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:

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:


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.

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