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Visas for innovation

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

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​How to apply​​

Step 1. Expression of interest

Submit an expression of interest (EOI) using the Global Talent contact 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
  • evidence of:
    • employment status
    • income
    • qualifications
    • internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in the sector​
  • nomination details, such as a nominator passport and Nomination for Global Talent - ​​Form 1000​.​

Global Talent EOIs do not expire. If you have an EOI pending, do not submit another EOI. You can update EOI information by emailing GlobalTalent@homeaffairs.gov.au​. We cannot provide updates on EOI processing.​

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 the visa application via ImmiAccount

If you are in or outside Australia at the time of application, lodge a Global Talent (Subclass 858) visa.

Refer to the above visa subclass​ for information on health and character checks, including family members in the visa application and your obligations. You can add immediate family members to your application at any time before we decide on your application. Family members who apply for the visa must meet our health and character requirements.

Nominators

Your nominator must be an:

  • ​Australian citizen
  • Australian permanent resident
  • eligible New Zealand citizen​, or
  • Australian organisation with a national reputation in your field. 

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:

If the Prime Minister's Special Envoy endorses you, you do not need a nominator. You also do not need to provide Form 1000.

Impacts of COVID-19

For up to date information about entering Australia, visit ​ travel restrictions.

People granted a visa under the Global Talent Visa Program do not need a travel exemption. All travellers arriving in​ Australia must quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility. This may include a hotel in their port of arrival.​ See Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for travellers.

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, we are aware that an applicant may be in Australia, with dependents outside Australia. Please ensure we are aware of your circumstances in your application.

We are also aware of the disruptions to visa medical services. Police check issuing authorities may also experience delays. 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​.