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Distinguished Talent Visa

Subclass 124 and 858

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Distinguished Talent Visa Subclass 858

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.

How This Visa Works

You can either be in Australia or overseas when you apply for and are granted a subclass 858 Distinguished Talent Visa.

If you are in Australia you must hold a substantive visa or a BVA, BVB or BVC. Once you apply for a subclass 858 from within Australia, you will receive a bridging visa allowing you to remain in Australia until your subclass 858 visa application is assessed.


Who Is Eligible For This Visa?

General Requirements:

  • There are no age limits
  • Applicants younger than 18 or older than 55 at the time of application have to be of exceptional benefit to the Australian community.
  • You have an internationally recognized record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in one of the following areas: a profession, sport, arts or academia and research.
  • You are still prominent in your area of talent.
  • You would be an asset to the Australian community.
  • You must prove that you are able to work or support yourself in your field of achievement in Australia.
  • An Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, eligible New Zealand citizen, or Australian organization with a national reputation in the same field as you nominated you in relation to your area of talent.
  • All applicants meet the Australian health and character criteria.

What Does This Visa Let You Do?

You can include the following types of family members in your application:

  • Spouse, de-facto partner (including the same-sex partners)
  • Dependent children up to 23yo unless they are financially dependent on you as they are not able to work due to their physical or mental condition.
  • If you are under 18:
    • a parent
    • members of the family unit of that parent

This is a Permanent Visa. It lets you:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for five years
  • apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible

Skilled work visas are complex. Please contact our team of experienced registered migration experts for immediate advice and assistance.

Frequently asked questions

  • Resident Return Visas – What are my Options?

    Living in Australia for at least two years (can be accumulative) in the last 5 years prior to lodging your visa you will automatically be granted a new 5 -year Permanent Residence Visa.

    If you have spent less than 2 years in Australia, then you may be eligible for a one-year RRV. You would need to present ties you have to Australia such as employment, investment, family or business ties.

    Speak to us how best to present your RRV application and what to do in the lag time between lodgement and assessment.

  • Can I apply for a Bridging visa?

    No, generally not.

    A bridging visa is granted automatically if an applicant has applied for a visa from a substantive visa and the visa which they have applied from expires but the new one they have applied for has not yet been granted. To keep someone lawfully in Australia while the new visa application is being assessed, that person automatically goes onto a Bridging visa A.

    If they want to travel outside of Australia while their visa is being assessed, then they need to apply for a Bridging visa B. At all times, a visa holder must avoid being in Australia without a valid visa or a Bridging visa. People who are unlawfully in Australia are placed on a Bridging visa E which requires them to depart Australia immediately. This usually carries a three-year restriction on any temporary visa that allows re-entry into Australia.

  • Where can I see my current visa status?

    As a visa holder, you can use VEVO to check your current visa details and conditions.

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.


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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