Australian Global Talent Visas & Distinguished Talent Visas

Are you a superstar in your field of expertise? A world record holder; a renowned inventor; a world class athlete; an Oscar winning actress or singer; or perhaps a recent PhD graduate with interest in upcoming fields such as quantum mechanics or blockchain? Then Australia wants you!

The Australian government offers permanent visas to attract the best talent from around the world.

There are 3 classes of talent based visas. There are:

  • Global Talent Independent (GTI) visa
  • Global Talent Employer Sponsored (GTSE) visa
  • Distinguished Talent Subclass 858 visa

Global Talent & Distinguished Talent Visa Options

Thinking of applying for a Global Talent Visa or Distinguished Talent Visa? This comprehensive guide is for you.

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Global Talent Independent (GTI) Visa

The Global Talent Independent (GTI) Visa Program is designed to attract highly talented individuals, with entrepreneurial ideas and cutting-edge skills within target industry sectors, who can contribute to Australia’s economy by driving innovation and supporting the creation of local jobs.

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Visa Application Fees (AUD)

From AUD 4,110.

There is also a fee for each family member who applies for the visa with you.

You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

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Age Limit (years)

To apply for this visa you must be between 18 and 55 years old.

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.

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Avg. Processing Time (months)

Processing time for EOI Stage

  • 75% of applications: 4 months
  • 90% of applications: 5 months

Processing time for GTI Visa Stage

  • 75% of applications: 1 months
  • 90% of applications: 2 months
Key Highlights

Target sectors

You must be highly skilled in one of the 7 target sectors and also be able to attract a salary of AUD 153,600 that meets the high income threshold.

    • AgTech
    • Space and Advanced Manufacturing
    • FinTech
    • Energy and Mining Technology
    • MedTech
    • Cyber Security
    • Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT

Global Talent

  • You must prove that you are internationally recognised with evidence of outstanding achievements
  • You must still be prominent in your field of expertise
  • You must provide evidence that your would be an asset to Australia, in your area of expertise
  • You must either already have an employment or have no difficulty obtaining employment in Australia or becoming established in your field
  • A recognised organisation or individual in Australia working in the same field as you, must endorse you as global talent.
  • You must show an exceptional track record of professional achievement. This may include senior roles, patents, professional awards and international publications and memberships.
  • Even Masters and Phd students with GPA of over 80 can be eligible for this visa.

High income threshold

  • You should have the ability to attract a salary at or above the Fair Work high income threshold of AUD153,600.
  • Immigration will assess this by considering:
    • current salary shown through payslips or a contract, or
    • future job offers outlining remuneration, or
    • recent PhD or Masters graduates in the target sectors
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Distinguished Talent visa subclasses 858

The Distinguished Talent (Subclasses 858) visas 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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Visa Application Fees (AUD)

From AUD 4,110.

If you are assessed as not having functional English then you need to pay a 2nd instalment of   $4,890 otherwise the 2nd instalment is NIL.

There is also a fee for each family member who applies for the visa with you.

You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

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Age Limit (years)

To apply for this visa you must be between 18 and 55 years old.

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.

Key Highlights
  • For Distinguished Talent Subclass 858 Visa you can be in or outside Australia when you apply and when this visa is decided.
  • For distinguished talent visa subclasses you must :
    • have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in one of the following:
      • a profession;
      • a sport;
      • the arts;
      • academia and research; and
    • be still prominent in your area in the past 2 years
    • show that you would be an asset to the Australian community
    • have no difficulty getting employment, or in becoming established independently in your field in Australia
    • be between 18 and 55 years old when you apply otherwise you will need to provide evidence of exceptional benefit to the Australian community
    • meet health and character requirements
    • meet special return criteria
    • not have any outstanding debt to the Australian government
    • be nominated using form 1000 by one of the following:
      • an Australian peak body or organisation
      • an Australian citizen
      • an Australian permanent resident, or
      • an eligible New Zealand citizen
  • The nominating person or organization must also:
    • have a national reputation in your field
    • be highly regarded throughout Australia – a reputation in one state or region would not be considered ‘national’

Need help with your Global Talent visa or Distinguished Talent visa application?

Enter your details to book a free consultation with one of our experienced Registered Migration Agents. We can customise our plans as per your circumstances.

Both, do-it-yourself (DIY) as well as full service options are available. Book now!

DIY

We understand that some applicants prefer the DIY option. We can review your application and highlight any risks to minimise the chances of refusal. Enter your details and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

Full Service

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Methodology

How it works

Here’s how we'll work with you:

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Initial consultation & documents review

We ask you to send us some background information. An experienced consultant is assigned to your case who sets up an initial online call to go over your specific migration goals and challenges.

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In depth research & Advice

Your personal consultant then researches all possible options for you and prepares a detailed plan of action and milestones for your successful migration.

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Application prep & submission

Once you approve the plan, your personal consultant takes over. Your application is prepared, all relevant documents are compiled and lodged focusing on timely and error free submissions.

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Ongoing updates & communication

Our team continually monitors the progress of your application every step of the process. Any updates are promptly communicated to you to ensure that nothing slips through the cracks.

Accreditations & Memberships

Good luck to you with your Global Talent visa & Distinguished Talent visa application as well as with your journey to becoming a permanent resident and citizen of Australia.

Still need more help? Contact our Global Talent Visa Specialists who will guide you step by step in preparing and lodging your visa application.

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