Global talent visa program

Learn how highly-skilled individuals can be nominated to live and work in Australia.

The Global Talent Visa Program (GTVP) is a visa pathway program run by the Australian government’s Department of Home Affairs. The program supports Australia’s need for highly-skilled professionals across specific targeted sectors.

GTVP applicants need to be nominated by an individual or Australian organisation with a national reputation in the same field as the nominee. As Australia’s peak body for engineers, Engineers Australia is eligible to assess and nominate applicants for the GTVP.

The Department of Home Affairs considers every nominee on their individual merit, including those nominated by Engineers Australia.

How to apply for nomination

To apply for nomination by Engineers Australia you must be internationally recognised at a high standard and show an exceptional track record of professional achievement. These achievements may include senior roles, patents, professional awards or international publications and memberships. Places are also available to PhD graduates who meet the eligibility criteria.

We’ll need to assess your application against the requirements set out on the Department of Home Affairs website before we can nominate you.

Follow these four steps to submit your GTVP nomination assessment:

  1. Review the eligibility requirements to be nominated for GTVP on the Department of Home Affairs’ website to ensure you’re eligible to apply.
  2. If you’re eligible and want to proceed, prepare the application materials detailed below and have them ready to upload.
  3. You’ll need an Engineers Australia login ID to put on the application form. If you don’t have a login, you’ll need to create one in the portal.
  4. Complete and submit the application form including all required materials. You’ll also need to have your credit card on hand to pay the fee.

Application materials

Upload colour-scanned copies of the following with your application:

  • Passport-style photo that’s no more than six months old.
  • Copy of the bio-data/photo pages from your current passport.
  • Degree certificate (testamur) and academic transcript.
  • If any of your documents aren’t in English, you’ll need to provide a translated copy from an authorised translator. Ensure their registered ID, name, status and contact details are included.
  • If your name is different from that on your documentation, include a change of name document such as a marriage certificate.
  • Current CV or resume which shows your career history until the application date.
  • Any professional registration certificates or awards. An achievement statement of between 500 and 1000 words which describes:
    • your global talent and distinguished expertise in your sector
    • your internationally-recognised exceptional and outstanding achievements
    • how you’re able to contribute towards Australia’s economy.

      For each of these points you’ll need to provide documentary evidence. This can include website links to recorded material, media articles, publications, patents, awards, recommendation letters or other official documents that prove your achievements.
  • Evidence of high-income threshold such as payslips or income tax statements that show the total taxable income.

Application outcome

Once you’ve submitted your application with all the required materials, an Engineers Australia assessor will assess it within six to eight weeks. The assessor may contact you if they need further information.

If your application is successful and you meet all requirements for nomination, you’ll receive an email from us including:

  • Successful nomination letter which you can use to support your Global Talent expression of interest (EOI) and visa application.
  • Signed Form 1000 issued by Engineers Australia. Check all your details on this form are correct before you submit your EOI.

You can then lodge your application for a global talent visa with the Department of Home Affairs.

If your application isn’t successful, we’ll let you know via email. We can’t review applications after a decision has been made and an outcome letter sent.

Assessment fee

The fee for GTVP nomination assessment is $835 excluding GST for overseas applicants and $918.50 including GST for applicants in Australia.

You’ll need to pay the fee when you submit your online application. If your GTVP nomination is unsuccessful, the fee is not refundable.

If you have any further questions about the Global Talent Visa Program, please contact us.