Distinguish Talent Visa

Distinguish Talent Visa

Man Mohan Makkar (MARN: 1388274) – Updated on 14th Nov 2020    


What is this visa and who can apply it?

The Global Talent Visa Program or Global Talent Independent Program or Distinguish Talent Visa or may be called by some other name has a legal expression of Distinguish Talent Visa. The Distinguish Talent Visa is a streamlined pathway for highly skilled professionals to apply for direct Permanent Residency without any point test. In 2020-21 the Government has allowed 15,000 places for Global Talent candidates.

So, suppose you are working in any of the following industries as a highly-skilled candidate with internationally recognised achievements and have an exceptional track record in your professional achievement, then this visa is for you.

Target sectors

  • AgTech
  • Space and Advanced Manufacturing
  • FinTech
  • Energy and Mining Technology
  • MedTech
  • Cyber Security
  • Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT

There is no particular age limit for this visa. The Age below 18 or above 55 will require to satisfy further criteria for having an exceptional benefit to the Australian Community.

There is a shallow English threshold of 4.5 bands overall (IELTS) or equivalent PTE, TOEFL iBT, CAE or English medium study can also satisfy this requirement. The applicant may pay the 2nd VAC of $4890 to fulfil this requirement as well.

So, it is essential to satisfy the high skilled criteria with a full verifiable background submission to meet the necessary standards.

The main criteria to look at the high achievement is to check if your role of the position is an asset to Australia, you are highly employable or can quickly establish yourself in Australian Market with your qualifications, achievements or exceptional track records. You must be able to show evidence for the last two years.


It would help if you had a strong documented profile and supporting evidence to prove your achievements such as professional awards, senior role in a company, patents, publications etc.

The candidate needs to show that they can attract a high income that is currently $153600, in their field of expertise. This does not mean that they should start earning the high income before the application, but they need to show their ability to make a high-income threshold in any of the above fields. For example, recent PhD or Masters graduates of the above target sector may also be eligible to apply for the Global Talent Independent Program.

Note: the income from other businesses that do not relate to your field of expertise may not fulfil the above requirement.

Visa Subclasses

  • Subclass 858 – Distinguish Talent Visa
  • Subclass 124 – Distinguish Talent Visa


There are two visa subclasses; in fact, now we can say there is only one visa subclass, that is 854 DTV. The Department hsa ceased the subclass 124 for new applicants since 14th Nov 2020. The visa 124 was mainly for the offshore candidates who wanted to apply for this visa from outside Australia. There will not be much difference for offshore candidates as the changes to the 858 subclass now allows the visa application either from offshore or onshore. This means the location requirement is now scraped.


Along with some other changes, few positive changes are that temporary visa holders will also be able to apply for this visa and also it is possible to apply while holding a bridging visa A, B or C at the time of application (under clause 858.211).

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