Global Talent Scheme (GTS)

he Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) introduced a new visa program that provides a pathway to permanent residency for highly skilled and specialised overseas workers.

The program will run for 12 months and provide businesses with a streamlined process to sponsor overseas workers with cutting edge skills, where there are no suitable Australians available to fill the vacancies.

The visa program includes two streams – one for established businesses and one for start-ups.

What are the Two Streams of GTS?

Established Business stream. This stream is for accredited employers to employ highly-skilled individuals with cutting-edge skills.

Startup stream. This stream is for startups operating in a technology-based or STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to sponsor highly-skilled individuals with cutting-edge skills.

Are You an Employer Willing to Sponsor an Overseas Worker?

If you are an employer willing to sponsor an overseas worker under GTS program, you are required to meet the following criteria:

A) For Established Business

If you have an established business active in the market for the last two years, you might be eligible to sponsor a maximum of 20 overseas workers each year through Global Talent Scheme. The visa may be granted for 4 years and there is a transitional pathway available to your employees to gain permanent residency after three years.

The following are the criteria for an established business to sponsor an applicant:

  • Demonstrate that accessing to the GTS program will benefit Australia and transfer skill and knowledge to Australians
  • Labour market requirement: business sponsors are required to test the local labour market
  • No adverse information about the business.  The business must be publicly listed or has an annual turnover of at least $4 million for each of the past 2 years The business has to be endorsed as a TSS accredited sponsor

 Visa Applicant ( Employee):

The following requirements must be met by the applicants to be considered for this visa:

  • The applicant must meet the mandatory health, character and security checks.
  • No family relationship with directors/shareholders of the business.
  • The qualification of the visa applicant must be commensurate with the highly skilled role
  • The visa applicant must have at least 3 years work experience relevant to the nominated position
  • . The visa applicant is willing to mentor/ transfer his /her skills to Australians .
  • Position must have minimum annual earnings equivalent to the Fair Work High Income Threshold ($145,400 as at 1 July 2018)
  • If the position ceases , you have to leave Australia within 60 days or find another employer to apply for a new visa.

B) Startup Business

If you have a Startup business, you might be eligible to sponsor a maximum of 5 overseas workers each year through Global Talent Scheme.The visa may be granted for 4 years and there is a transitional pathway for your employees to gain permanent residency after three years.

Startups have to meet certain criteria to be eligible to seek endorsement from the Department of Home Affairs to employ overseas worker.

The following are the criteria for a Startup business to sponsor an applicant:

  • Labour market requirement: business sponsors are required to test the local labour market
  • Demonstrate that accessing to the GTS program will benefit Australia and transfer skill and knowledge to Australians
  • No adverse information about the business
  • The business operates in a technology-based or STEM-related field (eg digital, biomedical, agtech).
  • Endorsement required from Independent startup advisory panel

Visa Applicant ( Employee):

The following requirements must be met by the applicants to be considered for this visa:

  • The applicant must meet the mandatory health, character and security checks.
  • No family relationship with directors/shareholders of the business.
  • The qualification of the visa applicant must be commensurate with the highly skilled role
  • The visa applicant must have at least 3 years work experience relevant to the nominated position.
  • The visa applicant is willing to mentor/ transfer his /her skills to Australians .
  • Minimum annual earnings at the market salary rate, but not less than $80,000. This can include equity, but must have a cash component that is no less than the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (currently $53,900).
  • If the position ceases, you have to leave Australia within 60 days or find another employer to apply for a new visa

If you need further information about the Global Talent Scheme visa program, please send us an email to info@shada.com.au

Mohammad Azimi

Principal Migration Agent - Shada Migration & Education Services

Mohammad is the principal migration agent in Shada Migration and Education Services.

As an Australian qualified education agent, he holds a Bachelor's Degree in English Language Translation and a Graduate Certificate in Migration Law from the Australian National University. Mohammad is fluent in spoken and written Farsi, Dari and English, and is an accredited and licensed NAATI Persian translator. NAATI (The National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters) is the national standards and accreditation body for translators and interpreters in Australia.

Mohammad is an active member of Migration Alliance, the professional associations for Australian migration service providers. He has worked as a tour guide for overseas visitors throughout Iran and has a heartfelt understanding of his native country, Iran.

Between 1997 and 1999, he was an English Teacher at both the Open Education Centre of Azad University and the National Organisation for Development of Brilliant Talents, in Tehran. In both Iran and Australia, Mohammad has worked as a translator and has five publications to his credit.

Mohammad has extensive experience in the employment sector and community services in Australia and he has worked as an employment consultant for Mission Australia for 3 years. He was appointed as a representative of Mission Australia in Campsie Centrelink to helping the long-term unemployed and disadvantaged youth back into work.

From 2001 to 2006, he was the Iranian Correspondent for Archaeological Diggings, Australia's foremost Archaeological magazine. Between 2006 and 2008 he was a Journalist, where he contributed stories, essays, and articles about the Iranian community in Australia.

He also owns and manages Shada Migration and Education Services.

Shada Migration & Education Services

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