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Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 124)

About this visa

The Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 124) 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.

What this visa lets you do

It lets you and any member of your family unit who has also been granted this visa:

  • Stay in Australia indefinitely
  • 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).

Workplace rights

Workers in Australia – including visa holders with permission to work – have rights under Australian workplace law.

The Fair Work Ombudsman’s Pay and Conditions Tool (PACT) provides information on pay rates, shift calculations, leave arrangements and notice and redundancy entitlements.

Who can nominate

To nominate someone for this visa you must:

  • have a national reputation in Australia in the same field as the person applying for this visa
  • be one of the following:
    • An Australian citizen
    • An Australian permanent resident
    • An eligible New Zealand citizen
    • An Australian peak body or organisation.

If you are an eligible New Zealand citizen, you must have met health and character checks at the time of your last entry to Australia.


Who could get this visa

People with a distinguished talent

International achievement

Asset to the Australian community


Applicants may also needed to meet below requirements

Character requirements, Health requirements, Health insurance requirements, Must not     have Debts to the Australian Government, biometric and other requirements if needed.

Source – Australian Immigration Website.

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