Distinguished Talent Visa 858

Distinguished Talent visa

This is a permanent visa for people who have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in an eligible field.

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Stay

Permanently

Cost

From AUD4,110

Processing times

Unavailable due to low volume of applications​​​​​​

With this visa, you can

  • work and study in Australia
  • stay in Australia permanently
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence in Australia
  • if eligible, apply for Australian citizen

You must

  • either be in or outside Australia but not in immigration clearance when you apply and when this visa is granted 
  • have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in one of the following areas:
    • a profession
    • a sport
    • the arts
    • academia and research
  • be nominated by an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, eligible New Zealand citizen, or Australian organisation with a national reputation in relation to your area of talent

With this visa, you can

  • stay in Australia permanently
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare
  • sponsor your relatives to come to Australia
  • travel to and from Australia for 5 years
  • if eligible, apply for Australian citizenship

Newly arrived residents may have to wait before they can access certain Australian Government payments and benefits. 

The Global Talent Independent Program is for the brightest and best global talent. To see if you can be granted a visa under this streamlined pathway.

Apply from

You must either be in or outside Australia but not in immigration clearance when you apply and when this visa is decided. 

How long you can stay

This is a permanent visa. It lets you stay in Australia indefinitely.

You become a permanent resident on the day we grant the visa.

Include family

You can include members of the family unit when you apply. You can also add family to your application at any time before we decide on your application.

If you are under 18 years old, you can include:

Family members who apply for the visa must meet our health and character requirements.

Cost

The visa costs AUD4,110 for the main applicant.

There is an additional charge for each family member who applies for the visa with you.

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa pricing estimator. The estimator does not take into account the second instalment or other costs.

We can’t process your application if you do not pay the correct visa application charge. We will notify you if this is the case and if necessary return your application.

You might have to pay an extra fee for any applicant 18 years old or older who has less than functional English. This charge is called the second instalment. We will tell you when to pay the second instalment.

The second instalment charge is AUD4,890.

The Visa Pricing Estimator does not include the second instalment or other costs. You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

Processing times

We assess applications on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:

  • whether you have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents
  • how quickly you respond to any requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements
  • how many places are available in the migration program

Your obligations

You and your family members must obey all Australian laws.

We expect that you will contribute to Australia in your field of expertise.

Travel

You can travel to and from Australia for 5 years from the date we grant the visa. After 5 years you will need a Resident Return (RRV) visa (subclass 155 or 157) to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident. To see when the 5 years ends, use VEVO.

Visa label

We will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.

Be of benefit to the Australian community

Your contribution may be:

  • economic
  • social
  • cultural, or
  • to raise Australia’s academic, artistic or sports standing internationally  

You must contribute to the nation as a whole.

Have the ability to establish yourself in Australia

You must be able to find work in your field in Australia, or become independently established in your field in Australia.

You can’t include income from work outside your field. Even if this is only part of your overall income.

Be internationally recognised with a record of achievement

You must be internationally recognised with a record of achievement in:

  • a profession
  • a sport
  • the arts, or
  • academia and research

Your achievements must be exceptional and outstanding. This means you:

  • are currently prominent in your field
  • have superior abilities to others in your field
  • are acclaimed as exceptional in any country where your field is practised
  • have a record of sustained achievement that is unlikely to diminish in the future

You must also participate in a field that:

  • is recognised and accepted in Australia
  • has international standing

You must have been prominent in this field in the past 2 years.

Be nominated

You must be nominated to apply for this visa. Your nominator must also meet our criteria.

Your nominator must be an Australian citizen, permanent residenteligible New Zealand citizen or an Australian organisation with a national reputation in the same field as you. Where appropriate, the nomination should come from the peak Australian body. 

Be this age

You can be any age to apply for this visa.

If you are under 18 years old or you are aged 55 years or older when you apply, you must be of exceptional benefit to the Australian community.

Have this visa

You do not need to hold a specific visa to be able to apply for this visa. However, if you are in Australia at the time you apply, you must hold either of the following:

  • a substantive visa
  • Bridging visa A – BVA – (subclass 010)
  • Bridging visa B – BVB – (subclass 020)
  • Bridging visa C – BVC – (subclass 030)

Have functional English

Applicants aged 18 or over, must have functional English or you will need to pay an extra charge, called the second instalment. ​​​​

Meet our health requirement

You and any family members who apply for the visa with you must meet our health requirement.

Family members not accompanying you to Australia may also need to meet our health requirement.

Meet our character requirement

You and family members aged 16 years and over who apply for the visa with you must meet our character requirement.

Family members not accompanying you to Australia must also meet our character requirement. 

Have paid back your debt to the Australian government

If you or any family members (including those who don’t apply for the visa with you) owe the Australian government money, you or they must have paid it back or arranged to pay it back.

Sign the Australian values statement

If you are 18 years of age or older, you must:

  • have read, or had explained to you, the Life in Australia booklet and
  • confirm you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws when you sign an Australian Values Statement.

Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia. 

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