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Visas for innovation

Australia needs to attract the brightest and the best, to help grow a stronger economy.


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Step 1. Expression of interest

Submit an expression of interest (EOI) using the Global Talent Expression of Interest​ form.

You can submit an EOI without contact from a Global Talent Officer.

The EOI form and all supporting documentation must be submitted in English. You will need various documents to submit an EOI, and translations for all documents in other languages. 

Required documentation includes:

  • passport
  • nomination details, such as a nominator ​passport
  • Nomination for Global Talent - ​​Form 1000
  • evidence of:
    • employment status
    • income
    • qualifications
    • internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in the sector​.

EOIs remain active until you are notified of an outcome. Do not submit multiple EOIs.​

If you meet the program parameters, you will receive an invitation email. This will include a unique invitation reference identifier and an invitation code. If your EOI is unsuccessful, we will notify you via email. Unsuccessful candidates may explore other visa options.

Step 2. Apply for a visa

After you receive an invitation reference identifier and invitation code, lodge a Global Talent (subclass 858) ​visa application via ImmiAccount.

Refer to this information for details about visa requirements​, including health and character requirements. You can add immediate family members to your application at any time before a decision is made. Family members who apply for the visa must meet health and character requirements.


Your nominator must have a national reputation in the same field as you. 'National reputation' refers to an opinion by the Australian public or industry community that the nominator is a leader, with a record of excellence in their field. They must also be an:

You cannot change your nominator once you have lodged a Global Talent visa application.

Nominators do not have to employ you. Nominators give evidence of:

You do not need a nominator if you have been endorsed by the Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Global Business and Talent Attraction. ​You will be contacted by the Global Talent Visa Program if you have received Special Envoy endorsement.

Impacts of COVID-19

For up to date information about entering Australia, visit ​ our website.

We are aware that due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, applicants in Australia may have dependent family members outside Australia. Ensure that you state your circumstances when you make your application.

We are also aware of disruptions to visa medical services due to COVID-19 restrictions. Police authorities may also experience delays issuing police clearance certificates. The visa processing area will take this into account.

Hong Kong passport holders

Following an announcement in July 2020, we are prioritising EOIs and visa applications from Hong Kong passport holders and residents of Hong Kong. Prospective applicants can contact the Global Talent Officer​ Hong Kong​.