Business and Investor Visas

Business migration is very complex. To gain a business and investor visa, you should qualify in a number of different business migration categories. Most investor and business migrant visas require a state nomination before applying.  

Types of business and investor visas: 

 

188A VISA (BUSINESS AND INNOVATION STREAM) 

The 188A visa is tailored for the shareholders of small and medium-sized enterprises. The 188A visa grants its holders the right to stay in Australia for up to 4 years. Holders of 188A visa must make a minimum investment of AUD 200,000 and operate a business for at least 2 years in Australia. If they manage to meet the business and residency requirements, they can apply for Australian Permanent Residence 

To be considered for this category, you must meet all the following criteria: 

  • The main applicant should be under the age of 55, accompanying children should be unmarried full-time students under the age of 21; 
  • The net assets under the couple’s name and that of the family should be no less than AUD 800,000; 
  • The company’s annual turnover should reach at least AUD 500,000 in at least 2 of the 4 fiscal years prior to the application; 
  • The couple should hold at least 30% of company shares (10% if it is a listed company) in at least 2 of the 4 fiscal years; 
  •  A minimum score of 65 in EOI.  

 

188B VISA (INVESTOR STREAM) 

188B visa is a 4-year temporary visa, for people who want to make a designated investment in an Australian state or territory. After maintained an investment (must make an investment of AUD 1.5 million in Australian State or Territory bondsin Australian for 4 years, the applicant can apply for permanent residence through the Business Innovation & Investment (Residence) Subclass 888 visa.  

To be considered for this category, you must meet all the following criteria: 

  • under 55 years of age  
  • has had business and personal net assets of at least AUD 2.25 million for the last 2 fiscal years 
  • have 3 years of experience either managing a qualifying business or “eligible investments”, and have showed a high level of management skill 
  • must make an investment of AUD 1.5 million in Australian State or Territory bonds prior to grant of the permanent residence visa 
  • A minimum score of 65 in EOI.  

 

188C VISA (SIGNIFICANT INVESTOR STREAM) 

 

188C visa is for people who are willing to invest at least AUD 5million into complying significant investments in Australia and want to maintain business and investment activity in Australia. Applicants can be nominated by a state or territory government or Austrade on behalf of the Australian government.  Holders of 188C visa can apply for Australian permanent residence (PR) through Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) Visa (subclass 888) Significant Investor Stream 

To be considered for this category, you must meet all the following criteria: 

  • The net assets under the couple’s name and that of the family should be no less than AUD 5 million; 
  • Investing AUD 5 million in designated Australian investments (private equity fund/ equity fund/ corporate credit fund), and the capital should be from the reported family net assets; 
  • *Maintaining the investment of AUD 5 million in designated Australian Investments for 4 years; 
  • *The main applicant lives in Australia for 40 days each year within the 4-year residency period, or the spouse lives in Australia for 180 days each year within the 4-year residency period. 

 

 

188D VISA (PREMIUM INVESTOR STREAM): 

 

This visa is only available to applicants who are nominated by an AusTrade. This is a 4-year temporary visa, for people who want to invest at least AUD 15 million into complying investments in Australia. After maintained an investment in Australian for 1 year, the applicant can apply for permanent residence through the Business Innovation & Investment (Residence) Subclass 888 visa. 

To be considered for this category, you must meet all the following criteria: 

  • This provisional visa is for people who are nominated by Austrade and who invest at least AUD15 million in Australian investments and/or philanthropic contributions. 
  • be nominated by Austrade 
  • be invited to apply for this visa 
  • invest at least AUD15 million in Australian investments and/or philanthropic contributions that meet certain requirements 
  • have a genuine intention to hold the investment for the whole period of the visa (except any part of the investment that is a philanthropic contribution) 
  •  One of the main advantages of the 188D Business Visa is the ability to fast-track the pathway to permanent residency in Australia, with only 12 months on the 188D visa required before you can apply for a subclass 888 residence visa. 

 

SUBCLASS 132 (BUSINESS TALENT PERMANENT VISA) 

 

This visa gives direct access to Australian permanent residence. The investment is made after the applicants obtain the permanent residence. There are currently two streams in the Business Talent 132 Visa; the Significant Business History Stream and the Venture Capital Entrepreneur StreamBoth of these visas will allow you to stay in Australia permanently. Applicants for the subclass 132 Business Talent visa are not subject to the points test. 

 

Significant Business History stream 

To be considered for this category, you must meet all the following criteria: 

  • Must be under 55 years of age. 
  • net assets of at least AUD 400 000 in a qualifying business in at least two of the four fiscal years immediately before you are invited to apply 
  • total assets of at least AUD 1.5 million that can be legally transferred to Australia within two years of the visa being granted 
  • a total annual turnover of at least AUD 3 million in your main businesses in at least two of the four fiscal years immediately before you are invited to apply 
  • having ownership of at least: 
  • 51 per cent of a business with turnover of less than AUD 400 000 per annum, 
  • or 30 per cent of a business with turnover of more than AUD 400 000 per annum, 
  • or 10 per cent of a publicly-listed company 
  • an overall successful business career with no involvement in unacceptable business activities 
  • A genuine desire to own and maintain a management role in a business in Australia. 

 

Venture Capital Entrepreneur stream 

To be considered for this category, you must meet all the following criteria: 

  • you have received at least AUD 1 million in funding from an Australia venture capital fund 
  • the fund must be sourced from a member of AVCAL 
  • a formal agreement must have been entered into to develop an innovative or high-value business idea