Global Talent Visa Program GTI

The main purpose of GTI program is to attract highly talented individuals from specifically targeted industries to permanently settle in Australia.

What is the GTI (Global Talent visa) program?

The Global Talent Visa-Independent Program (GTI) was introduced to provide a priority visa pathway for highly skilled and talented professionals to permanently to Australia. These individuals are supposed to be the top of their field of industries in so-called “target sectors”.

These target sectors are :

  • 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 applicants must also show that they are able to earn a salary that meets the fair work high-income threshold or be a recent PhD, Masters or Honours graduate. (Global Talent Independent program does not accept Masters and Honours students from receiving an invitation, based solely on their academic qualifications.)

Places are also available to PhD graduates, and certain PhD students who are nearing completion of their thesis and can demonstrate their exceptional talent and international recognition in a target sector.

Access to the program is via referral from either the Global Talent Officers or by a nominator.

The Department works closely with Australian universities, industry bodies, state, and territory governments to bring highly skilled and talented individuals to Australia. The Global Talent Officers in major cities, such as London, Shanghai, Singapore, Berlin and Washington DC, work with major Australian industries to invite individuals to apply for the GTI program.

High-income threshold

The high-income threshold may change every financial year by Fair Work Australia. This amount for the financial year 2020-2021 was $153,600.

The Department will assess the applicant’s ability to earn the threshold through:

  • The applicant’s current salary
  • Job offer outlining the salary
  • Recent PhD or Masters graduates in the target sectors.

For more information see  Fair Work High Income Threshold

Benefits of the GTI Program

The benefits of the GTI Program include:

  • Priority processing
  • No age limit to apply

How to apply?

To apply you must:

  1. Apply to receive a unique identifier issued by the Global Talent Officers; and
  2. Secure a nominator; and
  3. If successful with these two steps, apply for the visa.

Can I get this visa?

Eligibility requirements:

Applicants must demonstrate that they are highly skilled in one of the target sectors and:

  • prove they are internationally recognised with evidence of outstanding and exceptional achievements
  • still be prominent in their field of expertise
  • provide evidence that they would be an asset to Australia, in their field of expertise
  • have no difficulty obtaining employment in Australia or becoming established in their field
  • have a recognised organisation or individual in Australia endorse them as global talent, in the same field as the applicant.


Applicants must meet a high standard and show an exceptional track-record of professional and outstanding achievements. This may include senior roles, patents, professional awards, international publications, media articles and international memberships.

Applicants should have the ability to attract a salary at or above the Fair Work high income threshold.

In assessing the applicant the Department considers:

  • current salary shown through payslips or a contract, or
  • future job offers outlining remuneration, or
  • recent PhD graduates and certain PhD students with relevant qualifications in the target sectors.

2020/21 Financial year

15000 spots were allocated for the 2020/21 financial year which is 3 times more than the previous financial year.

Breakdown of grants for GTI visa in 7 target sectors. Statistics from the 2019-2020 Migration program Department of Home Affairs. 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%)

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