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How do I apply for a fast tracked tech talent / global talent visa? (updated: 11 February 2021)

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

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

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

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

What is the Global Talent – Independent program?

The GTI program is designed to attract skilled migrants at the top of specific key sectors to Australia. It operates through an additional layer on top of an existing visa – being the 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 10 sectors (set out in Direction 89):

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

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

What is a 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 10 targeted sectors outlined above; and
  • have an “internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement” in their field, and either:
    • be able to attract a salary equivalent to the Fair Work High Income Threshold (FWHIT), currently AUD $153,600; or
    • have completed their PhD in the past 3 years (or nearing completion of their thesis with an expected submission date of 6 months or less).

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

Does my profile fit in one of the 10 target sectors?

Though we are not aware of any official definition of the 10 target sectors, Direction 89 represents a departure from the original 7 target sectors which largely related to “Tech” (generally meaning that there should be some sort of innovative/tech component). This broadening moves away from that “Tech” emphasis and more into the Department’s other priority sectors.

How do I apply?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We recommend:

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

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

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

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

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

How much does it cost?

The government lodgement fees for this application are:

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

$4,110

$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
  • Undertaken by Video Conference
Book

EOI

$ 2,310

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

Visa

$ 4,400

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

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

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

You can read a summary of these changes here.

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

From 20 January 2021, Bachelor (with Honours) and Masters graduates are no longer eligible for invitation to the GTI program on the basis of those qualifications alone. This replaces older guidelines which considered applicants who:

  1. were recent Masters or Honours graduates (who completed their studies in the last 3 years);
  2. had obtained a WAM of at last 80% or more; and
  3. the course was directly related to the relevant target sector.

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

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

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

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

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

On 17 December 2020, the Department issued Direction No. 89 which outlines the order of consideration of Distinguished Talent visa.  Relevantly, it listed out revised target sectors.

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

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

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

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

Relevantly, these new target sectors broadened:

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

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

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

What are the statistics around this visa?

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

The breakdown of grants per targeted sector were as follows:

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

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

Some useful resources

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

  1. Department of Home Affairs website (see here)
  2. An interview with a Global Talent Officer (see here)
  3. FOI detailing with GTI statistics for the period 1 July 2020 to 10 October 2020 (see here)
  4. FOI dealing with GTI statistics for the period 1 October 2020 to 21 October 2020 (see here)
  5. FOI dealing with the status of applications lodged in June 2020 (see here)
  6. ACS guidelines for nominations (see here)

Common mistakes?

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

Frequently asked Questions

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

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 10 targeted sectors?

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

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

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

How do I find a nominator?

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

Do you assist with finding a nominator?

Where engaged to assist with the EOI or 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 we have  written an article that helps explains what this means for them here. The nominator will need to provide the Form 1000 and some evidence to demonstrate that they have a “national reputation” in the same field as you.

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

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

How long is the processing 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. We have also delivered CPD sessions via industry bodies to educate other Migration Agents / Lawyers on this program.

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

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

This document does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. Please consult an immigration professional for up to date information.
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Join the discussion 1,618 Comments

  • Avatar Tech t says:

    Hi Admin of Hannantew,

    Thanks for sharing these info. I am quite concerned whether to submit another eoi, as I applied in late June and did not hear anything yet. Will they consider previous year applicants for this new quota of 15000? As the application process was on hold.

    My second q is, if my student visa expires on 15th nov, and I apply for post study work visa on 1st nov, when will the bridging visa activate? 1st nov or 15th nov? Because I heard several gti applications were rejected for the people who are on bridging visas?

    I hope you will help me with this questions. Thanks

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Tech t,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Your bridging visa would activate from 16 November 2020 (the day after your substantive visa expires). This means if you get a decision after 16 November but prior to your post study work visa being granted you might get your EOI refused. Fortunately you can submit a new EOI straight after (as it stands).
      Good luck with your application,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar OM says:

        Dear Admin,
        I am a current Phd student but in last 6 months. I have applied for EOI in sept and got to know the last day update about masters candidates ineligibility. Could you pls clear this matter?

        • admin admin says:

          Hi OM,
          If you are a PhD student in the last 6 months of thesis submission, the changes shouldn’t impact you (as long as your application is not on the basis of being a highly graded master’s / honours graduate).
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Lucy says:

    No it makes no sense to re-submit an EOI as this will only largely slow down their progress to deal with your case. Most applicants who lodged an EOI in June haven’t got any reply yet. Currently the GTI officers still have ~ 5000-6000 EOIs on hand that haven’t been dealt with yet.

  • Avatar Joe says:

    Dear Admin,
    I have submitted my EOI on 5th June 2020, but I haven’t got any reply from them. When I was submitted my EOI, I just uploaded my PhD course completion letter from Uni ( As I was not awarded by that time) along with three reference letters from my supervisors. Now I have my PhD degree certificate and one more reference letter (4th letter from my supervisor). My employment status also changed as a postdoctoral researcher. Is it a good idea to send my PhD certificate, reference letter and current employment status by email? or shall I wait for their response? Could you please advice on this?
    Thank you

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Joe,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Based on a first glance, we’d recommend you write to the Department and provide them with the additional information.
      Feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] if you’d like our assistance.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Hi Hannan,
    I am an ICT professional with 9 years of experience (6 years overseas and 3 years in Australia).
    Of the 3 years, 1 year I was with an Australian organization and currently working as an independent contractor for an American organization with pay of approx A$ 160,000 per annum (paying my taxes here).
    Can you please advise whether I am eligible for the GTI program?

    Thanks

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Aishvariyaa,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Short answer is yes, you might be. You also need to show international recognition with reference letters etc but the salary is sufficient to meet the threshold criteria.
      One of our lawyers will reach out to see if we can assist.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Omar says:

    Hi Hannan Team,

    Please I have a question about the evidence of functional English language for GTI visa. My wife studied three years for primary school in UK. She completed her Bachelor degree in Libya for 5 years. Although other courses at the university in Libya are in Arabic language, this particular course was tought in English in a MAJORITY of units. We have a letter from Vic chancellor about this program was instructed in English. However, this letter has non official email address, as in Libya most of universities use Gmail.

    Is this enough to show my wife has functional English?

    kind regards

  • Avatar Michael says:

    Hi Hannan Team,

    I’ve recently graduated fom Sydney University 2 years ago. My salary is 160k. I don’t have any publications, but I have references from CTO, CEO etc. Also, my degree is 78% which is almost distinction. Do I have any chances?

    Thank you.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Michael,
      Thank you for your comment.
      Given your salary, you don’t need to meet the FWHIT so then you need to demonstrate that you are in a target sector and have international recognition.
      Without knowing more, it’s certainly worth exploring.
      One of our lawyers will reach out to discuss further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Deb says:

    Hi Hannan,

    I have a question, if I am applying for the distinguished talented visa, do I need to submit my visa to get the HAP Id for medical examination? I would like to get the HAP id ASAP because there is a lot of delays for med appointment.

    Thanks for your reply

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Deb,
      You can actually undertake health examinations prior to lodging your visa application through your Immi Account.
      You can then insert that HAP ID in your visa application.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Deb says:

        Hi

        Thanks for your reply but I think I have to go to the last step
        So I need to complete everything before doing the health declaration. Is that correct?

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Deb,
          My apologies – you can actually only do the health examinations after the visa lodgement (some changes were made a few months ago).
          Let us know if you require our assistance.
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Shakil says:

    Hi Hannan Team,
    My Current Salary is 100,000 + Super (A fulltime position) + 30000+ Super (for a Casual Role) + 28000 Scholarship for PhD (currently 1st year)
    in total around 170,000 can I show it like this for my EOI Application ?

    Thanks in Advance

  • Avatar Tanveer Abbas says:

    Hi
    My question is
    I completed my master degree in 2015 and currently studying PhD but it’s not finishing in next 6 months. I am not earning anything at the moment. I have some distinctions. Am I eligible to apply?
    Thanks,

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Tanveer,
      Thank you for your comment.
      Sounds like you might be in a tricky spot (not a recent graduate and not about to graduate). That being said, you might be able to still apply if you can demonstrate that with your current qualifications you could find employment which pays at above the FWHIT. You’d of course need to still demonstrate your internationally recognised achievements.
      One of our lawyers will reach out to see if we can assist.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Saritha says:

    Hi Hannan,

    I am a PhD student and my student visa expires in June 2021. However, I have I have submitted my final thesis and waiting for the University to send me the completion letter. So as I understand when I get the completion letter I need to apply for graduate visa within one month. Since I have visa till next year will I be put into bridging visa or not?

    Cheers
    Saritha

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Saritha,
      Based on your notes, your bridging visa associated with your graduate visa won’t come into effect until June 2021. This means if you meet eligibility, you have a prospect of getting an invitation until then.
      One of our lawyers will reach out to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Nick says:

    HI, Team,
    Do you have any client who received invitation as a 2nd phd?
    I graduated from unsw in petroleum engineering in master of philosophy in March, 2018.
    After that, I continued a phd program in my school and I should submit my thesis on July 2021.
    I have three publications in high impact journal and one is under review.
    I was awarded the full scholarship for my phd in unsw engineering faculty (top 5% scholarship)
    I am cooperating with people from with Australia commonwealth scientific and industrial research.
    Do you think it is ok for me for GTI program? I submitted my EOI on July.
    Many thank!

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Nick,
      There’s nothing preventing candidates who have undertaken a 2nd PhD.
      At first glance you might still be able to apply as a recent graduate (assuming you can make an argument re the sector and international recognition).
      Feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] to discuss further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Raj says:

    Hi,
    I have total of 18 years experience. 4 years as Technical Trainer in the computer network, remaining 14 years in MNC with extensive experience in Cloud computing, DevOps, Linux and Network.
    My current skill is assessed under ANZSCO 263111 – Computer Network and Systems Engineer.
    Education Qualification : Bachelor Degree
    Professional Skillset : Professional certification on AWS Certified Solution Architect, Cisco SMB specialist, ITIL, IBM P Series, Sun Solaris, Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator.
    My current Grass Salary meets the High-Income Threshold, but not sure if this threshold is Grass or Net ?

    Can you suggest me if am eligible to apply under GTI program ?

    Thanks
    Raj

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Raj,
      Thanks for your comment.
      At first glance, the answer is “you could be”.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can assess.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Grant says:

    Hi Hannan,
    Do you have any idea when the case officers will start processing the backlog of EOIs? Have you any info from the GTOs? Even the DHA website is not updated after the budget announcement!
    Sorry if my question sounds silly.
    Cheers,

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Grant,
      We don’t have an exact idea, but I assume it would be very soon (if not already).
      We’ve certainly been seeing a flurry of grants in other visa categories.
      Still a matter of patience for now though,
      Good luck,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Ashad says:

    Hi,

    How many seats are for masters/Ph.D. candidates out of the newly announced 15000 for GTI program? Last time it was 500/1000 probably out of 5000, so I am wondering if that increased along with the total number this time.

    Thanks

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Ashad,
      Thanks for your comment.
      We’re not aware of any clear information about that yet.
      Our recommendation is that if you are eligible you should go ahead and lodge an EOI.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Dick says:

    There is an inconsistency.
    In the FOI file here: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/foi/files/2020/fa-200800169-document-released.PDF. It says 3124 visas have been granted from 04/11/2019 to 31/07/2020,
    while the 2019-2020 Migration Program Report (https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/research-and-stats/files/report-migration-program-2019-20.pdf) says 4109 visas have been granted from 04/11/2019 to 30/06/2020.
    Who can help me explain the difference of the two numbers? Which file is the accurate one, the FOI file or the migration report file?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Dick,
      That’s an interesting observation – one explanation might be that the FOI is from 4 November which is when the program “officially” began, and it’s with details until 31 July (where the migration report is until 30 June).
      Either way, we’d recommend you focus on your own EOI rather than those numbers and if eligible, submit an EOI.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Marta says:

        Dear Hanna,

        Hope you can please help me clarify this doubt. I sent my EOI in June 2020 and I’m still waiting for a response (yes or no). If around 4000 visas were granted until June/July 2020, it means that I should send a new EOI?

        Thank you.
        Marta

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Marta,
          We don’t think you should submit a new EOI as that doesn’t help you get ahead in the queue. There are still many applicants who submitted in June and are still processing so unfortunately all we can say is that it’s a matter of waiting for processing.
          Good luck in any case!
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Joey says:

    Hi Hannan Tew,

    Do you have any update on recent UID after exciting budget announcement? Like many issued or refused..
    I lodged mine under Energy criteria 19/06 but still no response.

    My profile: Onshore PhD student with full scholarship (Tuition + Living expenses). I submitted my thesis in August and it is under examination at the moment.
    11 publications (5 first author, 6 co-author), 12 conferences (5 international, 6 national) (3 invited talk, 1 travel grant).

    Do you think I have a chance to get UID?

    Thanks.

    Best regards,
    Joey

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Joey,
      We haven’t seen any invitations or refusals yet, but the Department has a significant backlog of applications.
      There are many applications from June still pending.
      If you want us to review your EOI send us an email at [email protected], otherwise it is just a matter of waiting and ensuring you’ve submitted the best possible applicaiton.
      Good luck!
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Pramod Dorishett says:

    Hi all,
    Does anyone received an invitation after the budget? When can we expect the invitations for people who lodged their EOI in June and July?

    Thanks
    Pramod

    • Avatar rajib says:

      It seems that people with high salary (>153k/year) are getting EOIs at this moment (irrespective of EOI submission date: June, July, even August).

  • Avatar Dan says:

    Can everyone in this forum share their IOE date and status, we may then have some indications on the backlog and expected reply from the department? Mine is 29 June, onshore, have not heard anything.

  • Avatar ros says:

    12 th June Onshore PhD , Ag technology waiting

  • Avatar Ali says:

    10th June
    On shore
    PhD,
    Data Science

  • Avatar Dan says:

    Like you guys, I have been checking my email everyday if not every hour for it. We have now some indications though it does not represent the entire IOEs submitted. if our IOEs are assessed in chronological order, those from around 10 June or so may expect to hear from the department soon. I am now prepared to wait a bit longer as mine is end of June. Those in July and August may relax a bit. This is just to get some peace of mind and manage our expectations. Nothing we can do but wait calmly because although the quota has been announced, there will not be an overnight outcome.

    • Avatar Jay says:

      Hi,
      Completely agree, Although the quota has been increased significantly, the CO may not speed it up due to the four months backlog.
      We should calm down instead of staring everyday. It is indeed struggling frustrating.
      Mine is 22 July onshore phd energy sector

    • Avatar Lucy says:

      Hi Dan, I do agree with you. I also encourage people who submitted their EOIs in early-mid June to update their status (either rejected or accepted, or asked for more information) if they hear anything back from the department. That would be a huge help to others and we would be able to know the current processing speed of the EOIs.

  • Avatar ros says:

    looks like EOI issue has been stopped sometimes on June 10. Hope will get respond soon. Good luck everyone. This wait is quite anxious.

  • Avatar Oliver says:

    Hi Hannan Tew,

    I am currently studying my 1st year of Master of Engineering by Research on the Clean Energy field. What are my prospects of being successful if I applied to this Visa in 1/1.5 years time when I finished my degree?.

    Based on the information I could gather, If I want to have some possibility as a student, I would need to have at least 80% WAM, academic publications(how many?) and/or speak at conferences). Hopefully, I may still have some time to achieve some of this milestones required. Will this be enough or want other advice you would suggest?

    Thanks.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Oliver,
      Thanks for your comment.
      It’s hard to say at this stage because in 1.5 years the program should be very different (it shouldn’t be a pilot for example).
      That being said, yes, you need to maintain a 80% average, be involved in publications, write blogs, get involved in international competitions / associations, start working or doing internships with international or high achieving organisations, and lastly, build networks so you can get reference letters from industry leaders (and potentially a nominator).
      Feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] if you have any further questions, otherwise all the best!
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Michael says:

        hi hanna,

        how much does the internship help?

        THanks,
        Michael

      • Avatar Michael says:

        HI Hannah,

        What I am thinking is that if you do internships a lot, it means that you are very early in your career. Would it impact my profile in a negative way?

        THanks,
        Shumin

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Shumin,
          If you are early in your career (recent graduate) then the internships are representative of your quality and employability.
          If you are not a recent graduate then internships would not be of relevance (you would focus on senior positions).
          Good luck,
          Hannan Tew

  • Avatar AVK says:

    Hi Hannan Tew
    My profile is 12 years of experience in Renewable Energy .Electrical engineering background with 8.5 CGPA out of 10. Currently working in a global MNC earning salary close to 200k and currently onshore.I have a nominator. Do you think I have a chance to get in GTI

    • admin admin says:

      Hi AVK,
      Thanks for your comment.
      As you hold a salary above the FWHIT and have been working in renewable energy you certain have a profile that may be eligible under this program. We’d probably need to understand a little more about your profile to be able to state eligibility definitely however (show international recognition and evidence it).
      One of our lawyers ill be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar REZA says:

    Hi
    I graduated with a master’s degree in electrical engineering- power systems.
    Completed about 2 years ago. (GPA:86%)
    Can I apply to Energy and Mining Technology?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Reza,
      As you are a highly scored recent graduate you can avoid the FWHIT. In terms of how to make the application, you no now have to link your study (and current employment) to the Energy and Mining Technology sector.
      One of our lawyers will be in touch to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hanna Tew

  • Avatar Omar says:

    Quick update. My friend submitted EOI on 2 June and got UID on 09 October.
    His profile: recent PhD graduate within 3 year, offshore.

    Another person. Submitted EOI in early June and received UID on 09 October, onshore, MedTec.

    • Avatar Lucy says:

      Thx Omar. The updates are very helpful. I can see the result of my case is just around the corner.

    • Avatar Polly says:

      Hi Omar,

      Thanks for the update. Do you know the profile of the one who received the UID in MedTech? I applied for the same sector in Mid July first and resubmitted in early September, but still haven’t heard anything. I am in public health (submitted my thesis in late August) with >20 publications in peer-reviewed journals and two in British Medical Journal-a global top four, and one as the first author. Working full time now as a data analyst. Thanks.

      Cheers,
      Polly

  • Avatar Kelvin says:

    I received a second-time S56 request for AFP check, which has been provided when submitted the 858 visa. What reason could it be? The AFP check was obtained 2/7/2020, is it because it’s too long? But my wife is not asked for AFP and we did it the same time. I’m the main applicant. Thanks in advance!

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Kelvin,
      The request should let you know why you need the police check again.
      It’s within the 12 months so it’s not overdue. Common issues are that it’s a “standard disclosure” instead of “complete disclosure” or that it was provided without all of your names.
      Feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] if you’d like our assistance.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Arshita says:

    Hi, I just want to confirm if I am eligible for this Global Talent Visa or not. My details are: I have completed the Master of Engineering in CSE in 2015 with 77%. I have international teaching experience as an Assistant Professor at the University for 4.11 years. The University is well recognized. Then, I started a PhD in Information Technology in Feb 2019. I am in the 4th semester of PhD. Also, I am working in the two Universities on a contract basis. My research area is one of the target areas required for applying. I have published many research articles and book. Also, I have attended many workshops. Please suggest me if I can apply for this visa?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Arshita,
      Thanks for your comment.
      A few things to note: (1) you are’t a recent Graduate (not graduated in last 3 years or graduating in next 6 months) so you need to show a high income and (2) your research must be tied to one of the sectors (I assume Energy Tech?).
      One of our lawyers will reach out to see if we can help.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Arshita says:

    Hi,
    Thanks for your response. My research can be based on cybersecurity or Data Science as I am working on the Internet of Things in the security sector. Yes, I am not a recent Graduate or graduating in 6 months. Also, I don’t have any offer letter at the moment but my Research will certainly be highly paid in future. That I can assure as after completing PhD, I will be getting high income as per the norms. I am working in two universities as a University tutor and getting hourly-paid from last 1 and half year. My hourly rate is good.

  • Can agricultural economists apply under Agtech?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Asjad,
      As a general definition, probably not as economists are not clearly within the relevant sectors. However, depending on what it is that you exactly do you might creatively fit within the sector. For example, if your research requires coding, data visualisation or a high level of data analysis you could make a claim that you are involved in Data Science. Alternatively if your research is working closely with technological innovation then you could make a claim under the AgTech sector.
      Both are not clear pathways though, so feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] if you’d like to discuss further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar shakeel mahmood says:

    Admin
    It appears that offshore applicant has started receiving invitation. Good news indeed!
    Someone from offshore has received the invitation, who applied in June. I am currently out of the country and applied on Mid September, 2020.
    When do you think I can get a response? Regards, Shakeel

    • admin admin says:

      Good to hear!
      Very hard to predict timeline for September applications, but we’ll be able to see some trends as more invitations come through.
      Good luck,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Linkin says:

    Hi Hannan

    What’s your opinion on the probability of receiving a UID for candidates who “creatively” fit into the 7 sectors you mentioned above?

    Is the probability significant lower for these cases, given that the sector is not obviously align with one of the 7 sectors. Let’s just use economics as example, though everyone in economics knows some areas of economic research is very close to data science (econometrics) and Fintech (Financical Econ), but is a degree with a title like “PhD Economics” itself already very harmful for the application?

    Many thanks
    Linkin

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Linkin,
      The answer completely is dependent on what research / work you have done and how you describe it to fit into the sectors.
      Get in touch with us at [email protected] if you want us to review your circumstances.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Omar says:

    Quick update.

    It seems to me that the GTI team has already started the elimination method to declog the system. I’ve spoken to a couple of guys this morning whose EOIs got rejected in September (EOI submitted in July) and another one submitted her EOI on 22 June, offshore and got rejected today.

    • Avatar Mira says:

      Thanks for the update Omar. The good news is that we are still in the process. Let us hope for the best!

    • Avatar Dan says:

      Thanks, Omar. Good to see some movement.

    • Avatar Grant says:

      Just found on expat forum one person (offshore) getting UID yesterday who submitted EOI on 5th Oct. Don’t know in what priority order GTOs are processing the EOIs!

      • Avatar Vishwanath says:

        He/she might be in MedTech Sector

      • Avatar Polly says:

        Anyone that can help with the COVID-19 pandemic would get a priority I think. My colleague who used to be a clinical doctor and had experience in dealing with SARS was invited in two weeks (submitted in early September).

        Cheers,
        Polly

      • Avatar Sheila says:

        Could you share the link with us to see the details, pls?

        • Avatar Lina says:

          Hello, I’m a civil Engineer with a resent master degree (2019). My grades are over 80% and I have done research mainly on Geographic Data Science. I did an exchange to finish my master at the University of Melbourne with the support of a research group there. I have attended international congress and I have a few publications on international research magazines. Do you think I could be elegible? Thank you

          • admin admin says:

            Hi Lina,
            Absolutely – based on what you are describing it appears you can make a compelling application.
            Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if we can help, otherwise all the best with your application!
            Kind regards,
            Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Eddy says:

    Hi Hannan,

    I submitted additional documents three days ago and only got an automatic reply but since then I have not received any official email reply from them. Is it normal? or does it take a bit more time to receive an official email. One of my friend received official reply on the day tomorrow after submission of docs in September.

    Regards,
    Eddy

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Eddy,
      There’s no obligation for the Department to respond and given the significant number of applicants now, I would expect a delay (if at all).
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar rajib says:

    No sign of post-budget speed up yet. It’s so frustrating.

    • Avatar Lucy says:

      Hi Rajib,

      Same.

      I feel extremely stressed out this and last week and now the anxiety becomes the frustration.

      • Avatar Grant says:

        I understand because i am in the same situation. But take it easy, guys. Nothing in this life is worth our mental peace. Wait and watch, if we get it, good. Otherwise it is not the end, in fact nothing is.
        Stay relaxed and best of luck to you all.

  • Avatar Winston says:

    Hi,
    I graduated Master of ICT Advanced with Distinction in 2018
    Have ACS and IIBA membership
    Also a member of Golden Key International Honour Society
    Have a company here in Australia that launched a FinTech app last year
    Currently working in IT Support
    Possess a Business Analyst crash course certification but studying for ECBA and ITILv4 at the moment
    Have a Tech company back home
    My final year research project was MedTech related
    I dont see english requirements but I have IELTS 7 average (all 7 bands except 1 with 6.5)

    Do I have enough grounds to apply ?

  • Avatar Mona says:

    Two of my friend resubmit EOI in 10th October (post budget). I am confused. Should I submit another EOI to speed up my profile ( onshore).

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Mona,
      We don’t recommend submitting EOIs as it just clogs up the system – it might even push you back to the queue!
      Kind regards,
      Hannna Tew

  • Avatar DrKB says:

    Dear Admin,
    Submitting an updated EOI in another related sector after UID rejection is possible. Please need suggestion. Mine is PhD Healthcare and Finance systems. But i applied through medtech. Rest im an International PhD supervisor and Editor in Q1 journal(netherlands). The only drawback is Salary threshold.

  • Avatar Roberts says:

    Hi,

    I have recently graduated from Deakin with a Master of Data Analytics with a 83% (2019). I currently work as a Data Analyst Lead earning $110K in Melbourne.
    I would like to know if I should wait till I meet FWHIT requirement and then apply for the GTI program, or if I should apply now?

    Just in case I get rejected now, can I apply again after a couple of months if I could meet FWHIT ? (Is there a waiting period or something)
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

  • Avatar TA says:

    FYI- Here is a chronological snapshot of my GTI application from Melbourne:

    EOI submission: last week of May
    Invitation received: Jul 28
    Full application submission: 7 Aug
    Request for additional doc like police clearance and medical test: 10 Aug
    Police clearance certificate submission: 20 Aug
    Medical done: 5 October (Melbourne medical test centres were closed from Aug to Sep due to COVID-19)
    GTI (Visa 858) grant: 15 Oct
    Thanks

  • Avatar Sam says:

    Hi,

    I submitted EOI on July 20th while I was on students visa. I am still waiting and on bridging visa now. A friend of mine with similar condition called the immigration and asked about the possibility to apply if she received ID ,while she is on bringing student visa. The person told her that the student bridging visa is not including the visa list that are not eligible to apply, so, if she received the ID, she will be able to lodge document for the visa. Would you please let me know that is it correct? and people can lodge the document while are on student bridging visa?

    Many Thanks,
    Sam

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Sam,
      The main issue is that to apply for the onshore Distinguished Talent Subclass 858 visa, you cannot be the holder of a bridging visa (except in limited circumstances) or it will be refused – there is no flexibility to this requirement. For that reason our experience so far has been that the Department won’t issue unique identifiers to individuals on bridging visas, to avoid the possibility of someone making this mistake. If she received the unique identifier while the holder of a student visa, then it’s not a problem.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

    • Avatar Chathurika says:

      Hello Sam,

      I am also in a similar situation. I submitted the EOI on 8th of July in cybersecurity. Did not hear anything and now from day before yesterday I am in a bridging visa for 485. If you can update me when you lodged your next visa and any update from that would be a great help for me to adjust my timeline. Thanks for your help.

      Thank you

  • Avatar TV says:

    19 – July Data Science, waiting and waiting

  • Avatar Ahmed says:

    Below comment from expat forum, @admin is it really useful to do so ?
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kundikoi
    hi all,
    posting my experience with GTIP so far – as I’ve been frantically searching online and haven’t found any other useful info anywhere else: 1) Upon reading the news, I have googled “Global Talent Officer” + location, which immediately gave me a few links to the relevant LinkedIn profiles. You may get even better results doing this directly from LinkedIn search. 2) I’ve sent a connection request & PMed a relevant GTO, followed by a phone conversation to go over the program req’ts & expectations. Note: I see that they have now provided a contact email on the GTIP website (globaltalent at homeaffairs) – which wasn’t there before. I still think steps 1&2 are more efficient though. 3) I was asked to provide a CV to the GTO – nothing as extensive as the previous poster, but covering the same points though (e.g. instead of providing an actual certificate of employment or tax assessments, just spelling out my current salary within the CV; similarly, spelling out some international awards or conferences I’ve spoken at re: my specialty). 4) After about a week of waiting, I received the global talent unique identifier from the GTO – inviting me to apply formally via the GTIP website. Per GTO, this was the step where actual verifications of my claims will be made – i.e. the CV step was just an initial screen, and simply having an application id doesn’t really guarantee anything. 5) I’ve now collected all the required docs (they’re actually listed on the GTIP website under the application form 47SV), paid the fees (pretty steep overall but similar to what other subclasses cost – again, all searchable & discoverable online) and submitted the application – now the ‘real’ wait begins! Even with an application id, you still need to be nominated by a ‘prominent’ individual in your field.

    • admin admin says:

      Thanks for sharing – we can’t be certain as to the recency of this comment, so we’d just be weary of following this exactly. The general preference is for you to submit an EOI with the documents really spelling out all your details (rather than just providing a CV).

    • Avatar Sheila says:

      Could you please share the link with us?

  • Avatar Hoi says:

    Submitted EOI on 21/09/2020.
    Received invitation on 17/10/2020.

  • Avatar Moni says:

    Hi admin, I’ve been working as a post-doctoral scientist from Jan 2020 at a medical research institute in Melbourne. I completed my PhD on April 2020 (Medicine faculty, Monash University). My current salary is $92k/year (gross) which is common for early career researchers. I have a good research profile (publications, awards, reviewer of international journals) and teaching experience and my current research work focuses on developing new drugs for obesity and fatty liver. My questions are:

    1) Am I eligible to apply under MedTech sector?
    2) Will I be considered as recent graduate?
    3) My current salary is well below the FWHIT, will it be detrimental for my application?

    Any suggestion will be highly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Avatar TR says:

    Hi All,
    Anybody can tell me who got UID recently from GTI? I submitted EOI 15 June but did not receive any response so far.
    I am very frustrating.

  • Avatar N says:

    I am very confused that why so many people in June doesn’t heard anything so far, I don’t believe those applicants in June are never been reviewed. Why they never get a reply even rejection?

  • Avatar Farhat says:

    Hi Admin,
    I submitted my EOI on October 5th, was wondering will i get the UID or not. I selected “Space and advanced manufacturing” sector.
    Here is my profile:
    M.S. (09, 2017) grade 97.2%
    PhD (02,2020) grade 97.7%
    Publications: 10
    Conferences: 14
    ISO standard publications: 04
    Awards:
    1. 2019 young researcher of the year award in Korea
    2. Excellence award (Distinction award for PhD.
    3. Excellent thesis award
    4. Excellent conference paper award
    Current residence: Korea
    Current salary: 60,000 AUD
    Lab grants secured: > 1million AUD
    Can attract salary more than threshold: yes (have job descriptions)
    Achievements:
    1. Developed and commercialized equipment for making medical grade titanium alloys
    2. Commercialization of medical grade titanium alloys (1st in Korea)
    3. Commercialization of metal 3D printer (1st in Korea)
    4. Commercialization of new cheaper alloys to replace currently expensive copper cables
    5. Found and published ways to enhance properties of next generation alloys.
    6. Designed materials for thermal energy storage

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Farhat,
      You certainly sound like you have a good profile. It’s worth keeping in mind that it is still a highly competitive program so there are of course no guarantees and it’ll very much depend on whether you presented yourself in a clear, concise way that also highlights the significance of your achievements. Best of luck, and feel free to reach out should you receive your unique identifier and require assistance with the visa.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Ricky Goyal says:

    Hi Admin,

    I have completed my master’s in May 2018 in computer science with 3.9/4.00 grades. Since then I have worked with Microsoft for a year and now working with Amazon. (Both as a Software developer). I have already received a UID back in May, but haven’t applied for the visa (looking for a nominator since then).
    I am meeting the salary requirements as well.

    Would my high grades and good experience in the big companies be considered as an exceptional and outstanding achievement? Any chances of getting the visa?

    Any inputs/suggestions would be highly appreciated.

    Thanks!

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Ricky,
      If you’ve received the UID, it sounds like the Department have considered you to have a good profile for the program. As the program is largely aimed at targeting recent graduates – their grades do play a factor in their profile (as they’re not expected to have plenty of years of work experience). So that plus experience with large reputable international organisations are certainly strong factors in your favour. BTW if you’re really stuck you can always try to seek the nomination of the ACS? They do a preliminary assessment (like the EOI) and you only have to pay if they agree to nominate you.
      Please do feel free to reach out to us if you require assistance with the visa application.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew Lawyers

  • Avatar Sajhira says:

    Hi Hannan,

    My husband has submitted his EOI, he is going to submit his PhD thesis within next 6 months. I am also doing PhD onshore in one of the target sectors, but not completing soon but my masters is recent with a CGPA 3.94/4.00, should we both submit separate EOI? Actually, my husband submitted his EOI in June but we kept the details exclusive to his achievements only keeping in view the word count and attachment size limitations. Should he update or resubmit his EOI with my details? Please guide.

    Thanks

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Sajhira,
      I’m assuming that both of you have profiles that fit within one of the 7 target sectors? If so, then yes you certainly can submit two different EOIs. The EOI process is singularly focused on the person who is applying – so their dependents details do not count. So if you wish to maximise your chances of getting an invite, you certainly can both apply – or wait until your husband has received an outcome before submitting your own.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew Lawyers

  • Avatar Dave says:

    Hi just want to confirm if I need nomination while applying for UID?
    Just wondering because in the contact form there is a section asking whether I have a nominator,
    for my case if I need to seek nomination from ACS I will need to get a UID beforehand.
    That seems contradicting…

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Dave,
      You don’t actually need to have a nominator at the time of EOI submission (though it’s great if you can). If you answer no (for example because you’re going to seek ACS nomination) you can still receive your unique identifier. Please note however that you are not guaranteed to get nomination from ACS, so you may wish to see if you can find a nominator.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew Lawyers

  • Avatar Amanda says:

    Just wondering how many people submit EOI in June not receive any feedback yet? Does any May submission remain?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Amanda,
      While we obviously can’t speak for everyone, we have numerous clients with EOIs submitted in June that are still awaiting feedback. Most of ours in May have been dealt with but we have a big backlog of clients still awaiting decisions.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew Lawyers

      • Avatar Grant says:

        Hi Hannan,
        Any idea what might be the hindrance in processing of applications now when two weeks after budget announcement have passed? We still don’t see any spike in UID grant after 15000 quota announcement, even the DHA global talent link is not updated yet.
        Regards

        • Avatar Amanda says:

          Same concern. To be honest, since it’s mid-October now, which means almost half a year will pass sooner, but I definitely believe less than 7500 (even less than 1000) quota considering dependency was allocated.

  • Avatar Eddy says:

    Hi Hannan,

    Thanks for the informative post.
    I asked a question here once before but realized there was an aspect i didn’t get clarity on and would love clarity.
    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 a tech company in Australia that pays above the FWHIT of $153,000.
    I applied for and got the 482 visa before the travel ban but the immigration travel ban came into effect before i could fly to Australia.
    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), since this visa grants PR this is one way for me to circumvent the travel ban since PR/Citizens are allowed entry, also helps give me permanent status in Australia.
    What i would love clarity on is on if my current granted 482 visa has any negative effect (in terms of possibility of getting 124 or 124 processing time wise) on the possibility of being granted the 124 PR visa.
    Can i get the 124 even while holding the 482 (and haven’t yet used the 482 since i haven’t traveled yet to Aus) ?
    Apologies if question sounds silly, my immigration knowledge is very sparse.
    Thanks again for the informative post.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Eddy,
      No problem – having a TSS visa does not prevent the grant of either the Subclass 124 or 858 visas. We have also assisted numerous people on TSS visas with applying for the 858 onshore.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew Lawyers

  • Avatar Omar says:

    Aimeone in another forum got this reply in below. But the question is if there is really backlog of EOIs due to the pandemic then why some people submitted their EOIs in Sep and Oct got notification, while others who submitted their EOIs in June and July still waiting. There is something not clear.

    Just got a reply from one of Global Talent Support Officers in LinkedIn. I asked her the reason for delay in getting EOI response.
    “Since you graduated recently, you have a good chance for the program. You fit neatly into the MedTech sector. There is a backlog of EOIs due to the pandemic. You will be advised either way if you are successful/unsuccessful. No news simply means it is still in the line for processing or being processed. The delays in assessing are still very significant due to the pandemic. The team is unable to provide individual status updates.”

    • Avatar Dan says:

      Thanks, Omar for the update. It’s till good that you’ve received a reply with some positive feedback on your profile. I think the GTi visa scheme has given priorities for those who apparently stand out and who are eligible for special treatment such as Hongkong passport holders.

  • Avatar Ullah says:

    I am now the final year of my PhD at the University of Sydney. Due to the travel ban, I stuck in my home country and will finish my PhD online. Now, I would like to apply for GTI. Do you suggest me to attach a supporting letter to inform GTI Officer about my current situation? What do you think about my opportunity for AgTech sector? I worked more than 5 yrs in int’l organizations such as FAO UN and IUCN, having 7 int’l scholarships, and 9 scientific articles, another 2 under review process from my PhD. I had positive VetaAssessment record. Thanks.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Ullah,
      You probably don’t need to do outline your circumstances as you can still be considered as an offshore candidate. Your profile sounds like it may be suitable if you actually undertook work that had a “Tech” component to it rather than just working in agriculture. If you’d like for us to review all your circumstances in depth and provide advice please do feel free to book in a consultation.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew Lawyers.

  • Avatar Roberts says:

    Hi,
    I have come across two different EOI forms –
    https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/global-talent-contact-form
    and
    https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/global-business-and-talent-attraction-taskforce-expression-of-interest-form

    The second form seems to be a more recent one – Is there a difference between the two forms? Can someone lodge an EOI for GTI program via the second form?

    Thank you,
    Roberts

  • Avatar T. A says:

    Hi Adim,
    I submitted the EOI in July and did not get any responses yet. The problem was that I could not attach all supporting documents as they have limited size
    . My question is that Can I still submit further documents to support my application?. If so, could you please direct me on how to do that?

    Thanks.
    T.A

  • Avatar T. A says:

    Hi Admin,
    Thanks for replying and answering my question. It really helps. I have another question and I will appreciate it if you answer my question. My question is that I submitted my EOI in July and at that time I had a student visa (valid until 14 October). I applied for TR 485 before submitting my EOI and now I am on a bridging visa and I did not get any response regarding my EOI. Do you think that my bridging visa is a reason to reject my EOI?

    Thanks,
    T. A

    • Avatar T. A says:

      Thanks for replying I really appreciate it.

      • Avatar Chathurika says:

        Hello T.A

        I am also in a similar situation. I submitted the EOI on 8th of July in cybersecurity. Did not hear anything and now from yesterday I am in a bridging visa for 485. If you can update me when your 485 is granted that will be a great help for me so that I can adjust my timeline.

        Thank you

    • admin admin says:

      Hi T.A.
      The Department won’t issue you an unique identifier while you’re the holder of a bridging visa (see the same article with an interview with the GTO). This means that either they’ll refuse your EOI and ask you to submit again once you obtain your Graduate 485 visa, or they’ll just wait until you receive it.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew Lawyers

      • Avatar T. A says:

        Hi Hannan,
        Thank you very much for your help in answering my questions. I have another question. Could you please help me in making a decision:

        When I submitted my EOI, I could not submit all supporting documents while all of them are available. I know that I can submit further documents but I do not want to pay the officer’s attention to my application as I am still on a bridging visa (as I consider the case that they are still waiting until a decision has been made on my TR 485 or they have not seen my application yet). Any suggestions if you were me? Do you think if I send further documents will get them to accelerate a negative decision?

        Many thanks
        T.A

        • admin admin says:

          Hi TA,
          This is hard to advice and you need to decide based on your preference.
          I’d say that providing additional documents doesn’t expedite the application so provide the additional documents, and if you get a negative decision based on your BV status, considering making a new application when you get a substantive visa again (there’s technically nothing to preclude this).
          Good luck,
          Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Chathurika says:

        Hello T.A.

        Thank yor or your kind reply.

        Good luck!

  • Avatar Dick says:

    I submitted my EOI for 858 visa in July and I am still waiting. My student visa (subclass 500) will expire in the middle of December this year. Now is 21 Oct. Should I begin to apply 485 visa? I want to avoid waiting on bridging visa. Apart from 485 visa, do I have any other choice? I want a visa with work right and can be granted quickly.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Dick,
      You will need to ensure you apply for your Graduate 485 visa (or any other suitable visa) to ensure that you can remain lawful after your student visa expires. While moving onto a Bridging Visa will mean that you can’t receive an invitation, it’s still better than becoming unlawful. As I’m sure you can appreciate, you’ve asked us to advise on all your visa options without a full understanding of your circumstances, which we can’t do – please do feel free to book in a consultation if you’d like to do discuss your circumstances and for us to provide advice.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew Lawyers

    • Avatar T. A says:

      Hi Hannan
      Thank you for replying. Greatly appreciated.

      I will let you know any updates.

      Cheers,
      Tareq

  • Avatar Michael Huaptmann says:

    My educational background is in multi-disciplinary. I got my master’s degree in mechanical engineering and currently, I am a Ph.D. student in Computer Science. Is this possible to submit multiple EOI with different sectors? What’s your recommendation?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Michael,
      You basically just pick one target sector (and can state in your cover letter for example that you actually span various sectors), if the Department feel like the sector you chose was not suitable or another one was more relevant they won’t reject you on that basis and will just consider you under the sector they feel is more appropriate.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew Lawyers

  • Avatar Hadi says:

    Hello there
    I have a question related to my case, currently, I do PhD in medical sciences in Australia and would like to send an expression of interest for this visa. I cannot get an official letter from the university regarding the submission date of my thesis, although I am in the final year. Can I bring a signed paper from my supervisor confirming that I gonna submit within 6 months? Is that considered enough to justify this condition?
    Thanks in advance

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Majdy,
      I understand that you’re currently corresponding with one of our lawyers, but what you’re proposed should be OK. Will your university write a letter saying that you’re in your final semester of your PhD? Usually something along those lines will also be OK.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew Lawyers

  • Avatar Hadi says:

    Thanks
    Yes of your lawyer is in contact with me and he gave me thorough details
    Thanks

  • Avatar Franco says:

    Hi, thank you for all the information.
    I have a doubt about the FWHIT: I currently have incomes that meet the FWHIT requirement, but I’m not based in Australia and neither my employer, I would like to know if submitting my current contract is a valid demonstration for this requirement?

    Kind regards

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Franco,
      Yes that would be suitable. You could also provide a copy of your most recent payslip as evidence.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew Lawyers

  • Avatar Mari says:

    My current visa expires very soon. I submitted an EOI in June. I have all docs ready + medical exam for application if I get invited. In case they decide to invite me, if they do it anytime after my visa expires, I would not be able to apply as I won’t have a valid substantive visa (just a bridging visa expected to be there for many months as they are also delaying on other tracks). Also, borders are still closed so I can’t go out and apply offshore. Therefore, an eventual invitation might not be very useful after the long delay and I’m reconsidering my plans in Australia. This was supposed to be the fast track so I’m a bit disappointed. Do you have any suggestion or idea, please? Thanks for any help.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Mari,
      Unfortunately our understanding from the Department is that if you are on a substantive visa when they come to assess your application they will have to refuse your EOI. You essentially have two options: (1) you can certainly apply for the EOI again when your substantive visa is granted or (2) you can relocate offshore (though bear in mind that the EOI is not guaranteed even if you do go offshore) so it might not be worth the risk.
      You can also of course consider other permanent visa options (general skilled or employer sponsored for example).
      If you want to discuss further, feel free to contact us at [email protected].
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Eva says:

    Hi,
    I submitted my EOI over a week ago, and I accidently found that one of the dates on my CV was wrong, should I send them an email to point it out and upadte my CV? Could you please give me any suggestions?

  • Avatar Hana says:

    Dear Admin,

    Thank you so much for providing the valuable information.

    I sent my EOI on 4th Jul 2020. Still waiting for the answer.
    When I was sending my EOI, I had newly received an email from my university ( in Australia) regarding award of my PhD.
    I sent this document as well. But I had not job offer to put.
    I see in comments that without job offer the success probability will be less. Not sure.
    However, It has been written in Homeaffairs that recent graduates also can apply.
    What do you think? Did you have similar experience in your clients?
    I am so concerned.
    Thanks in advance.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Hana,
      Based on the available criteria the Department doesn’t seem to indicate that recent Graduates need to have a job offer, but anecdotally people on the blog have said they have been refused on this basis (we have not seen the same for our clients). I think the best option for you is to clearly detail in your supporting documents that you have only recently graduated and that there are plenty of employment opportunities for you in Australia.
      Let us know if you’d like us to assist with such a submission by contacting [email protected]
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Michael says:

    Hi HannanTew Lawyers, Me and my wife have done our medicals last Monday. My wife examinations show as Examinations ready for assessment – no action required
    The required health examinations have been completed and submitted by the panel clinic to the department. This person’s case will be processed or referred to the department’s migration medical services provider, Bupa Medical Visa Services, for further assessment)

    whereas my status is bit different and shown as health clearance provided – no action required

    what is the reason that my wife has this status? I am super worried. Thanks

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Michael,
      It could be that your wife has some kind of disclosable health condition, in which case the Department will write to you to advise you about what it is. There are medical criteria that must be met to complete the application, so hopefully it is something not too serious. If you are aware of any health conditions, feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] to discuss.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Nick says:

    Does anyone hear any updates from the last week for June and July applicants?
    This is so anxious

    • Avatar Lucy says:

      Not at all. Last week is extremely silent. I would say 70%+ of EOIs being submitted in June haven’t been processed yet.

      • Avatar NICK says:

        that’s so frustrated

      • Avatar Harry says:

        They had 4 months to process EOIs from June. And they advertised this program would take only weeks from EOI to pr grants. There were close to zero invitations given for 189 and the likes. I still can’t understand how Covid can slow down the whole department this much.

  • Avatar Mike says:

    I submitted my EOI in second week of June. PhD in Australia and have around 10 papers with different scholarships. But, up to now, no responses have been received from GTI. However, during 2-3 months ago, numerous offshore applicants got their UID or rejection emails. Furthermore, several onshore applicants who applied for GTI after June, received rejection emails, due to not being in last 6 months of PhD. Does this mean that the rest applicants will receive their UID? Does anyone know that when GTI begin process of application of onshore applicants?

    • admin admin says:

      HI Mike,
      All we can say at this stage is that the Department has started processing and if you haven’t had a rejection yet, then you are still in the running. We can appreciate it is frustrating, but the best you can do is make sure you have the best possible application. Good luck!
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Alexa says:

    Hi,
    I have submitted EOI since March in Mining Technology.
    I am a PHD in Renewable energy and was recent graduated when I submitted EOI,
    Emailed quite few times but never heard back,

    Anybody could assist what could be the reason ?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Alexa,
      The main reason is usually simply that there is so many applications in the back log.
      Our advice – make sure you have submitted the most relevant and clear application you can and (I know it’s tough) patiently wait. It’s just a matter of time!
      Good luck!
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Roberts says:

    Hi Team,

    Can you please let me know if one could submit EOI for the Global talent program via this form as well – https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/global-business-and-talent-attraction-taskforce-expression-of-interest-form

    Thank you,
    Roberts

  • Avatar Safa says:

    Hi Admin,

    I have updated my EOI for three times by sending GTI team copy of new documents to support my EOI which was submitted in the first week of July. These documents were not misseda t the time of EOI EOI submission. I got them just recently. These documents are about research recognition such as reviewer certificate, letter of support from best professor in the field…etc. The last date that I sent new documents was yesterday but today I got another letter from Professor in Australia on the same my field. He written this letter of support and explained why I am internationally recognized and also mentioned that you will give me a job offer once he got the research funds in the end of this year.

    But I am shy to send it to GTI officer as I have updated my EOI for three times. Any advice please.
    Regards

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Safa,
      Our position is that providing a complete and clear application is best in that the case officer can simply look at all your files in one go. Providing documents in piecemeal fashion can cause delays but also irritate a case officer who is ultimately making a discretionary decision. That being said, if you haven’t provided some information that is relevant you should definitely provide updated documents.
      Good luck!
      Hannan Tew

    • Avatar Mitch says:

      I think it is very risky to do that. You couldn’t get internationally recognized in 1 day or even 1 month. You already updated tour application three times which makes you application looks suspicious and definitely weak. If I were you, I will wait for the request for more information and go from there.

      • Avatar Safa says:

        Hi Mitch,
        Actually it is not internationally recognized documents in 1 day or within a month, in my cv that I sent it to them I mentioned that I am a reviewer for some journals. So now I I provided some reviewer certificates. Also I provided them with a letter from nominator and from another Professor who will give me a job offer if his fund is successful

  • Avatar Dian says:

    Hi, anyone with a Masters of Biomedical Science (instead of a PhD) receive an invite? Thanks!

  • Hi Admin,
    Can you please let me know whether assessment by VETSSESS Australia will be added any extra value to apply GTIP as offshore applicant for any profession like Industrial Pharmacist?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Md,
      An assessment from VETASSESS can’t hurt, but it’s not really a key document. Remember you are trying to demonstrate exceptional / significant skills, not standard skills. If I were you I’d mention it if you have space in the document upload limit but focus more on the key documents if space is a premium.
      Good luck!
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Arsham says:

    Hi Admin,

    Thank you very much for your productive responses.
    I have submitted my first EOI for the GTI program in the mid of September and since it was impossible to update my profile, I resubmitted a new EOI in early October. I am now worried if it affects my application as it might be considered as a duplicate request.
    I would appreciate it if you advise me in this regard.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Arsham,
      As a general rule it’s probably not best to have multiple applications pending.
      IN your circumstances, there’s nothing that can be done so you just need to wait on one of your two applications.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar MSB says:

    Hello People, Asking for a friend, Just need your opinion: I am first year PhD Student onshore and I am using machine learning techniques in my thesis to analyze data. Will this be considered in one of the classes i.e. data science. Thank you in advance???

  • Avatar T. Xuan says:

    Hi Hannan,
    My experience is a bit multi-disciplinary. My Master and PhD research is in Quantum Information (with recent Master>80%, awards, publications, conferences). However, in the one year gap between my Master and PhD studies, I worked an intern role and a start-up role in Data Science. After that, I received 2 job offers in Germany with salary 100,000AUD/year. This is considered a good salary for recent Master graduates. However, eventually I decided to take the PhD scholarship in Australia.

    Although Quantum Information and Data Science appear in the same sector of the Global Talent program, they are actually technically a bit different. Even though I can argue that there are common skills in mathematics and data analysis, the final judgement depends on the taste of the case officer.
    I am afraid that the case officer will judge that I am not focused in my career, so I am planning to hide the Data Science job offers from my CV, and only highlight my research experience in Quantum Information. Do you think that this is a good strategy? Or shall I instead highlight in my German job offers in my CV?

    I will appreciate if you can give an advice.

    • Avatar T. Xuan says:

      Btw, just to clarify, my job offers were for the role of Junior Data Scientist and Machine Learning Engineer.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi T.Xuan,
      That’s a lot to digest so you might want to reach out to us at [email protected] and book a consult if you want an advice.
      One thing to note is that you don’t need to show that you have a salary of above the FWHIT, but a capacity to earn, which might be appropriate in your case.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Polly says:

    Hi admin,

    The passport I used for submitting my EOI will expire in January and I have got a new passport. Would an expiring passport be a reason for the department to hold the assessment of my EOI? Should I send them my new passport? Thanks.

    Cheers,
    Polly

  • Avatar Bob says:

    Dear Professionals,

    I have obtained my PhD in 2019 with a high rank. I have an academic job offer (ALB) from an Australian university who is willing to be my nominator. But the salary does not meet FWHIT. Can I apply for GTI by providing my current job offer?

    Does it affect my EOI as this is under the threshold?

    Regards,

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Bob,
      Thanks for your comment. You don’t need to show that you earn above FWHIT if you are a highly graded recent PhD graduate so the job offer is a benefit in that it shows your employability (even if it’s less than FWHIT). You should also try find other advertisements that show jobs you could reasonably expect to obtain that show an income above the FWHIT as meeting the minimum eligibility requirements in itself does not guarantee an invitation.
      Good luck!
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Janak says:

    Hi Team,

    I am in my final 6 months of the PhD in energy and minnng sector. I do studies regarding converting solar energy into value added chemicals and producing fuel chemicals using biomass derivatives (plant base starting materials). I have one international journal article (not directly relevant to feild energy – from my undergrad), two international conference publications, two papers under review from my PhD. I have 2 years of working experinece as a research scientist outside australia. Also I recevied a full scholarship for my PhD. Bachelors with 89%, batch top. Will i have a chance of the GTI program with under review papers?

    Thanks

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Janak,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Certainly worth a shot as a recent (soon to be) PhD graduate i the Energy / Mining technology sector.
      Feel free to shoot us an email at [email protected] if you’d like an assessment.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Sam says:

    Hi Admin,
    Thanks a lot for this useful blog.
    So I have submitted my EOI on early August from inshore and still waiting for the outcome. As it’s taking too long I’m thinking of going back home
    Should I submit another EOI as an offshore applicant or just update them by email?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Sam,
      Rather than submit a new application, I think you should just notify the Department of your change in circumstances.
      Good luck,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Linkin says:

    Hi Hannan

    I might received an invitation but it may go to junk mailbox and was deleted automatically several days after.

    So I am unsure about whether I already received an invitation or not. In this case, can I email GTO for clarification.

    Many thanks
    Linkin

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Linkin,
      Sure you can certainly contact them – it’s very important to check junk mail for this reason!
      Good luck,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar ali says:

    Hi
    Does anybody example of filled form 1000 of global talent subclass 124?

    best regards
    Ali Solhmirzaei

  • Avatar Mohammad Sadegh Aslanpour says:

    Hi Admin,

    Great to see you are helping us.
    I am a first-year PhD student at Monash Uni in the IT domain. I received my master’s degree overseas in 2016. My first ambiguity is the sector I should apply for. Let’s just give you some keywords around my research whereby you may help me to select the appropriate sector: cloud computing, distributed systems, autonomous systems, IoT, and energy management in IoT. My CV involves some internationally indexed publications and relevant work experience. Publications are recent as well.
    My second question is that, given I am in the first year of Ph.D., how can I give the first impression in my EOI? I mean what points I should focus on in my application?
    And finally, which nominator will give a better impression based on your experience: my PhD supervisor or my PhD sponsorship organization (i.e., CSIRO)?

    Thanks in advance.

    Mohammad

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Mohammad,
      Thanks for getting in touch. You can actually apply for a number of sectors (disclose the sectors in the cover letter whilst just mentioning one, for example, ICT, in the application form itself).
      As a first year PhD (if you are not submitting within the next 6 months) you won’t be able to avoid the FWHIT so a focus should be demonstrating your ability to earn a high income.
      Lastly, if you can obtain CSIRO as a nominator it would be a huge benefit.
      If you want to discuss further, please feel free to contact us at [email protected].
      Otherwise, all the best,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar ros says:

    Hi Hannan,

    Is there any other genuine reasons then just backlog for June applicants. Submitted EOI on June 12, emailed global talent officer on Aug 24 they replied saying they got my EOI and will respond as soon as possible. However, it is already November 2 haven’t heard anything so far. This wait is too anxious.

    • Avatar Harry says:

      Yes, so many June applicants have been waiting for almost 5 months. I wonder whether they have thrown our applications into the trash bin.

    • Avatar Grant says:

      Same as my case. Applied on June 12.
      Seems they are not following any chronological order. But it is still not understandable as they have rejected hundreds of EOIs for the later months (as per FOI), but no decision for June applicants.
      And even as per FOI, the avg response time is 4 months but for June applicants it is about 5 months already and no hope of seeing it any soon either.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Ros,
      I think the genuine reason is simply the number of candidates.
      Stay patient, and good luck!
      Hanna Tew

  • Avatar Ali says:

    Hi Team,
    I’ve submitted of EOI on 20 June 2020 and I haven’t received any feedback yet? Should I need to resubmit the EOI again? Has anybody who submitted EOI in June or July has got any response?
    Regards,
    Ali

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Ali,
      We do not recommend submitting a further EOI – the best bet is just to be patient until you get a decision on your existing matter.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • admin admin says:

    Hi guys,
    Just a note that we’ve actually had a useful interview with a Global Talent Case officer recently (see here: https://www.hannantew.com.au/global-talent-independent-program-interview-with-a-global-talent-officer-nedra-kelaart/).
    This might be helpful in providing some more insights into the program.
    Kind regards,
    Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Alex says:

    Hi Team,

    I just have a quick question about the health check and police clearance. Can I do my police clearance and health examination before submitting the visa application ? I should note that I have received my unique identifier and invitation to apply.

    Thanks,
    Alex.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Alex,
      Congratulations!
      You can undertake both your health and police clearances after you lodge your application (though the faster you do them the faster you get your visa grant).
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

    • Avatar Ros says:

      Hi Alex,
      Could you please update your profile and date of EOI submission and unique number received might help a lot including me who are anxiously waiting for the reuslt

  • Avatar Joy says:

    Hi team,

    I have been waiting for my EOI outcome since June. I am pretty sure that I will have my result on GTI EOI as my current student visa will expire after 12 months. If my application goes wrong, I will apply for graduation visa.
    I have a question regarding visa medical check, as you know it may take longer time to get medical check done than normal due to the current pandemic situation. Do you suggest to take medical check first then I can use it for either GTI or graduation visa? Or should I just wait little bit more? Thanks.

    Regards,
    Joy

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Joy,
      Thanks for your comment, and it’s good to know you have the Graduate visa as the back up (the GTI should not be considered guaranteed for anyone).
      Re medicals, you can’t actually undertake them until you receive a “HAP ID” which is generated after lodgement.
      Good luck with your application,
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Ella says:

    Hi Hannan,
    I have a similar question to Alex above. Is it possible to do the health check before submitting the visa application? or should I wait for the case officer to send me the list of examinations I must have and the HAP ID first and then do the health check ?
    Thanks,
    Ella.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Ella,
      Unfortunately you can’t do the medicals until after lodgement. There are some long waits for medicals now, so this (and character assessments) are where we see most of the delays.
      Good luck!
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Omar says:

    Hi Alex,
    Congratulations on receiving an invitation. Please could you share your profile such as your sector, date of EOI submission, date of receiving invitation, onshore or offshore.

    This is because we are very stressed with waiting for more than 4 months.

    Regards

  • Good day
    I filled in a GTI EOI off the website 2 weeks ago without much expectation as I am an “old” guy (58) without advanced degrees or other special accolades. I am however working in a niche market in Oz with very few, maybe a handful, of engineers which can do the same work. We are trying to employ, but I can quite safely say there aren’t other guys like me around. I just filled in the brief description, added a one page CV, and a payslip which is above the FW minimum threshold for 2 yrs already
    I have now received back a request for additional information. I have to decide now whether it is worth pursuing by going the route of my designs being installed worldwide, 24 yrs niche experience, own consultancy before etc. This would be the Aerospace/Advanced manufacturing sector. The products we design and build are essential components to the general industry and lately have been high vis in the government infrastructure development sector.
    Finding previous design proof is going be difficult as its all company intellectual property, and many of the guys I have dealt with are either deceased or no longer contactable. There are still enough to give some good references though.
    Does the quickish reply mean there’s more hope than normal?
    What do you say in general, do I pull the trigger?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Dion,
      That’s a really quick response time (and rare).
      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”. Assuming you are at the forefront of the industry, do not intend to retire soon, and are held in the highest esteem by your colleagues (who themselves were at the peak of the industry), you may still have prospects. Given that this is such a quick pathway to permanent residence, we’d definitely recommend you pull the trigger!
      Feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] if you want to discuss further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar MA says:

    It looks the department is not interested in my EOI.
    Date of EOI: 10Th June, 2020
    Sector : Data Science
    Qualification: Recent PhD
    Best PhD award for Excellence in Research
    Fully funded PhD scholarship.
    Job: Post-doc at Level B
    Publications: more than 70 and majority of them in Q1 journals with some of them in top 10 journals. Several chapters in Books.
    Google scholar citation> 2000 with h-index>26.
    Some awards and best paper awards.
    Reviewer recognitions awards and certificate + Assoc. Editor in journal.

    • Avatar NICK says:

      Hi, MA,
      What do you mean by ‘not interested’? Have you received rejected email from GTI?
      Your profile looks very impressive. I don’t think there is any reason for rejection.

      • Avatar Polly says:

        Not having a response is making everyone anxious. Even receiving a rejection is better than nothing. At least we can make other plans if they reject.

  • Avatar MA says:

    Hi Nick,
    I haven’t received rejection but it has been almost five months that I am still waiting for the outcome.

    • Avatar Jason says:

      Hi Ma. You are in the exactly very similar situation with me. I also submitted EOI on 10 June. Data Science, Recent Ph.D., Postdoc. 20+Publications (most of them are in top notch), citation around 300.

      • Avatar Liu says:

        Here is another 10-June EOI submission… ICT with 30+ publications… They replied to me many times (so I think they are working on EOIs) but I still do not get EOI.

  • Avatar Joe says:

    Hi Team,
    I have a question about the official visa application. I am applying with my wife for the 858 visa (we are both in Australia). In the application, There is a section about non-migrating members of the family unit which seems a bit confusing. Should I include for example the details of my parents, bothers and sisters and or does family unit include only partner and children ? I should note that my parents live overseas and will not migrate to Australia. Your help is much appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Joe.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Joe,
      Members of your family unit is defined here.
      It’s unlikely your brothers, sisters or parents will meet that criteria so they usually do not need to beincluded int aht section.
      Good luck with your application!
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Hamza says:

    Hi Hannan Team,

    Pleaswcan my PhD supervisor be my nominator for GTI? He is professor and is Australian citizen.

    Or it is better to have nominator from Industry?

    Regards

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Hamza,
      In our experience, a PhD supervisor is usually a good nominator if they are in your target area and have national recognition.
      You can read more about what that means here.
      Good luck!
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Grant says:

    Any update on EOI decisions? Invitation or rejection?

    • Avatar A says:

      Hi All,

      I submitted my EOI at 9 June and still waiting.

      Profile:

      PhD obtained in May. 19 publication and most of them are Q1 with high impact factor. Three IPRS scholarship from Aus universities.
      Two years relevant work experience in my country. Being a reviewer for different authenticated journals. Onshore applicant.

      I have not received any feedback from GTI. Is it common? Anyone has the same experience?

      • Avatar NICK says:

        It has been one month since the new budget carries out, there is no still any response from GTI for those applicants in June/July. I have no idea about this, very anxious.

  • Avatar Gurpreet Singh Johar says:

    Hi Hannan Tew Lawyers Team,

    My name is GURPREET SINGH JOHAR, age 31 years old from Bangalore, India. I have few clarifications about the Global Talent Independent (GTI) program under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Could please help me in getting the right direction for this visa application :-
    I have around 9+ years of experience in the Information Technology (I.T) industry into Data Engineering and Data Warehousing technology and I had Oracle certification which is internationally recognized certification in the field of ICT. I have completed Bachelor of Technology (Information Technology) from I K Gujral Punjab Technical University, India in 2011 and my education is assessed by ASC under AQF Bachelor Degree with a Major in computing in August 2020.

    I have one question related to Nomination. Do we need to put the name of the nominator while filling EOI as I read in ACS website, they said they will nominate ICT related profiles once we get Unique Identifier number. Also, I have one friend who is currently working in the same domain as I do and he is Australian PR. Can I put his name in the nominator while submitting EOI ?

    Also, my current pay is  AUD 36,700 (in INR 16 Lacs) as my home country (INDIA) has lower salaries because of higher INR-AU conversion rate. But, I have checked on Australian job portal that jobs related to my profile, I can earn equal to AUD 153,600. Also, I am currently not holding Australian PR status, so right now I won’t be able to get any offer letter to showcase I can earn this much money in Australian Industry. Could you please help me to get this clarified ?

    Thanks,
    Gurpreet

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Gurpreet,
      I think there’s a couple of questions there:
      (1) you do not need to disclose a nominator at the EOI stage, but you can include your friend in the form if he is someone you intend to use. The ACS can also nominate you, but they will only consider this after a successful EOI application.
      (2) your current salary is not the critical point (though it can be an indicator of your earning capacity), As you earn significantly less than the FWHIT you should focus on evidence of your employability (job offers, market salary, job advertisements etc).
      Don’t forget that meeting the minimum requirements won’t guarantee an invitation, you ultimately need to differentiate yourself as a talent with reference to key projects / achievements.
      Good luck, and feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] if you’d like to book a consultation and discuss this further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Gurpreet Singh Johar says:

        Thank you so much for answering my questions. I have last last questions :-

        Once we get this visa granted, is it necessary to get the job in same field like in I.T industry or can we switch to another field like own business ? Also, is it mandatory to earn minimum FWHIT (AUD 153,600) wage in the job, if not what would be the implications ? Or do we need to submit the offer letter to them once we get the job after the visa granted ?

        Could you please help me to get this clarified ?

        Thanks,
        Gurpreet

  • Avatar Nick says:

    Hi, Team,
    The previous comments cannot be seen.
    When I click ‘Older Comments’, there is no response, could you fix that?
    Thanks

    • admin admin says:

      Sorry Nick,
      We are having some tech issues with the older comments button but all of them should be visible for now.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Angie says:

    Hello!

    How can you demonstrate the “internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement” in a profession? It seems easier for PhD students as they can show publications and more… But for field Engineers looks complicated…

    Can you provide examples ?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Angie,
      There are a few ways to demonstrate internationally recognised achievements for professionals.
      You can refer to your employment contract with significant organisations, organisational charts showing your leadership, outcomes of key projects etc.
      Feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] if you’d like our assistance.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Aklima says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I am interested to explore visa pathways for Australia but before going further I just want to be frank with you and would like to share my future plans with regards to immigration. I and husband are living and working in UAE from past 10+ years and we both are engineers and eligible for multiple visa options but we are not sure which option is best to suit for us in terms of time for visa process and ideal for our qualifications and work experience for settling in Australia. I am a 39year old Mechanical engineer and my husband is around 43 years Project Manager (Civil engineer) and I believe we are a bit late in our migration plans we are looking for fast track solutions for PR process. We are very determined for migrating and I started last year writing PTE and secured a score of 79+ and I submitted EOI for 189 and 190 VIC (85points and 90 points) but unfortunately, COVID-19 disturbed our plans and we are afraid now I might lose the points next year.

    I shall provide you with my details and my husband’s details again kindly guide us tentatively possibility of other visa pathways especially 186ENS for me or my husband and I also need help in the GTI for my husband as he is working in one the largest oil distribution country. His present salary is around 150k.
    Very much appreciate your reply on the above subject.

    • admin admin says:

      Dear Aklima,
      Thank you for getting in touch.
      If you have 90 points, then you do have some options for general skilled migration so it’s worth keeping your EOI running.
      The ENS option is usually the most “sure fire” way if you have a company willing to sponsor you (seems like your husband has already obtained the skills assessment).
      Lastly, the GTI option might be feasible but in addition to years of work experience, you must also demonstrate key projects or employment achievements.
      If you’d like to discuss further, please contact us at [email protected] or book a consultation directly here:.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Gav says:

    Hi Team,

    Thanks for your very informative page and all the advices.
    I have a question that is somewhat silly, buy here goes:

    When I submitted the form in August, chrome autofilled some spaces. I think the surname was left as is (as opposed to the all CAPITAL LETTERS they ask for, at least now). I was thinking of reapplying just to make sure (I did get an acknowledgement once I hit the submit butten). I sent them an email with the update but of course there was no response.

    My question is – you constantly say here that it is not recommended to reapply. However, in case it is the same application, just filled carefully this time, what difference does it make? It’s been 3 months anyway and it seems that as time passes by it’s just being delayed more and more (assuming it is in their system).

    Thanks ahead.

  • Avatar Carley Fuller says:

    Hi Hannan Tew Team,

    1. Should Form 1000 for our nominator’s endorsement be included in the EOI, or only after we have been invited to apply following the EOI submission and acceptance? If indeed Form 1000 is only to be filled out after the EOI has been accepted, should we include in the EOI a letter of nomination from our nominator that includes all the same information as is on Form 1000?

    2. When it is time to fill out Form 1000, should PhD candidates within the last 6 months of their programme tick “research and academia” on question 7 of Form 100?

    3. To prove our potential for high salaries in the future, is it sufficient to attach a PDF of merged print screens from websites like Glassdoor.com.au (relevant job postings and likely salaries) and SalaryExpert.com (salary expectations for positions like “Environmental Director” or “Forestry Science Direction” in Australia)? Would it make our EOIs substantially stronger to have something like a letter from a potential employer saying they would hire us if not for our lack of permanent residency?

    5. In order to prove that our nominator has a national reputation, is it enough to list their titles, awards, and roles, or should we also attach to the EOI documentation of these things as evidence?

    6. We must demonstrate on the EOI that we will be an asset to the Australian community. Is it important to have documentation of past professional engagement with Australian community stakeholders?

    Thanks very much!
    Carley

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Carley,
      Thanks for your note.
      There’s a fair few items there.
      The main response is that the Form 1000 / nominator is not required at the EOI stage.
      To address the other points, we’d need to discuss your circumstances in more detail so feel free to email us at [email protected] or book a consultation directly to discuss further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Ahmad says:

    Hi Hannan Tew Team,

    I am in the process of submitting EOI for GTI. I have recently got my PhD.
    In the EOI application form it says if I have the ability to attract high income. Since, I’m a recent graduate, I am more likely to end up in a postdoc or lecturer position and in such roles I will be earning around 110,000 annually which is far short of 153,600 specified as high income in GTI.

    To the question that I can attract high income, should I say no (what will be its impact on assessment) or should I say yes (for which I have to submit some evidence in form of advertisements)? Please advise

    Ahmad

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Ahmed,
      A highly graded recent graduate can avoid the FWHIT so you don’t need to demonstrate that you currently can earn it.
      That being said, you should focus on industry positions (if academia won’t pay as much) to top up your application.
      Feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] if you’d like our assistance.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Mustafa says:

    Hi Hannan Team,
    Can I apply for GTI without EOI? I know if I do that then my Visa application will be under Distinguished Talent mot GTI which has 200 places in a year.

    Regards
    Mustafa

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Mustafa,
      You can’t apply under the global talent program without a EOI (you will receive a unique identifier number which then ensures you are processed under the GTI program).
      You can apply for a direct Distinguished Talent visa without the EOI (simply make the application without inputting the unique identifier) but that is a very challenging visa.
      Feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] if you’d like to consider your eligibility.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Chathurika says:

    Hello Team,

    For 189 visa, does my spouse need to have IELTS and/or skill assessment when I apply for the EOI? Or does my spouse need to have IELTS and/or skill assessment when the time I apply for the PR after I receive an invitation? Can I apply without IELTS for my spouse just by proving functional English? Please advise me when do I need to have IELTS or skill assessment for my spouse or whether I can apply without any of them for my spouse.

    Thank you

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Chathurika,
      The English language definitions in regulations 1.15D and 1.15EA require the applicant to have undertaken their language test, in which they achieved the specified score, in the 3 years immediately before the day on which the invitation was issued to the applicant.
      The skills requirement for your wife is usually also at the time of invitation.
      Feel free to shoot us an email at [email protected] to discuss further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Jeer says:

    Hi all,

    Anyone got any news recently (either positive or negative)?

  • Avatar MA says:

    Hi,
    It seems that department are issuing EOIs to off-shore applicants. Recently I came to know about an off-shore applicant who received EOI in Plant Pathology. That is very frustrating that lots of on-shore applicants are still waiting after more than 5 months.

  • Avatar Hana says:

    Dear Admin,

    My back ground:
    Recent PhD from Australia, On-shore, Sent EOI on 4th Jul, NO answer received from immigration till now.

    Question:
    As you know if I want to apply for GTI Visa (if I get UID!!), my husband should demonstrate his English proficiency.
    1) Which IELTS test he should apply for? (Academic or general??)
    2)In immigration website it has been written that “An average band score of at least 4.5 based on the 4 test components”.
    Dose it mean that in each skill he should get 4.5? Or It means overall 4.5 is enough?

    Thanks in advance for your precious time
    Kind Regards,

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Hana,
      No worries, the relevant legislative instrument for English is here
      To your points specifically:
      1. Either IELTS test is suitable;
      2. You require an average of 4.5 (so it’s okay if in one band is less than 4.5).
      Good luck with your EOI.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Sam says:

    Dear Hannan,

    I applied on July 21st and still waiting for the outcome. I sent additional documents three times (new visa, the editor of journal certificate,…) to Global Talent, while I am waiting for the EOI outcome. I have one more document (some referees and a job position). I wanted to know that if I send another email to add these documents that would affect my application or cause to delay? If so, it would be better to provide them with documents or not.

    Many thanks for your time and kind consideration.

    Cheers,
    Sam

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Sam,
      Our understanding is that if you provide information in a piece meal fashion (one document at a time) you are likely to slow down processing.
      That being said, if the document is a key one, you should definitely provide it even if it slows down processing.
      All the best,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Omar says:

    Quick uupdate
    GTI visa subclass 124 has now been closed to new applications.

    But there are new conditions in subclass 858:
    “either be in or outside Australia “

  • Avatar Omar says:

    Also visa 858 has been updated and now you can apply for this visa while holding bridging Visa in Australia.

    Hope this change speeding up the process.

  • Avatar Ros says:

    HI Hannan,

    While inquiring about the status of EOI this is what I got reply from officer. Is this a generic reply? Am I still in the race? I lodged EOI on June 12.

    Thank you for expressing an interest in the Global Talent Independent Program. We have received your EOI. Kindly note that due to COVID-19, the Department is experiencing delays in responding to Expressions of Interest received via the Global Talent contact form. We thank you for your patience and endeavor to respond to you as soon as possible.

  • Avatar Gurpreet Singh Johar says:

    Hi Hannan,

    While submitting EOI, do we need to get signed “Letter of Recommendation” from previous companies Manager/Director or will it work from Linked-In profile. Because, the most of professionals used Linked-In for recommendations. OR can I put my Linked-In Profile link where DoHA can see recommendations given by seniors ? OR can I take screen-shots of those recommendations given on Linked-In in pdf format and attach that as attachment ?

    Could you please elaborate this requirement ? As I know it will give weightage to our profile in EOI. Just want to understand the way.

    Thanks,
    Gurpreet

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Gurpreet,
      We recommend providing detailed reference letters (we do for all of our clients).
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Gurpreet Singh Johar says:

        Hi Hannan,

        Could you please share the template for detailed reference letter that would be really helpful for me ?

        Thanks,
        Gurpreet

  • Avatar Aaron says:

    Hi Hannah, if my partner studied an Australian bachelor degree (off shore 3+0 program in Malaysia, not study in Australia) and has a master degree conducted in English (also study in Malaysia), would that be sufficient to prove he has functional English capability or still need to take IELTS? Thank you.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Aaron,
      No worries, as long as they completed a degree, a higher degree, a diploma or a trade certificate in an institution in or outside Australia that require at least two years of full-time study AND all instructions were in English they can meet the criteria. You’ll just need evidence from the university that it was in English (usually a letter or academic transcript).
      Good luck!
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Pegah Tabarisaadi says:

    Hi Hannan
    I am currently waiting for student visa subclass 500 for a PhD in Australia. I lounged the visa application about 2 years ago but it is not finalized yet. I wonder wether it is applicable to apply for the talent visa as well? Does it effect my student visa?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Pegah,
      Thanks for your comment.
      That’s a very long time to still be waiting on a Student visa!
      The good news is that lodging a GTI EOI won’t impact your student visa application (unless you provide false or misleading information).
      If you do get invited for a Distinguished Talent visa you can generally lodge whilst the Student visa is pending (assuming you meet Schedule 1 requirements) and then if it is approved prior to your Student visa, you can simply withdraw.
      Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you require further information.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar sei says:

    Hi Hannan,

    I am working on biomaterials for biomedical applications and all my publications are in Top Quartile Journals.
    Could you please let me know if I am eligible to apply under Medtec sector?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Sei,
      We’d need more information then that to assess, but skills like biomedical engineering, biochemistry and biotechnology are relevant to the MedTech field.
      Feel free to email us at [email protected] if you would like to discuss this further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Hesam ahmadi says:

    Dear sir/madam

    I hope you are fine and everything is going well with you

    I received a WMD regarding My student visa subclass 500 last week. They asked me to submit supplementary documentation and since their letter was not clear I filled the 1442 form and withdrawed my application. Now I have received my global talent code and I want to apply for talent visa. I am wondering if I lodge my talent visa, it may be rejected or receive the same letter, due to my withdrawn student visa.
    Note: WMD is an abbreviation of Weapons mass destruction and when I have received the email from home affairs to upload documents, I withdrawn it and my current status in my immi account is ‘withdrawn’ and the wmd letter is not attached in my messages part of my immi account. But I think the officer can access that.

    Many thanks for your consideration

  • Avatar sei says:

    Thanks for your prompt reply.

  • Avatar Lorry says:

    Any news for EOIs submitted in June/July?

  • Avatar Cham says:

    Hello Hannan
    I am a recent graduate planning to submit my Application for the global talent visa. However my wife is in offshore. I want to know whether she can be included in to my onshore application according to the new rules in the visa. Or do we have to submit an offshore application ?
    Thank you

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Cham,
      Thanks for your comment.
      The good news is that the new 858 now allows you to make an application even though she is offshore.
      Feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] if you require further information.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Hana says:

    Dear Admin,

    My background:
    On-shore
    Sent my EOI on 4th Jul, still did not receive answer
    Submit my PhD thesis on 4th April
    PhD awarded on 25th August

    Question:
    By waiting for EOI answer I am very anxious that maybe I lose my chance for 485 (graduate visa) as well. So, here is my question:

    1. As you know, to apply for a Temporary Graduate Subclass 485 visa, we must lodge our application within 6 months of course completion. The “completion date” is the date we are notified of our final results. So, my PhD award day is my completion date? Am I right?

    2. If I apply for the 485, can it have negative effect on my 858 (talent visa) application?

    Thanks in advance for your precious time
    Regards
    Hana

    • Avatar RS says:

      “We must lodge our application within 6 months of course completion” I am not sure about that. But to be on the safe side when I was in your situation, I applied and received 485 in no time. I lodged my EOI for 858 in June and haven’t heard anything back. If I were you I’d apply for 485. May be other guys will reply about this… but being on a bridging visa while applying for 485 no longer ruins your chances of receiving a UID [I think this is valid? based on the latest changes made with reference to 124/858].

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Hana,
      We strongly recommend you apply for the 485 as well as any GTI EOI application since the GTI is not guaranteed. Pursuing the 485 will also not impact your prospects for the GTI program. Re completion date, bear in mind that is different from your PhD conferral date. You would ordinarily provide a letter from your university which sets out the completion date.
      Feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] if you have further questions.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Maverick says:

    Just For Information

    EOI Submission: 10 June (Energy & Mining)
    Invitation Received: 3 September
    Received Overseas character clearance: 20 October (delayed due to pandemic situation)
    Nomination from top notch academician
    Visa Lodged: 28 October
    Submitted Medicals: 2 November
    Visa Granted: 23 November

    Good luck and hope for best !!

  • Avatar John says:

    Hi Team,

    Does the GTI office invite people once a month? I notice that most people get their invitations at the beginning of the month? If so, I think we can only hope for the next month for possible invitations.

    I am just curious about how they report the processing time of this kind of invitation. Apparently, most people have to wait for 6 months or more. If we cannot get the invitations before 2021, I guess we need to wait for Feb. 2021. That is 8 or 9 months waiting for the invitation. For 189, if we get enough scores, we will get the invitation within one month, which looks much better than the current GTI program. Are there any guys who gave up 189 and chose GTI (since GTI grants visa “quickly”)…?

    Best,

    John

    • admin admin says:

      Hi John,
      Thanks for your comment.
      We’ve seen invites all through the month so we don’t have any data suggesting invitations are only issued at the beginning of the month.
      Generally speaking, we’d also recommend you keep both 189 and GTI options open, and apply for the visa that you get an invitation first for.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar John says:

        Thanks for your reply. Can we send EOIs for 189 and GTI at the same time?

      • Avatar Na Peng says:

        Dear Hannan, My husband has recent finished his PhD in biological science, and he has put his EOI since July. Yesterday, he received an email from the department said “1, please provide a link/s to your Google Scholar, ResearcherGate or Scopus ID page to determine how well research articles have been received. 2, If applicable, evidence of any employment offers that will allow you continue your research”, but unfortunately, my husband haven’t got any employment offers so far, dose this mean we cannot get GTI visa without a firmed job offer? Or how could he get around with this question? If he got some job offer, but not related to his PhD research area, would that be ok?

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Na Peng,
          Thanks for your comment.
          It’s good news that you’ve heard from the Department.
          Whether or not you require evidence of employment will depend on your husbands circumstances, we have had many GTI’s issued without job offers. Ordinarily you need to demonstrate employability.
          Feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] if you’d like to discuss this further.
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

        • Avatar Laura says:

          Congratulations Na! Would you mind sharing your husband’s profile? I am also a recent PhD graduate in medical science. I submitted EOI on mid-/late-June, but I haven’t received any responses yet. Thanks!

          • Avatar Na Peng says:

            Thank you for your reply. We are a bit worried about the job offer, it’s really a hard time to get a job, we are not sure whether it would be helpful to get the visa by demonstrating employability.

          • Avatar Na Peng says:

            Hi Laura,
            Sorry for replying late, because I found I put my comment at the wrong place, he added some materials two weeks ago, which including his thesis completion letter, nomination letter and published thesis, we are on-shore.

        • Avatar Rajib says:

          Hi Na, congratulations to both of you. Is your husband offshore/onshore? And how many publications he has?

          Thanks

          I am a recent PhD graduate (onshore, MedTech) working as a post-doc at a medical research institute in Melbourne for a year, waiting for a response since July.

          • Avatar Na Peng says:

            Hi Rajib,
            Thank you, we are onshore, but I am not sure how many publications he has, but my husband didn’t get a job so far, so we are still worried about the situation.

          • Avatar Rajib says:

            Thanks for your reply Na. Hopefully your husband will get the UID.

            Regards,
            Rajib

        • Avatar Mike says:

          Hi Na Peng,

          Would you please let me know that when you and your husband submitted your EOI?

  • Avatar Amanda says:

    Hi Admin,

    Would you mind give your professional suggestion on what’s going wrong with June applicants? Almost half a year waiting. Are there still so many June/ July applicants receive nothing?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Amanda,
      Our opinion is simply to wait – remember the GTI is not a guaranteed program so other visa options should also be considered if feasible.
      The best thing you can do is submit a complete and detailed application at EOI stage.
      Good luck!
      Hannan Tew

    • Avatar Na Peng says:

      Hi Laura,
      Thank you, when he got his completion letter, he added some information including his thesis completion letter, nomination letter, published paper, and modified his CV two weeks ago.

  • Avatar Hana says:

    Dear Admin,

    If I want to apply for 485, I need to again provide an English test result because mine has been expired.
    My question is:
    My husband will be dependent on me.
    Is it necessary for him as well? Should he prove his English?

    Thanks
    Hana

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Hana,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Good news is that 485 dependents don’t have a minimum English requirement.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Shammie says:

    Dear Team,

    This maybe an issue out of this topic. I am waiting for Global Talent from July. Also, due to the student visa expiry I had to apply for 485. I am waiting for that too for more than 5 weeks now and in a bridging visa A. However, I need to travel back to my home country for a significant reason and waiting the 485 be granted. I know it is hard to enter back to Australia with the current situation. Still, I need to leave as this waiting altogether for 5 months is killing. I want to know, if I apply for Bridging visa B and leave, will 485 be still processed while I am outside of the country. Or to make 485 to be granted do I need to be in Australia physically?

    Thank you

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Shammie,
      Thanks for your comment.
      There have been some regulatory concessions introduced which mean that if the 485 visa is granted during a “concession period” you might be able to be outside Australia when the visa is granted (see the legislative instrument here).
      You need to make sure the concessions apply to you though, so if you require clear advice, feel free to contact us at [email protected] and book a consultation.
      Kind regards,
      Hanna Tew

  • Avatar Mira says:

    Hi team,

    I have applied for GTI in August in the target sector of Data Science and have not heard back so far. I am in the last 3 months of my PhD and I also fit the AgTech field. However, I wrote my EOI and resume focusing on my data science skills. As the AgTech sector seems to be less competitive, would it be fine if I reapply with an AgTech focused EOI? I wonder if they would find my application contradictory or inconsistent.
    Thank you.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Mira,
      We wouldn’t reapply, but you might want to provide a further submission to the globaltalent inbox explaining how you touch on both fields. They should be able to attach the submission to your file.
      Our position when we prepare EOIs is that it’s not contradictory to say someone’s talent touches upon multiple fields.
      Feel free to contact us [email protected] if you would like to discuss further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Adam says:

    Hi Hannan Tew team,

    I have applied for an EOI on the 2nd of June (offshore) (ICT – Data Science) , I hold a PhD in the domain with several years of experience and with high quality publications,,

    I have not received any response yet? Is it possible due to the backlog?

    Cheers,
    Adam

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Adam,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Ultimately it does depend on the quality of your application but yes, there is a backlog so unfortunately many applicant’s from June are still processing.
      The good news is that you haven’t been rejected so you still have a shot! Don’t forget it’s not a guaranteed visa though so keep your options open (ENS / GSM etc).
      Good luck!
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar John says:

    Hi Team,

    Previously, we found a file in the https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/access-and-accountability/freedom-of-information/disclosure-logs/2020, which says that, for the GTI program, the most recent invite date is 8/Oct/2020. For ICT, the lodgement date of EOI for most recently invited EOIs is 7/Jun/2020. However, I cannot find this file on the website again, which is really wired. The file number is FA 20/10/00412. Have you seen that?

    Recently, we find that the GTI office invited 65 and refused 50 EOIs for ICT during 01/Oct/2020 and 21/Oct/2020 (https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/foi/files/2020/fa-201001187-document-released.PDF). Can you ask the homeaffairs to free more information regarding the lodgement date of EOI for most recently invited EOIs (like during 22/Oct/2020 and 21/Nov/2020)? For example, for ICT, the most recently invited EOIs may be 8/Jun/2020? I guess that, there are no invitations for EOIs that are submitted after 7/Jun/2020 for ICT, which might be true if you can help check your ICT cases?

    Best,

    John

    • admin admin says:

      Hi John,
      Thanks for your comment and sharing that helpful data.
      We’ve received invitations as recently as today and applications which have been lodged as recently as September.
      We don’t have plans to make any new FOI requests at this time as we focus on applications, but you can certainly go ahead and make your own FOI request using the following form.
      I think what I’d suggest is just to focus on preparing the best possible application.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar John says:

        Hi Team,

        Thanks for your responses. May I know which sectors recent invitations are in? Are they in the ICT sector?

        Best,

        John

        • admin admin says:

          Hi John,
          Today’s invitation was a Data Scientist in the broader “Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT” sector.
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

          • Avatar John says:

            Hi Team,

            Many thanks! May I know the EOI submission date of this lucky recipient? I submitted EOI on 10/Jun/2020.

            Best,

            John

          • admin admin says:

            Hi John,
            Yesterday’s recipient was a 4 September lodgement, but we still have plenty of June / July candidates still processing.
            Kind regards,
            Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Faisal says:

    Hi team,

    Just wondering, what if someone submitted an EOI with a typo in their email address and perhaps not receiving any department’s communication because of that. Is this plausible? For example, instead of writing @adelaide.edu.au, someone accidentally wrote @adeliade.edu.au.
    Certainly the email will bounce back if the department tries to contact the applicant. So I was wondering, from your experience, would the department try to make sure that they reach the applicant through other means otherwise I fear that even though the candidate might be eligible for an invitation, his/her EOI would be rejected on the grounds of applicant’s failure to respond to the department’s request?

    Thanks.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Faisal,
      If you did make that mistake then I’d recommend you contact the global talent inbox, provide your passport details, and ask them to update the email address.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar NICK says:

    Hi, Team,
    Since there are more and more people are applying GTI, do you think they will improve the threshold?
    Since the numbers of new EOIs submitted per day are more than the processed EOIs. There are more and more backlogs.
    How could they handle these?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Nick,
      Thanks for your comment.
      It could be that eventually the Department changes the eligibility criteria but there is no movement towards that direction yet.
      I’m sure they will develop some system of getting through the backlog at some point, but as Christmas / new year break comes up I would expect delays for some time longer.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Fatima says:

    Hello dear team
    I was wondering if I can only seek your professional help to submit the EOI only but not the further steps in cases I got the unique number. In other word, pay 2,200 $ for EOI and then continue by myself.
    Thanks

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Fatima,
      Thanks for your comment.
      You can certainly engage us for the EOI only (and if successful consider preparing the visa application yourself).
      Feel free to shoot us an email at [email protected] to get the process started.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar KS says:

    How do you covert the GPA into percentage?

  • Avatar Jordan says:

    HI Hannan,

    Could you please advise what is the possibility where EOI is submitted in March 2020 and then re – submitted same data from a different email ID in May 2020,

    Still haven’t heard anything from the department,
    Regards,
    Jordan

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Jordan,
      It’s hard to say but that March date is certainly older than any pending EOIs we have. It might be the case that you’ve created a delay by submitting two EOIs so they have to merge the two but really there’s nothing further for you to do but be patient. Perhaps someone else in the blog will comment if they are in a similar date range?
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Hi Hannan Tew Lawyers,

    I am looking for general clarification for one question :- Me and my wife are blessed with a baby girl last week in India, so we have finalized baby name as ‘Ganeev Kaur Johar’. As in future, hopefully we will be in process to get PR visa for Australia. My question is, Is it mandatory to have ‘Surname’ in passport or is it optional in Australia ? Because, i heard from my friends that it is compulsory to have SURNAME in passport while applying any visa/PR for Australia.

    In her name, we defined as
    Given Names :- Ganeev Kaur
    Surname :- Johar

    Please clarify this doubt.

    Thanks,
    Gurpreet

  • Avatar NASHWAN AL-EMAD says:

    Hi team,
    I am PhD in Civil Engineering specialization in construction and building, graduated in 2020 with more than 7 years of working experience in construction industry. I have several published articles and presented several research at international conferences.
    My question is,
    Under which 7 categories my area can be?
    What is my chance based on my profile?

    Thank you

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Nashwan,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Generally civil Engineers are not suitable for this program, but you might be able to fit into another sector depending on your specific area of research (e.g. Mining / Energy Technology).
      Alternatively, it might be more appropriate for you to consider the general skilled migration program.
      Feel free to contact us at [email protected] to consider your options further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Mah says:

    I applied 31st of June (Offshore) and received an rejection email today. I submitted my PhD thesis in July. I had 8 publications with 60 citations in Agritech. I was wondering can I apply again in the future?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Mah,
      Thanks for your comment and sorry to hear about your outcome.
      As it stands, there is no technical limitation to you making a further application.
      If you think you meet the criteria, it might be worth preparing a better application.
      Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you’d like our assistance.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar NASHWAN AL-EMAD says:

    Than you Admin for the response.
    My specialization is construction management under faculty of civil engineering. If I am not mistaken it is somehow under data science, correct me if I am wrong?.
    I have done an EOI for 189,190&*491 but it is temporarily closed due to COVID19. Hoping for soonest opening.

    Thank you

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Nashwan,
      It’s not directly the case – you’ll have to frame a case as to why you are specialised in Data Science.
      If you didn’t provide a compelling argument that could be the reason for your refusal.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Skl says:

    Admin
    if a PhD candidate from Australia is out of the country for data collection and now wanted to apply for GTI, should he/she considered as offshore or onshore?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Shakeel,
      Thanks for your comment.
      That distinction is no longer relevant for the 858 visa (you can be onshore or offshore).
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar KP says:

    What occupation does a software Presales consultant role come under and who would be the nominator – ACS? Can a presales/sales engineer role be considered as an ICT Business Analyst?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi KP,
      The title of the position is not so important – you need to look at the duties and align that to an occupation.
      Assuming you are applying under the Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT fields if you want an organisation you should reach out to ACS (though individuals in the field can also nominate).
      Good luck!
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar MJA says:

    Hi Admin and others peoples,
    I have submitted of EOI for GTI scheme on 16 June 2020. However, I did not receive any feedback from the GTI officer. Even, I don’t know they will access my file or not? Since 1500 people will be awarded the GTI visa in 2020-2021. But, I am very wondering how they can get those people due to the very slow process. I am passing very frustrating. Should I need to resubmit the EOI again, because I did not receive any response from GTI yet?
    I am looking forward to hearing your response regarding the update of the GTI.
    Thanks.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi MJA,
      Unfortunately there are still many candidates waiting on processing who submitted in June 2020.
      We don’t recommend resubmitting an EOI but rather it’s a matter of patience given the significant number of applicants.
      All you can do is ensure you complete a best possible application and update the Department if there are any material changes (e.g. you get a promotion).
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Malia says:

    Hi Admin
    If someone in bridging visa but got invitation then is it possible to submit application in gti visa?
    Thanks
    Malia

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Malia,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Yes, the new 858 visa changes mean that it can be submitted by people in Australia who hold a substantive visa, BVA, BVB or BVC (subject to other eligibility requirements).
      Good luck!
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Malia says:

    Thanks dear admin for prompt feedback

  • Avatar Fatima says:

    Hello Hannan Team
    Thanks for this amazing page, my question: do you think from your experience that holding an Australian governmental scholarship to study PhD in a speciality can be classified as MedTech is advantageous by means of getting an invitation?
    Thanks in advance

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Fatima,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Yes, absolutely, holding scholarships and grants are a key supporting documents for academics (though not in itself sufficient).
      Remember, try to not be modest and put together a complete application.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Anand says:

    Hello Admin,
    Any idea of the EOI submission date for the latest invitation received in AgTech sector. I submitted in Aug and still waiting.
    Thanks

  • Avatar Robin says:

    Hello Admin,
    Currently, I am doing PhD in Australia but right now my wife is offshore. If i will get the invitation from GTI. Can we both apply both at the same time under 858 visa, though my wife is offshore.
    Thanks

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Anand,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Our most recent AgTech invitation had a submission date of 26 June (but perhaps there more others out there more recent).
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Robin,
      Yes, generally the updated 858 visa no longer has a requirement to be onshore or offshore so different locations is possible. Just ensure you meet all other regulatory criteria.
      Good luck!
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Ashad says:

    Hi,

    My master’s by research degree is almost done but I might get the certificate/provisional certificate after a month. If I apply with a letter from my Uni that I have completed my degree and my supervisor provides a letter supporting that statement, will that be enough? Should I wait for my certificate or should I go for EOI with the completion letter from my Uni?

    Thanks

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Ashad,
      Thanks for your comment.
      If you obtain a letter from your university (not supervisor) that your course is completed and that you met course requirements that may be sufficient and then you can later provide the certificate.
      However, assuming you will receive the certificate shortly, it might be better to put together a complete application when you receive everything?
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar MA says:

    Hi All,
    How you guys show the conference invitations in EOI if specifically you get invited by email only.

  • Avatar Nuria Munoz Tebar says:

    Hi,
    I’m in my last semester of Ph.D. in Agricultural sciences and I will submit my Thesis in about 6 months, so I plan to send the EOI under AgTech in January. Currently, I only have 2 publications in international journals (I’ll have 6 by the time I finish my Ph.D.), so I’m worried that they won’t be enough to get an invitation. Also, I have been from January to October at the University of Melbourne as a visiting researcher and my supervisor has agreed to be my nominator. In November I had to return to Spain to finish my thesis and I am on a full-time pre-doctoral contract that I got from my university 2 years ago.
    Could you please tell me if I have a high probability of receiving an invitation to apply for the GTI Visa even if I’m offshore?

    Thank you so much in advance.
    Regards,
    Nuria

  • Avatar Behzad says:

    Hi.
    I have submitted my EOI on 28 June 2020 and many times I have sent additional documents for updating my EOI.
    Only one time I have received a response that” we have received your EOI and added your additional documents to your EOI”. The other times I have got only automatic messages. How long do you think that I should wait for the result?
    Thank you in advance.,
    Behzad

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Behzad,
      Thanks for your comment.
      It’s hard to say exactly, but unfortunately we estimate about 6 months processing time for applications now.
      There’s also expected to be delays with the Christmas period coming up.
      Patience is the key – good luck!
      Hannan Tew

    • Avatar Dan says:

      Hi Behzad,
      I am exactly in the same situation with you. Mine is on 30 June. Same feedback from GTI office, 1st update and the following updates. I am still waiting for their response as well.

  • Avatar Don says:

    Hi,
    I just completed by Masters in IT. I transferred from a MBA course and have 5 credit transfers from that. Other than that I have distinctions for all my subjects & the average is well above 80% for those subjects. I also have a job offer for 100,000+super in IT. Am I eligible for the programme?
    Thank you
    Madu

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Madu,
      Thanks for your comment.
      If you completed your Masters in IT in the last 3 years and maintained a 80% average, you might not need to show income above the FWHIT. That being said, a 6 figure job as a new graduate is a good indicator of your recognition.
      What you’ve mentioned below is a good start, but overall you should also demonstrate other awards and innovations (professional / academics etc) and also clearly articulate your achievements in relation to the target sectors. In short, submitting a CV and qualifications is not usually enough.
      If you’d like an assessment, feel free to book through here.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar JC says:

    Hi,

    Can I send EOI for GTI then submit another EOI to 190/491 simultaneously?

    If I applied for GTI and got refused, will it affect my applications to other visa subclass like 190/491 if I were to apply later on?

    Thank you.
    JC

    • admin admin says:

      Hi JC,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Yes, as the EOI is not a visa application you can lodge multiple at the same time. Not getting an EOI won’t impact your other visa applications (unless of course you provide false or misleading information).
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar FC says:

    Hi

    I have been contacted in order to supply additional information to my EOI, however, I’m not sure how to respond to some questions since some seem to be duplicated with information previously provided. For instance, they ask me to provide evidence that I’m currently prominent, would be an asset to Australia, and would have no difficulty obtaining employment in Australia in the target sector. I currently work as a lecturer in the target sector here in Australia, so not sure what else I could provide to prove this.

    Any idea about what information or document is expected?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi FC,
      Thanks for your enquiry – it’s great that you are getting your EOI processed so it’s important that you address those issues in detail.
      I’m assuming they have asked the questions because they were unsatisfied with your previous responses. It’s not sufficient that you just provide a CV and qualifications for example, you should provide a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria and then back it up with other sources.
      If you’d like our assistance to consider your response, please send us an email at [email protected].
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

    • Avatar Lauren says:

      May I ask when did you lodge your EOI? Thank you!

    • Avatar VA says:

      Hi FC,

      Could you let us know the date of your EOI submission?

      Thanks,
      VA

    • Avatar WEL says:

      Hi FC. Please update us with the status of your application after providing these additional pieces of evidence.

  • Avatar Kamal says:

    Hi Admin,

    Hope you are doing well and keeping safe.

    I would like to apply for the GTI and currently outside of Australia. I have the following strong evidences:
    a) 22+ years of experience with last 10+ years in “Data Science” which is one of the Target sector
    b) Currently drawing Gross CTC package in excess of 165K AUD equivalent per annum
    c) Strong Patents and Publications record in Data Science, AI, Machine Learning
    d) Strong evidence of awards, certificates from internationally recognized organizations and “The Open Group” as Master Data Scientist
    e) Images of paper publications on Data Science / Predictive Maintenance in 2018-2019 in IEEE conference
    f) Currently playing Data Science Leadership roles at large Multi national firm.

    Would these be strong evidences to get through the process – considering once I apply EOI and get “Global Talent Unique Identifier” Number or so, then I can either go via ACS or independent nominator to nominate me for the visa?

    Please let me know your views. Also considering if I apply on or before 24/Dec/2020 (considering Christmas vacations and if above is a strong applicant profile), would I expect response in 1-2 months time frame?

    Much appreciated in advance.

    Regards,
    Kamal

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Kamal,
      Thanks for your email.
      Looking at those notes you seem to have a strong prospect (you are in the right sector, meet the threshold salary and can demonstrate international recognition with patents and publications).
      Should you get an invitation, you can certainly use ACS or an independent nominator.
      Despite having prospects, it’s very unlikely you’ll get the invite within 1-2 months though (we advise 6 months at this point in time).
      Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you’d like our assistance, otherwise good luck!
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Veyron says:

    Hi Admin,
    I had submitted my EOI for GTIP on July 1st .

    I work in the Cyber security domain and a recent masters graduate(Distinction) with National, International and IEEE publication in Cyber security which is cited in a patent filed by British Telecommunications.

    I work for two companies , one of which is an innovation Hub for Australian Startups and the other is a startup. I get paid more than the FWIHT on a pro rata basis because I am a casual and I get paid per hour.

    I received an RFI on 4th December and they asked me to submit my 1. Current CV, 2. Nomination Letter from an internationally recognised person / organisation attesting to all my achievements and projects I am leading .
    3. Reference letters from previous / current employers stating the pay, period of employment, Job titles, roles and responsibilities.

    I had not submitted the reference / nomination letter when I applied for the EOI , but I had submitted my CV . So I understand why the department might have to see the reference letters. I had to respond to that email and provide the evidence within 28 days.

    I sent them the CV , 2 Nomination letters(1 from a person and the other from the organisation) both are internationally recognised) and 3 reference letters from current and previous employers.

    I submitted all the documents on 9th December and I haven’t heard back from the department yet.

    I don’t know if the department will come back asking for more information or will send me the EOI or reject me .

    Has this happened to anyone before ?
    What do you think are the chances that I will get a response before new year ?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Veyron,
      They are usually quite quick so I’d expect you’d get a decision in the next week.
      If not, then you’ll have to wait until next year as the Department will shut offices.
      Good luck!
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar MSB says:

        I submitted my EOI in May, I received RFI in July, I provided them requested documents with 10 days. Since July, I haven’t heard back from them. Recently, I sent an inquiry email to them about current status of my EOI application. but no response. is it common?

        • admin admin says:

          Hi MSB,
          Thanks for your comment.
          That kind of delay from RFI is not common, but there is nothing more you can do but wait unfortunately.
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Jacy says:

    Dear Admin,
    Thanks for the informative website. I received the unique identifier number in the 1st week of November. Regarding the timeframe to apply, it was mentioned that there is no validity for the invitation. What does it exactly mean and what is your advice in this regard? Is the UIN valid in next year?
    I am to prepare for the English test. I think it will take about two month taking the test and receiving the result? What’s your suggestion for such a situation?

    Thanks in advance,

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Jacy,
      First of all, congratulations on your invite.
      It’s true that there is no time period for the unique identifier so it should be valid for next year. However, we recommend lodging as soon as possible as changes can occur to immigration law.
      Let us know if you need assistance with the application!
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar B2B says:

        Dear Admin,
        I got a recent request to provide my police clearance certificate listing all my previous names. However, my country only issue police clearance certificate using the name that appears on my ID/Passport. Please what can I do?

        Thanks in advance

        • admin admin says:

          Hi B2B,
          If there is no way to obtain the police clearance you can in some cases ask the Department to waive this.
          Feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] if you’d like our assistance.
          In the meantime, happy holidays!
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

          • Avatar Stephen says:

            Hi B2B, Could you let us know the date of your EOI submission?
            Thanks, happy holidays.

            Kind Regards,
            Stephen

    • Avatar Rajib says:

      Hi Jacy, congratulations fro your UID. Could you please share your timeline and brief profile here. Thanks

      • Avatar Jacy says:

        Hi Rajib,
        Thanks!
        EOI: 2nd week of June offshore, RFI: 2nd week of September, UID: 1st week of November.
        PhD in 2011 from outside,
        working in academia since 2012,
        30+ publications,
        650+ citations,
        one best paper award,
        one national patent

  • Avatar MJA says:

    Hi Everyone,
    I was submitted on EOI on 16 June 2020 but did not receive any response from GTI.
    Could you please tell me anyone who submitted EOI mid of June, and receive a unique identifier number/response from GTI officer?
    Thank you.

  • Avatar Leo says:

    Dear Hannnan Tew Lawyers,

    I have submitted my EOI in late June but haven’t heard back yet (like many others, unfortunately). Last week I got a letter from the university confirming I have satisfied all the requirements for my PhD (the official conferral will happen in a few months). Is it wise to submit another EOI as a PhD, given that it will probably increase the processing time? Or is there a recommended way to submit an update to my existing EOI, e.g. by email?

    Thank you and best wishes,
    Leo

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Leo,
      You can actually just email the Department a copy of your PhD (rather than submitting a new EOI application).
      Good luck!
      Kind regards,
      Hanna Tew

  • Avatar L says:

    Dear admin,

    I am a recent PhD graduate (June 2020) and I have submitted an EOI on 15 June but have yet to receive any reply. It was submitted when I am under a bridging visa and I am wondering with the recent changes for those under bridging visa, should I resubmit a new EOI?

    Many thanks.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi L,
      There’s no need to submit a new EOI application despite the updates to the regulations.
      Good luck!
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar L says:

        Hi Hannah,

        Would it then be alright to send an email to the department to inform them that I have a new research paper published and hence an updated CV (to show achievement)? Or is that unnecessary and can push me back to the queue?

        Many thanks,
        L

        • admin admin says:

          Hi L,
          Thanks for your comment.
          It’s really an assessment about whether there is a material impact on your recognition, but if you have published something that is in a high quality journal and of value to your claims then we would generally recommend sending an update via email.
          Good luck!
          Hannan Tew

  • Avatar SADIK says:

    Dear Admin,

    I am a recent Ph.D. graduate in Energy and I would like to apply for the Global Talent Independent Visa.

    I noticed that in the EOI form the Ph.D. students can skip showing income above the FWHIT but graduates can’t.

    Are the rules changed and we are no longer eligible?

    Or is it enough to just send a few job advertisements to prove that we can attract a salary at that level?

    Thank you in advance.

    Kind regards,

  • Avatar MJA says:

    Can everyone in this forum to share their EOI date and status, we may then have some indications on the backlog and expected reply from the department?

    MedTec is 16 June, onshore, have not heard anything.

    • Avatar Ullah says:

      Not sure what is happening! Jacy (source: previous message) applied in mid-June, offshore, and already received UID. So, there may be some changes of criteria to prioritize application, I guess.

      In my case: AgTech – 17 Oct, offshore, Ph.D. candidate, has not heard anything.

  • Avatar Mike says:

    Hi All,
    I thought it would be good for those who are still waiting and perhaps this will relieve them. I want to share with you that I have received UID after waiting for almost six months.
    Date of EOI: 10th June,
    Date of UID: 7 December.
    Sector Data Science.

    I have a query that:
    Is biometric mandatory in 858 visa for main applicant and spouse?

    • Avatar Chalie says:

      congratulations first!
      Yes, biometric examiniation is mandatory.
      Could you share your background with us? study/work expeirence? off/on shore? does meet salary level? e.g.

  • Avatar Mike says:

    Qualification: Recent PhD Graduate
    Job: Post-Doc Research Fellow
    Location: On shore

    Ps: Do we need to apply for bridging visa for stay and work while the application is under assessment?

  • Avatar Mike says:

    Hi Hannan,
    Do we need to apply for bridging visa for stay and work while the application for 858 is under assessment? My current visa is still valid.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Mike,
      If you lodge the visa application onshore whilst holding a substantive visa, then you will be granted a Bridging Visa A to permit you to remain in Australia during processing. If you don’t get this automatically granted after lodgement, feel free to shoot us an email at [email protected].
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Erick says:

    Hello,
    Wanted to get your feedback regarding the English language requirement: I understand that all is needed is to show functional English skills.
    I’m a permanent resident of the US for the last 4 years and working in the US for the last 6 years.
    I have old Toefl (more than 100), a letter from my workplace in the US stating that English is the main language used by this organization and that I’m expected daily to write in and to speak English to a high level of competence.
    Given the current covid-19 worldwide status will they accept that a proof for my English level?
    Thanks and Happy New Year!

  • Avatar Roshan says:

    Hi Hannah,

    Any “Ag tech” applicants received invitation applied post-June 2020. I am waiting since the second week of June. I wonder whether my EOI get assessed.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Roshan,
      We had an AgTech candidate whow as invited on 11 November 2020.
      If you provided the correct email details the Department will eventually respond to you once you have your application processed.
      Good luck!
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Morteza Feizi says:

    Hi Dear
    I am Ph.D. in agriculture (Soil Science), graduated in January 2018 (3 years). But in the recent 3 years, I have research programs and teaching classes as a lecturer at University.
    I have 7 high-IF papers and I was the first-ranked student during BSc, MSc, and PhD., and I have other achievements…
    My question is that my graduation time is going to be more than 3 years. Is this a limiting issue for application?
    Please guide me
    I look forward to hearing from you..
    Thanks a lot
    Best Wishes
    Feizi

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Feizi,
      From our discussions with a case officer they’ve advised that they will consider recent graduate eligibility from time of EOI submission (i.e. if you have already submitted an EOI application but because of processing delays you don’t have an EOI invitation until after February 2021, they should still consider you as a recent graduate).
      Good luck!
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Sarah says:

    Hi Hannan

    I’m a PhD student at Monash University and I have applied for the EOI since the end of August and haven’t heard back from them.
    I have attached all my documents and CV but not the nominator letter, do you think that could be the reason for the delay? do you think is better to send them an email with my nominator letter?. or that is unnecessary.
    Your reply is highly appreciated

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Sarah,
      Thanks for your comment.
      There is no requirement to have a nominator at the EOI stage (in fact none of our successful EOIs have included the Form 1000 at application stage).
      Unfortunately there is just a significant delay in processing (for example, as of November 2020, more than 50% of applications from June hadn’t even been allocated to a case officer yet).
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Polly says:

        Hi admin,

        Do you have any insight if they have any timeline for assessing the EOIs. It feels that the backlog is getting bigger and bigger and the “fast track” no longer holds if applicants need to wait for a year to get a response.

        Cheers,
        Polly

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Polly,
          Thanks for your comment.
          At the moment we’re advising clients that the processing time is at least 6 months from EOI lodgement.
          Given that most other applications aren’t being processed during current travel restrictions (unless an exemption is obtained), it’s still relatively fast.
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Omar says:

    Today is the end of 6 months since I submitted my EOI. But no response. My current work Visa will be expired on mid of April 2021.

  • Avatar Sam says:

    Hi

    I submitted EOI on June 2020, and received an email on 5th January 2021 from GTI team requesting recommendation letter from my nominator. Is it a positive sign to get the invitation?

    Thanks

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Sam,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Yes, absolutely, any request for further information from a GTI officer should be looked at favourably and addressed with care to ensure you get invited.
      Good luck, and feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you’d like our assistance.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

    • Avatar shah says:

      Hi Sam,
      What exactly was the data of EOI? I also submitted EOI in June (June 16, 2020), so wanted to know when exactly will be our turn. Thanks!

  • Avatar Ros says:

    Hi Admin,

    Is it true, DHA updates the priority list for Global talent applications?

  • Avatar sandy says:

    If I do not have a master’s degree or a doctorate, and I have an start up project in the field of information technology and I have a bachelor’s degree in engineering, am I eligible to apply for this program ?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Sandy,
      If you have international recognition you don’t need a Master’s or doctorate. The “recent graduate” benefit is that you avoid the requirement to demonstrate you can earn at or above the Fair Work High Income threshold.
      Good luck with your application, and feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you’d like our assistance.
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar DL says:

    Hi I am a recent graduate and I tried to submit an EOI form but seems the evidence of the employment and salary are mandatory fields and required to submit files. As I am not working I do not have those details.

    Is there any other way to submit my application?

    Thank you

    • admin admin says:

      Hi DL,
      It’s not technically mandatory that you are employed, but I recall people earlier in the comments were mentioning that their EOIs were refused due to being unemployed (the Department can consider unemployment in the context of your employability – if you are unemployed it’s contradictory to saying you are highly employable). You might want to include a statement explaining why you are unemployed and upload it in that section.
      If you’d like our assistance, please contact us at [email protected].
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Aleks says:

    Good day!
    Is it enough to support world recognition (each in the field of expertise Energy):
    *2 national patents;
    *4 international publications (one of 4 authors);
    *2 big national projects with attendance of international companies;
    * cover letters from international and national companies;
    * current chief position;
    *international membership in professional associations (IEEE, Engineers AU);
    * attendance national conference with certificate;

    Thank you for your assessment

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Aleks,
      We’d need to look at your full file to undertake an assessment, but you certainly look like a viable candidate.
      Feel free to email us at [email protected] to set up a consultation and assess eligibility.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar M. Rodrigo says:

    Hi,

    Thank you very useful information.
    I have one concern. Does the state we live or study in Australia affect the outcome of the visa?
    For example, suppose a person who completed their Masters in Brisbane and then moved to Sydney need to apply for GTI with the Masters qualification. Does he has less chances due to the fact that he live in Sydney now?

    Happy to hear from you.
    Thank you.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi M.Rodrigo,
      The good news is that there are no restrictions about which state you are based in for the purposes of the EOI / GTI application.
      Good luck!
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Sam says:

    Dear admin

    My wife was awarded a MBBS degree from Bangladesh (five years full study medical course in English) in July 2018, and also has a Bangladesh medical dental council registration. I would like to include her in my visa (858) application. Does this degree meet the functional English requirements?

    TIA

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Sam,
      Yes, that should most likely demonstrate functional English (you’ll need proof that the study was in English, however).
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Saddam says:

    Hello, I’m a civil Engineer with a PhD degree (2018). I have worked for two years and a half as a postdoctoral fellow doing research mainly on concrete, wind engineering, and composite materials such as carbon fiber which is used to protect offshore structures when being hit repeatedly by waves. I have attended international conferences and I have a several publications in international journals. I have also been working remotely for one year and a half with an Australian Consultancy designing stormwater drainage and flood mitigation systems. I am currently based outside Australia, Do you think I could be eligible? Thank you

  • Avatar Abdullah says:

    Dear Admn
    I have submitted all required documents for visa after receiving invitation to apply for visa. I have 2 questions if possible to be addressed
    1- If someone receives invitation then how many % is success rate that he/she will be granted a visa?
    2- Usually, how many days it will take to get visa after applying for it?

    Thank you

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Abdullah,
      Congratulations on your invitation. To your points:
      1. Assuming you provided correct info in your EOI and do not have health or character concerns you should not have any issues with your visa application;
      2. Visa applications are usually processed within 1 month.
      All the best,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Nancy says:

        Dear admin
        I hope you are doing well.
        I submitted EOI on 7 October, but have not recieved any response. Based on applicants’ experience, what is the approximate response time to EOI? Has anyone applied in September or October and received the talent code?
        Thank you for your response and this well-known group.

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Nancy,
          We usually suggest a time frame of 6 months, though there are special cases where the applications are processed faster.
          Unfortunately a lot of patience is required at this point in time!
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Abdullah says:

    Thank you so much. I have provided all correct info. Also, I have provided character certificate (issued by police) and health examination (found normal) has been done too.
    Thanks again for your response and kind wishes

  • Avatar Sam says:

    Dear admin

    I received my UID, and currently I am in offshore (I have been offshore since 2018). I have taken my national police clearance on September 24 , 2020 and Australian federal police certificate on 9 June, 2020. Do I need to get new police clearance or the older certificate will be fine?

    Thanks

  • Avatar Nancy says:

    Dear admin
    I submitted my EOI on 7 October 2020, but I have not received an answer yet. In your experience, what is the approximate response time to EOI? Has anyone applied in September or October and received the code?

    Thanks

  • Avatar Ros says:

    Hi Hannan,

    What is the difference in the email of generic [email protected] and region specific like Europe/SoutheastAsia? Are these the same Case Officer?

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Ros,
      The different inboxes are for region specific matters and so different case officers.
      You should email the region specific inbox depending on where you are applying from or your passport country.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Eddy says:

    Hi,
    I submitted my EOI on 10th July 2020 so far I have not received any reply or request for further documents. Should I submit a new EOI as people from November are getting UIDs but it looks like my application has been lost. Please respond thanks.

    Regards,
    Eddy, UK

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Eddy,
      There’s still a significant applicants from July who haven’t been invited yet and its unlikely your application has been lost.
      Unfortunately it’s just a matter of being patient.
      Good luck,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Hunter says:

        Hi Hannan,

        Do you know how many have been processed for applicants who submitted their EOIs in June?

        Cheers
        Hunter

        • Avatar VA says:

          Hi Hunter,

          I’m still waiting, applied in June, PhD, UQ, MedTech

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Hunter,
          As of November 2020 about 50% of EOIs lodged in June 2020 had been allocated (meaning there is a significant backlog).
          We’re projecting at least 6 month processing times for new EOIs at the moment.
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Que says:

    Any current Ph.D. student received UID recently?

    • Avatar Chathurika says:

      With the upcoming changes it is kind of doubtful now for all I guess. I am also waiting with a PhD from July…

  • Avatar Mebelin says:

    Hi
    I have submitted my EOI 11 months ago (Last year February), but not yet received any UID, I wrote to global talent for several times but always received an automatic reply. Please suggest.
    My profile: PhD student (final year, Public Health), 4 articles and one conference presentation and a scholarship award.
    Thanks

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Mebelin,
      That’s actually quite a long while back.
      Notwithstanding the delay, there is unfortunately not much you can do but simply wait for eventual allocation.
      One issue could be that you submitted an incorrect email address in your EOI application? Your first port of call should be to review the original application (if you PDF saved it) and seeing if the details were correct.
      Sorry we can’t be of more help following up with case status.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Mebelin says:

    Hi Admin
    Thanks for the reply. But I am receiving automatic reply when I emailed the global talent and asking about my update.

  • Avatar Omar says:

    New updates. Masters and bachelors student or graduates are not eligible for GTI from today.

    This kind of update was received from automatic email.

  • Avatar EEE says:

    Hello, We have noticed that in Form 1000, as filled out by an individual, Q 8 is essentially the same as Q 36 – 38. Is this correct? Should the nominator simply put the same ideas in both places, just paraphrased?

  • Avatar Madu says:

    Hi

    Based on the recent update, masters students with an average above 80% & a six figure salary will not be considered if they don’t have any international achievements. Is this correct?

    Thanks
    Madu

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Madu,
      That’s right – a six figure salary is not sufficient (need to demonstrate more than the FWHIT) and they must show international recognition.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

      • Avatar Adam says:

        How about recent PhD graduates with international recognition. Should the FWHIT still applies??

        Thanks Hannan

        • admin admin says:

          Hi Adam,
          As we understand it, recent PhD graduates (<3 years since graduation or within 6 months of thesis submission) don't need to demonstrate that they can earn at FWHIT.
          That being said, if they are in high income roles this is beneficial, as ultimately salary is one indicator of international recognition.
          Kind regards,
          Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Ali says:

    Hi Hannan,
    the new update mention that
    “All PhD graduates and students must also provide evidence that their qualification meets Australian standards”.

    How can offshore applicants provide evidence?

  • Avatar Connie says:

    Heard that some new sectors, including education will be added. Wondering if my Doctor of Education and experiences in educational admin can be beneficial for my application? I can meet the income requirements and find a Professor who is an Australian in the same field working closely with me over the past 10 years as my nominator. I also presented some research findings in a couple of conferences too.

    • admin admin says:

      Hi Connie,
      Direction No. 89 is new and appears to expand the sectors for the GTI program.
      We haven’t had any update from the Department in relation to this but will post when we know further.
      Kind regards,
      Hannan Tew

  • Avatar Ali says:

    Thanks a lot, admin

    Is CEP required English for the process?

    what is the difference between skill assessment and CEP?

    I have found this statement on the website.
    “If you would like to migrate to Australia, contact the Department of Home Affairs. The Department of Education, Skills and Employment does not assess qualifications for migration”.

    Is this means that offshore cant used CEP to provide evidence for GTI

    Thanks a gain

  • Avatar Sam says: