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Australian Government Launches “innovation” Visa

The 12-month pilot of the government’s Global Talent Scheme (GTS) visa program has commenced on 1 July 2018.

The GTS program is intended to target highly skilled and specialised workers and has two streams: One for established businesses and one for startups.

Established Business stream:

Allows employers who are accredited sponsors to employ highly-skilled individuals with cutting-edge skills to contribute to innovation in an established business and help make Australian businesses and their Australian employees the best at what they do.

Startup stream:

Allows employers to sponsor highly-skilled individuals with cutting-edge skills to contribute to Australia’s developing startup ecosystem and bring new ideas, new jobs, new skills and new technology for Australia. This stream is for startups operating in a technology based or STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related field. Startups must be endorsed by the independent GTS startup advisory panel.

“This scheme is designed to facilitate businesses accessing top talent from around the world”

“This scheme is designed to facilitate businesses accessing top talent from around the world,” Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, Alan Tudge said in a statement. “It complements existing Temporary Skill Shortage visa arrangements by providing the flexibility to handle high value, niche skills that can’t be obtained under the standard visa program. A lot of the top talent is in fierce demand from companies all over the world. We want this talent to come to Australia, to support businesses here and create wealth for the nation.”

The GTS is only for employers to fill highly-skilled positions that cannot be filled:

  • by Australian workers
  • through other visa programs, in particular the short-term and medium-term streams of the TSS visa.

For more information about the GTS visa program, please contact us at the office on 02 9112 3999.

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