Global Talent Visa (Subclass 858)

Global Talent Visa

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This is a visa for people with internationally recognised talents.

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

This visa grants you the following privileges:

  1. To stay in Australia indefinitely.
  2. To work and study in Australia.
  3. To enrol in Medicare, Australia’s public healthcare scheme.
  4. To sponsor your relatives to come to Australia.
  5. To travel to and from Australia for 5 years.
  6. To apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible.

If you are a newly arrived resident, you might have to wait before you can access certain Australian Government payments and benefits.

You may be in or outside of Australia but not in immigration clearance when you apply and when this visa is decided.

Eligibility Criteria

This visa includes the following criteria:

  1. Your talent and achievements must be attested to by a nominator who has a national reputation in the same area as you, and is one of the following:
    1. an Australian citizen
    2. an Australian permanent resident
    3. an eligible New Zealand citizen
    4. an Australian organisation. (Where appropriate, your nomination should come from the peak Australian body in your area.)
  2. You must have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in one of the following:
    1. A profession
    2. A sport
    3. The arts
    4. Academia and research
  3. You must be active and still currently outstanding in your area, and have a record of recent achievements.
  4. You must be an asset to the Australian community. Your contribution may be:
    1. economic
    2. social
    3. cultural
    4. to raise Australia's academic, artistic or sports standing internationally
  5. You must demonstrate that you would be able to find work, or become independently established, in your area of expertise in Australia without difficulty.
  6. You can be any age to apply for this visa. If you are under 18 years or are 55 years or older when you apply, you must be of exceptional benefit to the Australian community.
  7. Applicants aged 18 years and older at the time of application must provide evidence of having at least functional English.
  8. You and your family members applying with you must meet the health requirement. Other non-migrating family members may also need to meet this requirement.
  9. You and any members of your family who are 16 years of age or over and are applying for this visa with you must meet certain character requirements. Other family members might also need to meet certain character requirements.
  10. You and your family must have paid back any money owed to the Australian Government or have a formal arrangement to repay it.
  11. Sign the Australian values statement if you are 18 years of age or older, confirming your commitment to respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws.
  12. Your immigration history is considered, and you may be ineligible if you have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused.

Eligibility Criteria - Visa Requirement

If you are outside Australia when you apply, you do not need to hold a specific visa to apply for this visa. However, if you are in Australia at the time you apply, you must hold one of the following:

  1. A substantive visa
  2. Bridging visa A – BVA - (subclass 010)
  3. Bridging visa B – BVB – (subclass 020)
  4. Bridging visa C – BVC – (subclass 030)

If you currently hold, or your last substantive visa held was either:

  1. Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491); or
  2. Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) (subclass 494)

You must have held that visa for at least 3 years at the time you apply.

Visa Pathways

The Global Talent visa is designed for exceptional global talent and is structured with two distinct pathways:

  1. Global Talent Pathway:
    1. Offers priority processing for highly skilled applicants who possess an internationally recognised record of exceptional achievements in sectors defined by the Minister.
    2. Applicants should either currently earn, or are anticipated to earn, at the Fair Work High Income Threshold.
    3. Before applying for this pathway, applicants need to submit an Expression of Interest, outlining their qualifications for priority processing. Successful submissions will receive a unique reference and identifier, crucial for a subsequent Global Talent (subclass 858) visa application.
    4. Further details about the Global Talent pathway, including Expression of Interest requirements and the submission process, are available at EOI requirements.
  2. Distinguished Talent Pathway:
    1. Tailored for extremely talented individuals with an internationally recognised record of exceptional achievements in professions, sports, the arts, or academia and research, excluding sectors defined by the Minister.
    2. Unlike the Global Talent pathway, no Expression of Interest is required for this pathway.

Applicants have the option to apply for both the Global Talent and Distinguished Talent pathways online through their ImmiAccount.

Inclusion of Other Family Members

When applying for this visa, you have the option to include members of your family unit. You have the option to include them when you submit your visa application or add them afterwards, but it must be done before the decision is made.

Key points to know:

  1. If you are under 18 years old, you are limited to including your parents and the family unit of that parent.
  2. All family members included in the visa application must satisfy the health and character requirements, irrespective of whether they plan to accompany you to Australia.
  3. In the case your partner or dependent children are not part of this application, you must provide the reason for their exclusion.

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