The GTES Program is part of the Employer Sponsored Visa Program and is essentially a labour agreement for companies seeking to hire individuals in niche or highly skilled positions. These are two streams with in the GTES Program one for established and one for start-up businesses.
The main benefit of the GTES Program is that certain requirements of the 482 or 186 visas can be relaxed where a business obtains a GTES agreement.
GTES agreements will generally allow the business to negotiate;
- 4-year temporary 482 visas for any occupation regardless of occupational grouping
- Variation of eligibility requirements for the 482 visa
- Permanent residency pathways (through the 186 visa) for occupations which aren’t on the Medium and Long term skills list (MLTSSL)
- Flexibility with the standard 45 year age requirements for subsequent permanent residency (186 visa) applications
The GTES pathway also has some additional requirements in order to have the agreements approved, including;
Businesses must be accredited with the Department or an approved start-up business as well as;
- Have AUD $4 Million in turnover for the past two financial years for established businesses
- Be in receipt of certain investment funds and grants for start-ups
- Showing that the existing 482 visa subclass or other visa programs are not suitable for the positions
- Higher minimum earnings requirement for the visa applicant;
- AUD $80,000 per annum for start-ups including up to AUD $26,000 in equity
- AUD $148,000 per annum for established businesses
How we can help
Hammond Taylor has assisted clients with GTES agreement since the pilot program started in 2018. We have many years experience with the Employer Sponsored Visa Program and are able to guide clients to achieve the best possible outcomes for them and their employees.
Hammond Taylor can assist with the full process of the Global Talent Employer Sponsored Program including;
- Preparation and lodgement of Accredited Business Sponsorship application
- Advice and drafting of GTES agreement for approval with the Department.
- The 482/186 nomination and visa application process, from preparation and lodgement through to a decision, for each candidate.