The Australian Government renamed the Global Talent – Initiative program to Global Talent – Independent (GTI), to identify, attract and invite the best and brightest skilled migrants from across the globe.
The Global Talent – Employer Sponsored (formerly the Global Talent Scheme) (GTES) is a niche scheme under the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa program launched as a 12 month pilot on 1 July 2018. The pilot will continue to be open to applications after 1 July 2019 until further notified. The GTES allows employers to sponsor overseas workers for highly-skilled positions that cannot be filled:
- by Australian workers
- through other standard visa programs – in particular, the Short-term stream and Medium-term stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa
The GTES is only for highly-skilled niche occupations that cannot be accessed through existing skilled programs. Before the Department enters into an agreement, businesses must be able to demonstrate that they can’t fill the position through existing skilled visa programs.
Employers will then be able to sponsor workers for a TSS visa under the GTES.
The Department will release further information on the GTI program shortly.