Global Talent Visa (Subclass 858)
The GTI, subclass 858 visa is known as the “Global Talent Independent visa (GTI)” in the Australian immigration system. It is designed for individuals who have exceptional and internationally recognized achievements in specific fields such as the arts, sports, academia, research, or other endeavours. The Global Talent Independent visa (GTI) is a permanent visa option that allows recipients to live and work in Australia indefinitely
Key features of the Subclass 858 Global Talent Independent visa (GTI):
- Exceptional Achievement: To be eligible for this visa, applicants must have a record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in their field of expertise. This could include achievements that have garnered international recognition and significantly contributed to their field.
- Nominations: In most cases, applicants need to be nominated by an eligible organization, individual, or Australian government agency. The nomination should highlight the applicant’s exceptional talent and the contributions they have made in their field.
- Age Limit: There is no strict age limit for the Distinguished Talent visa, which sets it apart from some other skilled migration visas that have age restrictions.
- Visa Validity and Permanent Residency: The Subclass 858 visa is a permanent visa, which means that successful applicants are granted permanent residency status in Australia. This allows them to live, work, and study in the country indefinitely.
- Health and Character Requirements: Applicants and any accompanying family members must meet health and character requirements as part of the visa application process.
- No Points Test: Unlike some other skilled migration visas, the Global Talent Independent visa does not require applicants to meet a points test.
- English Language Requirement: Applicants and any dependants over the age of 18 may need to demonstrate English language proficiency. This requirement can be waived under certain circumstances.
- Applying for the Visa: The visa application process involves submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the Department of Home Affairs’ system. If the applicant’s EOI is selected, they will receive an invitation to apply for the Subclass 858 visa.