Distinguished Talent Visa

Distinguished Talent visa allows individuals with an internationally recognised record of achievement in their field of expertise, or those who have provided specialised assistance to the Australian Government in the matters of security, to migrate permanently to Australia.

Distinguished Talent Visa Requirements

Distinguished talent visa applicants must:

  • be nominated by a nationally recognised Australian Citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen or Australian organisation or business in your field, endorsing your achievements and international standing.
  • have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in a profession, sport, the arts or academia and research (and are still prominent in that field).
  • be an asset to the Australian community (if under 18 or over 55 years of age, you must demonstrate that you would be of exceptional benefit to the Australian community).
  • have no difficulty in obtaining employment in Australia or establishing yourself independently in your field.
  • meet the health and character requirements.

Update for Distinguished Talent Visa Applicants

The offshore subclass 124 (Distinguished Talent) visa was repealed on 14 November 2020. Additional changes to the Distinguished Talent visa regulations include:

  • holders or formers holders of certain temporary and visitor visas will no longer be barred from applying onshore
  • applicants in Australia must hold a substantive visa or a BVA, B or C visa
  • PIC 4005 health criteria is replaced with PIC 4007 which will allow discretionary health waivers for applicants and family members
  • introduce special return criteria 5001, 5992 and 5010 for all primary and secondary applicants for this visa
  • for offshore grants, a first entry date will be specified and Condition 8515
  • provide family violence provisions for onshore applications applications

Applications made before 14 November 2020 will continue to be subject to the regulations in place at the time of application. The amendment to the Subclass 858 regulations applies to applications made on or after 14 November 2020.

Book a Consultation

Consult with a qualified Registered Migration Agent to be sure you are making the best decisions for your circumstances. Please book an appointment to discuss your Australian visa application with a Registered Migration Agent.