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Australia is the lucky country. There are boundless planes to share and boundless business opportunities for savvy business investors. 

According to AusTrade, Australia is a low-risk and stable destination to invest as a result of our resilient economy, dynamic industries and strong ties with the world.

Business Innovation and Investment Visa (Provisional) – subclass 188

This Visa consists of seven Visa options or subclass of Visa. They are:

This Visa is a provisional Visa for people who have business skills.  

Eligibility:

You MUST lodge an expression of interest (EOI) via Skillselect.

You will then be nominated by Australian state or territory government.

Once you have been nominated, you will be invited to make a Visa application. 

What can you do?

Operate a new or exisiting business.

Stay in Australia for 5 years. 

Cost:

$6085.00

Processing time:

The processing time for this Visa can be lengthy. It can take 30-35 months for your application to be processed.

This Visa is a temporary visa and allows you to invest up to $2.5 million in Australian investments.

Eligibility:

You MUST lodge an expression of interest (EOI) via Skillselect.

You will then be nominated by Australian state or territory government .

Once you have been nominated, you will be invited to make a Visa application.

Invest a minimum of AUD $1.5 million in an Australian state or territory. 

What can you do?

Maintain a business or investment activity.

You can stay in Australia for 5 years.

Cost:

$6085.00

Processing time

It can take between 28 and and 33 months for this Visa to be processed.

This Visa is a temporary visa and is for investors who are investing at least AUD $5 million. 

Eligibility:

You MUST lodge an expression of interest (EOI) via Skillselect.

You will then be nominated by Australian state or territory government .

Once you have been nominated, you will be invited to make a Visa application.

You MUST invest at least AUD $5 million.

What can I do?

Cost:

$8925.00

Processing time:

This Visa can take between 15 and 24 months to be processed.

This Visa is a temporary visa for  Business Innovation Stream Visa holders who need to extend their time in Australia. It is a provisional Visa.

Eligibility:

You MUST currently hold a Business Innovation Stream Visa.

You MUST be nominated by an Australian state or territory government.

What can I do?

You can stay for an additional 2 years.

Cost:

From $730.00

Processing time:

Processing times vary and each application is determined on a case-by-case basis.

This Visa is a temporary visa for Significant Investor Stream Visa holders who need to extend their time in Australia. It is a provisional Visa.

Eligibility:

You MUST currently hold a Significant Investor Stream Visa.

You MUST be nominated by an Australian state or territory government.

What can I do?

You can stay in Australia for an additional 4 years.

Cost:

From $730.00

Processing time:

Processing times vary and each application is determined on a case-by-case basis.

This Visa is a temporary visa for people who have been nominated by Austrade. Austrade is the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, an Australian Government department.

Eligibility:

You MUST invest at least AUD $15 million in Australian investments or philanthropic contributions. 

You MUST be nominated by Austrade.

What can I do?

Stay in Australia for up to 4 years and 3 months.

Cost:

From $9,455.00

Processing time:

Processing times vary and each application is determined on a case-by-case basis.

This Visa allows early-stage entrepreneurs and start-ups to develop their concepts in Australia. It is a provisional Visa.

Eligibility:

You MUST have a funding agreement with a third party to engage in entrepreneurial activities.

You MUST be nominated by an Australian state or territory government.

What can I do?

You can stay in Australia for up to 5 years.

Cost:

$4,115.00

Processing time:

Processing times vary and each application is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) Visa – subclass 888

This Visa consists of:

This Visa lets a provisional subclass 188, subclass 444 (special category), or certain subclass 457 Visa holders to become permanent residents. 

Eligibility:

You must hold one of the Visas stated above. 

You must apply online.

You must be able to prove your ongoing business involvement.

What can I do?

Become a permanent resident and stay in Australia permanently

Cost:

From $2,935.00

Processing time:

This Visa takes on average 26 months to 31 months to process.

This Visa lets you continue your Australian investment activities permanently.

Eligibility:

You must hold a subclass 188 Investor Stream Visa.

You must apply online.

You must have held a designated investment of AUD $1.5 million for four years.

What can I do?

You can gain permanent residence.

Cost:

From $2,935.00

Processing time:

This Visa can take on average 20 months to 24 months to process.

This Visa is a permanent Visa and allows you to permanently continue you investment activities in Australia.

Eligibility:

You must hold a subclass 188 Visa in the Significant Investor Stream or Significant Investor Extension Stream.

You must apply online.

You must have held a complying investment of AUD 5 million for four years.

What can I do?

You can gain permanent residence.

Cost:

From $2,935.00

Processing time:

This Visa takes on average 24 to 25 months to process.

This Visa is a permanent Visa and allows you to permanently continue your investment activities in Australia.

Eligibility:

You must have held a subclass 188 Visa in the Premium Investor Stream for 12 months.

You must apply online.

You must have held a complying investment of AUD15 million for the duration of your subclass 188 Visa.

What can I do?

You can gain permanent residence.

Cost:

From $2,935.00

Processing time:

The processing times are currently unavailable. These applications are processed on a case-by-case basis.

This Visa is a permanent Visa and allows you to stay permanently if you hold, or in some cases held, a subclass 188 Visa in the Entrepreneur Stream.

Eligibility:

You must have held a subclass 188 Visa in the Entrepreneur Stream for four years.

Lived in Australia for the past 2 years while on the subclass 188 Visa.

You must demonstrate a successful record of entrepreneurial activity in Australia while you held your Visa.

What can I do?

You can gain permanent residence.

Cost:

From $2,935.00

Processing time:

The processing times are currently unavailable. These applications are processed on a case-by-case basis.

Business Talent (Permanent) Visa – subclass 132 

This Visa consists of:

This Visa is a permanent visa and applies to experienced business owners and allows them to operate a new or exisiting business in Australia. 

Eligibility:

You must have a net value of AUD1.5 million (lawfully acquired).

An annual business turnover of at least AUD 3 million for at least two years of the four fiscal years immediately before you are invited to apply.

Total net business assets of at least $400,000.00 as ownership interest in at least one or more qualifying businesses for at least two years of the four fiscal years immediately before you are invited to apply.

What can I do?

Stay in Australia permanently.

Cost:

From AUD $7,855.00

Processing time:

The average processing time for this application is between 32 and 33 months.

This Visa is a permanent visa and is for people who have sourced venture capital funding from a member of the Australian Investment Council (AIC).

Eligibility:

You must have funding of at least AUD 1 million from an Australian venture capital firm. 

What can I do?

Stay in Australia permanently.

Cost:

From AUD $7,855.00

Processing time:

The processing times are currently unavailable. These applications are processed on a case-by-case basis.

Disclaimer

The above is general legal information and should not be considered legal advice. You should speak with one of our migration lawyers for legal advice tailored to your specific legal matter. The courts and tribunals deal with matters on a case by case basis. It should also be noted that there may be delays due to COVID-19.

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Frequently Asked Questions.

For most sub-classes, you will need to be 55 years of age or younger. However, exceptions may be made by the nominating state or territory government depending on their needs.

For most sub-classes, you will need to be 55 years of age or younger. However, exceptions may be made by the nominating state or territory government depending on their needs.

You will need to contact the state or territory government who nominated you and make a request for your nomination to be transferred to NSW. It should be noted that just because you make a request, it does not mean your nomination will be transferred.

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