Australia Welcomes Foreign Workers – Global Talent Visa (Subclass 858)

Global Talent Visa

Australia began the universal Visa regime in 1994, meaning that non-citizens must have a visa to enter the country. Australia does not issue visas on arrival, except for New Zealand citizens.

The Global Talent visa is for the brightest and best global talent. It comprises of two visa pathways:

  • Global Talent pathway
  • Distinguished Talent pathway.

The Global Talent pathway provides priority processing for highly skilled applicants who:

  • have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievements within the Minister’s defined sectors.
  • currently earn, or are likely to earn 

Before applying for the Global Talent pathway, you should submit an Expression of Interest against relevant requirements for priority processing. If successful, you will receive a unique reference and identifier to use when making a Global Talent (subclass 858) visa application.

More information on the Global Talent pathway, including Expression of Interest requirements and submission process, can be found at EOI.

The Distinguished Talent pathway is for extremely talented applicants who have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievements working in sectors other than a Minister’s defined sector for either a profession, sport, the arts, or academia and research. An expression of Interest is not required for this pathway.

Applicants can apply for the Global Talent pathway and the Distinguished Talent pathway online via ImmiAccount.

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With this visa you can

  • stay in Australia permanently
  • work and study in Australia
  • enroll in Australia’s public health care scheme, 
  • sponsor your relatives to come to Australia
  • travel to and from Australia for 5 years
  • if eligible, apply for Australian Citizenship

Apply from

You must either be in or outside Australia but not in immigration clearance, when you apply and when this visa is decided. 

How long you can stay

This is a permanent visa. It lets you stay in Australia indefinitely.

You become a permanent resident on the day we grant the visa.

For citizenship purposes, your permanent residence starts on the day:

  • Australian Government grants the visa if you are in Australia
  • you enter Australia on this visa if you are outside Australia.

Include family

You may include family members when you apply. You can also add members of your family to your application at any time before a decision is made on your application.

If you are under 18 years old, you can only include your parents and family members of that parent.

Family members who apply for the visa must meet our health and character requirements regardless of whether they are accompanying you to Australia.

If your partner or dependent children are not included in this application please tell us the reason why.


For the cost of the visa for the main applicant.

There is an extra charge for each family member who applies for the visa with you.

Australian Government cannot process your application if you do not pay the correct visa application charge.

You may have to pay an extra fee for any applicant aged 18 years or older who has less than functional English. This charge is called the second instalment. We will tell you when to pay the second instalment. For more information on the second installment charge.

To work out what your visa will cost, you can use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not take into account the second instalment or other costs, such as health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

Processing times

For an indication of processing times for this visa, use the visa processing tool. This will show the processing times for recently decided applications. It is a guide only and not specific to your application.

Australian Government assess applications on a case-by-case basis. Actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:

  • whether you have received a successful Expression of Interest outcome to apply for this visa under the Global Talent pathway
  • whether you have lodged an application for the Distinguished Talent pathway
  • whether you have lodged a complete application, including all required supporting documents
  • how quickly you respond to requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on supporting information provided
  • how long it takes to receive extra information from external agencies, in relation to health, character, and national security requirements
  • how many places are available in the migration program

Your obligations

You and your family members must obey all Australian laws.

Australian Government expects that you will contribute to Australia in your area of expertise.


You can travel to and from Australia for 5 years from the date we grant the visa. After 5 years you will need a Resident Return Visa subclass 155 or 157 to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident. To see when the 5 years ends, use VEVO.

Visa label

Australian Government will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.

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