Talent visa for Australia is the best visa option for Australia, as it allows holders to get permanent residency in Australia in a very short time.
Read below to see if you qualify for a talent visa for Australia and what steps you need to take.
What is a Talent visa for Australia?
Global Talent visa for Australia Subclass 858 allows its holders and their family members to have a permanent residency in Australia.
It is for people who have outstanding, recognised, and exceptional talents, skills and achievements in their professional field of work such as arts, sport, profession, academia or research.
You can apply for a talent visa for Australia onshore (in Australia) or offshore (outside Australia).
If the applicant is applying onshore, then he must be a holder of a certain visa subclass at that moment.
Your rights with a Talent visa for Australia
A holder of a Global Talent visa for Australia is entitled to:
- Have a right to permanent residency in Australia,
- Live, work and study in Australia without any restrictions,
- Have Medicare health insurance,
- Sponsor family members to come to Australia, and
- Apply for an Australian citizenship when and if he/she is eligible.
Requirements for a Talent visa for Australia
As mentioned, you must be internationally recognised for your talent and outstanding achievements in profession, sports, arts, or academic work you are engaged in.
It means that:
- You have been prominent in your field for the past two years at least,
- You have some exceptional skills and knowledge compared to other people,
- You are acclaimed as exceptional in your country, but also internationally,
- You have evidence of your achievements that cannot diminish easily in the future.
Australian society as a whole must have some benefit from you, and so your contribution has to be in the field of economy, society, culture, arts or sports.
You must be able to establish yourself and find work in your field in Australia and support your claims with certain evidence.
For a Global talent visa for Australia, it is not necessary to have a job offer. But if you do, it can certainly increase your chances to have a visa granted.
Nominator for a Talent visa for Australia
The biggest challenge in the whole process is usually to find a nominator.
The nominator can be a person who is an Australian citizen or a person with permanent residency in Australia or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
The nominator has a nationally recognised reputation in the same field of work as you.
Optionally, the nominator can be an Australian organisation too that also has a good reputation in the same professional field as you.
The role of the nominator is to confirm your exceptional success and achievements. He must also express the importance of your contribution to Australian society, culture or economy.
Age limit for a Talent visa for Australia
The good news is that there is no age limit for a Global Talent visa for Australia.
However, applicants under the age of 18 or over the age of 55 should provide extra evidence. They need to explain their contribution to Australia and the benefit that Australia could make from their work.
Health and character requirements for a Talent visa for Australia
For almost all Australian visas, as well as for a talent visa for Australia, you need to show that you are in good health condition.
It means that you do not have any known health condition that could endanger Australian society in any way or that would prevent you from passing the health examination.
You also need to meet character requirements. It means checking your criminal record as well as the criminal record of your accompanying family members.
English language requirement for a Talent visa for Australia
You need to show that as a talent visa holder you have at least a functional level of English language.
If other family members aged 18 or over accompany you, they also need to show that they have at least functional English.
Otherwise, you would have to pay an additional fee of AUD$ 4,890 for each person aged 18 or over who joins you and does not have functional English.
Application costs for a Talent visa for Australia
Visa application charge for a distinguished talent visa for Australia is AUD$ 4,110.
For each adult accompanied by a family member there is an extra fee of AUD$ 2,055 per person.
The underage family member must pay AUD$ 1,030 per person.
This visa application charge is paid to the Department of Home Affairs and does not include additional costs such as medical examination, biometric data collection (if required), English language tests, translation of documentation, registered migration agent services and others.
Global Talent Independent Program for Australia
In one of our previous articles, we introduced you to the new Global Talent Independent Program for Australia.
If you meet the above requirements for a talent visa and if you are an expert in a specific industry sector, then there is a possibility that you go through a faster procedure for obtaining a talent visa for Australia.
Prioritised Industry Sectors for Global Talent Independent Program
Distinguished Talent visa for Australia can be issued much faster if your occupation is in any of the following industry sectors:
- Agri-food and AgTech,
- Health Industries,
- Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space,
- Circular Economy,
- Infrastructure and Tourism,
- Financial Services and FinTech, and
If you are an expert in any of these fields, then you can receive an invitation to apply for a visa which gives you greater chances that your talent visa application will be approved later on.
Visa invitation for Global Talent Independent Program
To obtain a visa invitation, you need to gather the necessary documents and apply for a free of charge Expression of Interest for Global Talent Independent Program.
If you receive an invitation, you can apply for a talent visa for Australia with the invitation and expect a faster procedure for your visa approval.
You can apply for a Global Talent visa for Australia right away or you can try to get an invitation for Global Talent Independent Program first.
Whatever path you choose, once your visa is granted, you will obtain rights for a permanent residency in Australia.
Nomination requirements for Global Talent Independent Program
For the Global Talent Independent Program you also need a nominator that can later be your nominator for a Global Talent visa for Australia.
For candidates with the predominantly tech focus, who meet eligibility criteria for Global Talent Independent Program for Australia, we may find a suitable and eligible nominator in one of the priority fields.
How we can help you
Be free to contact us if you:
- Have a nominator and need assistance with the Expression of interest for the Global Talent Independent Program or with an application for a Global Talent visa for Australia,
- Are looking for a nominator, and you are prominent in one of the following priority sectors.
- Would like to discuss your visa options for Australia including a Global Talent visa for Australia.
You can contact us on (Viber) phone number +61423706205 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also book a consultation with our registered migration agent to discuss your visa options for Australia.
If you paid the consultation fee, we will give you a discount and reduce the payment of our full service for the price of consultations.
For updated information, check the website of the Department of Home Affairs.
Note: Please, note that the Department of Home Affairs has repealed the Distinguished Talent visa for Australia Subclass 124 on 14 November 2020 and changed the name from a Distinguished Talent visa Subclass 858 to Global Talent visa Subclass 858. Besides, the list of priority sectors has been updated, too. This article has been updated according to the mentioned changes.