geotechnical and mining engineering, constitutive modeling, damage/fracture mechanics and structural analysis.
            I have a nominator that is a permanent resident in my field.

            However, currently I don’t gain above the FWHIT so i was going to submit 3 job advertisement where i fit with the requirements and are above it. Is this enough? there aren’t many advertisement with the remuneration. What else do you suggest?

          • admin admin says:

            Hi Melanie,
            Thanks for your comment.
            Correct, you don’t necessarily need to show a salary of above the FWHIT (though it is extremely helpful if you can). You can put together job advertisements, remuneration data or even be creative (letters from companies saying they would hire you for a position at above the FWHIT but for your lack of work rights for example).
            Feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] if you want to discuss further.
            Kind regards,
            Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Parisa says:

        Hi.
        I have a question, I’m onshore and unfortunately my husband is offshore. In which stream of this visa I should apply?

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Parisa,
          Thank you for your comment.
          Depending on your circumstances, if your husband is not onshore, it may be most suitable for you to lodge the offshore version of the Distinguished Talent (Subclass 124) visa, noting that you would need to travel outside Australia for the approval.
          If you applied for the onshore (Subclass 858) visa, your husband would not be able to be included in the visa application. If you were granted PR without your husband, then he would need to apply for another visa to become a permanent resident (such as a Partner visa).
          One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

        • Avatar Arif says:

          Hi Jordan,
          Any idea If immigration authorities have started processing EOI (for offshore category) after 6th October announcement? Submitted EOI on 9th August and still waiting.

          Thanks

          Arif

          • admin admin says:

            Hi Arif,
            It’s not 100% clear. We had an unusual one where we submitted an EOI for an applicant in early October who received their unique identifier a few days later but it could be because the person was a highly distinguished candidate in MedTech. We still have plenty of clients with EOIs submitted in June/July who are still waiting.
            Kind regards,
            Hannan Tew Lawyers

      • Avatar Nadeem Maharjan says:

        Hi, I have a question. I completed my Masters in Information Technology(Networking Major) by course in dec 2019 with 6.42 GPA out of 7 (i.e 90%) . I have not worked in IT field in Australia but I have more than 2 and half year experience in IT field back in my country. Am I eligible for this program?

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Nadeem,
          Thank you for your comment.
          As you’ve graduated with a high score in the last 3 years in a target sector, you certainly have some prospects.
          One of our lawyers will reach out to you to see if we can help.
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

          • Avatar Kenn Goh says:

            Hi team

            I’d like to check-in with some prospects for GTI.
            I graduated from the Master of Business Information Systems (WAM 66) from Monash last year.
            My final year project with my team has received the winning project of the semester, and I am currently working in an entry-level role with a data company. It doesn’t seem that I would be at the top of the list (in terms of academic/professional achievements) to meeting their requirements. What are your thoughts on the case ?

          • admin admin says:

            Hi Kenn,
            Thanks for your comment.
            Unfortunately without a score of 80% or higher you wouldn’t fit under the “highly graded” recent graduate pathway.
            In these circumstances you would need to show international recognition which will be a challenge early on in your career.
            You could consider general skilled migration or other visa programs.
            One of our lawyers will reach out to see if we can help.
            Kind regards,
            Hannan Tew

          • Avatar Paula Garcia says:

            Hi,
            I have a question. I got an scholarship for my masters in Australia and I achieve 6,25 over 7. Also, when I was doing my bachelor I got a magna cum laude distinction. In this moment, I am working with the energy sector. The only problem is that I can’t reach the expected salary. Is there any possibility that I can apply for this program.
            Thanks

          • admin admin says:

            Hi Paula,
            Thanks for your comment.
            If you finished your Masters in the past 3 years and held a distinction average AND are working in the energy sector in something that can be related to Tech, then you could be eligible for the program. The eligibility is that either you are a highly graded recent graduate or you’re able to attract a salary at that amount (not necessarily both). One of our lawyers will reach out to you to see if we can help.
            Kind regards,
            Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Perry Bhadada says:

        Hi Team,

        My friend referred me to you guys and yeah I was wanting to understand if I am eligible to apply if I am not earning as much to be able to attract 150k by any means because I am on visa and my employer obviously doesn’t pay me much. I am currently getting 90k approx. So wanted to know if I should be in touch with you for further help.

        Thanks

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Perry,
          It’s not that you have to demonstrate that you are earning the FWHIT but that you have a capacity too. That being said, if you are currently being paid 90k in Australia it’s hard to make a case that you are worth above the FWHIT. You can still make a submission with reference to available market data, job advertisements and or correspondence from recruitment consultants (to name a few examples).
          Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you’d like our assistance.
          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 Manpreet says:

        Hi Team,
        I would like to know if I am eligible for GTI pathway.
        I graduated with master of business analytics from Latrobe university With Overall 78.5% while in data science subjects like predictive analytics I scored 80%.
        Currently I am working as analyst in Melbourne. Moreover I hold 5 years of oversee experience as analyst.
        Am I eligible?
        Kind regards
        Manpreet

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Manpreet,
          With an average of 78.5% you won’t meet the highly graded recent graduate exemption (requires 80%) so this means you would need to demonstrate the FWHIT.
          At first glance, someone early on in their career as an analyst without significant leadership roles might find it challenging to obtain an EOI.
          Feel free to get in touch with [email protected] for an assessment or to consider other visa options.
          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 Melanie says:

      Are they only issuing 124 off shore visas at the moment or are 858 also getting processed?

      • admin admin says:

        Hi Melanie,
        Thanks for your comment.
        We have had both onshore and offshore visas processed within the last month.
        If you are eligible, you should put in your EOI request.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Dave says:

        Hi,

        I achieved a PhD in data science in 2013 and have been working as a lecturer since. I have focused on teaching and international outreach and have started back supervising PhDs this year and am taking a more active role in research. Just wondering if I would qualify for EOI? I am resident in Ireland at present

        Thanks
        Dave

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Dave,
          Thanks for your comment.
          Though you aren’t a recent graduate, you may still be able to make an application if you can demonstrate you can earn about the FWHIT and have international recognition.
          We’ll need to review your CV and documents to confirm, so one of our lawyers will reach out to you to discuss further.
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

    • Avatar Samith Ratna says:

      I saw that 4100 visas were granted via GTI so far this year. So the process is closed for this year untill the budget in October isn’t it?

      • admin admin says:

        Hi Samith,
        Thanks for your comment.
        Anecdotally, we’re not seeing any new invitations right now so we think that there won’t be any more until the October budget.
        That being said, to ensure you are “at the front of the pile”, if you are eligible you should submit an EOI.
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

    • Avatar MD SHAKIR says:

      what should write on “Registration / Licensing / Professional membership requirement”?

      • admin admin says:

        Hi Md Shakir,
        Licencing / registration may be required for some occupations (for example Doctors or lawyers).
        This is subject to your occupation so just be aware of the requirements in your particular state (but usually not required for most occupations).
        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 Aws says:

        Hi am graduate at 2013 .. i prepared my File to submit with all requirments

        My h index 40 i have published 202 at high ranking journals with citations 5551 at data scient applied on security very high profile

        My questions is accepaple for me to apply under subclass 124 and am graduated at 2013 ?

        • admin admin says:

          Hi AWS,
          Thanks for your comment.
          Once you have the EOI you can apply for the 124 even if you graduated in 2013 (as that would meant that the case officer accepts you have international recognition in a relevant field and can meet the FWHIT). You only need to be a recent graduate in order to avoid the FWHIT requirement.
          Feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] if we can assist.
          Kind regards,
          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

    • Hannan Tew Hannan Tew says:

      Hi Ali,
      Congratulations on your invitation.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch with you shortly to discuss.
      Kind regards
      Hannan Tew

    • Avatar Abdi says:

      Hi Ali,
      How long has it taken you to wait the invitation after submitting the EoI? Thanks

    • Avatar Arita says:

      Hi Ali could you please help me with suggestions? I am applying for the visa soon. can you send an email to me [email protected]?

    • Avatar Monica Sierra says:

      Hi Ali, could you let me know when did you submit?

      • Avatar Anuradha says:

        Hi,

        I have a overseas bachelors degree in computer science and engineering with good grades. I have also worked at various pharmaceutical companies at different global locations gaining a very unique skill within pharma domain and my current annual income is 1,78,000. Am in eligible for GTI program?

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Anuradha,
          Thank you for your comment.
          Depending on what you actually do in the pharma companies, given your background you might be able to slot into the ICT category.
          Bear in mind that in addition to your income, you would still need to show international recognition.
          One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

  • 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 Jerry says:

        Hi Sarh,

        Have you received your invitation? And how long does it take you?

  • 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 Victoria says:

          Hi Hamed, can I ask did you submit the application yet? I am in the same condition like you, want to you how you fix this, thanks!

    • 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 joji says:

        Hi I have recently received my phd degree from UNSW. I have 8 publications and 14 conferences with 2 best presentation awards. I submitted my EOI on 5th June.But, I am still waiting for the invitation. How long does it take get the invitaion.

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Joji,
          Thanks for your comment.
          We’re seeing anything between 2 weeks to 3 months.
          Good luck on your application!
          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 Rodrigo says:

        700 words? I think the limit is 700 characters

      • Avatar Techsav says:

        Hi admin,

        My question is if they have updated new criteria for phd salary threshold: recent phds have to show salary of 153000 criteria and it is excempt only for phds less than 6 months away from submission and who submitted ( I got to know this from a post from another one in this thread), will the new criteria apply for the candidates who sent EOI in June?

        Also, 5000 positions are already met for the past year, but I have applied late June and did not receive a response from Immi yet. In that case if they open up positions after Oct 6th budget, will they still consider the applicants who applied in June or do we have to send another EOI? Thanks

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Techsav,
          Thanks for your comment.
          To your first question, as far as we are aware, it’s not correct that recent PhD’s have to show the FWHIT. If any rule changes are confirmed we’ll update our blog post. There are changes to the form though.
          To your second question, yes, should new positions open up we expect the Department to continue processing previously submitted EOIs.
          Good luck,
          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 Rhea says:

        Dear Hannan,
        Thanks. I submitted EOI on 3/July in Australia.
        Can I leave Australia and go back to my home country now?

        Best wishes,
        Rhea

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Rhea,
          There’s no requirement in the EOI that you are onshore or offshore so we don’t think that should be problematic.
          Bear in mind that if you go offshore and are invited, you would only be able to lodge the offshore visa (unless you had another visa to come into Australia).
          Good luck with your EOI, and have a safe trip home!
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

          • Avatar Rhea says:

            Thank you.
            When I filled the EOI form, there is a question in the GTI form, ‘Currently living in Australia?’, and I selected ‘yes’. So I wonder if the UID I applied in Australia can be used for applying for 124 Visa.

            Best wishes,
            Rhea

          • admin admin says:

            Hi Rhea,
            Thanks for your comment.
            The location of where you filed your EOI from won’t limit where you can apply for the visa from.
            That is, once you have the EOI you can lodge a 124 or a 858.
            Feel free to get in touch if we can help, otherwise good luck with the EOI!
            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 Lucy says:

      Hi Jimmy,

      I have lodged my EOI on 14th June and I haven’t received any reply yet.

  • 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

      • Avatar Hossein says:

        I’ve also submitted my EOI (onshore) on May 29th and am still waiting…
        Since still the GT contact form is open, I think there is a low possibility that they stop the program and UID!! May we have your opinion?

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Hossein,
          It is a waiting game unfortunately!
          We haven’t had any invitations since 30 June but we are hopeful that it will come in shortly OR there is an off chance the program is extended.
          Do let us know if you get an invitation!
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

          • Avatar Alessandra says:

            Hi, I have received my invitation with UID on the 7th of July. I submitted my application on the 24th of June. Good luck to everyone who is waiting for the response for GT officers!

            Regards,

          • admin admin says:

            Congratulations Alessandra!
            Do get in touch if you require assistance with the visa application.
            All the best!
            Kind regards,
            Hannan Tew

    • Avatar Frustated GTI applicant says:

      Hi Yusuf,

      I also submitted EOI on 28th May and awaiting response.

      My friend who submitted EOI on 24th May got their invitation on 26th July. I have not known anyone beyond that getting invitation. It is likely that 500 onshore quota (I have not found official sites indicating this quota but a couple of blogs) have been filled. No other option than waiting.

    • Avatar Jami says:

      Hi Yusuf,
      Did you get a response yet?

      Thanks,
      Jami

  • Avatar Santosh Khanal says:

    Hi, I am Santosh Khanal. I have completed MSc in Geotechnics and Geohazards from Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. Prior to that, I have worked as a Civil Engineer for 1 and a half years overseas. I have worked as a Geotechnical Engineer overseas for 1 and a half years after my MSc completion. I also have experience as a part-time lecturer. Moreover, I have completed MEng from the University of Technology Sydney with average Distinction (3.44 out of 4). I have worked for couple of months as a Geotechnical Engineer based in Sydney. Recently, from February I have started PhD at the University of Technology Sydney. I was just wondering, do these parameters/criteria qualify me for GTI visa? Thank you!

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Santosh,
      Thank you for your email.
      You may meet the criteria for a GTI on the basis of being a highly graded recent graduate (though you would also need to show international recognition). However, the challenge now is whether submitting an application now will be successful given the program year has ended. Our advice is to go ahead and make an expression of interest just in case they send out more invitations, or even better, extend the program.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar MSB says:

    I also submitted EOI on 21st May, but no response till now.
    Do you think it will be fruitful, If we contact them ask for the reason? Admin, will they reply?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi MSB,
      Thanks for your comment.
      We are aware that processing times are quite long now (and we haven’t had an invitation since 30 June).
      In terms of your question, we wouldn’t recommend harassing the case officers (given you are relying on their discretion). Of course it’s up to you.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Thiru says:

        I know a friend who got the invitation on July 8th. He submitted the EOI on 25th May.

        • admin admin says:

          Brilliant Thiru!
          That’s really helpful news – means there is still hope!
          It will be interesting to see if anyone who submitted after 30 June also received an invite.
          In any case, our advice remains the same – if you are eligible you should lodge an EOI.
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

        • Avatar Khaled says:

          Hi Thiru,

          Thank you for the update.

          Would you mind to share more info about your friend profile if possible.
          Such as target sector he/she applied for. . .whether s(he) met the FWHIT threshold?. years of experience ? PhD or Master research recent graduate ?

          Cheers

          • Avatar Thiru says:

            Hi Khaled.

            I can share my profile. I also got my GTI invitation.

            EOI Submitted: 24th May
            EOI response: 26th June
            Sector: Data science
            Salary: Threshold not met
            Years of experience: <1
            Ph.D. thesis submitted for examination.
            14 publications. Some of them are in Top-5 journals in the field of data science. Had strong references.

  • Avatar Femi says:

    Hi, I’m trying to apply for the Global Talent Program, but I am kidda stuck, I do not have a nominator with a PR or Australian Passport, I was referred to this blog by a friend. Can anyone be of help

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Femi,
      Thank you for your comment.
      Depending on whether you are based in academia or in industry, it might be worth considering contacting universities, industry lobby groups or even your current employers HR. Otherwise maybe someone else on this blog can direct you to people they know (even worth scouring LinkedIn?).
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help with the EOI / visa process itself.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

    • Avatar Khaled says:

      Hi Thriu,
      Thank you very much.

      Would you mind to provide some information about your friend profile if any?

      Cheers

  • Avatar LA says:

    Hi, I also submitted EOI on 28st May, but no response till now.
    I contacted them two weeks ago. They noted that due to COVID-19, the Department is experiencing delays in responding to Expressions of Interest received via the Global Talent contact form.

    • Avatar RS says:

      Hi LA,
      Have you received an invitation? I applied on May 20 but haven’t received an invitation. I am receiving the same reply as yours when enquiring about the fate of my application. My friend applied on 27th May and already received an invitation last week. I think the State you apply from also makes a difference? I applied from NSW (likely to have a high volume of applications) and my friend did from Queensland (~ likely low volume of applications)?

  • Avatar Emma says:

    I’m working as a postdoc now. I’ve submitted my EOI on 3 June but no reply until today. Just share this info with worried people.

  • Avatar SKR says:

    Hi admin,
    I have question regarding my friend, when he submitted his EOI on 20 may, his Master degree graduation date was under 3 years (graduation date 30 June 2017), but from the 1st july he master degree date above 3 years.
    Today GTI officer contacted him, and asking from him, Is your Master degree is under three years? Can He mention at the time of submission his master degree was under three.
    OR he disqualify from GTI? Thanks In advance.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi SKR,
      Thanks for your comment.
      We haven’t dealt with that specific issue yet, but our approach would be to argue that at time of application he was a recent graduate.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Jamie Le says:

    Hi, i am wondering whether Actuarial Science can be considered closely related to those target sectors, for example Data Science? Since i have a bachelor degree in Actuarial and planning to do Master/PhD but i am still choosing between Actuarial or Data Science. Many thanks

  • Avatar Alan Lee says:

    Hi, I got 20 years experience in ICT and I’m working in a US based software vendor. I’m now based in Hong Kong and my salary exceed the FWHIT threshold. I got friend who’s New Zealand citizen as well. Am I eligible to apply the GTI? And can I submit EOI again if I’m not invited after 1st submission?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Alan,
      Thanks for your comment.
      At first glance it looks like you could meet the criteria.
      There is also no bar from lodging an EOI a second time, though of course its best to get it right first time given it’s a race against time.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Brijesh says:

    Do you know what is timeline for offshore 124 visa, have u heard anyone got recently and how long after visa lodgement?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Brijesh,
      Thanks for your comment.
      In our experience, once an invitation is received, the processing time is similar to the onshore applications (approximately 2 weeks).
      Do let us know if you require our assistance with the lodgement of the application.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Adnan Farooq says:

    Hi, I want to know that If a person is offshore and have completed Masters by Research in the area of MedTech more than 3 years ago. Also currently working in a company. I want to know that is he eligible to apply for EOI and for the nomination can I contact ACS?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Adnan,
      If your Masters was completed more than 3 years ago you would need to demonstrate an income above the FWHIT and have evidence of international recognition.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help (perhaps in another visa if the GTI is not appropriate).
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Tara says:

    Hi
    I submitted my application at the end of June, but I wrote 750 words instead of 750 characters in EOI. Do you think that I need to contact them and send the shorter version of my EOI for them?
    Thanks

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Tara,
      We haven’t had issues with EOI applications that have been more than 750 words.
      We also do not recommend emailing the Department unless there is a valid reason (it is best to prepare a complete application rather than send multiple emails which could delay processing).
      All the best with your EOI.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Tara says:

    Also, my paper accepted after submitting my application, can I email and inform them?
    Thanks,
    Tara

  • Avatar Jack says:

    Hello,

    I have submitted my EOI for the GTI program on the 10th of July, which means in the new financial year. I was wondering how much waiting time should we expect to get an outcome for the EOI at the beginning of this new financial year.

    Thanks in advance.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Jack,
      Thank you for your comment.
      If the Department does issue invitations for those who lodged after 30 June, we would expect invitations to follow the same processing times as other applications (around 1-2 months). Though this is of course an estimate as the processing times are being impacted by COVID.
      Good luck with your EOI and do keep us posted if you receive an invitation!
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Khaled says:

        Hi Admin,
        How about the ones they have submitted their EOIs in May / June and they haven’t receive their UID yet? are they going to be considered in 19-20 quota or 20-21?

        Regards,
        Khaled

  • Avatar Alex says:

    Hi Khaled,

    I applied onshore in March – Never heard anything yet.

  • Avatar Jami says:

    Hello,
    I am just wondering whether anyone got an invitation recently.
    I submitted EOI on the 2nd of June and still waiting for the response.

    Thanks,
    Jami

    • Avatar HA says:

      It is questioned by many (scroll to the top of the page) whether they stop inviting temporary (since late June) or experiencing a long delay (1.5-2 months) or….. ?!

  • Avatar Syed says:

    Hi, I have done PhD in energy management (Electrical). Published 20+ research articles including books, journal articles in peer reviewed publishers. Presented work in leading conferences from IEEE. Since two years, working in corporate sector in energy domain specifically EPC services for microgrid/energy storage deployment around the world. Also continuing research as post doctor with couple of patents and a national grant. Skill assessment result is positive after doctoral degree from Engineers Australia. Couple of past awards in study and research. Let me know what is the next step to proceed and is there any need for the recommendation to submit EOI?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Syed,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Your experience suggests that you’d be eligible under the Energy category (provided you are either a PhD Graduate in the last 2 years or can demonstrate an income above the FWHIT). The next step would be to submit an EOI. You also do not need a nominator at the EOI application stage (though it helps).
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can assist.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Sher says:

    Hello, I have completed my Masters 2 years ago in Biomed (Microbiology) & have a Bachelor of Science (also Biomed). Since graduating, I have worked in various industries. The most relevant I can think of is working as a biochemist/molecular biologist in a group based in the university that is currently developing a point of care device for various genetic diseases. We are also looking to extend our research to include applications for COVID (ongoing research). I do not meet the salary bracket and I currently do not have any published papers. Just wondering if I would qualify for this program or should I be looking at other options?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Sher,
      Thanks for your comment.
      The short answer is “depends”. If you have a high grade in your Masters program you won’t need to show the FWHIT but you will still need to show international recognition.
      It might be worth considering the GTI in addition to other visas.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

    • Avatar Khaled says:

      Hi Admin,

      In the last 2 years or three years ?

      Cheers

    • Avatar Dian says:

      Hey Sher, have you gotten an invitation? Thanks!

  • Avatar LILY says:

    Hello,
    I have a question about EOI for the GTI program. I have heard that applicants can go to the Australian embassy in some countries ( such as England; London or China shanghai ….) to fill the form and follow up on their application. is that right?
    Best
    lily

  • Avatar Lucy says:

    I am a PHD candidate learning medicine. I lodged my EOI on 14th June and await for the response.

  • Avatar Md Ariful Islam says:

    Hi, I submitted EOI on 29th May and target sector FinTech. My highest qualification is PhD (waiting for the degree all process completed) and I have also 7+ experience as Financial Investment Manager. Can you advise me how long it will take to get the response?

    Can you also advise me should I send email to the global talent office to know the status of my application?

    Thanks
    Arif
    Perth

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Ariful,
      Thanks for your comment. Based on your brief description you appear suitable for the program and a 2 month processing time is not unheard of.
      We wouldn’t recommend emailing the global talent office unless you had an incomplete application (further unnecessary emails simply delay the process).
      Your best option might just be wait at this point in time, but feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] if you want us to review your application documents (or other visa options).
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Hi,
    I am a masters graduate in Data science major. I have achieved 6.43 GPA (80%) and was in the deans merit list three times . I did one of my university projects in Queensland health cancer alliance related to cancer patients. I did 3 months internship in data science in Uniqlo and finished it 30th of June. Currently I work in Uniqlo as a store manager. Uniqlo has a mission of transforming to a digital company in coming years and my plan is to join that projects a s a data scientist where I put my initial step of doing my internship of three months. In Uniqlo they do not usually recruit people from out side straight for their positions and the career starts from the Store Manager and they can move to head office or any department they like to progress. I am wondering whether I am eligible to apply for Global Talent Independent visa?
    Thank you.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Thamalee,
      Thanks for your comment.
      We’ve responded directly to your email enquiry.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Zara says:

    Hi Team
    I have done my master’s in 2016 in biomedical fields. since then, I’ve published 3 articles and have national awards. I did 2 projects with the potential to become a great medical startup. I just one to know am I eligible for this visa? another question is right now I’ m not working and I want to start my Ph.D. next year. I don’t know am I fulfill the requirements for income? and can I change my nominator? because maybe they change their mind. Thank you if you help me with these inquiries.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Zara,
      Thanks for your comment!
      We’d need to review your CV and documents to confirm eligibility more broadly – but given that you’ve completed your Masters over 3 years ago, you’d need to be able to demonstrate that you’d be able to attract a salary at the FWHIT. Bear in mind that it is still a highly competitive program and successful applicants we’ve been assisting have had publications, scholarships/awards, spoken at conferences, have contributed to patents etc. In your case you probably want to make firm inroads as to what you’re doing next, i.e. will you be moving towards commercialising your MedTech start-up, and/or will you be pursuing your PhD (or both). In terms of the nominator, you can change it prior to application lodgement.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Khaled says:

    Hi,

    I have gone through the news in this link
    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/how-a-little-known-visa-program-could-be-the-answer-for-hongkongers-hoping-to-move-to-australia
    It is looks it will have impact on the processing time for invitations? is that correct? since hongkongers visas are going to be prioritised ?

    What the interpretations for this news ?

  • Avatar Khaled says:

    Hi,

    I have gone through the news in this link
    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/how-a-little-known-visa-program-could-be-the-answer-for-hongkongers-hoping-to-move-to-australia
    It is looks it will have impact on the processing time for invitations? is that correct? since hongkongers visas are going to be prioritised ?

    What the interpretations for this news ?

  • Avatar LILY says:

    Hi,
    Is anyone aware of the other visas, such as 189, 190 whether they are available to apply or are suspended because of COVID-19?
    Thanks

  • Avatar Amir says:

    Hi Team
    Do you know anyone who’s over 55 years old has gotten this visa?
    Best regards,

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Amir,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Applicants over the age of 55 years of age (or under 18 years) must demonstrate that they would be of “exceptional benefit to the Australian community”. Under Departmental policy, its expected that this “exceptional benefit” would be a contribution that would elevate the international standing of the particular area in Australia – and that this benefit would be immediately realised and ongoing in the future. We have assisted a cyber-security professional (over the age of 55) and demonstrated that they had worked for some of the largest organisations in the world, was considered at the forefront of the industry, did not intend to retire soon, and was held in the highest esteem of their colleagues (who themselves were at the peak of the industry).
      Feel free to get in touch with us if you would like our assistance in such a submission.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Reem says:

    Hello,
    I have finished my study Master of Business by research. I have done a thesis related to sustainability accounting. I have published some papers. if I want to apply for this under what category should I apply .
    Thanks in advance

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Reem,
      Thank you for your comment.
      On the face of it, it’s challenging to fit you in one of the relevant categories with an accounting / business initself. We’d need to review your thesis and CV in more detail to confirm but the GTI program might not be suitable for you at this stage. You could certainly look into general skilled or employer sponsored migration pathways instead.
      One of our lawyers will get in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regrds,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Shawn says:

    I have submitted my EOI to an officier on July 9th directly. I got the reply that I will be notified shortly but I haven’t received any replies until now. I am a recent Ph.D. and have international reputation supporting materials: international conference/university lectures, journal reviewer invitations (more than 80), pubs (30), citations (>350), and featured research work on websites. Mynominator plays a leading role in the field in AU.

    Is this program year (20/21) different and should I let my nomiator email the officer of GTI? Not quite sure about how does ‘shortly’ means in AU.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Shawn,
      Thanks for your comment (it’s helpful to us too to see how matters are tracking).
      From your description it seems that you meet the criteria (though we’re happy to review your documents if you’d like) and assuming you provided the correct documents it’s just a matter of processing. We’re seeing at least 2 months before invitations at this point in time so you are well within that timeline. We don’t recommend applicants contact the case officer after a complete lodgement as it usually just delays the process, but it’s up to you if you feel something is missing.
      Good luck with your application and do let us know if you get a response from the Department.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

    • Avatar Vinay says:

      How you apply directly to Officer ?

      Vinay

      • Avatar Xiang Ma says:

        GTI has serveral offices in India, China, U.S….. Each regional office has an officier and a team. Sometime the regional office would have seminars propagating GTI. Keep an eye on the office in your region.

  • Avatar Muzamal says:

    Has anybody who submitted EOI in June has got any response?

  • Avatar Mert says:

    Hey Team !!

    Great website, I’ve found me on the forum, Hope you guys are doing well.

    I have almost read the comments had an idea of what’s going on about the visa, and my path doesn’t look like any other, So, I have decided to ask you.

    So, I had an – Electronic and Communication Engineer- bachelor degree from overseas in 2016, and overall 2.36, I have an honorary degree for the last semester and I have also held a master’s degree without a thesis in 2018 from the overseas, Obviously, I don’t have any international recognition. Maybe, it would need a reference letter which I could get it. I also have Microsoft System Expert certifications with me ( MCSA, MCSE ). Overseas I have 2.5 months’ experience, and in Australia, it is going to be almost 1.5 years experience end of the year. The company I am currently working at, they are all good with me.

    So do you think it is worth to apply for this visa option for me? or It is just time-consuming and should I look for other visa options ( and what options could I have )?

    Thank you, team !!

    Cheers

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Mert,
      Thanks for your comment (and compliment!).
      Is your Masters Degree from 2018 highly graded? In that case you could avoid the salary requirement but you are right in that you would still need to show international recognition. In some cases, this can be proven by quality reference letters even early on in the career (e.g. if Bill Gates was to say that you are the most promising Microsoft expert he has ever seen). In the alternative, and since your company might be willing to support you, you can consider a TSS visa and / or 186 visa. Those might be easier pathways to temporary or permanent residence in Australia in your circumstances.
      In any case, one of our lawyers will reach out to you to see if we an help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Mert says:

        Hey good afternoon Hannan

        My master degree in 2018 overall is 3 out of 4 ( %75 ) plus my bachelor is on %25 scholarship, and my salary is now 60K

        For the other options, I cant go with the TSS because I don’t have 2 years experience, however, If I get the 5 month-experience more, after 15th of November which is going to be the end of my visa, then I can eligible for the TSS, so I’m thinking how could I gain 5 moths experience more? or I am not eligible for 186 visa as well because it needs ” have at least 3 years relevant work experience unless you are exempt ”

        1. Do guys think, due to the corona, maybe they just can drop the standard about the TTS ( maybe we don’t need 2 years experience anymore?? or something like that ) and in the normal situation, if I want to get 5 more months, 2. How would I able to extend my visa ( Should I stick with the coronavirus visa for 5 months or should I be the on the student visa while at work at my company 20 hours per a week and 3. even If I work a part-time with my company, after the 5th months, Will I be the eligible for the TSS? I am not sure whether my work experience as a part-time count or not )?

        4. or can my master’s degree without thesis considered as employment for the 482 TSS visa, If I choose a suitable occupation in my field?

        Thank you so much team !!

        Cheers

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Mert,
          Thanks for your comment.
          There are quite a few questions there, so feel free to book a consultation here to discuss further.
          Kind regrds,
          Hannan Tew

    • Avatar Angie says:

      No, I submitted the EOI on the 30th of May and still no answer. I am waiting a little longer to resubmit my EOI(maybe it was not complete) because they say that 2 month is not unheard of.

  • Avatar Chathurika says:

    Hi Team,
    with regard to the fin tech, having a masters with 78%, membership of two professional bodies (CPA, CIMA UK- ACMA, CGMA), and 8 years experience as Accountant and tax accountant in Dubai and Australia would qualify to apply for this visa ?

    Thanks !

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Chathurika,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Our understanding is that if you are trying to avoid the FWHIT, your Masters of 78% will not be sufficient.
      If you do have a salary above the FWHIT, then your challenge will be linking your accounting career to that of FinTech (and of course showing your international recognition).
      One of our lawyers will reach out to you to see if they can help.
      Kind regrds,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar AAAA says:

    Hi, has anyone changed the nominator after submitting EoI and before the visa submission?
    Is it possible to change the nominator after you get the UiD and before visa lodgement? Will it affect our visa grant?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi AAAA,
      Our understanding is that it is possible to use a different nominator at visa application stage to that declared in your EOI.
      Let us know if we can be of assistance at either stage.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar AAAA says:

        Hi,
        Thanks for your response Admin.
        Do we need to specifically mention that we changed the nominator when we submit the visa application? Has anyone come across the same issue?

        • admin admin says:

          Hi AAAA,
          The visa requirement is that you have a valid nominator, not the same nominator. If you are worried, you can certainly attach a declaration explaining the change.
          Do let us know if we can help.
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Shaun says:

    Hi Hanna

    I have reviewed all the threads, but there seems like contradictory answers to one question:

    Will people get notified if their EOI is unsuccessful (except for the case where PhD has more than 6 months to submit their thesis)?

    I also saw from other source that People will get notified when a GTI officer starts reviewing their EOI, and also get notified if fails, also this means your second EOI will become harder to succeed if your profile is not significantly different from before.

    Please may you clear the rumour if they indeed are?

    Many thanks
    Shaun

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Shaun,
      Thank you for your comment.
      In an incomplete form or an application with minimal information is provided, you will not receive a response. However, in most cases you will receive a response.
      In any case, the best way to go forward is to provide a complete and detailed application at initial stage.
      One of our lawyers will reach out to you to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar shaun says:

        Thanks. I submitted an EOI on June-7th, just for the sake of trial (I really regret on this). I did not put a nominator in there, is this considered an incomplete application? I heard from other sources that , to date, on EOIs submitted before June are reviewed if it is not a medtech background. Is this true? – I think it might worth withdrawing my EOI before anyone viewed it.

        Also – do you know what happens to second EOI is the first is not invited (if no response rather than a notified failure), will the second EOI be affected?

        happy to discuss further if my second EOI won’s be affected – otherwise I do not think it worth a second trial.

        with many thanks
        shaun

  • Avatar Isabel says:

    Hello, I am currently doing a Master of Research but I will submit my thesis in two months. Can I still apply now? Or do I have to wait to graduate to apply? Cheers

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Isabel,
      Thank you for your comment.
      Completing a Master’s thesis is not a compulsory requirement of the GTI (but graduation is is compulsory to avoid the FWHIT).
      That is, if you have a high enough salary and have international recognition you can still apply for the GTI.
      If you don’t, then you need to wait until you complete your Master’s program and obtain a “high grade”.
      Do let us know if we can be of assistance (including for considering other visas).
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Giddi says:

    Hello,

    Do I necessarily have to express interest (and be invited) to apply for the distinguishged talent visa? I initially expressed interest in the Global talent visa program on 24 May thinking that I would qualify since I had a few published papers on technology even though my qualifications are in Education. However, after submitting the EOI, I realised that I may not have sufficient information to support my application. I read more about the distingished talent visa and realised that I was more qualified for that visa stream. I went ahead and applied for the distingished talent visa with all the supporting documentation (thinking no expression interest was required). However, this morning, I received an email from the global talent team asking for more information about the EOI I lodged in May. I am to respond to the information in 28 days or the EOI will be considered closed. I am confused as I cannot provide all the information they are requesting. I am also thinking that responding or not responding to the request might affect my application. Your advice will be greatly appreciated.

    • Avatar Sean says:

      Hello Giddi,
      Thanks for the info regarding your EOI status. I’m interested to know what further info is required from you, as I also got my research in education and interested in this visa. I’ll like to reach you. Pls, shoot me an email: library [email protected]

      Thanks.

      Sean

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Giddi,
      Thanks for your comment.
      The GTI program basically is basically a layer that utilises the Distinguished Talent visa application, but specifically targeting people in the tech sector. If you’re invited under the GTI program then you get access to fast-tracked processing.
      However, as you mention, you can apply for the Distinguished Talent visa application without an EOI – but you would not get fast tracked processing and you would still need to meet the visa criteria. Individuals that apply under this stream are a wide range of individuals including academics, athletes, professionals etc. If you’ve received a request for further information, we would recommend responding if you can because it may mean that you’d be issued a unique identifier which would enable you to apply for the Distinguished Talent visa under this program. If you do not respond, then you would miss out on this opportunity.
      One of our lawyers will reach out to you to see if we can assist further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Tan says:

    It seems that GTI program is unfair for early/mid career researchers (PhD ~ 5 years), as they are neither in categories: recent PhD (<3 years) nor meet salary threshold (150k. Actually, 150k salary range in academia in Australia is for at least senior Associate Professors or even full Professors (Academic lecel C-D, who obviously do not need this kind of visa).

    So, what is the chance for a 5 years PhD with good track records (publications, achievement, projects) but salary is far less than the threshold?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Tan,
      Thank you for your comment.
      As it stands, unfortunately you are right in that if you are not a “recent graduate” you are prevented from the application without evidence that you would “be able to attract a salary equivalent to the Fair Work High Income Threshold (FWHIT), currently AUD $153,600”.
      Though not clear, it might be worth making an application with job advertisements from industry showing that if you weren’t in academia you would be able to earn the threshold.
      Alternatively, you could consider other visas at this stage such as the TSS or general skilled migration visa.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help with any of the other options.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Tan says:

        Thanks for the suggestion. It is a good idea to look beyond academia.
        I have already been on TSS, whereas the inflated GSM visa is far to reach. I just feel it is ridiculous that one might be qualified at 3 years PhD no matter what their salary is, and then disqualified the next year because they couldn’t have an (almost impossible) salary raise by $50k in 1 year to meet the requirement.

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Tan,
          No worries, and yes, we definitely understand your frustration.
          It is worth noting this is a pilot program at the moment so if they do formalise it into an established visa program then the Department would like address these additional concerns.
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Zhang says:

    Hi Admin,

    I have master of research from Australia which I will complete three years Mid of Aug. I submitted my EOI four weeks ago.
    I’m working at the moment but I don’t meet FWHIT.

    I have international recognition, good publications and scholarship.

    If I didn’t receive the UID before the Mid of August, I won’t get the UID? or my EOI will expire or will be rejected?

    Zhang

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Zhang,
      Thank you for your comment.
      Assuming you provided a complete application you should receive a response so the Department will clarify at that stage whether or not you are eligible. As this is a pilot program there is not much information in relation to nuances like that (until an application has been made to test it). As such, we aren’t sure whether the Department will apply the recent graduate rule as “last 3 years” at time of application or time of decision. If time of application, then the Department may issue your EOI even if August passes. Once you obtain your invitation, based on how the Department is processing our existing applications, our position is that if you are able to evidence the same information as in your EOI you should be able to obtain the visa.
      I hope that provides some assistance (though unfortunately no certainty).
      Do let us know if we can be of assistance at the visa stage – good luck on your EOI!
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Zhen Zhou says:

    I am also wondering. Me not.

  • Hi Hannan
    My name is Mohamed Khather. I have heard bout GTI recently. I have Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering (Carbon Dioxide capture for environmental and economic purposes). I finished my study in 2019 with high grad I got congrats latter from Chancellor shows that my thesis is an exponentially high standard and add credit to Curtin University.
    I need your advice regarding my qualification. Am I legible to apply for this Visa?
    Regards

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Mohamed,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Looks like you might fit under the Engineering and Mining Technology category, and given your graduation date you could avoid the FWHIT.
      You would still need to show international recognition, which can be through any further published papers or your rise within your employer (if you have one).
      We’d be happy to assess your eligibility further, and one of our lawyers will reach out to you directly to discuss.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar LS says:

    Hi, I submitted EOI on 28st May, I just received an invitation on 29st July.

  • Avatar HA says:

    Congratulations LS!
    May I ask your target sector, and if you are onshore or offshore?
    Thanks and all the best

  • Avatar Amir says:

    Hi,

    I have a PhD in Australia and graduated in May 2020. I submitted my EOI in 9th June for AgTech steream. I have also 18 publication in very good journals and in majority of them first author. Furthermore, I have three IPRS scholarship and Research graduated (RA) assistantship from USA. I have also 2 years work experience in my country which were assessed by VETASSESS as an agricultural consultant. But, the only problem is that I have not job at the moment because I have been graduated for 1 month before submitting EOI. So my question is that does this lead to the rejection of my EOI? How many days later may I get feedback from GTI?

    Cheers

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Amir,
      Thank you for your comment.
      Since you graduated in May 2020 you do not need to show you have a job right now (you also don’t need to meet the FWHIT). However, you do need to show international recognition. Not having a job doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t have international recognition, but it does mean you need to focus on reference letters from others prominent in your field or from past employers etc. Standard processing time at this stage is about 2 months (though sometimes faster or slower).
      Good luck with your EOI!
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar ThirstyCamel says:

    Hello Gents/Ladies,
    For your information, See below for my GTI timeline.
    1/6- Submitted EOI
    11/6-EOI received
    18/6-Application submitted
    19/6- Received s56
    23/6-Medicals
    29/6- Submitted required documents
    26/6- Visa granted

    Good luck

    ThirstyCamel

  • Avatar Ali says:

    Dear sir or madam,
    I have heard about GTI recently.
    I would appreciate it if you could take a look my situation…
    I have 2 M.Sc. degree in physics and biomedical engineering. In summary my resume is:
    Ms.c. in biomedical engineering defended in 2019(gpa:18.65 out of 20)
    Ms.c in physics defended in 2013( 15.00 out of 20)
    Bs.c in physics( 13.96 out of 20)
    Top talent academic awards, from national elite foundation of IRAN,in 2015 and 2016.
    Ranked the first in national university entrance exam.
    1 isi publication with 14 citation from 2019 up to now. And one pubmed paper with 4.
    Am I have a chance for GTI?
    The most challenge for me is: finding nominator, I would appreciate if you kindly guide me since I don’t know any professors or any companies in Australia😞
    ACS nominate applicants for computer science.
    Is there any companies like ASC for nominate MED TECH applicants?
    Thank you in advance for your consideration…

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Ali,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Based on what you’ve outlined you seem to be a highly graded recent Masters graduate and so eligible to apply. However, being eligible to apply does not guarantee that you would receive an invitation as it’s still a highly competitive program so you need to provide evidence of the international recognition (in addition to evidence of the awards and publications you should have reference letters from significant people within your field). What you’ve outlined in relation to finding a nominator is a very common issue with offshore applicants. You could consider academic colleagues, work colleagues, employers, and industry bodies in Australia (such as https://www.mtaa.org.au/). One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar semen says:

    Hi, I had submitted EOI before 5 days ago, and I am completing my PhD soon in October. I am in Australia. I had applied in MedTech sector, however, my PhD degree and experience fit also for ‘data science’ sector. Now, I wanted to change the sector I applied to. Is there any chance to update my application? Or the application assessor would advise me to change my sector if they found it that it fits for another sector?

    Thanks,
    Semen

    • admin admin says:

      Thanks for your comment.
      If you want to change the sector, we’d suggest emailing the global talent officer to clarify.
      Feel free to reach out at [email protected] if you’d like our assistance.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Alex says:

    Hi,
    im an argentinian lawyer, and i receive an invitation, and now im filling the form and i have almost complete it, but i have some questions
    1.- When it says that you have to complete all your travels since 10 years ago, it really means all your travels, there are a lot of traveling to countries inside MERCOSUR that i dont remember the dates.
    2.- How i should prove that i have functional english, and how my childrens and husband?
    3.- how do i prove de character form?
    Thank you in advaced!!

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Alex,
      Congratulations on your invitation!
      Re the travel history, you should put as much as reasonably possible (I don’t think you would be refused if you unintentionally missed out on a few).
      Re English, you can read the meaning (and evidence) of functional English here.
      Lastly, we’re not quite sure what you mean about the character form? Generally you will need police clearances to evidence your good character.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help with the application process.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

    • Avatar MD ASRAFUL ALAM says:

      Alex, as you are a Lawyer, what was your targeted sector? Your answer will be highly useful for me. Thanks

  • Avatar Alex says:

    Hi Team, I was wondering if a reference letter from the nominator is crucial to submit with the EOI or is it just required after receiving an invitation to apply ? I have submitted my EOI on the 10th of July but without a reference letter from the nominator (I just indicated the name of the nominator and their position). In case a letter is crucial, is it possible to email it to a global talent officer to add it to the documents attached to my EOI ? if yes should I use the following email: [email protected] ?

    Thanks,
    Alex.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Alex,
      Thanks for your comment.
      It’s not compulsory to have a reference letter from the nominator at the nomination stage (but our position is that it helps to make your application as complete as possible).
      If you have now obtained a reference letter, and want to provide further information, the above address is the correct one for provision of further information.
      Good luck with your application, and feel free to email us at [email protected] if we can be of assistance.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar uvs says:

    Hi,
    Did anyone who submitted the EOI in early June receive a UID?
    I submitted EOI on 14th June.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi UVS,
      There is at least candidate who has (ThirstyCamel submitted on 1 June).
      Good luck with your EOI, and feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you require any assistance.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

    • Avatar Ali says:

      Only the nomination letter or form 100 as well to submit with EOI.

      • admin admin says:

        Hi Ali,
        The Form 1000 is not required at the EOI stage.
        We do recommend that you have reference letters from relevant persons in your EOI however, as this is a way of evidencing your talent.
        Feel free to get in touch with us if you’d like our assistance ([email protected]).
        Kind regards,
        Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Rox says:

    Hi everyone,
    Anyone get invitation who are submit the EOI after 16th June?

    Thanks,
    Rox

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Rox,
      Thanks for your comment.
      We’ve had one applicant who had her EOI approved having submitted on 30 June 2020.
      That being said, there are other equally competent candidates still waiting from submissions prior to that.
      If you’ve prepared a complete application, it’s just a matter of patience.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Veekaay says:

        Hi admin,
        Do we need to arrange prior or have to submit the police verification report while filing the visa application after getting the Invitation from EOI ?

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Veekaay,
          You can actually submit your visa application without the police clearances (though they must be provided before a decision is made).
          We recommend decision ready applications for fastest processing.
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

          • Avatar Alessandra says:

            Hi Hannah Tew Team

            In relation to required documentation, is it common for the immigration to grant a permanent residency visa without medical history (exam)? All clinics are closed in Victoria due to COVID-19, and there is no other option but wait.

            Thanks
            Cheers

          • admin admin says:

            Hi Alessandra,
            Thanks for your post.
            As it stands the Department won’t approve the visas until the medicals are completed (although the application can be validly submitted without medicals).
            This means you’ll have to wait I’m afraid, but assuming you lodged with appropriate documents the good news is that the visa is processed quite fast (once the medicals are obtained).
            Good luck,
            Kind regards,
            Hannan Tew

          • Avatar sahar says:

            Hi,
            My name is Sahar and hong Kong permanent resident.I am physiotherapist and master in biomedical engineering in 2015 from Hong Kong ranking university. I have five years research experience in my field. I have some publication and some chapters published. Would I be eligible for GTI?

          • admin admin says:

            Hi Sahar,
            Thank you for your comment. Although physiotherapists in themselves are not generally eligible, you could consider Med Tech depending on your research and use of your biomedical engineering degree. One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help. Bear in mind that as you are no longer a recent graduate you would need to demonstrate a capacity to earn at the FWHIT.
            Kind regards,
            Hannan Tew

    • Avatar Grant says:

      Hi Rox,

      I submitted on 12th June. Still no response.

  • Avatar Ashad says:

    Hi,

    Is there anyone submitted their EOI in July/August and got invitation? I have not seen anyone getting any invitation who have submitted EOI after june and afraid if this visa is still open or not.

    Thanks

  • Avatar Josh says:

    Hi Hannan Tew,

    I submitted EOI in early June, but still haven’t received any response yet. Since lots of GTI candidates who submitted EOI in June got invitations, is it mean my application is more likely to be unsuccessful?

    I’ve heard several super-fast “Hongkong” and medical invitation cases (submit EOI in late July). Some successful applicants told me that GTI officer will send rejection letters to all unsuccessful candidates in batch in later time and priority is given to Hongkong and medical applicants. Is this true? Thanks!

    Best regards,
    Josh

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Josh,
      Thank you for your comment.
      Have you seen applications submitted in July get invitations? We have not yet.
      Re your second paragraph, Hong Kong applications are prioritised but we don’t know anything about your other rumours.
      Ultimately all an applicant can do and should focus on is submitting a quality EOI.
      Do let us know when you hear from the Department.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Josh says:

        Hi Hannan,

        Thank you for your reply. Yes, I agree with you. The latest invitation I’ve heard so far: EOI submission on 20 July and invitation received on 4 Aug (Mining technology). Thanks to your website comments, I also notice lots of people who submitted in June did not receive any responses. That’s why I’m confused. Anyway, I am happy to share any information if I got response.

        Best regards,
        Josh

  • Avatar Anand says:

    Hi,
    I received GTIP response with request for additional information:
    • Can you please provide some clarity over the organisational structure and where the role of Software Developer sits in the structure.
    • Please provide any additional information on your internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement and how this places you at the top of your field of expertise (in approximately 200-750 words)

    The first point is a factual one – but what are they really trying to access / determine here?
    Is the second point a standard one with every request for additional information ? Or indeed they were not convinced enough with what I had already provided and they are simply providing me another chance to provide more information to make a more compelling case?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Anand,
      Thank you your comment.
      It’s good that you’ve received an EOI in that a case officer has started processing your application.
      In relation to your points it means, a request for information means that as it stands you have not evidenced that you meet the criteria. Not all expressions of interest receive the request for information so you should provide detailed responses to ensure that you do not miss this opportunity.
      Feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] if you would like our assistance.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

    • Avatar Zhang says:

      Hi Anand,

      Are you onshore or offshore ? when did you submit your EOI? what is your target sector?

      Zhang

  • Avatar Denny says:

    Hi, Today I got UID!

  • Avatar Nuria Munoz Tebar says:

    Hello,
    I am currently in my last year of a PhD in agricultural and environmental sciences (from a Spanish university). I graduated in food science and technology (2016) and in 2017 I finished a master in food safety management. I have two research publications in internationally recognized journals, and a research stay at the University of Melbourne. The sectors are not very clear to me and I wanted to ask if my profile would fit into one of them and if I could be eligible for the 124 visa (Distinguished Talent visa).

    Thanks so much in advance.
    Regards,
    Nuria

    • admin admin says:

      Dear Nuria,
      Thank you for your comment.
      The sector you could apply for would depend on the specific nature of your journals (and of course your work history).
      From a first glance your Masters in itself doesn’t appear to fit clearly. It may be the case you should consider another visa.
      One of our lawyers will reach out to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Denny says:

    I submitted EOI in early June, got an email for requesting further documents in 26th of July, submitted all documents on august 5 and today they provided UID.

    • Avatar Sean says:

      Hi Denny,
      Congratulations, Denny! I wish you a successful visa application.

      Please, what sector did you apply for and what kind of documents was requested from you?

      • Avatar George says:

        Hi Denny!! Congratulations !! Good News actually !!

        Can you please tell in which field you applied and in which category (Like PhD student , recently masters or PhD Graduate or as professional ? )

    • Avatar Vicki says:

      Congratulations Denny. Could you please share with us your profile? Thanks

  • Avatar Maxi says:

    I was also anxious. Share with you…..
    EOI submitted on July 10 2020, UID receiced on Aug 11 2020;
    MedTech;
    Offshore;
    Recent Ph.D.;
    ~30 pubs;
    ~370 citations;
    ~90 review invitations;
    ~several conference/university lectures/poster invitations;
    research featured on professional websites;
    two stong letters from professors at prestious unversities outside AU (not my nominator);
    nominator is authoritative in AU.
    Note: My background doesn’t fit MedTech perfectly, so I asked two letters endorsing my backgroud which I think are quite useful

    • admin admin says:

      Thanks for providing those details – and congratulations on your EOI!
      Good luck on your visa applicaiton!
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

    • Avatar Ali says:

      Hi Maxi,
      Congratulations.
      I am a recent on-shore PhD graduate with Best PhD award from the Uni, over 70 research publications, best PhD paper award, almost 2000 citations, hundreds of reviews and their recognition, Post-doc fellowship, strong nomination etc. It has been two months since waiting for the UID.

  • Avatar Rocio Pa says:

    Hi
    I am just wondering what kind of documents can I provide to support seniority at my company?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Rocio,
      Thanks for your comment.
      The documents to provide depend very much on your circumstances and what type of companies you’ve worked for. For some individuals it’s self explanatory based on their resume due to their employment history and titles, for others it’s about providing an employment reference (either from company HR or a colleague) attesting to it. You could also provide things like organisational charts, employment contracts etc. It’s also worth noting that your seniority is one aspect of their consideration. If you were the COO of a 10 person company, it may not necessarily be equal to for example a Vice President of a 1000 person company (and potentially vice versa) depending on the scale of company and other aspects.
      Feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] if you require further assistance.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

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