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Global Talent Scheme

What is the Global Talent Scheme ?

The Department recently introduced the Global Talent Scheme, a 12-month pilot scheme, run on a trial basis that aims to attract highly skilled global talent and deliver innovation, mostly in technology-focused industry to Australia.

It is a new pilot scheme that has two streams, one being Established business stream and the other being Start up Stream, which all aim to bring and import skills to help Australia in combating the increasing global competition for high-tech skills and talent and cannot be filled by Australian workers and through other existing visa schemes.

The Global Talent Scheme comprises 2 streams:

+ Stream 1 - Established Business Stream

Applicant who wishes to apply under the Established business stream will be required to have a sponsor who wishes to employ such highly-skilled individuals with cutting-edge skills.

+ Stream 2 - Start-up Stream

Applicant who wishes to apply under the Start-up Stream does not require an accredited sponsor. But the employer who wishes to employ such applicant will need to be operating in a technology based or STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related field and must be endorsed by the independent start-up advisory panel designed specifically for the Global Talent scheme.

All applicants will be subject to the usual health, character and security and must have relevant qualifications. Upon the grant of visa, they will have access to transitional pathway to permanent residence after 3 years.

What is the Application Process?

Applicants must email and liaise with the Department directly if they feel that they meet the requirements.

After receiving the required details from the Applicants, the Department will email back interested business with a GTS request form. Upon receiving responses from the company, the Department aims to provide an assessment outcome between 6-11 days and finalize the Nomination and Visa applications within another 10 days.

This is a fast way to sponsor overseas workers as the total processing time would be under two (2) weeks as compared to the processing times of the subclass 482 and subclass 186 which exceed 12 months.

Common Criteria

  • Labour Market Testing (LMT) requirements for the specific position.

  • The business to have no breaches of workplace or immigration law.

  • Employees are to be paid in accordance with an Enterprise Agreement (EA) or internal salary table that reflects current market salary rates for all occupations in the business.

  • The business’ recruitment policy gives first preference to Australian workers (for established business, for instance, percentage of workforce that is Australian and training of Australians can be shown as evidence)

Additional Criteria for Established Business Stream

  • The company must be publicly listed or have an annual turnover of at least $4 million for each year, for the past 2 years

Specific Criteria for Start-up Stream

  • The company operates in STEM-related field (eg digital, biomedical, agtech)

  • A ‘start-up authority’ (to be decided in consultation with industry) will endorse the business

  • Financial criteria to be determined in consultation with stakeholders (examples could be a working capital or capital raised threshold).

Criteria for Visa Applicants

  • Must meet health, character and security requirements

  • No familial relationship with directors/shareholders

  • Qualifications must be commensurate with the highly skilled role

  • At least 3 years work experience directly relevant to position

  • Capacity to pass on skills/develop Australians

  • Minimum annual earnings:

What We Like About This Visa?

This visa, apart from the fact that it has pathways to permanent residency after 3 years, has the following appealing features:

  • Flexibility in certain visa criteria, including:

    • access to 4 year TSS visas;

    • age cap concessions.

  • Simpler applications and faster processing.

  • Access up to 5 positions (for start-up stream) or up to 20 positions (for established business stream) per year.


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What Questions Do Migration Agents Ask Our Accredited Specialists

  1. Under what business structure, can a job placement company, apply to be a sponsor with the sole purpose of charging a fee to visa applicants? And is there a method which would allow the sponsor to place the visa applicant with another unrelated business?

  2. How can employers charge a payment to the visa applicants in exchange to sponsor, without being caught under the immigration offence ‘cash for visa’?

  3. How many types of visas (including streams), can a Temporary Activities Sponsor benefit from, in sponsoring more candidates? And are there any difference in the sponsorship obligation?

  4. Can a visa applicant pay for costs related to the visa applicant? or must the Sponsor pay for all costs? How do I explain & educate my client, a large company who does not wish to pay for any costs for the sponsorship because the Director feels that the visa applicant has more to benefit than the company.

  5. In what circumstances will a visa applicant lose their right to appeal a refusal?


How Much Do We Charge?

Professional Fees

Sponsorship Application
(a) From $1,000 + GST
(b) From $2,000 + GST
(c) From $3,000 + GST

Nomination Application
(a) From $1,000 + GST
(b) From $2,000 + GST
(c) From $3,000 + GST

Visa Application
(a) From $1,000 + GST
(b) From $2,000 + GST
(c) From $3,000 + GST

Dependent Application
(a) From $1,000 + GST
(b) From $2,000 + GST
(c) From $3,000 + GST

Credit Card Surcharge
- MasterCard: 1.5%
- VISA: 1.67%
- American Express: 2.75%
- EFTPOS: 30 cents


Sponsorship Application
- $420

Nomination Application
- $330

Levy Charges
- $1200 per annum (<$10m)
- $1,600 per annum (>$10m)

Visa Application
- $1,000 (over 18 years)
- $2,000 (under 18 years)
- $700pp (applying in Australia)

Health Check
- $330 (chest x-ray)
- $330 (medical exam)

Credit Card Surcharge
- MasterCard: 1.32%
- VISA: 1.32%
- American Express: 1.40%
- Diners Club: 1.99%
- JCB: 1.40%


Police Clearance
- $47 (Australia)
- TBA (Outside Australia)

Health Insurance

Interpreter & Translator

Job Advertisements

Other 3rd Party Services
(only if applicable)
- Recognized Prior Learning
- Skills Assessment
- Registration/Membership/Licence
- Labour Market Testing (Unions only)
- Business Plan writers
- Accounting services
- Researchers for salary, LMT, etc

a newer & better
financial expectation

The beautiful part is that if you find that your immigration lawyer does not meet your expectations, you have the option of changing immigration lawyers with different teams, without having to completely change law firms where they’d charge a significant amount as part of the initial fact finding and preliminary advice.


Why are there different prices for the same service?

We have a variety of legal professionals, allowing you the freedom to choose according to lawyer’s fees, speed, experience and most importantly a personality that matches yours. This way, our clients get the best of shopping around different law firms while eliminating the need to re-tell the story again and transferring of supporting documents. Naturally, junior lawyers charge lower fees and the more years of experience our lawyers gain, the higher their fees. However, it is not all always about profitting, some of our lawyers are open to pro bono cases (free legal advice).

What are the Legal Personas to Choose From?

Our lawyers are considered “book-smart”, while others are more inclined towards being labelled “street-smart”. The younger lawyers tend to be very fast & responsive, but a handful are slow (although they beg to differ, that slow & steady wins the race). The older lawyers are usually more attentive and have a reputation of customer relations. But if money is no object, you can engage a bunch of them, or all of them.

Similar to the concept of “shopping centers”

shopping around has never been easier