How to apply: Global Talent or Distinguished Talent visa?

What are the types of Distinguished Talent visas?


Global Talent visa Subclass 858 –


You must

  • either be in or outside Australia but not in immigration clearance when you apply and when we grant this visa
  • 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,
    • an eligible New Zealand citizen, or
    • an Australian organisation with a national reputation in your area of talent


Distinguished Talent Subclass 124 


You must

  • be outside Australia when this visa is granted
  • have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in one of the following areas (and still be prominent in the area):
    • 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


Notes: This visa is closed to new applications. To apply for the Distinguished Tale​​nt visa see Global Talent visa (subclass 858).  ​



Global Talent visa

The Subclass 858 visa is for persons in Australia who wish to settle permanently in Australia and who have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in an eligible area or have provided specialised assistance to the Australian Government in matters of security.


Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 858) – Application process


The application process for the subclass 858 visa can be broken down into different steps as explained below –

Step one – The applicant must provide a completed nomination form (Form 1000 Nomination for Distinguished Talent) from any of the eligible nominators that meets the criteria set by the government. This form is submitted alongside all necessary informational documents as requested by the Department of Home Affairs.

Step two – Lodgement of the application online via the Department of Home Affairs portal which includes payment of the necessary application fees and submission of all documents.

Step three – Department of Home Affairs reviews and processes the application.

Step four – Once the application is approved, the visa grant notice will be sent to the applicant including the visa grant number, commencement date of the visa as well as visa conditions where applicable. If the application is rejected, the applicant will also be notified with reasons for the refusal and also where there is a possibility of reconsidering the visa application, the applicant will be notified. The visa application fee is non – refundable.


Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 858) Processing times

Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:

  • whether you have been invited to apply for this visa under the Global Talent Visa Program
  • whether you have lodged an application for the Distinguished Talent program
  • whether you have lodged a complete application, including all required supporting documents
  • how quickly you respond to requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on supporting information provided
  • how long it takes to receive extra information from external agencies, in relation to health, character, and national security requirements
  • how many places are available in the migration program


How to expedite Distinguished Talent Visa Subclass 858 application 

The subclass 858 visa requires a careful and critical application process.

Here at No Borders Group, our experienced immigration experts are readily available to assist throughout the application process. We will render the best advice to you in respect to your eligibility for the visa, documents to tender as well as how to find the right Australian sponsor. The subclass 858 visa application takes time and some application fees. In the event your application gets refused, the application fee will not be refunded. This can be frustrating and something that you definitely don’t want to do twice.


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