The distinguished talent visa program is an Australian permanent visa for very highly accomplished people who are internationally recognised in their field.

Distinguish Talent 858 visa is for both onshore and offshore visa applicants. 

There is no direct temporary pathway to the distinguished talent visas, however, they can be an option for some highly skilled temporary visa holders.


What are the requirements?

There are a range of requirements for the distinguished talent visas relating to:

  • Age
  • English language ability
  • Skills
  • Australian nominator

Age requirement for Distinguished 858 Visa

You can be any age and apply for the Distinguished Talent 858 Visas. 

However, if you are under 18 or over 55, you will need to show that you are of exceptional benefit to the Australian community.


English requirement for Distinguished Talent 858 Visa 

There is a requirement to show at least functional English for the Distinguished Talent 858 Visas.

If you are not able to show functional English, you may need to pay a second instalment visa application charge. As at June 2020, this is $4,890 for each applicant who cannot prove functional English.


Skills requirement for Distinguished Talent 858 Visa

To apply for the distinguished talent visa, you must be a very highly acclaimed person in your field.

The distinguished talent visas have what is most likely the highest skills threshold of any Australian visa.

It does not require a skills assessment.

This is the part of the distinguished talent visa which requires the most work. Often applicants will need to provide a large collection of documents which demonstrate the depth of their career and a number of references from other accomplished people in their field, Australian or otherwise, who are able to attest to the applicant’s standing in the field.


Nomination requirement

To be eligible for the Distinguished Talent 858 visa, you must provide a nomination from an Australian organisation or individual.

This must be in the form of a Form 1000 and they must be able to vouch for your level of accomplishment.

Your nominator will need to have a national reputation in Australia in the same field as you.


Basis for the Global Talent visa

The distinguished talent 858 visas are the underlying visas behind the Global Talent program. When you are applying for the Global Talent  Visa, you are actually applying for a 858 visa!

Learn more about the various Global Talent programs by clicking here.


Things to Consider

For onshore Subclass 858 visa applicants,  they are required to hold a substantive visa or a BVA, B or C visa in Australia to apply for a Subclass 858.


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How can Work Visa Lawyers help?

Work Visa Lawyers is highly experienced in all parts of the Distinguished Talent and Global Talent visa application process. We are able to assist with all aspects of the application, and can also provide advice in relation to:

  • your eligibility for a Distinguished Talent visa
  • documents to demonstrate your skills

  • finding an Australian nominator

Work Visa Lawyers will provide an eligibility assessment before advising you to proceed with a visa application.

Our team of experienced Immigration Lawyers and Migration Agents in Adelaide look forward to assisting you with your Australian visa or appeal.

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