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Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 858)

Features

This visa is for people with a distinguished talent. It lets you live permanently in Australia. ​

Requirements

You might be able to get this visa if you have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in:

  • a profession
  • a sport
  • the arts
  • academia and research.

You must be in Australia when you apply and when this visa is decided.

About this visa

The Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 858) lets you live permanently in Australia if you have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in:

  • a profession
  • a sport
  • the arts
  • academia and research.

You must be in Australia when you apply and when this visa is decided.

What this visa lets you do

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa to:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).

Before you apply

Your passport

You need a valid passport or other travel document for this visa. If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. If you get a new passport after you have lodged your application, give the details of your new passport to one of our offices.

Cost

The visa application charges are listed in Fees and charges.

Second instalment of the visa application charge

You must pay a second instalment of the visa application charge for each applicant who:

  • is aged 18 years or older at the time of application
  • does not have functional English.

We will tell you when to pay the second instalment. You must pay it for us to grant this visa.

Proof of functional English explains how you can demonstrate your language ability.

Other costs

You might have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.

Visa applicants

This information tells you what you need to do to apply for the Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 858).

Who could get this visa

You could get this visa if you:

  • have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in a profession, a sport, the arts, or academia and research
  • are still prominent in the area
  • would be an asset to the Australian community
  • have no difficulty getting employment, or in becoming established independently in your field in Australia
  • are nominated by an eligible person or organisation
  • meet health and character requirements.

If you are younger than 18 or at least 55 years of age when you apply, you must be of exceptional benefit to the Australian community.

Asset to the Australian community

You need to show that you would be of benefit to the Australian community, economically, socially or culturally, or by raising Australia's sporting, artistic or academic standing internationally. This means your settlement would contribute to the nation as a whole - not just a local community.

English language ability

You should have functional English skills.

This means that you can cope with everyday work and social situations in English.

If you are 18 years of age or older when you apply and do not have functional English, you must pay a second instalment of the visa application charge.

Proof of functional English explains how you can demonstrate your language ability.

Health requirements

You must meet certain health requirements. The results of your health examinations are generally valid for 12 months.

This applies to you and any dependent family members included in the application.

You are able to organise your health examinations upfront before lodging a visa application.

Character requirements

You must meet certain character requirements. You must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.

This also applies to all family members in your application who are 16 years of age or older, whether they are migrating or not.

Debts to the Australian Government

You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.

This also applies to all family members in your application whether they are migrating or not.

Provide biometrics

You might be asked to provide biometrics (a scientific form of identification) as part of the application. Countries and visa subclasses included in the biometrics program has more information.

When you might not be eligible

You cannot apply if you hold any of the following visas:

Including family in your application

You can include the following people in your visa application:

  • your partner (married or de facto)
  • your or your partner’s dependent children
  • other dependent relatives.

If you are younger than 18 years old, you can also include:

  • a parent and
  • the family of that parent (and dependents of the parent).

After you have applied for this visa but before a decision is made, your partner (married or de facto) and you or your partner's dependent children can be added to your application.

These family members must meet the requirements for including family members in your application. The application must include documentary evidence of their relationship to you.

Your family members must be able to show that they meet health and character requirements.

How to apply

This information explains what you need to do to apply for a Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 858) visa.

You and anyone included in your application must be in Australia when the application is lodged and the visa is granted.

Prepare your documents

You need to provide documents to prove the claims you make in the application. The documents are listed in the Document checklist.

Some documents could take some time to obtain. You should have them ready when you lodge the application to reduce any delays in processing.

Lodge your application by post or courier

You must complete:

  • Form 47SV Application for special migration to Australia (863 kB PDF)

Your nominator must complete:

  • Form 1000 Nomination for Distinguished Talent (175 kB PDF)

For each of your dependent relatives, whether they are migrating or not, you must complete:

  • Form 47A Details of Child or Other Dependent Family Member Aged 18 Years or Over (248 kB PDF)

You need to provide all relevant documents and pay the visa application charge when you apply.

Lodge your application at our Adelaide office in South Australia.

More information

There is more information to help you prepare your application, such as certifying and translating documents into English, communicating with us, using a migration agent, authorising another person to receive information from us, and receiving assistance with your application.

After you have applied

After you have lodged the your application and documents, we will let you know that we have received your information.

Wait for a decision

We have visa processing times for each visa.

Your application could take longer if you need character or health checks (including x-rays), if you need to provide more information, or if your application is incomplete.

If you apply for this visa in Australia, you would be able to get a Bridging visa that allows you to stay in the country lawfully while your application is processed. If you are given a Bridging visa A, you can apply for Bridging visa B to travel outside Australia while you wait for a decision.

Provide more information

You can provide more information to us, at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you provided, use:

We could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, we can make a decision about your application using the information that we have.

If another person gives us information that could result in you being refused a visa, we will usually give you the opportunity to comment on the information.

You might also be interviewed. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.

Report changes in circumstances

You must tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.

You can use the following forms:

If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.

Withdrawing your application

You can withdraw the application at any time before we make a decision about it. To do this, send us a letter or email to ask for the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name and date of birth. You should also include the number we gave you when you applied, if you know it – this could be a file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.

If you are 18 years of age or older, you must sign the letter of withdrawal or send a separate email or letter.

Visa decision

If the visa is granted, we will let you know:

  • when you can use the visa
  • the visa grant number
  • any conditions attached to the visa.

You will not have a visa label placed in your passport.

If the visa is not granted, we will let you know:

  • why the visa was refused
  • your review rights (if any). Where applicable, your sponsor can apply for the decision to be reviewed
  • the time limit for lodging an appeal.

Document checklist for visa applicants

You need to provide documents to support your application for this visa. We can make a decision using the information you provide when you lodge your application. It is in your interest to provide as much information as possible with your application.

Provide certified copies of original documents. Do not include original documents unless we specifically ask for them. Police certificates should be original documents. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations.

Use this checklist to make sure your application is complete.

Forms

  • Form 47SV Application for special migration to Australia (560 kB PDF).
  • For anyone included in the application who is 18 years of age or older and is not your partner:
    • Form 47a Details of child or other dependent family member aged 18 years or over (238 kB PDF).
  • A completed form from your nominator to you to lodge with your application:
    • Form 1000 Nomination for Distinguished Talent (155 kB PDF)

Charges

Your identity

  • Certified copies of the biographical pages of the current passports or travel documents of all people included in the application (these are the pages with the holder's photo and personal details and the issue/expiry dates).
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs (45 mm x 35 mm) of each person included in the application.
    • These photographs should be of the head and shoulders only against a plain background.
    • Print the name of the person on the back of each photograph.
  • If your name has changed or the name of anyone included in your application has changed: a certified copy of evidence of the name change.

Your relationships

  • Certified copies of marriage certificates or relationship registrations for you and anyone else included in your application, even if they are not joining you in Australia.
  • If you are living in a de facto relationship: independent evidence that your relationship is genuine and continuing (for example, joint bank account statements, billing accounts in joint names or joint ownership of major assets).
  • If you or anyone included in the application has been widowed, divorced or permanently separated: a certified copy of the death certificate, divorce documents, or statutory declaration separation documents.
  • Evidence of financial dependency for all your family members aged 18 or older:
    • a certified copy of their birth certificate and proof of their relationship to you
    • proof that they live in your household
    • proof that they have been financially dependent on you for at least the 12 months immediately before you lodge your application.

Your children

  • Certified copies of birth certificates or the family book showing the names of both parents of all your dependent children.
  • If any dependent child included in the application is adopted: certified copies of the adoption papers.
  • If you want to bring a child younger than 18 years of age with you to Australia, and that child’s other parent is not included in the application: documentary evidence that you have the legal right to bring that child to Australia, such as:

The character requirements

  • Police checks for everyone included in the visa application who is 16 years of age or older:
    • an Australian National Police Check for anyone who has spent a cumulative total of 12 months or more in Australia since turning 16 years of age
    • police certificates from each country in which anyone in your application has spent a cumulative total of 12 months or more in the past 10 years since turning 16 years of age.

Provide the original certificates and keep a copy for yourself.

  • If anyone included in the application has served in the armed forces of any country: certified copies of their military service record or discharge papers.

English language proficiency

  • To show functional English language: the results of an approved test (for example,  IELTS) that you took less than 12 months before lodging your application.

Your record of achievement

  • Relevant qualifications and awards, including those received from internationally recognised institutions.
  • Advice from government, professional, scientific, cultural, sporting or other relevant bodies in Australia.
  • A statement by the nominator supporting your record of achievement.
  • If you are younger than 18 or older than 55 years of age: evidence that you would be of exceptional benefit to the Australian community.

Evidence that you are still prominent in a profession, the arts, a sport or research and academia

  • A reference from a person or organisation qualified to assess your claims to distinguished talent.
  • Items about yourself from the information media (newspaper or magazine articles or TV programs).

Your ability to find employment or become established independently in your field in Australia

  • Information provided by your nominator.
  • Your employment/business background.
  • Your knowledge of employment/business opportunities in Australia in your field.
  • Letters from organisations in Australia as evidence of future employment in Australia.
  • Correspondence with relevant bodies in Australia as evidence of a possibility of establishing a business in Australia.
  • Qualifications or experience acquired during previous residence in Australia.

Visa holders

This information is for people who have already been granted a Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 858). It explains your rights and obligations.

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.

What this visa lets you do

This is a permanent residence visa. It lets you and any family members who have also been granted this visa to:

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia's scheme for health-related care and expenses
  • apply for Australian citizenship (if you are eligible)
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted (after that time, you will need a resident return visa or another visa to return to Australia).

There can be other qualifying criteria if you want to represent Australia in an international event.

Your obligations

You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.

It is also expected that you will contribute to Australia in your field of expertise.

Report changes in circumstances

Tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth or death in your family.

You can use the following forms:

Nominate

This information is for a person or organisation who wants to nominate someone for a Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 858) visa.

To nominate you must complete:

  • Form 1000 Nomination for Distinguished Talent (175 kB PDF).

The visa applicant must include this form, along with your supporting documents when they lodge their application.

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.

Who can nominate

To nominate you must:

  • have a national reputation in Australia in the same field as the person appplying for this visa
  • be one of the following:

You must have met health and character checks at the time of your last entry to Australia.

The documents you can use to show you have a national reputation in your field of expertise can be found in the document checklist.

Document checklist for nominators

You need to provide documents to support your application to nominate someone for this visa. We could ask you for more information, but we can make a decision using the information you provide when you lodge the application. It is in your interest to provide as much information as possible with your application.

You must provide certified copies of original documents. Do not include original documents unless we specifically ask for them. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations.

Use this checklist to make sure your nomination is complete.

Forms

  • Form 1000 Nomination for Distinguished Talent (175 kB PDF).

Documents you need to give the applicant

  • A personal, comprehensive statement of the visa applicant's achievements in their field of expertise.
  • Details of both your and the visa applicants achievements in your common field of expertise.
  • Relevant supporting document about the visa applicant, such as newspaper or magazine articles, supporting comments from qualified people
  • Details of employment arrangements or other assistance used to help establish the visa applicant.

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Last reviewed Thursday 3 April 2014

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