Subclass 858: Distinguished Talent Visa Australia
- The application may be lodged and granted regardless of the applicants’ location
- Holders or former holders of certain temporary and visitor visas are no longer barred from applying onshore
- PIC 4005 health criteria are replaced with PIC 4007 which allows discretionary health waivers for the applicants and their family members
- Family violence provisions are in place for onshore Subclass 858 applications only. The provisions are not extended to the offshore applicants
Global Talent Program
The candidates applying for talent visa must be highly skilled in one of the 7 target sectors:
- Agricultural Technology
- Space and Advanced Manufacturing
- Financial Technology
- Energy and Mining Technology
- Medical Technology
- Cyber Security
- Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT
- Current salary – to be shown through payslips or an employment contract
- Future job offers outlining remuneration
- Recent PhD or Masters graduates in the target sectors
Application Procedure For Global Talent Visa Australia
- The first stage involves lodgement of an Expression of Interest, upon which an applicant must await provision of an invitation prior to progressing to the second stage
- The second stage involves the submission of an application for a Distinguished Talent visa, under Subclass 858
Expression of Interest
Please see the below discussion of general Distinguished Talent visa criteria.
Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce
General Distinguished Visa
- Be nominated by an Australian citizen, permanent resident or organisation with an international reputation in the same field as the global talent visa applicant
- Have an exceptional ongoing record of achievements in their field
- Prove that they are of benefit to the Australian community, whether economic, social, cultural, academic, artistic or sports
- Prove that they are able to establish themselves in Australia
- Be aged between 18 and 54 years inclusive, unless exemptions apply
- Have functional English skills
Record of Achievement
- National and international rankings
- Competition and tournament results
- Statements from international sporting bodies
- Sporting scholarships received
- Media articles attesting to the applicant’s achievements
The Benefit to the Australian community
Your presence in Australia must be likely to benefit Australia as a whole. These benefits may be economic, social or cultural. This also means that if your field is of a nature that is not generally acceptable in Australia, your application is most likely to fail on this ground.
The benefit to Australia must be real and not purely based on conjecture. The precise nature of the benefit will be dependent on your field of expertise. For example, a sportsperson might be expected to raise the standard of competition domestically, or a prominent academic may increase Australia’s reputation within a particular field of study.
Able to Establish Oneself
The Department must be satisfied that candidates will be able to find work and become independently established in the relevant field in Australia. This requires a detailed plan as to how they intend to continue in the area of achievement once the global talent visa or the distinguished talent visa has been granted and will support themselves through the related activities.
Income from work outside the area of achievement cannot be included in the application for this visa.
In most cases, candidates applying for global talent visa or a distinguished talent visa must be between 18 and 54 years of age. There are exemptions under limited circumstances whereby people below the age of 18 or above the age of 54 may be eligible for these visas.
Under 18 Years Old
If the candidate is under 18 years of age, they would face significant difficulty in demonstrating a sustained level of exceptional achievement in their field.
In the case of a sportsperson, candidates should be ranked in the top 5 for the same age group internationally. Other situations may be arguable, but the threshold for minor candidates is quite stringent.
In any case, the exceptional benefit must be demonstrated to exist beyond the Australian community to be eligible for a Distinguished Talent visa.
Over 55 Years Old
If the candidate is 55 years old or more, they would also need to prove continuing exceptional benefit to the Australian community beyond the benefit generally required of other Distinguished Talent visa applicants in the eligible age group.
This benefit must be immediately realised as well as be ongoing. Retired or retiring persons would not be suitable applicants for this subclass.
Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is at least 18 years of age: $2,055
Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is less than 18 years of age: $1,030