Global Talent – Target Sector

Australian Global Talent Visa Program

The Australian Government is competing with other developed nations to attract the best and brightest migrants from all over the world. Their commitment was evident in their decision to triple the number of intake for the Global Talent Independent Program to 15,000 for 2020-21.

However, this quota could not have been exhausted to the satisfactory level to the difficulty in sourcing the talents. The quota reduced to 8,448 in 2022-23, and further to 5,000 in 2023-24. Please click to see the migration planning for the most recent year.

The key advantages in choosing Australia is that it is a lifestyle destination, and one of the most prosperous, safe and culturally diverse countries in the world. Australia offers opportunities for innovation, with strong trading links and a business-friendly regulatory approach. Through the program, talented individuals will be given permanent residency to make their new lives in Australia. Nevertheless, the threshold for eligibility is highly stringent. Distinguished Talent visa Australia and Global Talent visa (or exceptional talent visa) open gateways of opportunities for people who are looking to start life afresh.


Target Sectors

The candidates applying for talent visa must be highly skilled in one of the following target sectors:

  • Resources
  • Agricultural Food and Technology
  • Energy
  • Health Industries
  • Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space
  • Circular Economy
  • Digital Technology
  • Infrastructure and Tourism
  • Financial Services and FinTech
  • Education


858 Nominator

Unless endorsed by the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy, candidates must be nominated by an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, an eligible New Zealand citizen, or an Australian organization with a national reputation in the same field as the candidates who attest to their achievements and international standing.


858 Income Threshold

Secondly, candidates applying for the Global Talent visa must meet the Fair Work high income threshold which is currently set at $153,600 AUD and show a track record of exceptional professional achievements. The track record encompasses senior roles, patents, professional awards and international publications and memberships. Masters and PhD students may be successful candidates if they can demonstrate their exceptional talent and international recognition across the target sectors when they apply for their talent visa. 

In the assessment process, candidates will have to submit:

  • Current salary – to be shown through payslips or an employment contract
  • Future job offers outlining remuneration
  • Recent PhD or Masters graduates in the target sectors


Application Procedure for 858 visa

Application processes under the Global Talent Scheme operates in two (2) stages. 

  • The first stage involves lodgement of an Expression of Interest, upon which an applicant must await provision of an invitation prior to progressing to the second stage
  • The second stage involves the submission of an application for a Distinguished Talent visa, under Subclass 858


858 Expression of Interest (EOI)

Prior to submitting an application pursuant to the Global Talent Scheme, applicants must lodge an Expression of Interest via an online contact form. This application will outline a prospective applicant’s satisfaction with the scheme’s criteria, including their background in an eligible sector and their satisfaction of the applicable minimum salary threshold. 

Successful applicants will be issued an invitation, with each invitee being provided with a unique identifier. 

Note: Issuance of an invitation is not a guarantee of a visa outcome. The EoI process considers Global Talent Scheme specific criteria only, but the applicants must additionally satisfy general criteria for the Distinguished Talent visa 858. Those who fail to satisfy the general visa criteria would be at risk of visa refusal.    


858 Visa Application

Those invited under the Global Talent Scheme may lodge a priority visa application. All criteria applicable to the Distinguished Talent visa must be satisfied by Global Talent applicants, including criteria, especially the records of achievements.


858 Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce

In addition to accepting expressions of interest, the Australian Government has implemented a comprehensive taskforce to actively identify and facilitate the migration of exceptionally talented individuals under this scheme. Only individuals identified by the task force will be offered a bespoke migration facilitation process. It is not possible to apply for consideration by this body.

Currently, individuals and businesses involved in advanced manufacturing, health and fintech are prioritised by this task force.

Global Talent officers are located in cities around the world, such as London, Shanghai, Singapore, and Washington DC, with the aim to promote the program by engaging with prospective applicants, business and industry in the foreign nations.


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