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A Step-by-Step Guide on Applying for a Global Talent Visa in Australia

A Step-by-Step Guide on Applying for a Global Talent Visa in Australia

Previously known as the Distinguished Talent Visa, Australia’s Global Talent Visa program or the Subclass 858 visa has gained immense popularity for being a golden ticket to work and live in one of the world’s most developed countries. This visa is designed for exceptionally talented individuals who can make a significant contribution to Australia’s economy and innovation landscape. This guide will walk you through the process of applying for a Global Talent Visa in Australia. You may also catch up on the general rules of this visa in one of our previous articles – “Attracting The Top Talent In A Global Economy”.

Before explaining the steps to apply, it is worth noting that there are two pathways to this visa program:

  1. Global Talent pathway
  2. Distinguished Talent pathway

Under the Global Talent pathway, applicants should be highly skilled in one of the following government-defined sectors (or related):

  • AgTech
  • Space and Advanced Manufacturing,
  • FinTech
  • Energy and Mining Technology
  • MedTech
  • Cyber Security

The Distinguished Talent pathway on the other hand is for applicants who have an internationally recognized record in other sectors for either a profession, sport, arts, academia, or research. 

Step 1: Understand the Eligibility Criteria

It is crucial to ascertain whether you meet the eligibility criteria for a Global Talent Visa. To qualify, you must possess extraordinary skills and a proven track record of achievements in one of the specified target sectors.

Step 2: Secure a Nomination

One cannot apply for a Global Talent Visa in Australia without a nomination. Your exceptional skills and expertise must be recognized and endorsed by an eligible organization, government agency, academic institution, or an individual with a national reputation in your field. This nomination is a critical step.

Step 3: Prepare an Expression of Interest (EOI)

Once you have a nomination, the next step is to create an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the Global Talent Visa Program’s online portal. This is mandatory for those applying under the Global Talent pathway. Your EOI serves as your initial introduction, so it must be comprehensive and compelling. Highlight your qualifications, awards, patents, publications, and other noteworthy accomplishments. The Department of Home Affairs provides a draft of this document here.

Step 4: Wait for an Invitation

Your EOI will be assessed by experts in your chosen field. If it demonstrates exceptional promise and contributions, you may receive an invitation to apply for the Global Talent Visa. This invitation is your gateway to move forward in the application process.

Step 5: Complete the Visa Application

Once you receive an invitation, follow the provided instructions to complete the Global Talent Visa application. This entails providing detailed information about yourself, your achievements, character checks, health checks, and any other required documentation. Ensure that you meet all the requirements and submit a well-prepared application.

Step 6: Visa Processing and Decision

After submitting your application, it will be thoroughly reviewed by the Department of Home Affairs. Be patient, as this process can take several months. Your application will be assessed against the eligibility criteria, and any additional information may be requested. If your application is successful, you will receive a visa grant letter. You can also get an indication of how long your visa application will be processed here. Please note however that this varies due to several factors. 

Step 7: Enjoy the Benefits

Upon receiving your Global Talent Visa, you will have the opportunity to work and live in Australia. This visa not only offers a chance to thrive professionally but also provides a pathway to permanent residency, allowing you to contribute your exceptional expertise to Australia’s growth and innovation landscape.


Obtaining a Global Talent Visa in Australia is a significant achievement and a life-changing opportunity. By understanding the eligibility criteria, securing a nomination, creating a compelling Expression of Interest, and submitting a comprehensive visa application, you can enhance your chances of success. Australia welcomes individuals with exceptional skills and expertise, so if you’re ready to make your mark on the world stage, this visa program might be your ticket to a bright future down under.

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Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. Australian immigration law is complex and its policies and visa eligibility criteria are changing regularly. For additional and current information on the issues discussed, please book a consultation with one of our immigration lawyers.

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