LegalVision can help you obtain a business talent or investor visa. Experienced business owners, investors or entrepreneurs may wish to come to Australia to: 

  • start, take over or be a part of a business; or 
  • invest in designated or complying funds. 

There are a number of temporary and permanent visas available to those wishing to do so. 

Temporary Visas

1. Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) (Subclass 188) Visa

This is the most common visa for business owners and investors. It is valid for up to four years with the possibility of extension, depending on the stream. Applicants may apply for permanent residency if they meet all of their visa conditions. Eligibility relies largely on funds the applicant has and plans on using in Australia (anywhere between $200,000 – $15 million). The five streams you may be eligible for include the following:

  1. Business Innovation Stream: this stream is points tested and allows the visa applicant to operate a new or existing business in Australia.
  2. Investor Stream: this stream requires the applicant to invest a minimum of AUD 1.5 million in an Australian state or territory and also maintain business or investment activity in Australia. 
  3. Significant Investor Visa (SIV): this stream requires the applicant to invest a minimum of AUD 5 million in Australian complying investments. These investments must meet certain requirements and the applicant must also maintain investment activity in Australia. 
  4. Premium Investor (PIV): Applicants are only able to apply to this stream if they receive an invitation from the Australian Government. This provisional visa also requires the applicant to invest at least AUD 15 million in Australian investments and/or philanthropic contributions. 
  5. Entrepreneur: This stream allows applicants to carry out entrepreneurial activities in Australia. However, they must first receive a nomination from an Australian State or Territory and have a funding agreement with a third party to carry out entrepreneurial activities.

Permanent Visas

The two main permanent visas are set out below. 

1. Business Talent Migrant (Subclass 132) Visa

This permanent visa is for business owners, investors and high net worth individuals. The applicant must have a genuine interest in establishing a new business or participating in an existing business. The two streams for this visa are:

  1. The Significant Business History Stream: this is for business persons who have net business and personal assets of at least AUD 1.5 million and an annual business turnover of AUD 3 million; and
  2. The Venture Capital Entrepreneur Stream: this is for entrepreneurs who have obtained a minimum of AUD 1 million in venture capital funding to start a business idea in Australia.

2. Business Innovation and Investment Residence (Subclass 888) Visa

This is the next stage towards permanent residency from the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) (Subclass 188) Visa.

If you require assistance with business talent and investor visas, LegalVision’s immigration team has the experience and expertise to help you navigate your way through the Australian visa application process quickly and cost-effectively.

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