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The Distinguished Talent pathway provides an Australian permanent residency pathway for up to 300 applicants per year. Applicants are expected to be world-class leaders in their profession,  research and academia, the arts or sports.

Organisations and eligible individuals may consider this scheme, which could be an alternative to the  subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme visa. Organisations do not need to provide the applicant with an offer of employment.

Visa Requirements

Applicants must provide evidence that they:

  • Have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement
  • Are currently prominent in their field
  • Will be an asset to the Australian community

Applicants must also meet health and character requirements and if aged under 18 years or 55 years and over, they must also demonstrate exceptional benefit to Australia.

Nomination Process

The applicant must be nominated by:

  • An individual who is a permanent resident or Australian citizen and has a national reputation in the same field as the applicant; or
  • An Australian organisation with a national reputation, in the same field the applicant

Nominators must be prepared to attest to why the applicant is a distinguished talent and  how they meet the requirements of the visa.

How we can help

We have assisted a range of applicants from varied backgrounds, who were all world-class in their own right, in securing Distinguished Talent visas, including: vice-chancellors and other university managers, directors, senior executives, advancement (philanthropy) directors, medical specialists, eminent scientists, artists, music producers, entrepreneurs and athletes. We have also assisted organisations who have sought to employ, appoint or otherwise support these applicants. We have extensive experience in preparing detailed written submissions to address the requirements of this pathway, as well as ensuring that applications are lodged with evidence such as letters of support from distinguished referees in the relevant field.

For further information on how we can assist, please click here to contact Visa Lawyers Australia.