Global Talent Visa (Subclass 858)


The Global Talent Visa (Subclass 858) is a permanent visa for highly skilled professionals to live and work in Australia.

Applicants must demonstrate exceptional and outstanding achievements in an eligible field and be considered beneficial to the Australian community.

An applicant’s contribution to Australia may be economic, social, or academic. The applicant’s profession does not need to be on the Skilled Occupation List.


The Global Talent Visa Pathways


The Global Talent Visa includes two pathways:

  1. The Global Talent pathway; and
  2. The Distinguished Talent pathway.


1. Global Talent Pathway


The Global Talent pathway is streamlined.

To apply for the Global Talent pathway, applicants must generally be talented in one of the following fields:

  • Resources;
  • Agri-food & AgTech;
  • Energy;
  • Health Industries;
  • Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space;
  • Circular Economy;
  • Digital Technology;
  • Infrastructure and Tourism;
  • Financial Services and Financial Technology; and
  • Education.

Applicants must submit an expression of interest (EOI) to receive an invitation to apply.

If an applicant’s EOI is successful, they may receive an invitation to apply in a matter of days. Visa applications are usually processed in 1-3 months.

We have obtained countless invitations and can assist applicants with submitting a strong EOI.


2. The Distinguished Talent pathway


The Distinguished Talent pathway is for talented applicants who have internationally recognised achievements in other sectors.

The applicants’ achievements may be in a profession, sport, the arts, or research.

Processing times for the Distinguished Talent pathway generally takes 1– 2.5 years.


Why apply for the Global Talent Visa?


As a holder of the Global Talent Visa, you can work and study in Australia, and you may sponsor relatives to join you. Visa holders can also include dependents in their application.

You can also take advantage of Medicare, Australia’s public health care system, and apply for Australian citizenship once eligible.

Furthermore, you can travel to and from Australia as many times as you like for 5-years. You will need to apply for a Resident Return Visa (RRV) to continue travelling afterwards.

In May 2021, the Government announced in its Federal Budget that it will commit $550 million over 4 years to attract talent and business through the program.


How to apply for the Global Talent Visa


To apply for the Global Talent Visa, applicants must also satisfy the following requirements:

Generally, applicants must also have at least functional English language skills (concessions may apply if the applicant has paid the second instalment of the visa application charge).


Do I need a previous visa to apply for the Global Talent Visa?


Overseas applicants do not need a previous Australian visa to be eligible.

If applying onshore, applicants must hold a substantive visa or one of the following:

  • Subclass 010 Bridging A visa;
  • Subclass 020 Bridging B visa; or
  • Subclass 030 Bridging C visa.

Additionally, applicants may be eligible if they have held one of the following visas for at least 3 years:


Is there an age limit for the Global Talent Visa?


There is no age limit for the Global Talent Visa.

However, priority can be given to applicants aged between 18 – 55 years old.

Applicants aged below 18 or above 55 years may still be eligible if they are considered to be an exceptional benefit to the Australian community.

Evidence that may help applicants aged below 18 or above 55 years include:

  • Job offers in Australia;
  • Service agreements or business contracts in Australia; or
  • Grants associated with planned research in Australia.


Who can be nominated for the Global Talent Visa?


Applicants must be nominated to apply for the Global Talent Visa.

The nominator must have a national reputation in the same field as the applicant and should come from the peak Australian body in that field (when appropriate).

The nominator must also be

  • an Australian citizen;
  • an Australian permanent resident;
  • an eligible New Zealand citizen; or
  • an Australian organisation.

For example, the nominator can be the applicant’s current employer, supervisor, or someone that is aware of and can attest to the applicant’s record of achievement in their area of talent.

Applicants do not need employment or state sponsorship to apply.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Does the Global Talent Visa lead to Permanent Residence (PR)?

The Global Talent Visa is a permanent visa and has a direct pathway to citizenship.

How long does a Global Talent Visa application take to be processed?

If applying through the Global Talent pathway, applications may take anywhere from 3 weeks to 4 months.

If applying through the Distinguished Talent pathway, applications can take anywhere from 10 months to 2.5 years.

Do I need IELTS for the Global Talent visa?

No, applicants only need to have functional English language skills to apply.

How long does it take to receive a Global Talent Visa invitation?

Invitation times vary due to demand and the applicant’s professional field.

Currently, invitation times are between 1 – 4 months.

How many Global Talent Visas are issued in Australia?

The number of Global Talent Visas is subject to change each financial year.

For the 2023/24 financial year, there will be 5,000 places in the Global Talent Visa program.

In the 2022/23 financial year, there were 8,500 places in the Global Talent Visa program, meanwhile there were 15,000 places in the 2021/22 financial year.

Do I need a job offer to apply for the Global Talent visa?

No, applicants do not need a job offer to apply for the Global Talent Visa.

However, priority is given to applicants who can demonstrate they have written communication from an employer (offering employment) with an annual salary at or above the current Fair Work High Income Threshold (FWHIT).

The FWHIT is currently $167,500 and is adjusted annually on 1 July.

Priority may also be given to an applicant who currently makes a salary at or above the FWHIT.

Can I change jobs on the Global Talent Visa?

Yes, you may change jobs/employers while holding the Global Talent Visa.


Contact Us


Contact Bambrick Legal to schedule a consultation with our migration team. We can confirm your eligibility and help you apply.

Please note: Our migration and citizenship consultations are provided on a fee basis.

Related Blog – Business Innovation & Investment Visa (Subclass 188)

Send us a message 

For enquiries, please fill in the following contact form