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Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 858)

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.​

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
  • 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.


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

Who can nominate

To nominate 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.

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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