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Distinguished Talent Visa Changes

Australia Immigration

The Distinguished Talent Visa is an interesting visa to migrate to Australia. However, it offers permanent residency to people having an internationally recognized record for exceptional and outstanding achievement in any eligible area.

This Visa aims to target highly skilled and talented individuals in their field. However, such talented people can easily apply to migrate to Australia. Australia offers PR to such individuals so that they will represent Australia internationally.

Australia made changes to this visa system on 14 November 2020. Previously, there were two subclasses for this Visa onshore and offshore. However, these two subclasses are now merged to make one subclass (Subclass 858 Visa).

Eligibility Criteria for Distinguished Talent Visa

This visa system aims to target individuals who hold a record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in the following:

  • Sport
  • Profession
  • Arts
  • Academic or Research

Moreover, this program also requires the applicants to still be prominent in that particular area. Such individuals can be an asset to the Australian community. They will need to demonstrate that they have no difficulty in getting employment in any area. Candidates will get the nomination from any Australian individual or organization having a national reputation in the area.

Some previous example of individuals who received these visas are:

  • Baker/Patisserie
  • Cricket Player/Coach
  • Academic in Maritime Security
  • Researcher of Food Allergens
  • Breakdancer
  • Violinist

There is also a pathway for the applicants who gained a Visa in situations where the minister’s opinion the applicant has provided specialized assistance to the Australian Government in terms of security, receiving appropriate advice from the intelligence or security agency or the Director-General of security.

The Australian Government also announced the Global Talent Independent Program for the year 2020/21. The Government will offer 15,000 fast-tracked visas to individuals in 7 targeted sectors, such as the technology sector.

Benefits of Distinguished Talent Visa

The Distinguished Talent Program offers a pathway to get PR in Australia for the candidates having exceptional and outstanding achievement. These fields can be an asset to the Australian community. However, the most popular areas are professions, arts, sport, academics, and research.

The recent changes in this program came into effect on the 14th of November 2020. It will make things easier for some onshore candidates to apply. The Government has removed the requirement for the applicants to be offshore. However, there is no disadvantage for onshore candidates now.

Applicants in Australia need to have a substantive visa or a particular bridging visa while applying. However, certain temporary visa holders will no longer be excluded. These new provisions will allow for potential health waver in certain circumstances.  

If you think these changes will affect you or you would like to know more about the option to apply for an Australian Visa. Please don’t hesitate to contact us and book a consultation today.

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