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Distinguished Talent Visa (Subclass 858)

The Distinguished Talent Visa (Residence) (Class BX) (Subclass 858) 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.
  • 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 in a profession, sport, arts or academia and research.
  • You must still be prominent in the area.
  • You would be an asset to the Australian 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 that 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 are the holder of Subclass 491 or Subclass 494, 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.

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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.

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