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Global Talent Independent Visa

Subclass 858
(formerly Distinguished Talent Visa)


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    Global Talent Independent Visa Subclass 858 (formerly Distinguished Talent Visa)

    On 27 February 2021, the former Distinguished Talent visa became known as the Global Talent visa, which offers a streamlined visa pathway for highly skilled professionals, or for those who have achieved prominence in the arts, sport or research and academia. It has been designed to attract the best and brightest global talent who are interested in working and living permanently in Australia (migrating to Australia).

    There are two pathways under the Global Talent Visa, Subclass 858:

    a) Global Talent Independent Program (GTIP) is a permanent visa for people who have a national or internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in a targeted eligible field. These include: (a) Resources; (b) Agri-food and Ag-Tech; (c) Energy; (d) Health industries; (e) Defence, advanced manufacturing and space; (f) Circular economy; (g) Digitech; (h) Infrastructure and tourism; (i) Financial services and FinTech; and (j) Education.

    b) Distinguished Talent Visa Pathway is an Australian permanent visa for those who have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in one of the following areas: a profession, sport, arts or academia and research;

    Pathway One – Global Talent Independent Program

    The Global Talent Visa Program is also referred to as the Global Talent Independent Program (GTIP) which has as its central objective to grow Australia’s innovation and tech economies. The aim of the GTIP is to attract top talent in certain critical sectors. The program targets individuals who are distinguished in their field and who are likely to be able to earn at least AU$153,600 in Australia.

    In late 2019, the GTIP was launched by the government to target talent from around the world through a streamlined, priority pathway for those with exceptional skills and talent to migrate to Australia and help us compete with world-leading countries by attracting the best and brightest.

    In 2020-2021, 15,000 places were made available under the program, which is triple to what it was in the previous financial year. This recognises the importance of the contribution to Australia by those who already hold this visa or potentially will make, by those who are eligible to apply under the Global Talent visa.

    The Benefits of the Global Talent Independent program include:

    • Priority processing means these visas are given the highest priority of all Australian migration programs. The process is streamlined and extremely efficient with visas being granted in as little as 1 month from lodgement.
    • This visa is an independent applicant and does not require an applicant to be sponsored by an employer and is not points tested;
    • The visa is granted without any employment limitations or conditions.
    • Being a permanent resident provides a pathway to Australian citizenship.


    Two-step application process:

    1. Whether overseas or in Australia, individuals eligible for the Global Talent Independent Program (GTIP) can lodge their Expression of Interest (EOI) with the Department of Home Affairs to be invited to apply for this visa. Only applicants with a national or international recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in one of the following identified priority sectors below may be eligible:
    1. Resources
    2. Agri-food and Ag-Tech
    3. Energy
    4. Health industries
    5. Defence, advanced manufacturing and space
    6. Circular economy
    7. Digitech
    8. Infrastructure and tourism
    9. Financial services and FinTech
    10. Education


    2. Once invited to apply under EOI, a visa application is then lodged under the Global Talent Independent Pathway (GTIP).

    Am I eligible under the Global Talent Independent Visa program?

    To be eligible you will need to show that you:

    • Are distinguished in one of the identified Global Talent Visa industries: Resources, Agri-Food and AgTech, Energy, Health Industries, Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space, Circular economy, DigiTech, Infrastructure and tourism, Financial services and FinTech, and Education.
    • Have an Australian nominator; You will need an Australian citizen or an Australian organisation to nominate you for the Global Talent visa. There is no fee payable with the nomination, and there are no ongoing obligations for your nominator.
    • The nominator should be in a position of expertise in Australia in your field so as to be able to verify that you have the national/international reputation and that you should be granted a Global Talent visa. An organisation, such as the Australian Computer Society, could also be a nominator.
    • Are able to earn above the Fair Work High Income Threshold (FWHIT) (currently AU$153,600 per annum) in Australia which can be demonstrated with evidence of current earnings, future job offers or recent PhD graduates in the target sectors.
    • If applying from offshore or onshore and not yet earning this amount, you will need to demonstrate you have potential to earn $153,900. In essence, an applicant needs to demonstrate that they would have no difficulty in obtaining employment (or establishing themselves independently) in their field at an income rate to meet Fair Work High Income Threshold (FWHIT)
    • The application needs to address how they can be a potential asset to the Australian community;
    • PhD graduates and certain PhD students may still be eligible to apply for the GTI Program if they can demonstrate exceptional talent and international recognition in a target sector. In addition, PhD students who are nearing completion of their degree must be able to demonstrate they had a record of achievement prior to commencing their PhD studies.
    • The Department is also looking to target certain student cohorts with research that is internationally recognised and relevant to those targeted industries, including those who have recently (in the last 3 years) completed a PhD or (or are close to submitting their thesis).


    How we will help:

    1. Prepare and lodge your expression of interest making sure we focus on all the factors that the Australian government is looking for, often uncovering hidden gems and opportunities in your achievements to help give you an edge in your Expression of Interest application so you can win an invitation to lodge your 858 visa application;
    2. Work with your nominator and referees to build the strongest supporting evidence possible for your case.
    3. Gather evidence of your earning capacity in Australia from researching relevant websites, speaking to industry leaders and prominent people in your field and undertaking market research on your behalf;
    4. Prepare, lodge and then navigate your visa application through the process to approval.
    5. Assist with including eligible family members such as your spouse, de-facto partner and children who may be over 18 but under 23


    Things to avoid when applying for a Global Talent visa in Australia.

    1. Providing a lack of or unclear information and lack of supporting documents, that is submitted when incomplete an Expression of Interest. The EOI is an extremely important step and we work closely with our clients to ensure strong supporting documents are lodged, giving the EOI application a very high chance of winning an invitation to lodge an 858 visa application;
    2. Submitting overly technical complex information, which makes it difficult for an assessor to fully comprehend and understand your achievements, and thereby missing the opportunity of being identified as a Global Talent.



    Pathway Two: The Distinguished Talent pathway.

    This is for applicants working in other sectors, namely: a profession, sport, arts or academia and research. The applicants will need to prove the following:

    • Be of benefit to the Australian community (economically, socially, culturally or by raising Australia’s academic, artistic or sports standing internationally)
    • Demonstrate the ability to establish themselves in Australia by having no difficulty in finding the relevant employment or being independently established
    • Be internationally recognised with a record of achievement in a profession, a sport, the arts or academia and research;
    • Applicants must be acclaimed as exceptional in any country where their field is practiced with a sustained record of achievement;
    • Be nominated by:
      • an Australian citizen,
      • Australian permanent resident,
      • an eligible New Zealand citizen, or
      • an Australian organisation with a national reputation in your area of talent
      • Visa applications by Hong Kong passport holders are prioritised as announced recently by the Department of Home Affairs.

    What Does This Visa Let You Do?

    The Global Talent Visa is a Permanent Visa.

    With this visa you can:

    • stay in Australia indefinitely;
    • work and study in Australia;
    • apply for Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses;
    • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence;
    • travel to and from Australia on an ongoing basis, and be able to apply for a Resident Return visa;
    • apply for Australian citizenship, when eligible;
    • Access certain Australian Government benefits (within prescribed waiting times)
    • buy property and join millions of Australians in the Australian dream of owning your own home;
    • enjoy free schooling for your children.

    Global Talent visas could be complex. Please contact our team of experienced registered migration experts for immediate advice and assistance.

    Frequently asked questions

    • What are the advantages of the Global Talent Independent Visa Program (GTIP)?

      A benefit of applying for the visa subclass 858 is the priority processing as these visas are given the highest priority of all other Australian migration programs. Some applicants can expect to get their visas granted in 1 month from lodgement.

      The Global Talent Independent visa subclass 858 does not require an applicant to be sponsored by an employer and does not require a points test.

      Applicants will need to be able to earn above the Fair Work High Income Threshold (FWHIT) (currently AU$153,600 per annum) in Australia which can be demonstrated with evidence of current earnings, future job offers or recent PhD graduates in the target sectors.

    • How will I be notified that my EOI has been submitted?

      Upon submitting your application, you will see a message acknowledging the submission. This is so far the only way that the Department is using to confirm submissions are done and no e-mails will be sent to the applicant at this stage unless for information or documents’ request or to provide you with the unique identified for your application.

    • When can I expect a response after submitting my EOI?

      Processing times vary and the visa subclass 858 is becoming extremely popular due to its streamlined process and increase in quota for this financial year. Complete and strong applications will be processed quicker, so consult your migration agent before you submit the EOI.

    • What if my EOI is unsuccessful?

      You will be notified by the Department of the outcome of your application, whether accepted or not.

    • Who can be a nominator?

      A person who is prominent in your field or the peak industry body in your field.

    • What is the current processing time for the Global Talent Independent visa?

      Thanks to the streamlined and priority processing of the visa subclass 858, most applications are finalised in under 2 months and stronger complete applications have been approved in under 1 month.

    • Can I apply for a Global Talent Independent Visa if I am currently in Australia on a Bridging Visa pending an outcome of another visa application?

      Yes, you can. The recent visa changes now allow applicants to apply onshore so long as they hold either a substantive visa, or a Bridging Visa A, B, or C.

    • How can AustraliaMigrate help you with your Global Talent Independent Visa subclass 858 application?
      1. Our experienced registered Migration Agents will help you prepare and lodge your EOI (expression of interest) to ensure your application has a high chance of success by meeting what the Australian government is expecting;
      2. Work with your nominator to get you the required supporting evidence possible for your case.
      3. Find the supporting proof by research and dedicated proactive means to discover your potential earning capacity in Australia.
      4. Explore your hidden opportunities to help you uncover innovative ways of demonstrating how you meet the requirements of the Global Talent Independent Program
      5. Manage your visa application throughout the entire process on your behalf to ensure a smooth, stress free application process as possible.

    Client Story


    Sandeep Sharma applied for his Permanent Residence visa under subclass 186 Employer Nominated Sponsorship, after two years of being sponsored under a 457 Employer Sponsorship visa. His Permanent Visa was granted on August 2014.

    I have been in Sydney, Australia for the last 6 years. I was referred to AustraliaMigrate by a friend of mine.

    In the beginning, I was sponsored by my company under a 457 visa. As I would like to stay on in Australia, I applied for the visa Permanent Residence Visa (186).

    The visa application process was complex and very challenging. AustraliaMigrate helped me to prepare and lodge my application in a limited time. My application was approved just within one week and my 457 long stay business visa was granted.

    Why Australia Migrate?

    “AustraliaMigrate Pty Ltd has been helping people around the world successfully apply for Australian visas for over 17 years.
    Our professional specialists are highly experienced in the migration environment.”

    We guide individuals and businesses through the complex migration process to Australia. With long years of industry experience, our immigration specialists have built a reputation of providing accessible, accurate and genuine advice to our esteemed clients.
    Our specialists assist in preparing and reviewing your documents and forms before submitting for successful approval. We strive to make the whole immigration process hassle-free for you.

    We have a very high success rate of visa approval and a solid reputation resulting in a large amount of repeat business. We provide immigration services to individuals, families and companies, whether they are small or public companies and in any industry.
    Immigration is the only thing we do so we are highly specialized in it.

    What our clients have to say about us


    Thank you Ian. Fabulous news. Thanks to you and your team’s effort and work. Great service.


    Thank you SO so much for all of your patience and work on this. Still hasn’t sunk in yet that I’m actually free! Once again, massive thanks to both you and Mariola!!


    Thanks so much for this excellent news. I’m impressed how fast and smooth it all went, which is a result of excellence in services. Thanks so much for all the attention.

    M. MOBIN

    Thank you Ian ,I highly appreciate your kind efforts. Its a big day for me and my family and you make it possible. May you live long with health, wealth and peace.

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