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The ‘Global Talent – Employer Sponsored’ is a scheme under the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa program. Formerly named the ‘Global Talent Scheme (GTES)’, it was launched as a 12 month pilot on 1 July 2018 to cater for niche, tech-based roles that do not fit the skilled Occupation list, and has since been extended until further notice.

Features

  • Earning threshold for applicants is higher than under the standard TSS program
  • You can negotiate variations on the standard TSS visa requirements
  • Approved employers can access highly-skilled roles – you are not restricted to occupation lists for the TSS visa short-term or medium–term streams
  • The visa is valid for up to 4 years and allows access to a permanent residence pathway
  • There are 2 streams – established business and startups (see FAQ for eligibility)

Benefits

  • An alternative avenue to get niche skills to assist with projects
  • Concessions and flexibility to get workers on board more quickly
  • Planning of commencement dates is easier due to priority processing times
  • As the program is new and under review, the government could change program based on your business needs
  • You can negotiate age requirements for the permanent residence pathway

FAQs

The Established Business stream lets employers who are accredited sponsors employ workers with cutting-edge skills to help innovate in an established business and make Australian businesses and their Australian employees the best at what they do.

 

Employer criteria:

 

  • Ability to demonstrate how access to the GTES scheme will support job opportunities and skills transfer for Australians.
  • Labour market testing evidence for the specific positions must support your request for a GTES agreement.
  • Must be in good standing with relevant regulatory agencies, including a history of compliance with immigration and workplace laws.
  • Must be publicly listed or have an annual turnover of at least AUD 4 million for each of the past 2 years.
  • Have an accredited Standard Business Sponsorship (SBS).

This stream is for startups operating in a tech-based or STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field. Startups must be endorsed by the independent GTES startup advisory panel.

Employer criteria:

  • Ability to demonstrate how access to the GTES scheme will support job opportunities and skills transfer for Australians.
  • Labour market testing evidence for the specific positions must support your request for a GTES agreement.
  • Must be in good standing with relevant regulatory agencies, including a history of compliance with immigration and workplace laws.

The GTES is an excellent scheme for businesses who require new, niche skills for occupations not defined by the existing Australian and New Zealand Standard of Occupations (ANZSCO). This stream is not restricted to occupation lists under the existing TSS/482 visa scheme. Trusted employers can access highly-skilled roles – outside of those provided for on the short-term or medium–term occupation lists.

Various terms can be negotiated outside of the standard TSS visa requirements, and applications are prioritised; making it a great option for businesses with needs beyond the traditional business and worker skill set.

Yes. We can look to obtain TSS/482 visas valid for up to 4 years and then seek approval for permanent residency pathways under the agreement. There are additional benefits such as avenues to negotiate age requirements for the permanent residence pathway (that are currently at 45 years of age for the standard pathways).

Persons approved under the GTES will be provided 482 visas. Family members such as partners and/or children can be included on the application as dependants.

If Permanent Residency is sought, visas are generally granted under the Employer Nomination Scheme Visa Subclass 186.

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