Is Global Talent Independent (GTI) Visa (Subclass 858) an Option for me? 

Is Global Talent Independent (GTI) Visa (Subclass 858) an Option for me? 

Global talent Independent (GTI) Visa (Subclass 858) is a part of Australia’s Global talent program offered by the Department of Home Affairs. It is an attempt to attract some of “the brightest and the best” talents from around the world into coming to Australia, and living and working here. If you are currently on a temporary visa or if you are someone looking to migrate to Australia, you can consider the Global talent Independent Visa (Subclass 858).

For 2021-2002, there are a total of 15,000 places available for the right applicants under Subclass 858. To find out if you are the right applicant or not, you can continue reading further. To start off, we’ll first dive into what this program actually entails in detail in the next section.

What is the Global Talent Independent (GTI) Program?

The GTI program provides one with a streamlined visa pathway that offers the Subclass 858 visa to provide priority access to Australian permanent residency. The GTI program utilises the “profession” or “academic and research” aspects of this visa.

The Subclass 858 visa under this program is vastly different from other kinds of visas, since they are not points tested. In fact, there are no English language requirements or skills assessment requirements. Moreover, the Global Talent visas are being given priority over all other visas so their processing times are also quite short. In order to apply you’d need to be from one of the target sectors listed below.

For more information on GTI please visit: Global Talent Independent (GTI) Program: The versatile migration pathway

Target Sectors of Global Talent Independent (GTI) Program

To support the innovation and growth in Australia, there are ten target sectors under which Australia is seeking “highly skilled” professionals.

Target Sector Global Talent Independent (GTI) Visa (Subclass 858)

Benefits of Global Talent Independent Program (GTI)

With this visa, you’ll be able to enjoy the following benefits.

  • You’ll be able to live and work in Australia permanently
  • You can also pursue education in any of the world-class educational institutions here.
  • You are able to enroll in Medicare that puts you into Australia’s public health care scheme.
  • You would also be able to sponsor your family members for permanent residence.
  • In addition to the above, after the five years of holding this permanent visa, you can apply for Australian citizenship.

Stream under Global Talent Independent Program (GTI)

There are two streams that applicants can apply under.

  • the Global Talent visa pathway – an opportunity for highly skilled people in the target sectors; and
  • the Distinguished Talent pathway – a pathway for exceptional and outstanding individuals who do not fit into any Global Talent sector. Some examples are Olympic athletes and famous musicians.

It is important to note that the Distingu​ished Talent visa used to be known as Subclass 124, and was a  distinguished visa from the GTI visa category. However, from 27th February 2021, the Distingu​ished Talent visa became the Global Talent visa.

Am I Eligible?

This is quite a subjective assessment. Consider whether you have had significant academic or professional accomplishments that are not in the “ordinary” course, look at what we’ve described above as successful candidates who have received EOIs.

Feel free to reach out to us if you think you may be such a candidate, but are unsure as to whether you might qualify.

Following are the eligibility conditions set by the Department of Home Affairs.

  • To apply, you need to be highly skilled in one of the target sectors, or you work in a senior role for a company that provides services in one of these sectors.You must meet a high standard and show an exceptional track record of professional achievement. If you fit that condition you may be eligible for the Global Talent visa under the Global Talent pathway. You can prove that through:
    • senior roles
    • patents
    • professional awards
  • If you do not work in one of these sectors but you are a highly talented person, you may be eligible under the Distinguished Talent pathway. It’s important to keep in mind that the standard you must meet is significantly higher.
  • PhD Candidates: If you have completed your PhD in the last 3 years or if you are currently in the final 6 months of your PhD, you can apply for this visa. However, you’d still need to prove exceptional talent and international recognition in one of the target sectors. You can prove that through:
    • professional awards
    • international publications
  • High Income Threshold: You need to prove that you have the ability to attract the above high income threshold of AUD158,500 set by the Fair Work. As a proof, you can provide the following documents:
    • A record of your payslips or a contract that shows your current salary.
    • Any future job offers that states the potential remuneration.
    • Proof of being a recent PhD graduate in the target sector.
  • Age requirements: There is no explicit age requirement for the Global Talent visa program. However, if you are under the age of 18 or over 55 years old, you need to demonstrate that you can offer exceptionally important  economic benefits to Australia.
  • English Proficiency requirement: If you are over the age of 18, you need to show adequate proof of at least function english. If you are unable to provide that as a part of your application, then you would be charged a secondary visa applicant fee amounting to AUD 4,890 per applicant.
  • Australian Nominator: You would need an Australian person or organisation that can nominate you for the program. The nominator must have a national reputation in the same field as you and they need to attest to your skills.

In hindsight, the eligibility requirements seem fairly simple and easy. However, the standards set are, in fact, quite high and would need to provide an excellent Expression of Interest (EOI), in order to be considered for Global talent Independent Visa (Subclass 858).

As a professional, you might also consider applying for a Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189).  Although they might appear similar, Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189) is quite different from Global talent Independent Visa (Subclass 858). The next section outlines the differences.

Global talent Independent Visa (Subclass 858) vs Skilled Independent visa (Subclass 189)

Category Skilled Independent visa: Subclass 189 Global talent Independent Visa: Subclass 858
Expression of Interest Yes Yes
Points Tested Yes No
Skills Assessment Yes No
English Requirement Competent English Functional English
Occupation List MLTSSL No
Target Sectors No Yes
Age Limit 45 Not explicit
Australian Nominator No Yes
Visa Application Charge (main applicant) AUD4,115 AUD4,180
2021-2022 Planned levels 6,500 15,000


If you are uncertain which visa category applies for you then you should get a professional assessment on your application. At Path Migration, we offer consultation services to clients who are looking for a successful application.

For more information and consultation, feel free to contact us or send an email to

To learn more about the skilled migration and the nomination process, check the following:

How do I apply?

To access one of the 15,000 positions under the GTI for priority processing, there are three steps:

  1. The unique identifier and code: The unique identifier and code are issued by the Department of Home Affairs. To get this, you need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).
    1. The Global Talent Expression of Interest form can be found here.
    2. In your EOI you need to provide sufficient documents as a proof for your ability and standards.
    3. Although it is true that you need to prepare an exceptional EOI to  be considered for this visa, don’t make it so technical or dense that the EOI assessor fails to understand it. While working on your EOI you must understand that the person assessing it might not be a professional in your field. Thus, it’s recommended that you try to prepare it in a manner that a layman can understand it.
    4. During this step you also need to attach all the necessary documents from your nominator. So make use of all the important documents available, prior to your application.
    5. If you are successful with this first stage, you will be provided with a unique Global Talent identifier and invited to submit a visa application.
  2. Apply for the visa: With a unique identifier and code, you can then proceed to lodge your visa application. The Department of Home Affairs has recently set the Immi Account system up so that these applications can now be lodged via your Immi Account if you have one.

How can Path Migration Help you?

Path Migration has a team of highly experienced migration lawyers. We are able to assist with all aspects of the application, and provide advice in relation to:

  • Assess your eligibility for a Global Talent Visa, and also recommend other visas that might be applicable to you.
  • Help prepare all the documents to demonstrate your skills and ability to attract a high salary. 
  • If you are seeking to apply for the 

The team also handles visa cancellation and refusal applications. If you are looking to find out more about the Global Talent Employer Sponsored program, then we recommend that you book your personalized consultation by contacting us or email directly to




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