Distinguished Talent Visas for Australia
If you’re at the top of your game and known around the world within your industry, the Distinguished Talent Visa was created as your route to Australia. This visa is an unusual pathway to immigration, and provides a way for the world’s foremost artists, sportsmen, academics, and businessmen to live in Australia.
Since 1996, IXP’s experts have worked with eminent musicians, businessmen, and academics to gain visas for entry and work in Australia. Our team includes MARA-accredited consultants who have been trained to guide you through the distinguished talent application so that you can gain your visa as quickly as possible.
Why Apply for a Distinguished Talent Visa?
This visa is used for long-term immigration to Australia, and lets you continue your career within Australia, study, and even apply for citizenship once you have achieved the further requirements.
Distinguished Talent Visa holders can:
- Live and work in Australia on a permanent basis
- Study in Australia at school or university
- Receive subsidised healthcare
- Access some social security payments
- Be eligible for Australian citizenship
- Sponsor people for permanent residence
As you can see, the visa offers a range of fantastic benefits to holders and is extremely flexible on what you can and can’t do in Australia.
What are the Requirements?
Getting a nomination is an essential part of this visa. While there are criteria for you to fulfil, your nominator must also show that:
- They have a national reputation in the same field as you
- They can personally vouch for the your achievements and their standing in that area
The nominator can be an individual or an Australian organisation, but they must provide a compelling account of why they believe you have an ‘exceptional and outstanding’ record of achievement.
This visa typically requires more preparation that a temporary work visa application and you will need to present a variety of documents to build a good case for the immigration authorities.
While documentation may vary according to your field, applicants are typically asked to submit:
- Certified or notarised copies of qualifications, awards, and certificates
- Certified or notarised copies of unabridged birth certificates
- Health examination results
- Police clearance certificates
- Nomination approval from the DIAC
- A resumé that is current at the time of application
As this is an unusual visa, less formal documentation is often added to show proof of distinguished talent. Luckily, the immigration authorities will accept internet pages and sites as supporting documentation for your application.
Proof of ‘Distinguished Talent’
To fulfil this visa’s requirements, you must build a case to show that your talent and prominence within the industry fulfil the following requirements:
- International achievement: you must be well known internationally (within your field). Achievements must also be far-reaching and routine rather than one-offs. Most applicants need to supply a lot of proof for this particular requirement as publications and news items have to be collated from numerous countries and on an ongoing basis.
- Current prominence: you must still be working in their field and considered current in your practice. Anybody who has not been active in their area for more than 2 years will not be considered current.
- Asset to Australia: your talents must be considered a benefit to Australia as a whole, not just your nominator and yourself. While this does not need to be an economic benefit (social and cultural benefits are considered), you do have to provide a case for why you would benefit the community within Australia.
- Employability: you must show why you’d have no difficulty in obtaining employment, or explain how you plan to support yourself in Australia. This could include presenting contracts or offers of employment related to your field, or evidence of self-employment.
All of the information presented will be thoroughly examined, and immigration officers often use internet checks to find anything that contradicts the information that you supply. A solid case presents the information and addresses any contradictions or concerns immediately to prevent delays. Your IXP representative will work with you to gather evidence for your application. This includes working with you to gather references from people who are qualified to assess your claim of having 'distinguished talent' and collating items about yourself in the media.
IXP Case Study
How We Helped a Candidate Move to Australia as a Distinguished Talent
Michael is at the forefront of his industry, regularly speaks at conferences and has his work published around the world. While a number of visa options were available to him, the Distinguished Talent Visa offered the most flexibility and benefits to allow him to quickly and easily settle into life in Australia.
"I'd travelled to Australia numerous times for work, and loved the country. I have no particular need to stay in the UK once the children went to university, so my wife and I decided to come to Australia and start a new chapter in our lives. My work requires a lot of travel to present my latest research so I am used to the requirements and processes, but this was a major move and I enjoyed the peace of mind I got from using an expert like IXP to manage it.
My consultant was extremely helpful and professional. They explained all of the requirements and helped to gather the references and media extracts that we needed to build my case. I was surprised at how easy it was (even with Google, it can be taxing to compile the information). I'm very glad that I went with IXP. I know that it would have been far more stressful without their help."