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Distinguished Talent Visa - Subclass 124 & 858

The Distinguished Talent Visa allows people with distinguished talent to apply for permanent residency.


This visa is designed for people who are internationally recognised for exceptional & outstanding achievement in:

  • a profession
  • the arts
  • sport
  • research or academia.

The applicant must be active in their field of expertise; the achievements must be internationally recognised.

Applying for Distinguished Talent Visa

The HR practitioner will need to complete the Nomination for Distinguished Talent (PDF, 154KB)form and provide this to the applicant to lodge with their application.

The applicant will need to complete the Application for special migration to Australia (PDF, 567KB) form, if the applicant will be bring dependent family members then the details of children or other dependent family members aged 18 years or over (PDF, 238KB) form will need to be completed for each dependent relative aged over 18, including those not included in the visa application.

The applicant will need to lodge all forms and supporting documents listed in the application checklist (PDF, 55KB) to:
Post: Special Migration Application
Departments of Immigration and Citizenship
GPO Box 717
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

Courier: Special Migration Application
Department of Immigration and Citizenship
Ground Floor
3 Lonsdale Street
Braddon ACT 2612 Australia

Visa conditions

It is expected that the applicant will contribute to Australia in the field of expertise.

Responsibilities of the HR Practitioners

Listed below are the key responsibilities of HR Practitioners in relation to the above sponsorship undertakings.

Prior to commencement of employment

  • Ensure visa requirements are detailed in the offer of employment
  • Ensure details of the visa (once it has been granted) are recorded in visa data panels in the HRMS and a copy of the visa is placed on the personal file

At the cessation of employment

  • Enter a termination row in the HRMS as soon as a resignation has been received or a termination date has been confirmed

Updated:  03 February 2012/Responsible Officer:  Director, Human Resources/Page Contact:  HR Systems