The global talent independent visa is for people with exceptional talents. This visa is not restricted to one field but currently priority is being given to people who are in research, science, AI, farm tech , fintech etc.
How can applicants increase their chances of getting the Global Talent Independent visa in Australia?
I'm a student entrepreneur based in Turkey and I'm interested in applying for the Global Talent Independent visa. Would I have to be associated with something in particular, like having a specific type of tech expertise to become eligible or can people with non tech backgrounds also apply?
First of all, be aware the Global Talent Independent (GTI) pathway uses the Distinguished Talent (subclass 858) visa. The standard visa application (without GTI) does not have the priority processing or increased quota, but it can be used if you don't meet the requirements for the Global Talent Independent (GTI) pathway. Without the GTI benefit or other option for priority processing, you're likely to be looking at three years processing time. The seven-target sectors for the GTI has now been increased to 10. These are Resources, Agri-Food and AgTech, Energy, Health Industries, Defence/Advanced Manufacturing and Space, Circular Economy, DigiTech, Infrastructure and Tourism, Financial Services and FinTech, and Education. Another recent change is that students (without a record of achievement outside of the student) must have completed a PhD; a bachelor with honors or master's degree will no longer be considered as the sole factor used to meet the record of achievement requirement. You do not need to have a technical background. For example, I recently assisted an applicant under MedTech who was involved in drug trials. You will also note that in the new 10 target sectors, there is less focus given to tech specific pathways with the inclusion of areas like tourism and education. You must, however, have an internationally recognized record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in one of the target sectors. The record can be limited to one major achievement and does not need to be multiple achievements (but this is preferred). Establishing a successful entrepreneurial business may be sufficient to be considered a record of achievement. At this time, the Expression of Interest (EOI) for the GTI pathway is taking approximately six months (or more) to process, unless there is priority given, this is generally for areas that are related to Covid-19 response or economic recovery. If you don't meet the GTI requirements then look at the Distinguished Talent visa without the GTI priority.
The Global Talent Independent visa is for the brightest and best global talent to work in seven future-focused sectors. The program is designed to help grow our innovation and tech economies. This will create opportunities for Australians by transferring skills, promoting innovation, and creating jobs. There are 15,000 places available under the program this financial year ending June 2021. The target sectors for the GTI visa are: AgTech; Space and Advanced Manufacturing; FinTech; Energy and Mining Technology; MedTech; Cyber Security; Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT. All have a technology basis. MedTech includes biomedical technology, Advanced Digital is AI and Machine Learning, Advanced Manufacturing includes 3D printing, Robotics and Nanotechnology. This visa is 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. It is a skilled visa that has no English test or skills assessment component.
To get a visa under the Global Talent Visa Program, a candidate is generally required to be highly skilled and internationally recognized with evidence of outstanding achievements in one of the following seven target sectors: AgTech, Space and Advanced Manufacturing, FinTech, Energy and Mining Technology, MedTech, Cyber Security, Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT. However, entrepreneurs without technical expertise, who have a business plan with innovative ideas that can generate new jobs, drive innovation and bring opportunities to diversify economy, can apply for another new visa arrangement, Supporting Innovation in South Australia’(SISA), which is designed to attract foreign entrepreneurs. This new visa scheme, if successful in South Australia, will be rolled out nationally.