858 Main Eligibility

From 20 January 2021, Masters and Bachelor with Honours graduates are no longer eligible for invitation to the Global Talent Independent program on the basis of their qualifications.

Beginning 14 November, 2020, you can now apply for Distinguished Talent Visa 858 visa onshore or offshore. The previous Subclass 124 visa has ceased.

  • Be less than 55 years old (exception applies)
  • Has internationally recognized record of exceptional and outstanding achievements in one of these fields: a profession, a sport, the arts, and academia and research
  • Is still prominent in the field
  • Would be an asset to the Australian community
  • Would have no difficulty in obtaining employment in Australia
  • Be nominated by a person or an organization who has national reputation in this field.
  • If your field is in one of these: Resources, Agri-food and AgTech; Energy; Health Industries; Defence; Advanced Manufacture and Space; Circular Economy; DigitTech; Infrastructure and Tourism; Financial Services and FinTech; Education, and you are earning or is likely to earn a salary of at least AUD153,600, then you may be eligible for streamlined processing under the Global Talent Independent (GTI) program.

858 Main Conditions

  • For offshore applicants, first entry must be made before the date specified by the Minister

Did you know for 858?

  • Distinguished Talent Visa 858 is a permanent resident visa
  • A person nominator must an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident who is usually resident in Australia, an eligible New Zealand citizen, or an Australian organization

Additional Information

StayThis is a permanent visa
CostAUD4,110 for primary applicant
AUD2,055 for additional applicant over 18 years
AUD1,030 for additional applicant under 18 years
Processing TimeGlobal Talent Pathway
75% of applications: 65 days
90% of applications: 88 days

Distinguished Talent Pathway
75% of applications: 17 months
90% of applications: 20 months

Health Requirement

You and your family members may be required to take a health examinations to meet the health requirement to show that you are free from any disease or condition that is:

  • a significant healthcare and community service cost to the Australian community
  • likely to limit the access of Australian citizens and permanent residents to healthcare and community services that are in short supply by placing demand on those services.

Your health examination will include the standard medical examination. Additional tests (such as TB Screen test, chest x-ray, and HIV test) will be required by different age groups. In some circumstances, you may be required to take additional tests such as: hepatitis B and C test, syphilis test, HIV test, and tests that address your specific health risks.

Character Requirement

You must be of good character and pass the character test. There are a number of circumstances where you may not pass the character test. For example, if you have a substantial criminal record. A substantial criminal record means if you have been:

  • sentenced to death or imprisonment for life
  • sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 12 months or more
  • sentenced to two or more terms of imprisonment (even if served concurrently) where the total is 12 months or more
  • found by a court to not be fit to plead in relation to an offence but found to have committed the offence and detained in a facility or institution

You may be required to obtain one or more documents to prove your character, such as: a police certificate, Form 80, character statutory declaration, military certificate, or a letter of good conduct from an employer.



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