Global Talent Independent Visa (GTI)

Global Talent Independent Visa (GTI)

In the below article we will be answering the following questions in order to give you insight into the Global Talent Independent Visa (GTI) program.

  • What is the Global Talent Independent Visa?
  • What are the requirements for the GTI visa?
  • What are the target industry sectors for the Global Talent Independent Visa?
  • What specific occupations are included in the GTI program?
  • How do I apply for the GTI Visa?

In November 2019, the department introduced the Global Talent Independent Visa. Unlike other skilled visas, an occupation list was NOT identified but rather a number of ‘Target Sectors’.

The program was introduced in order to attract highly talented individuals who are at the top of their field in high growth industries. It is a streamlined visa pathway for highly skilled professionals to work and live permanently in Australia. 


Eligibility for the GTI visa is based on the applicants’ personal circumstances including skills, work experience, qualifications and ability to attract a minimum salary.

  • Must be endorsed by a nominator
  • Must be nominated by an Australian organisation or individual
  • Demonstrate they are likely to earn above AUD $153,600 or be a high performing recent PhD, Masters or Honours Grad in one of the Target sectors.
  • Internationally recognised achievement in the target sectors
  • Would be an asset to Australia
  • If applying offshore, the applicant will need to demonstrate high employability
  • Supporting statements from internationally recognised individuals or organisations in the field who can evidence the applicants achievements and reputation.

Features of the program:

  • Priority Processing
  • Immediate PR
  • GTI visa holder can become sponsor for other applicants 
  • No age limit
  • Free to work for any employer
  • No sponsorship requirements
  • No SAF Levy
  • Access to medicare and other government benefits

GTI program is NOT based on an occupation list but rather a number of different target sectors.

Target Sectors:

  1. Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT
  2. FinTech
  3. Cyber Security
  4. Energy and Mining Tech
  5. MedTech
  6. AgTech
  7. Space and Advanced Manufacturing

The exact occupations currently remain relatively grey as the department have not defined an exact occupation list. That being said, our team of migration professionals have conducted a significant amount of research to better understand the specific occupations in the various target sectors.

If you would like more information on the GTI program please be sure to get in touch with our team.

Ready to get started? Contact First Class Migration today to begin your visa application process with the support of experts who truly care about your future in Australia.