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Australian Visa >> Global Talent visa (Independent stream) subclass 124 and 858 (Distinguished Talent visa)

Global Talent Independent program (GTI)

Introduced in November 2019, the Global Talent visa (Independent stream) allows visa holders to settle permanently in Australia; Generally applicants need to have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in an eligible area, or have provided specialised assistance to the Australian Government in matters of security.

General Eligibility Criteria for the Australian Global Talent Visa - Independent Stream

    Your work experience and/or your studies should be in one of the following priority sectors:
  • Resources (Energy, Mining Technology, ....)
  • Circular economy (circularity)
  • DigiTech (Cyber Security, Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science, ICT. ...)
  • Education
  • Infrastructure and tourism
  • Agri-food and AgTech (the application of technology to agriculture and food production);
  • Financial services and FinTech (technology that seeks to improve and automate the delivery and use of financial services);
  • Health industries (medical technologies and pharmaceuticals);
  • Defence, advanced manufacturing and space; and
    You may need to be nominated by nominator who has a national reputation in relation to the area of achievement. A nominator must be:
  • an Australian citizen; or
  • an Australian permanent resident; or
  • an eligible New Zealand citizen; or
  • an Australian organisation.
    You also need to :
  • have completed a Doctoral degree (PhD) in the last 3 years, or are submitting their thesis in the next 6 months; or
  • provide evidence of your current earnings equal to or above the FWHIT (currently AUD153,600) or
  • provide evidence of your future salary equal to or above the FWHIT (currently AUD153,600)

    Achievements by a PhD student/graduate will be considered internationally recognised if:
  • their research is of international interest and significance; or
  • their research would be relevant to an international audience; or
  • they have presented their research at international forums; or
  • their research could be used to inform academia, governments and industry abroad; or
  • their research is relevant to Australian academia, governments and industry in respect to advancing Australia’s international competitiveness; or
  • their research highlights the potential for innovation and productivity increases for Australian organisations and industries operating in an international or globalised context; and
  • they have achieved a grade-point average of 80 (or above) out of 100, if they are a Masters degree or Bachelor Honours degree graduate.
    If you think you are able to meet the above requirments please send us your CV to If your claim successfully meets the criteria, you may be offered No Visa No Fee.

English Requirment
The primary visa applicant needs to have Functional English (e.g. IELTS average score of at least 4.5, TOEFL iBT average score of at least 32, Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic test average score of at least 30, Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test average score of at least 147, ...).

You will also meet the Functional English requirment If you are Citizen of and hold a valid passport issued by Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom or the United States of America; OR completed a degree, a higher degree, a diploma or a trade certificate in an institution in or outside Australia that required at least two years of full-time study and all instructions were in English or.... More Details

Subclass 124 or 858 Visa Application Charge (Government fees)
  • Primary visa applicant: AUD $ 4045
  • Dependent over 18: AUD $ 2055
  • Dependent under 18: AUD $ 1030
Dependents over 18 should provide proof of functional English or alternatively applicant may pay a second instalment (AUD $ 4885)

Global Talent Independent visa Processing times
Distinguished Talent visa applications made in relation to eligible sectors is given the highest priority in processing; The Department of Home Affairs does not publish the processing times for Global Talent visa. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the processing time was between 1 to 4 weeks from the date of receiving the unique identifier.