Changes to Global Talent Independent criteria


From 20 January 2021, Masters and Bachelor with Honours graduates are no longer eligible for invitation to the GTI program based on these qualifications alone. The applicants who have received an invitation reference identifier will still be eligible to continue with the DTV application. Those who have not received an identifier will need to consider alternative pathways

What is GTI?

A GTI program is a pathway for highly skilled professionals to obtain a Distinguished Talent visa to live and work in Australia permanently. The key five key points which the applicants should consider and address for GTI application.

  1. Areas of talent

Under the GTI program, candidates must have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in one of the following areas:

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

The program includes opportunities for PhD Graduates and Students in the above sectors. Students in this cohort can start the GTI process as soon as they know that they will submit their thesis in the next 6 months.


  1. Exceptional and Outstanding

A GTI candidate must have an exceptional and outstanding achievement. They need to demonstrate a strong record of outstanding achievements, and that they are still prominent in their field of expertise.

This would include evidence of awards, patents, publications, memberships, and senior roles in the nominated field. Details of projects, research, and other professional recognition should also be provided.

In addition, the applicant must be nominated by a recognised organisation or individual in Australia who is in the same field as the applicant. The nominator must have a national reputation in their industry or field

  1. Internationally Recognised

Exceptional and outstanding achievements must be internationally recognised. Generally, this means providing evidence of recognition in countries other than the applicant's home country.

Under certain circumstances, recognition in the home country may be considered at the international level. This could include significant achievement in major international projects. This requirement is assessed by Immigration on a case-by-case basis, so there is some flexibility here.

  1. Asset to Australia

GTI applicants need to show how their skills and achievements would be an asset to Australia. They must demonstrate how their knowledge and experience will positively impact Australia's economy, add to project development and research, give Australia a competitive advantage, or introduce new skills to the Australian community.

Applicants must also demonstrate that there should be no difficulty for them to secure employment or become established in their field in Australia. Evidence of job opportunities in the nominated field should be provided, and in some cases, statements setting out how the skills and work experience of the applicant align with the job/s on offer.

Applicants of this calibre are expected to attract a salary at or above the Fair Work High Income Threshold (FWHIT), which is currently AU$153,600. The FWHIT increases each year on 1 July.

  1. Processing Priorities

The Minister for Immigration has made a formal direction that sets out the processing priority for applications in the GTI program. Highest priority is given to applicants who:

  • Have made an application in relation to one of the following sectors (within the target areas):
    • Resources;
    • Agri-food and AgTech;
    • Energy;
    • Health industries;
    • Defence, advanced manufacturing and space;
    • Circular economy;
    • Digitech;
    • Infrastructure and tourism;
    • Financial services and FinTech;
    • Education;


  • Currently earn above the Fair Work High Income Threshold (FWHIT) i.e. over AU$153,600 per annum; or
  • have a job offer from an Australian employer with a salary equivalent or greater to the FWHIT; or
  • provide evidence that they are likely to attract a salary equal or greater to the FWHIT.

Applicants who do not fall into one of the higher priority categories will still be processed, but are likely to take more time than those above.

Are you interested in GTI/DTV pathway to permanent residency visa?

We have experience and a successful track record with GTI cases, so for advice and assistance, please email us today.

Courses to study in Australia with good PR prospects

International students aiming to study, work and live in Australia after their studies should have an opportunity to apply for Graduate Visa 485. This visa gives full work rights so the holders have an opportunity to get a job which increases the chances for meeting PR visa requirements.

The first step however, is choosing the right course to study. Following are some examples of courses that offer god prospectfor getting a PR visa

Automotive trades

Building professions, and building technicians

Building and construction trades

Commercial cookery(chef)


Early childhood teachers


There are many other occupations in demand. These are hust a few that are popular and the courses could be completed in two years for trades and three years for degrees


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New visa for people who are stranded in Australia due to the current epidemic.


Subclass 408 COVID-19 stream announced

The purpose of this stream is to provide a pathway for certain former and current holders of temporary visas to lawfully remain in Australia and who would otherwise be required to depart Australia who, but for the COVID-19 pandemic, are unable to leave Australia.


  • Must hold a visa that is 28 days or less from ceasing to be in effect
  • Or, held a visa that is no more than 28 days from ceasing to be in effect
  • And, are unable to apply for the same temporary visa they hold or held or any other subclass of temporary visa other than the Subclass 408 visa
  • Must be part of response to workforce shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to areas including, but not limited to, agriculture, aged care and public health.
  • Allow holders of temporary visas who are engaged in or have the relevant skills to undertake critical work relating to supply of essential goods and services
  • Visa application charge – Nil

Changes for Working Holiday visa holders onshore


  • Working Holiday Makers (WHMs) who work in agriculture or food processing will be exempt from the six month work limitation with the one employer and eligible for a further visa to keep working in these critical sectors if their current visa is due to expire in the next six months.
  • Conditions will be placed upon visa holders to self-isolate for 14 days before taking up employment in a different region (including termination of visas where there is non-compliance).
  • To support implementation of self-isolation arrangements for visa holders and avoid spread of COVID-19 the government is working with states and territories on enforcement and sanction mechanisms.


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New Assessment Model for Internationally Qualified Nurses and Midwives

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Outcomes-Based Assessment (OBA) for will replace the existing bridging program from March this year. The main changes are:

  • Fees will be less than half of the current ‘bridging program’ system
  • Most of the assessment phases could be completed from overseas
  • Objectively structured clinical exam (OSCE) will be conducted at Adelaide 
Read more: New Assessment Model for Internationally Qualified Nurses and Midwives