Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman today launched the Global Talent – Independent Program, a major new initiative in Australia’s immigration strategy.

Under the new program, highly skilled migrants in selected industries will receive a fasttracked process to permanent residency in Australia.

Applicants will have a dedicated Home Affairs contact to guide them through the process, and applications will receive the highest priority processing.

Applicants will be eligible for permanent residency if they are likely to earn more than $149,000 per year in Australia, and they are highly skilled in one of seven key industry sectors. The usual character, security and integrity checks will apply to all applicants.

The seven industry sectors are AgTech, FinTech, MedTech, Cyber Security, Energy and Mining Technology, Space and Advanced Manufacturing, and Quantum Information/Advanced Digital/ Data Science and ICT.

Global Talent Officers from the Department of Home Affairs have already been deployed in Berlin, Washington DC, Singapore, Shanghai, Santiago, and Dubai, and will have regional coverage. An officer has also started in New Delhi today, to further the reach of the program.

“With this program, we are targeting the world’s most highly skilled migrants”, Mr Coleman said.