The Global Talent Visa that is the Subclass 858 visa in Australia is an attractive visa option for highly skilled professionals with exceptional talent who are looking to use their skills in some specific industries within Australia. Before February 2021, the Global Talent Visa was called the Distinguished Talent Visa.
According to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), the Subclass 858 visa is a permanent visa that is meant for people who have an internationally recognised record or exceptional and outstanding achievement in an eligible field. They can thus contribute to the Australian community, and to Australia’s national reputation.
It is a highly selective and streamlined visa program offered by the Australian government. These applications sometimes undergo priority processing.
Moreover, global talent visa comprises of two pathways under the global talent visa program. These include the streamlined global talent independent program pathway and the distinguished talent visa pathway.
Which are the eligible fields or identified priority sectors? Who can apply for the Global Talent Visa in Australia? What are other eligibility requirements? In this article, we go over these points in detail.
Which Fields Are Eligible for Global Talent Visa?
Under this visa steam, there are 10 target sectors that are eligible. To be selected, a candidate must be highly skilled in one of these 10 target sectors. Given below is a list of eligible fields/sectors.
- Agri-food and AgTech
- Health Industries
- Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space
- Circular Economy
- Financial Services and FinTech
- Infrastructure and Tourism
There are many different specialisations, fields and occupations that fall under these 10 target sectors. We will explore some of them in this section.
Given below are some of the specialisations that are included within this Sector:
- Resource waste management
- Automation, connectivity, industry 4.0 skills
- Beneficiation technology
- Market intelligence
- Technical equipment manufacturing
2. Agri-food and AgTech
This includes specialisations like:
- Blockchain technology
- Precision engineering
- Product packaging, authentication and verification
- Agricultural data analytics
- Wearable technologies like trackers
- Artificial intelligence and machine
- Bioenergy and biofuels
- Micro-grid design
- Sophisticated material trading systems
- Automation and robotics
- Clean technologies
- Hydrogen technology
4. Health Industries
- Nanotechnology and genomics
- Regenerative medicine
- Clinical trials
- Infectious disease prevention
- Health economics
5. Defence, Advanced Manufacturing, and Space
Under this, the Defence sector includes:
- Combat system integration
- Guided munitions
- Protection technology
- Surveillance and intelligence
- Intelligence analytics
Advanced Manufacturing includes:
- Supply chain resilience
- Commercial experience within the industry
- Digital design and radio prototyping
- Commercialisation experience within the industry
- Planetary body exploration
- Sensors and instruments
- Space software, programming, architect
- Autonomous system
- Entry, descent and landing
- Spacecraft mechanism, structures, materials and manufacturing process
6. Circular Economy
- Environmental science
- Energy infrastructure
- Bioenergy generation
- Waste treatment
- Bio-methane production
- Internet of Things
- 3D printing
- Smart cities
- Cloud computing
- Automation and robotics
- Senior management of universities and institutions of higher learning such as vice-chancellors, presidents, deans and heads of school or their international equivalents
- Researchers and academics with demonstrable and innovative achievements in the field of education including innovative platforms for humanities, arts and social sciences
9. Financial Services and FinTech
Australia’s financial sector is recognised as one of the best in the practice globally. Some specialisations include:
- Financial data science and analysis
- Digital wallets and cryptocurrencies
- Software engineering and application programming
- FinTech cyber and data security
10. Infrastructure and Tourism
Infrastructure includes the following specialisations:
- Water management technologies
- Leading large complex transport infrastructure projects for roads, bridges, tunnelling, rail and airports
- Utilising new technologies applied to electricity grids that assist with the integration and transition to distributed generation, batteries and electric vehicles
- Sustainable tourism
- High-value tourism attraction
- New tourism infrastructure and attraction development (such as high end accomodation)
Requirements for The Visa
Apart from the sector related requirements, there are some other requirements for the Global Talent Visa that parties must meet. These include age requirements, salary requirements and language requirements.
While applicants can be of any age, if they are under 18 or over 55 years of age, they must demonstrate that they can provide exceptional benefits to Australia’s economy.
In terms of language requirements, all applicants over 18 years age must demonstrate that they have functional English. They can do this by submitting test scores for certain English-language tests such as PTE, IELTS, OET or TOEFL iBT.
Additionally, there are certain salary requirements and applicants must be able to show that they can obtain a high-income. There is a high-income threshold which means that they must demonstrate that they are able to procure at least 162,000 Australian dollars.
How to Apply For The Subclass 858 Visa?
As mentioned above, there are 2 types of pathways within the 858 visa. Of this, if you wish to apply for the Global Talent pathway, you must first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). You will then need to wait for an invitation to apply for the visa. On the other hand, you will not require an invitation for the Distinguished Talent pathway.
In order to make an application for the global talent visas, you must be nominated by an eligible person. Eligible people include those who are an:
- Australian permanent resident
- Australian resident
- eligible New Zealand citizen, or
- Australian organisation
They will be your sponsor who must nominate you. Once they nominate you, they will receive a transaction reference number. You will then need to make an application using this transaction reference number.
Importance of Seeking Advice from Immigration Lawyers Sydney
Having years of experience in this field, our immigration lawyers can assist global talent visa applicants with all Australian migration programs including temporary and permanent visas, or the global talent pathway.
These processes can be very complicated. Because there are numerous steps involved, it is important to know exactly what you are required to do.
Our immigration lawyers can provide market-leading advice to you to help you with your global talent visa application, or with permanent residence and Australian citizenship to make you an Australian citizen.
There can be many confusions regarding eligibility, application procedures and costs when it comes to such visas. Our solicitors can help you answers all these questions and more.
Contact our team of leading solicitors if you have any enquiries.