**UPDATE** Global Talent Visa remains attractive for highly skilled workers in 2021-22 

With the Global Talent Visa (Subclass 858) taking up 15,000 places in the 2021-22 migration program, it remains a top choice for highly skilled workers looking to secure entry and eventual permanent residency in Australia.
The Australian government’s priority is clear – senior executives or individuals with proven exceptional talent who can contribute to the growth of targeted industries will be offered fast-tracked visas and incentives to stay.

The basics

The vast majority of people obtain a Subclass 858 via the Global Talent pathway, which is for invited candidates who have demonstrated an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievements in one of the ten priority sectors, and who can meet the high income threshold.

Applicants endorsed by the Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce will receive additional tailored support to relocate to Australia. The Taskforce is seeking businesses and entrepreneurs who can create a significant number of jobs, carry out cutting edge R&D, or invest heavily in Australian firms.  

The industries

Applicants must be internationally recognised and prove they would contribute to Australia in one of the following industries:

  • Resources
  • Agri-food and AgTech
  • Energy
  • Health Industries
  • Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space
  • Circular Economy
  • DigiTech
  • Infrastructure and Tourism
  • Financial Services and FinTech
  • Education

Applicants must also have a recognised organisation or individual in Australia nominate them as global talent in the same field as the applicant. These can include representatives of peak industry bodies, leaders of relevant organisations or individuals with an exemplary record of achievement in the chosen sector.

The benefits

Highly skilled individuals who are overseas – including company executives and experts at the top of their field – have a better chance of securing entry into Australia via the Global Talent visa program. Successful applicants benefit from streamlined visa processing and pathways to residency.

Moreover, very low numbers of the 190 Skilled Nominated and 186 Employer Nominated have been granted compared to the Global Talent Visa. Meanwhile, there has been a steady uptick in Subclass 858 visas granted, particularly in the first half of 2021. This reflects an increased prioritisation towards skilled individuals in key priority areas identified by the government as critical to Australia’s post COVID-19 recovery.

The process

To be eligible for priority processing, you must submit an online Expression of Interest (EOI) and receive an invitation to apply. In a previous Newsflash, we wrote about the unique challenges of applying for a Global Talent visa, and why applicants benefit from seeking professional migration experts to guide them through the process.

As part of the EOI process, candidates must provide detailed information on their occupation, employer, salary, qualifications, and internationally recognised achievements, as well as evidence on their ability to contribute to Australia. Likewise, detailed evidence must be given to prove the suitability of your nominator. Without the required documents and evidence – and a clear understanding of how the DHA is likely to interpret them – you are unlikely to receive an invitation to apply for the Global Talent visa.


We have helped many clients both acquire invitations to apply for an 858 visa AND successfully go through the selection process. If you would like to find out more about the Global Talent Visa program, contact us for a chat and we can help you get started.

Talk to one of our migration experts to see if you can benefit from the Global Talent Visa program.

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