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Global Talent Employer Sponsored program (GTES)

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The Global Talent Employer Sponsored (GTES) program allows Australian businesses to sponsor overseas workers for highly-skilled niche 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

It is a Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) 4-year temporary visa that provides you with a pathway to permanent residence.

Your sponsor needs to show how any position filled through a GTES agreement must provide opportunities for Australians by, for example:

  • creating new jobs for Australians
  • transferring your own skills and knowledge to Australian workers

The main features of the GTES are:

  • trusted employers can access highly-skilled roles, even ones that are not of the occupation lists for the TSS visa short-term or medium-term streams
  • there are 2 streams – Established Business and Startups
  • the earning threshold for applicants is higher than under the standard TSS stream
  • you can negotiate age requirements for the permanent residence pathway
  • priority processing of GTES agreements

Established Business stream

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.

The main features of this stream are:

  • access up to 20 positions per year (applicant and position criteria must be satisfied on each occasion)
  • flexibility in certain visa criteria, including access to 4-year TSS visas
  • transitional pathway to permanent residence after 3 years, including age cap concessions
  • simpler agreement applications and faster processing of agreements
  • if the position ceases, the visa holder will have 60 days to find a new sponsor and a new visa or depart Australia

Startup stream

The Startup stream lets employers sponsor workers with cutting-edge skills to contribute to Australia’s developing startup ecosystem and bring new ideas, new jobs, new skills and new technology into Australia.

This stream is for startups operating in a tech-based or STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field.

The main features of this stream are:

  • access up to 5 positions per year (applicant and position criteria must be satisfied on each occasion).
  • flexibility in certain visa criteria, including access to 4-year TSS visas.
  • transitional pathway to permanent residence after 3 years, including age cap concessions.
  • if the position ceases the visa holder will have 60 days to find a new sponsor and a new visa or depart Australia

Startups must be endorsed by the independent GTES startup advisory panel.

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