Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 124)

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

  • be outside Australia when this visa is granted (if you are in Australia see SC858)
  • 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

Meeting the requirements for a Distinguished Talent Visa is a high test. You must:

  • have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in your profession
  • be still prominent in the area
  • would be an asset to the Australian community
  • have no difficulty getting employment, or in becoming established independently in your field in Australia
  • Be nominated by;
  • an Australian peak body or organisation
  • an Australian citizen
  • an Australian permanent resident, or
  • an eligible New Zealand citizen

They must also:

  • have a national reputation in your field
  • be highly regarded throughout Australia

Note a reputation in one state or region would not be considered ‘national’

Related: Global Talent Independent program (GTI)

Related: Distinguished Talent Visa (Subclass 858) – for applicants in Australia

Visa Costs:

 

Government fee: AU$4,110

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.

English requirements:

 

All applicants must have functional English or you will need to pay an extra charge, called the second instalment to be granted this visa.

You need to show your record of achievement

  • Relevant qualifications and awards, including those received from internationally recognised institutions.
  • Advice from government, professional, scientific, cultural, sporting or other relevant bodies in Australia.
  • A statement by the nominator supporting your record of achievement.
  • If you are younger than 18 or older than 55 years of age: evidence that you would be of exceptional benefit to the Australian community.

Your ability to find employment or become established independently in your field in Australia

You must demonstrate why you would have no difficulty in obtaining employment, or how you expect to support yourself, in Australia within your area of achievement. Income from employment which is not related to the area of achievement cannot satisfy the requirements of the visa, even if this only comprises part of your overall income.

Distinguished Talent Visa (PR)

The Distinguished Talent Visas is a permanent residence visa. It allows you and your family to

  • study and in Australia
  • live indefinitely in Australia
  • travel to and from Australia for 5 years (after that time you will be required to obtain a resident return visas)
  • apply for citizenship
  • enroll in the Australian governments medical  fund, Medicare
  • work in Australia
  • study in Australia
  • apply for Australian citizenship
  • sponsor eligible relatives for residency in Australia

Other visas that may suit your needs may be:

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

Related: Global Talent Independent program (GTI)

Related: Australian Computer Society Nominates for Global Talent Visa

Related: Global Talent visa invitation numbers by nationality

Related: Distinguished Talent Visa (Subclass 858) – Onshore

Related: Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 124) – Offshore

Book a meeting for a commitment free briefing with our Registered Migration Agents in Melbourne to find more about your visa options.