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Visa types

  Business Talent Visa (Permanent) (Subclass 132)
  Business innovation stream (Subclass 188A)
  Investor stream (Subclass 188B)
  Significant Investor stream (Subclass 188C)
  Business Innovation and Investment Visa (Subclass 888)
  Business visas under the old business and investor migration system: (Subclass 890-893)
  Business Owner Visa (Subclass 890)
  State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner Visa (Subclass 892)
  State/Territory Sponsored Investor Visa (Subclass 893)

Business Talent Visa (Permanent) (Subclass 132)

This visa is the only permanent resident visa in the business and investment migration category that you could apply directly. The visa is for high calibre business people from overseas. The visa has two streams: venture capital entrepreneur stream and significant business history stream.

Venture Capital entrepreneur

  • Must have sourced $1 million in venture capital funding
  • To fund the start up or product commercialisation of a high value business idea in Australia

Significant business history

  • Have overall sucessful business career
  • Be under 55 years of age (or meet age waive requirement)
  • Have business turnover of $3 million in 2 of the past 4 financial years in your nominated business
  • $400,000 must be net business assets in your nominated businesses (not more than 2 businesses)
  • Have net business and personal assets of more than $1.5 million (different state or territory government has different requirements for the minimum toal assets to be transferred to Australia)

Business innovation stream (Subclass 188A)

This stream is a temporary visa, applicable for people with business skills who want to establish, develop and manage a new or existing business in Australia. You must:

  • Have overall successful business career
  • Be under 55 years of age (or meet age waive requirement)
  • Have genuine and realistic to be involved as an owner of a new or existing business in Australia
  • Score at least 65 points on point test, based on calculation of age, assets, business turnover, business experience, langugage etc
  • For 2 out of 4 fiscal years immediately before you are invisted to apply, have had an ownership interest in an established business or businesses that had at least AUD500,000 turnover in each of those years
  • Own at least one of the following percentage of your nominated main business:
    • 51 per cent, if the business has turnover of less than AUD400,000 per year
    • 30 per cent, if the business has a turnover of AUD400,000 or more per year
    • 10 per cent, if the business is a publicly listed company
  • Have combined net business and personal assets of more than $800,000
  • Be sponsored by a state or territory government

Investor stream (Subclass 188B)

This stream is for people who want to make a designated investment of at least AUD1.5 million in an Australian state or territory and maintain business and investment activity in Australia. You must:

  • Be under 55 years of age
  • Score at least 65 points based on calculation of age, assets, business turnover, business experience, language
  • Have an overall successful record of eligible investment or qualifying business activity
  • Have at least three years' experience of direct involvement in eligible investment
  • Have a genuine intention to live for at least two years in the state or territory in which you have made a designated investment of $1.5 million into a state or territory government bond for four years
  • Have legally acquired at least $2.25 million of net business, investment and personal assets
  • Be sponsored by a state or territory government]

Significant Investor stream (Subclass 188C)

This stream is for people who are willing to invest at least AUD5 million into complying investments in Australia and want to maintain business and investment acitivity in Australia. You must meet the following criterion for the Significant Investor visa to be granted:

  • Have net assets of at least AUD5 million that are legally acquired, unemcumbered, and available to be used to make the complying investment in Australia
  • Make investment of at least AUD5 million in a Complying Investment and hold the investment continuously for at least 4 years
  • Spend 160 days out of 4 years in Australia to get permenant visa
  • Have a genuine and realistic commitment to continue your business and investment activity in Australia

Attractive features of this stream:

  • No points test
  • No upper age limit
  • No English requirement
  • Spend just 160 out of four years in Australia to get the Permanent visa
  • Two years extension possible if above-mentioned requirement (160 days) not met.

A "Complying Investment" for the purposes of the Significant Investor Visa includes:

  • State/Territory government bonds; or
  • ASIC regulated managed funds making investments in Australian assets; or
  • Direct investment into a private Australian companies or your own company.

Holding any one of the above mentioned 188 visa is the first stage before becoming eligible to qualify for a Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (Subclass 888).

Business Innovation and Investment Visa (Subclass 888)

After doing business in Australia for 2 years while holding a 188 visa, you are eligible to apply for permanent resident visa (888), if you meet below requirements. The visa has two streams: Business innovation stream and Investor stream

Business innovation stream

If you are applying for the Business Innovation stream, you must have been in Australia and held for at least one year in the two years immediately before you apply, and must met requirements for owning and operating a business in Australia while on a provisional visa subclass 188A.

  • Have an annual turnover for at least AUD300,000 from the main business (or businesses) in the 12 months before you apply
  • Own at least one of the following percentages of the main busines (or main businesses) in Australia in the year immidiately before you apply:
    • 51 per cents of a business with turnover of less than AUD400,000 per year
    • 30 per cents of a business with turnover of AUD400,000 or more per year
    • 10 per cents of a publicly listed company
  • Be involved in daily business management and operation, staying most of time in past 2 years
  • Have a genuine and realistic commitment to continue business in Australia
  • Meet two out of three of the following throughout the year before visa application
    • Business assets of $200,000
    • Net personal and business assets of $600,000
    • Two full time employees

Investor Stream

If you are applying for this visa in the Investor stream, you must have been in Australia and held visa 188B for at least two of the four years immidiately before you apply. In addition, you (or you and your partner combinmed) must have held a designated investment with an Australian state or territory for at least four years. 

Significant Investor Stream

If you are applying for a permanent visa (subclass 888) in the Significant Investor stream, you must:

  • Have held a provisional visa (188C) in the Significant Investor stream or in the Significant Investor Extension stream
  • Have been in Australia as the holder of a provisional visa (subclass 188)
    • In the Significant Investor stream - 160 days in the past four years
    • In the Signficant Extension stream (one extension) - 240 days in the past six years
    • In the Significant Extension stream (two extensions) - 320 days in the past eight years
  • Have held the complying investments continuously for at least 4 years while holding your Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) 

Business visas under the old business and investor migration system: (Subclass 890-893)

Prior to July 2012, the business and investor migration visas were in different system and people nominally apply for 160-165 visa. They will need to conduct business in Australia for 2 years (or maintain investment for 4 years) before they can apply for permanent resident visa. Below summarise the permanent resident visa subclasses they may apply for.  

Business Owner Visa (Subclass 890)

Business Owner Visa (subclass 890) is a permanent residence visa. You will be able to travel in and out of Australia for five years. This visa is for people who own and manage a business in Australia.

To apply for this visa you must show that:

  • you and your partner have never been involved in unacceptable business activities
  • you have direct and continuous management of up to two businesses operating in Australia for the past two years
  • you own at least one of the following:
  1. 51 per cent of a business with an annual turnover of less than AUD400 000
  2. 30 per cent of a business with an annual turnover of AUD400 000 or more
  3. 10 per cent of a business that is a publicly listed company
  4. 10 per cent of your main business in Australia if purchased before 19 April 2010.

You must also show that during the past year:

  • your main business (or two main businesses together) had a turnover of at least AUD300 000
  • the net value of your (or your partner’s, or you and your partner’s combined) assets in the main business (or two main businesses) in Australia was at least AUD100 000 the net value of your (or your partner’s, or you and your partner’s combined) personal and business assets in Australia was at least AUD250 000.
  • you or your partner’s businesses employed at least the equivalent of two full-time employees who are:
  1. Australian citizens
  2. Australian permanent residents
  3. New Zealand passport holders
  4. not members of your family.

State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner Visa (Subclass 892)

State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner visa (subclass 892) is for people who own a new or existing business and are sponsored by a state or territory authority.

You can apply if you already hold a qualifying provisional business visa.

You must show you can meet the following requirements for:

  • business operations
  • business ownership
  • assets and employees
  • business turnover.

Business operations

You must show:

  • you have had direct and continuous management of up to two businesses operating in Australia for the past two years
  • you have lodged Business Activity Statements (BAS) to the Australian Taxation Office for the past two years for all the businesses included in your application.

Business ownership

You must own at least one of the following:

  • 51 per cent of the business where the annual turnover is less than AUD400 000
  • 30 per cent of the business where the annual turnover is more than AUD400 000
  • 10 per cent of a publicly listed company
  • 10 per cent of your main business in Australia if purchased before 19 April 2010.

Assets and employees

You meet at least two of the following three requirements, unless a state or territory authority has accepted there are exceptional circumstances:

  • Net business assets – the net value of your (or you and your partner’s combined) assets in the main business (or two main businesses) in Australia is at least AUD75 000 throughout the 12 months immediately before you apply
  • Net personal and business assets – the net value of your (or you and your partner’s combined) personal and business assets in Australia has been at least AUD250 000 throughout the 12 months immediately before you apply
  • Provided employment- throughout the 12 months immediately before you apply your (or you and your partner’s) businesses employed at least the equivalent of one full–time employee who is both:
  1. an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand passport holder
  2. not a member of your family.

Business turnover

You must show that your main business or two main businesses together had a turnover of at least AUD200 000 in the past 12 months. This may not apply if you meet all of the following conditions:

  • you met at least two of the three requirements for Net business assets, Net personal and business assets and Provided employment
  • the appropriate state or territory authority has determined there are exceptional circumstances
  • both your business and residence are located in a designated regional or low-growth area.

State/Territory Sponsored Investor Visa (Subclass 893)

State/Territory Sponsored Investor visa (subclass 893) is for people who are sponsored by a state or territory authority and have held a designated investment in Australia for four years.

You can apply for this visa if:

  • you are the primary holder of a State/Territory Sponsored Investor (Provisional) visa (subclass 165)
  • you are sponsored by a state or territory authority
  • you lived in Australia for at least two of the four years immediately before you apply
  • you have a genuine and realistic commitment to continue to maintain business or investment activities in Australia
  • you and your partner have never been involved in unacceptable business activities
  • you and all your family members meet health and character requirements
  • you meet business requirements
  • neither you nor your spouse or de facto partner have ever been involved in unacceptable business activities
  • you met all the conditions of your provisional visa.
  • Members of your family unit might be eligible for this visa if you are the primary holder of a State/Territory Sponsored Investor (Provisional) visa (subclass 165).

Business requirements

You, or your spouse or de facto partner together must:

  • have held continuously for at least 4 years, in your name or your partner’s name, your designated investment of at least AUD750 000 made for the purpose of being granted a State/Territory Sponsored Investor (Provisional) visa (subclass 165).
  • have a genuine and realistic commitment to continue a business or investment activity in Australia.

Subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa

The Skilled-Independent visa (subclass 189) is a permanent residence visa for points-tested skilled workers who want to work and live in Australia.

To be able to apply for this visa you need to submit an expression of interest and then be invited through SkillSelect to apply.

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is granted.


Subclass 190 Skilled Independent visa

Work and live in Australia with this permanent resident work visa. Certain foreign-national skilled workers who hold occupations on Australia’s Skilled Occupations List may be eligible for a Subclass 190 visa. This visa requires the applicant to complete a skills test and be nominated by a state or territory government.

The Skilled Nominated Work Visa (subclass 190) requires you to be nominated by a state or territory government. Once you submit your EOI, it will be viewable by government authorities looking for prospective workers with your skill set. If a government decides to nominate you, you will receive a letter of invitation to apply for the 190 visa.

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is granted.


Subclass 489 Skilled Independent visa

This 4-year work visa allows you to live and work in specified region of Australia - and bring your family. There are two pathways for this visa: (1) the Extended Stay pathway, and (2) the Invited pathway.

The Extended Stay pathway is for applicants that have held a provisional visa in subclass 496, 495, 487 or 475. The Invited Pathway requires you to submit an Expression of Interest and obtain an invitation to apply for the visa. We will explain the application process for both pathways.

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is granted.


Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate visa

The Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) lets you live, study and work in Australia temporarily after you have finished your studies. Students are only able to access the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) once as a primary applicant.


This visa has two streams:

Graduate Work stream – for international students with an eligible qualification who graduate with skills and qualifications that relate to an occupation on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL). A visa in this stream is granted for 18 months from the date of grant.

Post-Study Work stream – for international students who graduate with a higher education degree from an Australian education provider, regardless of their field of study. This stream is only available to students who applied for, and were granted, their first student visa to Australia on or after 5 November 2011. A visa in this stream can be granted for up to four years from the date the visa is granted, depending on the visa applicant's qualification.

If you are applying as the main applicant, you and anybody else covered by the application must be in Australia when you apply for this visa and when your visa is decided.

Family members who apply for this visa after the main applicant has been granted the visa may be in or outside Australia when they apply, but must not be in immigration clearance.


Subclass 476 Skilled—Recognised Graduate visa

The Skilled — Recognised Graduate visa (subclass 476) allows recent engineering graduates of eligible universities to gain up to 18 months of skilled work experience in occupations. It is a temporary visa.

You may be inside or outside Australia when you apply for this visa however you must be outside of Australia when the visa is decided, unless you are a New Zealand citizen who holds a Special Category visa (subclass 444). A New Zealand citizen who holds a Special Category visa (subclass 444) can be in or outside Australia when the visa is decided.


Requirements

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • are younger than 31 years of age
  • have completed an engineering degree at a recognised institution in the past two years.

Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme

The Employer Nomination Scheme visa (subclass 186) is for skilled workers who want to work in Australia. This visa involves a two-step process, firstly, nomination by an approved Australian employer and then an application under the nominated stream. It is part of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa program.

This visa is a permanent residence visa. You can be in or outside Australia when you apply. If you are in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a bridging visa A, B or C.


The visa has three streams:


The Temporary Residence Transition stream is for subclass 457 visa holders who have worked for two years in the same occupation with their nominating employer (who has lodged a valid nomination with us under the Temporary Residence Transition stream), who wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.


The Direct Entry stream is for:

people who have been nominated by their employer under the Direct Entry stream

people who have never, or only briefly, worked in Australia

temporary residents who do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream, or

people with a nomination lodged with us before 1 July 2012.

The Agreement stream is for people sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement.


Requirements

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • have been nominated by an approved Australian employer
  • are younger than 50 years of age, unless you are exempt
  • meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements, unless you are exempt
  • apply under the stream for which you were nominated.

Subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa

The Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme visa (subclass 187) is for skilled workers who want to work in regional Australia. This visa involves a two-step process, firstly, nomination by an approved Australian employer and then an application under the nominated stream. It is part of the Permanent Employer Sponsored Visa program.

The visa is a permanent resident visa. You can be in or outside Australia when you apply. If you are in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a certain sort of bridging visa.

The visa has three streams:

The Temporary Residence Transition stream is for Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa holders who have worked for their employer in their nominated occupation for two years and their employer wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.

The Direct Entry stream is for:

  1. people who have never, or only briefly, worked in the Australian labour market
  2. temporary residents who do not qualify for the Temporary Residence Transition stream; or
  3. applicants with a nomination lodged with us before 1 July 2012.

The Agreement stream is for people nominated by an employer through a labour agreement.

Requirements

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • have been nominated by an approved Australian employer for a job in regional Australia (regional Australia does not include the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong or Melbourne)
  • are younger than 50 years of age, unless you are exempt
  • meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements, unless you are exempt
  • apply under the stream for which you were nominated.

Subclass 482 Temporary Work (Skilled) visa

The Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) allows skilled workers to come to Australia and work for an approved business for up to four years.

You must be sponsored by an approved business. A business can sponsor someone for this visa if they cannot find an Australian citizen or permanent resident to do the skilled work.

You can be in or outside Australia when you lodge your application.

 

Requirements

You might be able to get this visa if:

  • you have been sponsored by an approved business
  • you have the required skills to fill a position nominated by an approved business

Spouse

There are 3 types of Marriage for Partner category visas:

  •  Legal Marriage
  •  De facto Relationship
  •  Prospective Marriage

Partner visa application for Legal Marriage and De Facto Relationship is a two-stage process:

1. Stage one: Temporary Partner Visa (Offshore Visa subclass 309/ Onshore Visa subclass 820)
2. Stage two: Permanent Partner Visa (Offshore Visa subclass 100/ Onshore Visa subclass 801)

Generally, the applicant will be granted a Temporary partner visa (usually for a waiting period of approximately two years from the date you applied for the visa) if all the legal criteria for the grant of the visa are met. After the waiting period, if the partner relationship still exists, the applicant will then be eligible to apply for a Permanent visa. No application fee is involved for the permanent visa application.

However, the applicant may be granted a permanent visa without having to wait if the applicant can demonstrate one of the following:

at the time you apply for the visa, have been in a married or de facto relationship with the partner for three years or more

at the time you apply for the visa , have been in a married or de facto relationship with the partner for two years or more, and there is a dependent child of your relationship.

Prospective Marriage or the Fiancés Visa (Visa subclass 300)

This visa allows the applicant to enter Australia and marry his or her intended fiancé within the visa’s 9 month validity period. The applicant’s intended fiancés must be an Australian citizens, permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens. 


Parent Migration

The applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • The applicant is a parent of a child or stepchild who is either an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • The applicant’s children must have stayed in Australia for a reasonable period (in most cases, have stayed for at least 2 years) and provide sponsorship to the applicant.

The applicant must be able to demonstrate one of the following:

  • at least half of the applicant’s children are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens who are usually resident in Australia or
  • have more children living in Australia as Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or eligible New Zealand citizens than in any other country.

A Contributory Parents Visa (fee-paying) might be finalised in under two years; it cost at least $48,550 for each person.


Other Family Visas

1. Partner Visa:  includes spouse (married or de facto), fiancé, or same-sex partner.

2. Parent Visa: the applicant need to have no less than 50% of his/her children (including adopted) who are Australian citizens and/or permanent residents and wish and able to sponsor the applicant.

3. Child Visa: A parent who is Australian citizens or permanent resident can sponsor his/her child (including adopted) who is under 18 years old or dependent on the parent.

4. Remaining Relative: Normally the relative must have no close ties in his/her usual resident country, or be single, widowed, divorced or formally separated and is dependent on the sponsor.

5. Carer: The applicant intends to give substantial, continuing assistance to the sponsor or other family member who has medical condition that impairs their ability to look after themselves.

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