Subclass 124 & 858 Distinguished Talent Visa

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Australian Distinguished Talent Visa (Subclass 124 & 858)

The Distinguished Talent Visa (subclass 124 or 858) is a permanent visa for people with a history of excellence in an eligible field.

  • To apply, you must have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement (and still be prominent) in a profession, a sport, the arts or academia and research
  • be nominated by an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, eligible New Zealand citizen, or Australian organisation with a national reputation in relation to your area of talent

This is a Permanent Residence visa and holders can:

  • work and study
  • stay in Australia permanently
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence in Australia
  • if eligible, become an Australian citizen
  • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare
  • sponsor your relatives to come to Australia
  • travel to and from Australia for 5 years

Where can you apply ?

  • SC 124 visa: You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa, but you must be outside Australia when we decide on your application.
  • SC 858 visa: If you will be inside Australia when we decide on your visa application, you could apply for the Distinguished Talent visa


Be internationally recognised with a record of achievement

You must be internationally recognised with a record of achievement in:

  • a profession
  • a sport
  • the arts, or
  • academia and research

Your achievements must be exceptional and outstanding. This means you:

  • are currently prominent in your field
  • have superior abilities to others in your field
  • are acclaimed as exceptional in any country where your field is practised
  • have a record of sustained achievement that is unlikely to diminish in the future

You must also participate in a field that:

  • is recognised and accepted in Australia
  • has international standing
  • You must have been prominent in this field in the past 2 years.

You must be of benefit to the Australian Community:

  • economic
  • social
  • cultural, or
  • to raise Australia’s academic, artistic or sports standing internationally
  • You must contribute to the nation as a whole.

You must be nominated

  • You must be nominated to apply for this visa. Your nominator must also meet our criteria.
  • Your nominator must be an Australian citizen, Permanent resident, Eligible New Zealand citizen or an Australian organisation with a national reputation in the same field as you. Where appropriate, the nomination should come from the peak Australian body.


  • If you are under 18 years old or you are aged 55 years or older when you apply, you must be of exceptional benefit to the Australian community.



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