From 14 November 2020 the Distinguished Talent Visa (Subclass 124) is CLOSED to new applications.

The repeal of the Talent Subclass 124 visa does not affect the processing of applications for this visa which were made before 14 November 2020. Applications made before this date will continue to be processed according to the regulations in place at the time of application.

Applicants wishing to access the Distinguished Talent Visa program can still do so by lodging an application for a Distinguished Talent (Subclass 858) visa.

Distinguished Talent Visa (Subclass 124)

The Distinguished Talent Visa (Migrant) (Class AL) (Subclass 124) is a permanent resident visa for persons who have an internationally recognised record of exceptional achievement in an eligible area.


  • You may be in or outside Australia to lodge a valid visa application, but you must be offshore when the visa is granted.
  • This visa allows you to work, study, and live in Australia.
  • This is a Permanent resident visa and allows you to stay in Australia indefinitely.

Key Eligibility requirements

  • You must have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement on a profession, sport, arts or academia and research.
  • You must still be prominent in the area.
  • You would be an asset to the Australia community.
  • You must be able to demonstrate that you would have no difficulty in obtaining employment in Australia within your area of talent.
  • You must be nominated by an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, eligible New Zealand citizen, or an Australian organisation who has a national reputation concerning the area of talent.
  • You must be able to demonstrate ‘Functional English’ otherwise you will need to pay an extra charge, called the second instalment.
  • If you have held or you are the holder of a Skilled Regional (provisional) visa, you must have held that visa for at least 3 years.
  • You must satisfy certain Public Interest criteria and Special Return criteria.
  • You must meet health and character requirements.

Other considerations

  • You would need to be of exceptional benefit to the Australian community if you have not turned 18 or if you are 55 or older.
  • Persons who have provided specialised assistance to the Australian Government in matters of security may also be eligible to apply for this visa.

Contact us if you would like to know more about this visa or need immigration advice.

Please note that the above is not an exhaustive list of requirements. This content is for general information purposes only, it is not immigration advice and must not be construed as such.
While due care has been taken to ensure that the content is kept-up-to-date and correct, the currency and thus accuracy of the information cannot be guarantee due to the frequent changes in migration law.

Other related visas

Temporary Activity Visa (Subclass 408)

This visa allows for entry of visa holders to Australia for the purpose of working on a short-term basis in specific areas or participating in activities such as social, cultural and research activities or international events.

Distinguished Talent Visa (Subclass 858)

This visa is a permanent resident visa for persons who have an internationally recognised record of exceptional achievement in an eligible area.