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The Australia Investor visa streams offer eligible candidates from around the world the opportunity to gain Australian residence. There are two streams and both fall under the Business Innovation and Investment Visa (subclass 188):

  • Investor stream
  • Significant Investor stream

The route you’re able to choose will depend on your ability to meet the investment thresholds and the other relevant requirements.

1. Investor stream:

You want to do one of two things:

  • Own and manage a business in Australia; or
  • Invest at least AUS$1.5 million in Australia.

What are the requirements?

When you receive your Invitation to Apply for the visa:

  •  You must
    • Be under the age of 55.
    • Score at least 65 on the innovation points test, which takes into account your age, English competency, qualifications, and experience, amongst other factors.
    • Have nomination from an Australian state or territory government agency, and genuinely intend to live in that state or territory for at least two years.
  • You must have a high skill level and a successful record in managing investments and/or eligible businesses, with no involvement in unacceptable business activities.
  • You must have a minimum of three years of direct involvement in the management of at least one qualifying business or eligible investment.
  • In at least one out of the last five financial years, you – or you and your spouse/de facto partner, if applicable – must have been directly involved in the management of:
    • Eligible investments totaling at least AU$1.5 million, or
    • A qualifying business, where you, or you and your spouse/de facto partner combined, owned at least 10% of the total value of that business.

In addition the above, you must meet the following requirement:

You must have a net personal, business and investment asset value of at least AU$2.25 million during the two years immediately before you receive your invitation to apply for the visa. You must have acquired these assets legally, and the assets must be available legal transfer to Australia within two years of the date that your visa is granted.

What is an eligible investment?

An investment is eligible if you own it for the purpose of producing a return in the form of income or capital gain, and not for personal use. Acceptable investments include:

  • Ownership of a business;
  • Cash on deposit;
  • Stocks or bonds;
  • Real estate; or
  • Gold or silver bullion.

What is a qualifying business?

A qualifying business is operated for the purpose of making profit by providing goods and/or services to the public. It is not operated for the purpose of speculative or passive investment.

How should you make the investment?

You must invest at least AU$1.5 million in a government security in the State or Territory that nominates your application, using unencumbered funds accumulated from your qualifying businesses or eligible investments. You must be prepared to hold this investment for at least four years.

2. Significant investor stream:

You are willing to invest at least AU$5 million into a complying significant investment. You don’t have to meet any age limits or do a points test or English language test. There are also fewer residence requirements to meet.

What are the requirements?

When you receive your Invitation to Apply for the visa:

  • You must be nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency or by Austrade.
  • You – or you and your spouse/de facto partner, if applicable, must:
    • Have legally acquired net personal, business and/or investment assets totaling at least AU$5 million which can be used to make your complying investment in Australia.
    • Not have been involved in unacceptable business or investment activities.

How should you make the investment?

You must invest at least AU$5 million into a complying significant investment in Australia and hold it for at least four years. The investment must be made:

  • Directly in your name or in the names of you and your spouse/de facto partner together; or
  • Through a company in which you – and your spouse/de facto partner, if applicable – own the total amount of issued shares, or
  • Through a valid trust for which you are the trustee – or you and your spouse/de facto partner together – and you are the beneficiary, or you and your spouse/de facto partner together.

What is a complying significant investment?

These are investments in:

  • Commonwealth, state or territory government bonds; or
  • Eligible managed funds; or
  • Direct investment into private Australian companies, in which you have an ownership interest.

Here’s how the application process works…

If you wish to apply under either Investor stream, you must first lodge an Expression of Interest. If this is successful, and you are nominated by a state or territory, or Austrade, you’ll get invite to lodge an application for a visa.

When the Department of Home Affairs is ready to approve your visa application, you’ll get an invite to make your investment. Once you’ve made your investment and your visa application has been approved, you’ll be granted a provisional visa. This provisional visa is valid for up to four years and three months.

Once you’ve held your provisional visa for at least 2 years, you’ll be eligible to apply for permanent residence under the subclass 888 Business Innovation and Investment visa. The subclass 888 visa does, however, come with its own set of requirements. For instance, you must have been in Australia on the 188 subclass visa for a total of at least 2 years in the four years immediately prior to lodging your permanent residence application.

Find out if you qualify for an Investor visa stream for Australia

To see if you’re eligible to apply for either the Investor or Significant Investor stream, simply book a free initial immigration assessment with our consultants. This assessment will show all Australian visas for which you could qualify. Following the outcome of the assessment, our consultants will discuss the best way forward for your emigration to Australia.

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