DISTINGUISHED TALENT VISA (SUBCLASS 124 & 858)

Everything about Distinguished Talent Visa and Requirements

What Is The Distinguished Talent Visa

The visa 124 and 858 is for persons who wish to settle permanently in Australia and who have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in an eligible area.

The Australian Government, is actively encouraging people who have:

  • completed a Doctoral degree (PhD) in the last 3 years, or are submitting their thesis in the next 6 months; or
  • completed a Bachelor Honours degree or Masters degree in the last 3 years, and have an overall grade-point average of 80 (or above) out of 100

to consider applying for a Distinguished Talent visa. These graduates/students would also be eligible to receive the highest visa processing priority.

An Applicant can be in or outside of Australia to apply for visa 124, or visa 858 while you are onshore.

How to have a Distinguished Talent Visa By a PHD

You would meet the ‘internationally recognised’ threshold.

Achievements by a PhD student/graduate, Masters degree or Bachelor Honours degree graduate will be considered internationally recognised if:

  • their research is of international interest and significance;
  • their research would be relevant to an international audience;
  • they have presented their research at international forums; or
  • their research could be used to inform academia, governments and industry abroad; or
  • their research is relevant to Australian academia, governments and industry in respect to advancing Australia’s international competitiveness; or
  • their research highlights the potential for innovation and productivity increases for Australian organisations and industries operating in an international or globalised context; and
  • they have achieved a grade-point average of 80 (or above) out of 100, if they are a Masters degree or Bachelor Honours degree graduate

Prominence for Distinguished Talent Visa By a PHD

Bachelor Honours degree or Masters degree graduates would be taken to have met the requirement to still be prominent in their area of academia and research at the time of application if they have completed their studies in the last 3 years.

PhD students must have completed their studies in the last 3 years, or demonstrate that they will submit their thesis within the next 6 months in order to satisfy the requirement

Distinguished Talent visa – Academia and research

If the applicant’s area of achievement is in the area of academia and research,

Evidence of exceptional and outstanding achievements including:

  • reports commissioned;
  • books published;
  • articles published in professional journals, magazines and newspapers;
  • awards received;
  • recognition by peers (including citation in journals);
  • statements of achievement from government, professional,
  • scientific or other relevant bodies;
  • honours and accolades (for example, a Nobel Prize in Medicine);
  • professional designation such as Professor, PhD, or M.D, whether this be purely honorary or symbolic, or associated with credentials attesting to specific competence, learning or skills;
  • membership of international groups and organisations associated with the area of learning;
  • evidence of government/private grants associated with the applicant’s research;
  • evidence of receiving a fellowship or an honorary appointment such as Professor or Associate Professor in one or more highly regarded educational institutions that specialises in the same field;
  • academic qualifications associated with the applicant’s area of expertise;
  • scale and audience of research undertaken or completed;
  • statements from the applicant’s research supervisor (or professor) that the student’s thesis/ research has strong prospects of being published;
  • academic statement of results (demonstrating high academic achievement) from an internationally recognised university;
  • one or more peer reviewed publications in the applicant’s area of study/research;
  • links to any reputable websites which refer to the applicant and what they have done/achieved.

Distinguished Talent visa – A profession

  • national and international industry awards and accolades;
  • references from current and past employers;
  • statements from prominent business and industry peers;
  • academic degrees or professional designations associated with the applicant’s profession;
  • personal/professional titles (such as CEO, Director, Department Head and Professor) indicating an earned rank or position within the formal structure of an organisation;
  • newspaper and magazine articles attesting to achievements and/or awards; and
  • links to any reputable websites which refer to the applicant and what they have achieved.

Distinguished Talent visa – Sport 

Exceptional and outstanding sporting achievements; including:

  • national and international rankings;
  • membership of national sporting teams;
  • results in international competitions or tournaments;
  • statements from international sporting bodies;
  • sporting scholarships received;
  • newspaper and magazine articles attesting to achievements; and
  • links to any reputable websites which refer to the applicant’s sporting achievements.

Distinguished Talent visa – The Arts

Evidence of exceptional and outstanding achievements in the arts including:

  • books published;
  • national and internationals sales achieved;
  • awards and commissions received;
  • galleries in which works are displayed;
  • scale and audience of displays held;
  • recognition by peers;
  • honours and accolades (for example, an Academy Award, or a Nobel Prize in Literature);
  • academic qualifications associated with the applicant’s area of the arts;
  • statements from national and international artistic bodies;
  • newspaper and magazine articles attesting to achievements;
  • links to any reputable websites which refer to the applicant’s artistic achievements.

Assessing employability

Employment contracts or offers of employment related to the area of achievement for work in Australia. This may be evidenced by current and future employment

All Applicants Must be nominated

All applicants are required to produce a completed approved Form 1000 (Nomination for Distinguished Talent).

This form requires the applicant must be nominated by a nominator who has a national reputation:

Grant of Distinguished Talent Visa (PR)

Once you have your visa granted, you can

  • study and in Australia
  • live indefinitely in Australia
  • apply for citizenship
  • enroll in the Australian governments medical  fund, Medicare
  • work in Australia
  • bring your family members with you

Other visas that may suit your needs may be:

  • Entertainment Visas
  • Visiting Academic Visas
  • Religious Worker Visas
  • Sports Visas

Distinguished Talent visa application in Australia- Other sectors

If you have provided specialised assistance to the Australian Government in matters of security.

The relevant sectors are:

(a) AgTech (the application of technology to agriculture and food production);
(b) FinTech (technology that seeks to improve and automate the delivery and use of financial services);
(c) MedTech (medical technologies and pharmaceuticals);
(d) Cyber Security;
(e) Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT;
(f) Space and Advanced Manufacturing; and
(g) Energy and Mining Technology.

Application for the grant a Distinguished Talent visa 858

not to hold the fowling visas

  • Subclass 601 (Electronic Travel Authority);
  • Subclass 988 (Maritime Crew);
  • Subclass 679 (Sponsored Family Visitor);
  • Subclass 459 (Sponsored Business Visitor (Short Stay));
  • Subclass 488 (Superyacht Crew);
  • Subclass 400 (Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist));
  • Subclass 676 (Tourist);
  • Subclass 651 (eVisitor);
  • Subclass 600 (Visitor) ;
  • Special purpose visa; or
  • Subclass 456 (Business (Short Stay)) visa.

Government application fee from AU$4,110

You can be any age to apply for this visa. However, 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.

All applicants must have functional English (IELTS 5) or you will need to pay an extra charge when your visa has granted.

Yes, The Distinguished Talent Visas is a permanent residence visa.

  • Application to be accompanied by approved form 1000

    Must be nominated by a nominator who has a national reputation in Australia.

  • Outstanding achievement’ and international recognition

    An applicant has an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement.

  • Assessing employability

    This may be evidenced by current and future employment opportunities from employers, employment/recruitment agencies, universities or organisations involved with the area of achievement in Australia;