Distinguished Talent Visa (Subclass 124)

07 September 2020

Distinguished Talent (DT) Visa is a permanent visa for people who have an internationally recognized record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in an eligible field.

Applicants can include members of their family unit when applying or add family to the application at any time before a decision is made on the application.

With this visa, you can

  • # work and study in Australia
  • # stay in Australia permanently
  • # sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence in Australia

You must

  • # be outside Australia when this visa is granted
  • # have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in one of the following areas (and still be prominent in the area):
    • o a profession
    • o a sport
    • o the arts
    • o academia and research
  • # be nominated by an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, eligible New Zealand citizen, or Australian organisation with a national reputation in relation to your area of talent

Apply from

  • # You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa but not in immigration clearance. You must be outside Australia for your visa to be granted. 
  • # If you are currently in Australia and hold an eligible visa you may need to consider your eligibility for the Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 858).


The visa cost is AUD 4,110 for the main applicant. There is an additional charge for each family member who applies as dependents on this application.

An extra fee might have to be paid for any applicants 18 years old or older who has less than functional English. This charge is called the second installment. A notification will be provided when to pay the second installment.

The second installment charge is AUD 4,890.

Processing times

All applications are assed on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:

  • # whether the lodged application is a complete, including all necessary supporting documents
  • # how quickly response is made to any requests for additional information
  • # how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • # how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements
  • # how many places are available in the migration program