There are a number of visas available for business people and investors looking to establish or manage a new or existing business, or invest in Australia.
Business visas are available to people who have a proven successful business career, and have a genuine and realistic commitment to help drive the Australian economy. Business visas require State or Territory sponsorship.
Business Visas can be highly complex applications requiring a lot of in depth knowledge of the visa criteria and complying investments. It is always recommended to seek professional advice before applying for a business visa.
Business Talent (Permanent) (Subclass 132) visa
The business talent visa is part of the Australian business innovation and investment program which is focused on expanding the country’s economy. An Expression Of Interest must be submitted through the SkillSelect system and an invitation must be issued to apply for the visa. The visa is comprised of two separate streams:
Significant Business History Stream
High level business owners who want to undertake significant business activity providing either, employment, exports or high level investment.
To apply through the Significant Business History stream an applicant must:
- 51 per cent of a business with less than a $400,000 turnover per annum, or
- 30 per cent of a business with more than a $400,000 turnover per annum, or
- 10 per cent of a publicly-listed company
Venture Capital Entrepreneur Stream
People who have obtained at least AUD$1 million in funding from an Australian venture capital firm to commercialise a product or develop a high-value idea in
To apply through the Venture Capital Entrepreneur stream an applicant must:
Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) (Subclass 188) visa
The business innovation and investment (provisional) visa is comprised of 5 separate application streams. To apply through either stream an applicant must:
Other stream specific criteria can be found below.
Business Innovation Stream 188A
In addition to the above general requirements an applicant applying through the business innovation stream must:
- 51 per cent of a business with a turnover of less than $400,000 per annum, or
- 30 per cent of a business with a turnover of more than $400,000 per annum, or
- 10 per cent of a publicly listed company
Investor stream 188B
If an applicant applies through the investor stream, they must:
Significant Investor and Premium Investor Visa stream 188C and 188D
See our Investors Page
Entrepreneur stream 188EFor people who are willing to undertake a complying entrepreneurial activity that leads to either the commercialisation of a product or service, or development of a
business, in Australia.
A Complying Entrepreneur Activity is an activity that relates to an innovative idea that will lead to the commercialisation of a product or service in Australia, or the development of an enterprise or business in Australia (excludes residential real estate, labour hire and the purchase of an existing enterprise or a franchise in Australia.