What is the Nomination Application Process?
There is only one stage in the application process, i.e. the Visa Application, however the applicant must also be nominated by one of the following (and the nomination form must be submitted along with the visa application form):
- an Australian citizen
- an Australian permanent resident
- an eligible New Zealand citizen or
- an Australian organisation with a national reputation in relation to your area of talent.
The approved nomination form is Form 1000 which must be completed by any of the above nominators. The Form must be provided with the visa application for the application to be valid.
Evidence To Attach To The Nomination Form
The nominator will need to include the following documents with the completed nomination form:
- a personal, comprehensive statement of the visa applicant’s achievements in their field
- details of the visa applicant’s and nominator’s achievements in your common field
- relevant supporting documentation about the visa applicant. Examples: newspaper/magazine articles, supporting comments from qualified people
- details of employment arrangements or other assistance used to help establish the visa applicant.
WHat is the Visa Application Process?
The approved application form is Form 47SV, which can only be made by post. The applicant must:
- be outside Australia when this visa is granted;
- If aged 18 or over must have functional English;
- have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in a profession, a sport, the arts, or academia and research;
- are still prominent in the relevant area; and
- would be an asset to the Australian community; and
- would have no difficulty in obtaining employment, or in becoming established independently, in Australia in the relevant area; and
- meet health and character requirements.
+What is Internationally Recognised?
What does ‘exceptional’ mean?
Applicants should be very eminent in the top echelons of their field. They should demonstrate extraordinary and remarkable abilities and be superior to others in their field.
‘Internationally recognised’ in this context means that a person’s achievements have or would be acclaimed as exceptional and outstanding in any country where the relevant field is practiced.
‘Exceptional’ and ‘outstanding’ should be accorded ordinary dictionary meaning within context.
Claims of an “excellent” level of performance in a job, particularly where the benefits of such performance may only be realised locally, would not be regarded as exceptional and outstanding achievement.
A single achievement by the applicant, particularly where it appears to be the only significant achievement, would not be regarded as ‘exceptional and outstanding’ achievement. It is anticipated that an applicant would have a record of sustained achievement that is unlikely to diminish in the future.
An achievement that may attract national acclaim would not be considered as ‘international recognised’ unless that achievement is in a field practised in other countries (including Australia) and has or would attract similar acclaim in those countries.
Given the ordinary dictionary meanings, in order to have a ‘record of exceptional and outstanding achievement’ an applicant would be expected to have achievements remarkable in relation to that field and in relation to other participants in that field. An applicant should be at the very top of their field.
Assessing this Criterion
In demonstrating the applicant’s record of achievement, the following may be considered:
International Recognition Required
Achievement in a profession, a sport, the arts or academia and research that has not or would not be recognised at an international level would not be regarded as exceptional and outstanding.
It is expected that an applicant's achievements have or would be acclaimed as exceptional and outstanding in any country where the relevant field is practised. The field would also need to have recognition and acceptance in the wider Australian community as well as international standing. In determining the international standing of the applicant, officers should consider:
- the international standing of the country, where the applicant's achievements were realised, in respect of the particular field
- the standing of the achievement in relation to Australian standards and
- the standing of the achievement in relation to international standards.
For example, an applicant rated at or near the top of their field in their home country would be expected to have an international record of exceptional and outstanding achievement if:
- the field is undertaken and recognised in a number of countries including Australia and
- the achievement would be similarly recognised in relation to international and Australian standards for that field.
+How to demonstrate current prominence?
'Prominent' should be accorded ordinary dictionary meaning within context; appropriate synonyms are conspicuous and important.
It is essential for the integrity of the distinguished talent program that successful applicants not be assessed on past performance only but require current prominence in their area.
An applicant claiming distinguished talent in a particular area but who has not been active at a high level in that area for more than 2 years would not be regarded as retaining prominence in that area.
The information/documentation described above is also relevant to the assessment of this criterion. It would be expected that the evidence provided be current and demonstrate current prominence.
+How to be an asset to Australia?
The applicant’s settlement in Australia will benefit the Australian community, not just the applicant and/or nominator (or prospective employer). The reference to ‘the Australian community’ is to be interpreted in terms of Australia as a whole and not just a local community in geographic terms or a particular social, cultural or business community in Australia.
Policy reflects that the applicant’s settlement in Australia will benefit the Australian community, not just the applicant and/or nominator (or prospective employer). The reference to the Australian community is to be interpreted in terms of Australia as a whole and not just a local community in geographic terms or a particular social, cultural or business community in Australia.
‘Asset’ does not only refer to economic benefit. It could also refer to social and/or cultural benefit to the Australian community.
An applicant should not have a history of achievement in an area that is, of its nature, not generally acceptable to Australia.
Assessing this Criterion
The benefit that the applicant would bring to the community:
- should contribute to the betterment of the Australia community economically, socially or culturally, depending on the applicant's intended field of activity, or raising Australia sporting, artistic or academic standards internationally
- must be clearly apparent and not simply conjecture on the part of the applicant or s65 delegate.
- The fact that the applicant might introduce and/or transfer skills to Australia would not alone be sufficient to satisfy this criterion.
This criterion would not be considered satisfied if the applicant was involved in an area that is:
- outside the generally accepted social or cultural norms of most people in Australia
- likely to be offensive to large segments of the Australian community or
- would otherwise give rise to controversy were the applicant to enter Australia as a distinguished talent.
+What is the employability criteria?
The applicant must demonstrate why they would have no difficulty in obtaining employment, or how they expect to support themselves, in Australia within their area of achievement. Officers can consider a combination of the following when assessing this criterion:
- employment contracts or offers of employment related to the area of achievement. This may be evidenced by current and future employment opportunities from employers, employment/recruitment agencies, or organisations involved with the area of achievement at the national level
- evidence of self-employment or opportunities to establish a viable business within the area of achievement
- evidence of sponsorships, scholarships, grants or other payments intended to support the applicant while they are engaged in activities related to the area of achievement.
Income from employment that is unrelated to the area of achievement cannot satisfy this criteria even if this comprises only part of the overall income for the applicant. Existing funds and/or assets held by the applicant do not contribute to satisfying this requirement.