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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 Global Talent contact form.

If you meet the program parameters, you will receive a unique Invitation reference identifier and Invitation code.

We will contact you if your EOI has been successful. We are unable to provide updates on EOI processing.

If your EOI is unsuccessful, you will be notified via email. You can explore our other visa options.

Expressions of interest can be submitted without contact from a Global Talent Officer.​

Note: Global Talent EOIs carry over to the following program year if not finalised. You do not need to submit a further EOI in the new program year if you have already submitted an EOI.

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.


As part of the application, you must be nominated by an eligible individual or organisation with a national reputation in your field. The nominator will endorse your achievements and international ​standing. They are not required to provide you with employment in Australia.

Additional information around the requirements of the Nominator can be found on Form 1000​, which the Nominator will be required to complete if you are invited to apply.

Global Talent Officers cannot be your nominator. You cannot change your nominator once a Global Talent visa application has been lodged.

Impacts of COVID-19

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

Individuals granted a visa under the Global Talent Visa Program do not require a travel exemption. All travellers arriving in​ Australia must quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility, such as 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 make us aware of your circumstances in your application.

We are also aware of the disruptions to visa medical services and police check issuing authorities. The visa processing area will take this into account.

Hong Kong passport holders

Following a recent announcement, visa applications by Hong Kong passport holders are being prioritised. Prospective applicants can contact the Global Talent Officer for Hong Kong​.