Distinguished Talent Visa Subclass 858/124

Distinguished Talent (Subclass 858/124) Visa

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Distinguished Talent Visa Subclass 858/124

What is Distinguished Talent Visa ?

Distinguished Talent visa enables individuals with an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in a profession, a sport, the arts or academic research (and still be prominent in the area) to live, work and study in Australia permanently.

Priority processing is available to applicants who are currently working or studying in the following sectors:

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

The Distinguished Talent visa can be lodged onshore or offshore.


Key features of this visa:

  • Direct Permanent residency
  • Priority processing for the target sectors
  • No age limitation
  • Minimum English requirement
  • No Skills assessment required
  • No points test required
  • No Employer sponsorship required
  • No training contribution payment required
  • 5000 places per year
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Who can get Distinguished Talent Visa ?

 Eligibility requirements:

  • Have an internationally recognised record of achievement in a profession, a sport, the arts or academic research
  • Be nominated by an Australian citizen, permanent resident, eligible New Zealand citizen or an Australian organisation with a national reputation in the same field
  • Be of benefit to the Australian community
  • Have the ability to establish yourself in Australia
  • meet health and character requirement
  • have the ability to attract a salary at or above the Fair Work high income threshold (FWHIT) (priority processing only)
  • currently working in the target sectors (priority processing only)
  • recent PhD or Masters graduates in the target sectors (priority processing only)

What are the types of Distinguished Talent visas?

Distinguished Talent Subclass 858 – be in Australia when the application is made and when the decision is made.

 Distinguished Talent Subclass 124 – be outside Australia when the application is made and when the decision is made.


How long to process Skilled Visa?

The processing time is between 1 day (priority processing) to 6 Months.

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Our experience and personalised visa and migration agent services allows us to complete your application with precision and speed. We are methodical in our ways of working to ensure nothing gets missed, documentation is requested upfront and applications can be lodged quickly.


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Ali Khan

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Owen Barnabas

“Had a very urgent case regarding the 482 visa. Thanks to AIA and particularly Ruby who acted on my case urgently I had my 482 visa granted within a very short period of time. The manner in which it was dealt with was very professional and all done so by a very friendly and kind team. I would highly recommend them”

Caroline Butler

“Myself and my partner had a very urgent case regarding the 482 sponsorship visa that was handled brilliantly by AIA, especially by Ruby. She took on our case and acted on it as soon as possible. I would highly recommend AIA as we got our visa through in a short period of time”

Peter King

“AIA handled my case rapidly and with professionalism. Within two weeks of AIA submitting my application for AU citizenship I was contracted by AU Immigration for an interview and test. AIA was a great investment and provided stellar services”

Romain Davies

“My case for the 482 visa was not easy and urgent but AIA and especially Ruby found the good way to manage it. I knew that it would be difficult and may be not possible to get this sponsor but Ruby did it! Thank you”

Viki Wong

“Ruby and team were very helpful and thorough. We are Kiwis and have successfully achieved our PR goal with their assistance in a very quick time-frame.
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Hepzi Dorairaj

“I applied for 189 visa through AIA. I’m very glad I chose AIA as they made my visa process very smooth and absolutely with no stress during skill assessment and EOI. They are very approachable and kind to provide any clarification anytime I reach out to them. They always do it right the first time. I definitely recommend AIA.”

Raphael, Brazil

My 482 visa was complicated, after speaking to many agents, I met for consultation with Michaela at AIA office, within 3 weeks my application was lodged and visa was granted very quickly. Speak to AIA if you have a complicated case, they will point you in the right direction and sort it out.

Marion, Philippines

“AIA did a great job with my partner visa application for wife from Philippines. They did Prospective marriage visa stage, 820 visa and second stage 801 applications. Friendly and experienced staff. I am now happily settled in Brisbane with my wife and children. They are experts in partner visas and highly recommend them.”