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Investor visas for Australia

Exclusive Residency-By-Investment Solutions

We specialise in Australian residency for investors in Australia. Our Investor solutions provide Permanent Residency immediately on arrival for your entire family.

Australia is the worlds most popular destination for investors

For the past five years, Australia has attracted more investors than any other country. This is in part due to having one of the worlds highest standards of living, a stable economy, protective regulation and governance and a legal system based on the United Kingdom.

When you have worked hard for your money, you want to protect it and provide it with a stable, secure environment to help it grow. Australia can offer the most shrewd investors a safe environment. With the Asian economic area nearby and the USA to their left Australia is in a prime location to benefit from global trade. It also as well established markets and a system making it a desirable destination for investors.

We provide tailored solutions for both high-net-worth clients and those who are ineligible for a skilled migrant visa but have the necessary funds required to secure residency-by-investment in Australia.

Simple, Effective, Exclusive Solutions

Haskew Law specialises in securing residency-by-investment. Offering a complete range of services, including unique solutions designed and developed by our experts to provide Permanent Residency on arrival.

Complete our enquiry form to discover your options and to receive our guide via email.

The three most popular Investment visas in brief:

Working with our partners in Australia we have developed three compliant immigration options for investors. We ensure our solutions are simple and easy to access for our clients.

1. Guaranteed Investments

  • A protected investment of 1.5m AUD for four years
  • Your investment is guaranteed to be returned after four years
  • This provides an initial 4-year visa leading to permanent residency
  • Your net worth must be over $2.25m AUD

How we assist

  • Source the required investment vehicle
  • Secure your 4-year visa
  • Provide bespoke relocation services

2. Owning Qualifying Shares (The most popular choice)

This option provides permanent residency immediately on arrival in Australia.

  • The cost of this scheme ranges from $585,000 to $950,00 dependant on availability and the shares secured
  • You are free to sell your share at the market rate after 4 years
  • No age limit
  • No requirement to work in the business
  • No previous business ownership required

These opportunities are allocated on a first come first serve basis. These are the most popular of all the investor visas, as they provide permanent residency on arrival and have few qualifying criteria.

How we assist

  • Source shares in a compliant business
  • Source the VC funding required
  • Secure your permanent residency on arrival
  • Provide bespoke relocation services

3.  Business/Owner Investor

  • Approx. cost is $500,000 AUD
  • The company must secure an investment agreement from a licenced third party in Australia
  • You must have previous business experience
  • Meet a points test and be under 55-years old
  • The business must have an innovative and/or export element
  • You're granted a 4-year visa leading to permanent residency (assuming the business meets its objectives)

How we assist

  • Source a compliant business for you to purchase
  • Source the additional funding agreement required
  • Secure your initial 4-year visa leading to permanent residency
  • Complete bespoke relocation services

The Benefits Of An Investor Visa

  • No Death, Inheritance Taxes, No Taxation on World Wide Income
  • AAA Rated Economy
  • Business-friendly environment
  • Permanent Residency granted - On arrival
  • No restriction on the purchasing of property
  • Almost exact legal, accounting, political system as the UK
  • Tax effective Investment Laws
  • Dual Citizenship permitted
  • No minimum or maximum age limit
  • Access to free education
  • Access to Medicare
  • Fast, easy process to secure your permanent residence

We provide our clients with exclusive access to opportunities that are both secure and immigration compliant.

All our services are tailored to meet our clients' needs while protecting their best interests and investment throughout the process of emigrating as an Investor.

Residency and Citizenship by investment

Applicants for the investment visa increased by 74.4 per cent to 15,781 people in the past year.

Second Citizenship and residency by investment is no longer the preserve of the few. Migration Investment programmes for Australia are now the fastest growing area of immigration law as people come to realise Australian residency and citizenship is not just desirable but, a vital part of many effective Australian immigration cases.

Alternative Investment Visa Options

While we advocate for the above scheme for those who are eligible, we believe it is good to know all your investment options. The alternative investment route is the 188 visa stream. Please note the following visa classes do NOT provide immediate permanent residency on arrival and your visa is at risk if the business venture fails in the first four years.

For a more detailed review of your options contact us for further information.

188 Business Innovation and Investment Provisional Visas

Business Innovation & Investment Subclass 188 visas are for investors and business owners who wish to establish business operations in Australia. The visa is valid for four years.

There are five eligibility streams:

  • A. Business Innovation - for business owners seeking to establish business operations in Australia
  • B. Investor - for people who are willing to invest $1.5 million in an Australian State or Territory bonds
  • C. Significant Investor - for people willing to invest $5 million into complying investments in Australia
  • D. Premium Investor - for people with substantial funds who are willing to invest at least $15 million into complying premium investments in Australia.
  • E. Entrepreneur - for people who have a funding agreement from a third party for at least AUD200 000 to undertake a complying entrepreneur activity

Business and Innovation Stream 188A

Duration and Conditions

This is a 4-year temporary visa. Once you have established an ownership interest in an Australian company, you can apply for permanent residence through the Business Innovation & Investment (Residence) Subclass 888 visa.

A 2-year extension is possible once you have held the subclass 188 visa for three years, giving you six years from the date of grant of the original visa.

Do I Apply in Australia or Overseas?

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

If you are in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a Bridging A, B or C visa.

Visa Criteria

The Business Innovation Stream requires you to have owned a business and to be intending to establish business operations in Australia. You will need to meet the following specific requirements:

  • Ownership of a company with a turnover of at least AUD 500,000 for at least 2 of the last four fiscal years; and
  • Net personal and business assets of at least AUD 800,000; and
  • Under 55 years of age, unless the nominating state or territory certifies that you will make an exceptional economic benefit; and
  • Meet the pass mark in the Business Innovation and Investment Points test (currently 65)
  • Have an overall successful career in business

State/Territory Nomination

This visa is only available to applicants who are nominated by an Australian State or Territory government.

Eligibility for Permanent Residence

To qualify for a permanent Business Innovation & Investment (Residence) Subclass 888 visa, you would need to meet the following criteria:

  • You have been in Australia on your subclass 188A visa for at least 12 months, within the two years before lodgement
  • Owned and operated a business in Australia for at least 2 years before the application with an annual turnover of at least $300,000 for the 2 of the last four years.
  • You or your partner must meet two of the following three criteria for the last 12 months:
    • Assets of at least $200,000 in the business
    • Net personal and business assets of at least $600,000 in Australia
    • Employed at least two Australian full-time employees in your business in Australia

Investor Stream 188B

This is not a very popular visa class and is only used by those who are unable to secure a 132b investor visa. If you would like to review your options speak to one of our experts.

Duration and Conditions

This is a 4-year temporary visa. Once you have maintained an investment in Australia for 4 years, you can apply for permanent residence through the Business Innovation & Investment (Residence) Subclass 888 visa.

Do I Apply in Australia or Overseas?

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

If you are in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a Bridging A, B or C visa.

Visa Criteria

This option requires you to have managed investments or owned a business, and to be willing to invest AUD 1.5 million in Australian State or Territory Government bonds. Specific criteria include:

  • You have had a business and personal net assets of at least AUD 2.25 million for the last 2 fiscal years
  • Under 55 years of age, unless the nominating state or territory certifies that you will make an exceptional economic benefit; and
  • Meet the pass mark in the Business Innovation and Investment Points test (currently 65)
  • You must make an investment of AUD 1.5 million in Australian State or Territory bonds prior to a grant of the visa
  • You have 3 years of experience either managing a qualifying business or "eligible investments", and have shown a high level of management skill

For at least 1 of the last 5 fiscal years, you have either:

  • Managed a business in which you hold a 10% shareholding; or
  • Managed "eligible investments" of at least AUD 1.5 million

"Eligible investments" for the purposes of the Investor Stream include:

  • Ownership interests in a business
  • Cash on deposit
  • Stocks or bonds
  • Real estate
  • Gold or bullion
  • Loan to a business

State/Territory Nomination

This visa is only available to applicants who are nominated by an Australian State or Territory government.

Eligibility for Permanent Residence

To qualify for a permanent Business Innovation & Investment (Residence) Subclass 888 visa, you would need to meet the following criteria:

  • You have been in Australia on your subclass 188B visa for at least 2 years, within the 4 years prior to lodgement
  • Maintained your investment in Australian State or Territory bonds for the last 4 years.

Significant Investor Visas Subclass 188C

The Significant Investor visa is a 4-year visa for people willing to make an AUD 5 million investment in Australia. It is one of the streams within the Subclass 188 Business Innovation and Investment visa.

Duration and Conditions

This is a 4-year temporary visa. Once you have maintained an investment in Australia for 4 years, you can apply for permanent residence through the Business Innovation & Investment (Residence) Subclass 888 visa.

You will need to spend at least 40 days per year in Australia on your Significant Investor visa for the last 4 years and be sponsored by a state or territory government to qualify for a permanent subclass 888 visas.

A 2-year extension is possible, and you can extend your SIV two times.

Do I Apply in Australia or Overseas?

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

If you are in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a Bridging A, B or C visa.

Applications can only be lodged online via the SkillSelect system.

State/Territory/AusTrade Nomination

This visa is only available to applicants who are nominated by an Australian State or Territory government or by AusTrade.

Visa Requirements

Unlike other business migration categories, there is no upper age limit for this type of visa.

For grant of the visa, applicants must make an investment of at least AUD 5 million in a "complying investment". A "complying investment" for the purposes of the Significant Investor Visa must be made up of:

  • At least $500,000 in venture capital and growth private equity funds which invest in start-ups and small private companies
  • At least $1.5 million in approved managed funds investing in emerging companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.
  • A 'balancing investment' of up to $3 million in managed funds that may invest in a range of assets, including ASX-listed companies, Australian corporate bonds or notes, annuities and commercial real estate

Premium Investor Subclass 188D Visas

The Premium Investor visa is a 4-year visa for people willing to make an AUD 15 million investment in Australia. It is one of the streams within the Subclass 188 Business Innovation and Investment visa.

Duration and Conditions

This is a 4-year temporary visa. Once you have maintained an investment in Australia for 1 year, you can apply for permanent residence through the Business Innovation & Investment (Residence) Subclass 888 visas.

Do I Apply in Australia or Overseas?

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

If you are in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or a Bridging A, B or C visa.

Applications can only be lodged online via the SkillSelect system.

Nomination by AusTrade

This visa is only available to applicants who are nominated by AusTrade.

Visa Criteria

Unlike other business migration categories, there is no upper age limit for this type of visa.

Applicants must make an investment of at least AUD 15 million in a "premium investment" prior to the grant of the visa. A "premium investment" for the purposes of the Premium Investor Visa includes:

  • Australian securities exchange listed assets
  • Australian government or semi-government bonds or notes
  • Corporate bonds or notes issued by an Australian exchange-listed entity (or wholly owned subsidiary of the Australian listed entity) or investment grade rated Australian corporate bonds or notes rated by an AFS licenced debt rating agency
  • Australian proprietary limited companies
  • Real property in Australia excluding residential property
  • Deferred annuities issued by Australian registered life companies
  • State or territory government approved philanthropic contribution

Entrepreneur Subclass 188 Visas

The Entrepreneur visa is a 4-year visa for people who have investor funding to develop an enterprise or business in Australia.

It is one of the streams within the Subclass 188 Business Innovation and Investment visa.

Duration and Conditions

This is a 4-year temporary visa. Once you have established business operations in Australia, you can apply for permanent residence through the Business Innovation & Investment (Residence) Subclass 888 visa.

You will need to spend at least 2 years in Australia on your Entrepreneur Visa and be sponsored by a state or territory government to qualify for a permanent subclass 888 visas.

Do I Apply in Australia or Overseas?

Applications can only be lodged online via the SkillSelect system.

State/Territory Nomination

This visa is only available to applicants who are nominated by an Australian State or Territory government.

Visa Criteria

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Nomination by a state or territory government
  • Competent English
  • Under 55 Years of age, unless a State or Territory Government nominates you as providing an "exceptional economic benefit" to the state or territory
  • Funding agreement in place for at least $200,000 to establish a venture in Australia
  • The ownership interest of at least 30% in the venture

Acceptable Business Activities

The proposed venture would need to be either:

  • The commercialisation of a product or service in Australia; or
  • Development of an enterprise or business in Australia

Certain activities which are not considered sufficiently innovative will be excluded. This is defined by legislative instrument and include:

  • Purchase of an existing business or franchise
  • Real estate activities
  • Labour hire activities

Eligible funding

To apply for the Entrepreneur Visa, you will need to have an agreement for at least $200,000 in funding from one or more of the following sources:

  • Commonwealth agencies
  • State and territory governments
  • Publicly funded research organisations
  • Investors registered as Venture Capital Limited Partnerships or Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnerships

The funding agreement must involve the transfer of at least 10% of the funds within 12 months of commencing the activity in Australia.

Calculating your points on for a Business Investor Visa

NB: You Do NOT Require Points For The 132B Investor Visa Stream

It is important to note that securing 65 points is the entry level requirement and does not assure your business case will be successful. The points test is required by the federal government to ensure no state can view a potential business case unless these criteria are met. This is irrespective of the merits of the business case or the business and investment pedigree of the candidate.

If you struggle to achieve a potential 65 points arrange a consultation and we will examine your options.

The Business Investor points table

FactorDescriptionPoints
Age18–24 years20
25–32 years30
33–39 years25
40–44 years20
45–54 years15
55 and older0
English language abilityVocational English5
Proficient English10
QualificationsAustralian trade certificate, diploma or bachelor degree by an Australian education institute; ora bachelor qualification recognised by an education institution of a recognised standard5
Bachelor degree in business, science or technology by an Australian institution; or a bachelor qualification by an education institution of a recognised standard10
Special endorsementThe nominating state or territory government agency could decide that your proposed business is of unique and important benefit to the state or territory where the nominating government agency is located10
Financial assetsNet business and personal assets of you, your partner or you and your partner combined in each of the preceding two years of at least:
AUD800 0005
AUD1.3 million15
AUD1.8 million25
AUD2.25 million35
Business turnoverAnnual turnover in your main business during a period of at least two years of the preceding four fiscal years of at least:
AUD500 0005
AUD1 million15
AUD1.5 million25
AUD2 million35
Business Innovation stream onlyBusiness experienceYou have held one or more businesses before you were invited to apply for the visa for:
Not less than four years within the preceding five years10
Not less than seven years within the preceding eight years15
Investor stream onlyInvestor experienceEligible investment of at least AUD100 000 held for:
At least four years before the time of invitation to apply for the visa10
At least seven years before the time of invitation to apply for the visa15
Business innovation qualificationsAt the time of invitation to apply for the visa:Evidence of registered patents or registered designs15
Evidence of registered trademarks10
Evidence of formal joint venture agreements5
Evidence of export trade15
Evidence of ownership interest in a gazelle business10
Evidence of receipt of grants or venture capital funding10
State or territory nominationSpecial endorsement (limited places)10

Restricted Business Activities

To protect the local business community from excessive competition and to defend the public good certain business activities are not permitted in several states. It is important to note when filing a case for state nomination as local restriction vary across Australia.

While some states ban certain international business investment other will allow them within certain regional areas. It would be unlikely any state would allow the following businesses within their central business districts

Business Viewed with caution

  • Entry level businesses
  • Wine export
  • travel
  • tourism
  • retail and hospitality ventures

We review business proposal against the various states restrictions prior to filing. It is also important to note there are exceptions to these rules if the proposed business can prove exceptional standing or the business investor has an excellent pedigree managing businesses and a successful track record investing in previous ventures.

Inward Foreign Investment In Numbers

About 10 thousand high-net-worth individuals, with a personal wealth of AUD$1m or more, migrated to Australia in 2017 – mostly from China, India and the UK.

Australia remains a top destination for foreign investment. In 2016/17, the total stock of foreign investment in Australia reached $3.2 trillion, of which $796. 1 billion was a direct investment.

Net new foreign direct investment into Australia (FDI inflows) in 2016 was valued at $64.8 billion, up by a significant $38.9 billion (or 150 percent) on the amount invested into Australia in 2015.

This was supported by significant growth in net inflows into the mining sector (up to $18.2 billion).

The majority of Australian FDI continues to come from the US ($195.0 billion), Japan ($90.1 billion) and the UK ($67.9 billion), although Asian markets (Greater China and ASEAN countries) represent growing investment sources.

China represents around five percent of total FDI in Australia.

Australia Is Open For Foreign Investment

The total foreign investment includes direct investment (FDI), and indirect investment (portfolio investment, financial derivatives, reserve assets and other investment). Productive FDI contributes to economic prosperity through creating and retaining Australian jobs; developing new industries and infrastructure; introducing new technologies and skills; encouraging innovation and competition; raising productivity and strengthening Australia’s trade and economic linkages with global markets.

More than a third (37 percent) of Australia’s top 2,000 companies are foreign-owned. These companies account for 1.1 trillion of assets in Australia, generating revenue of $629.3 billion and employ nearly 700,000 people.

The Key Industries Benefiting From Foreign Investment

Although mining continues to account for the bulk of Australia’s stock of FDI, the flow of new investment into service sectors is growing. This reflects a shift in the importance of service sectors, such as wealth management, healthcare, education, tourism and professional services to Asia’s growing middle classes. In 2016/17, mining and quarrying accounted for 39 percent of Australia’s stock of FDI (or $310.6 billion), while around one-third of FDI stock was into service sectors.

The total stock of FDI in service sectors grew at more than twice the rate, combined of non-service sectors between 2015 and 2016 (up 14 percent compared to 6 percent).

Industries

Australia is a global competitor in five key growth industries and has potential to drive continued growth by providing high-quality food, natural resources, education, tourism and financial services to the world.

Agribusiness:

The 12th largest global exporter of agricultural products (US$36 billion), FDI stock in agriculture, forestry and fishing worth $2.2 billion

Resources and energy:

Second largest global exporter of LNG (US$39.8 billion).

Tourism:

The 11th largest market for international tourism receipts (US$32.5 billion), FDI stock in accommodation and food services worth $7.2 billion.

International education:

Third largest market globally for foreign tertiary students (6 percent of the world’s total)

› Financial services:

The sixth largest pool of investment fund assets in the world (US$1.6 trillion), FDI stock in financial and insurance activities worth $66.9 billion.

Securing Australian Investment Opportunities

Complete our enquiry form and select investor visas as your prefered reason to emigrate. After reviewing your information one of our senior migration managers will be in touch shortly to discuss your options.

When it comes to structuring compliant investment solutions there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.

At Haskew Law we focus on implementing investment solutions that are compliant for immigration purposes, while taking into account our clients requirements.

Our experts are happy to discuss the various opportunities Australia has to offer for investors.

Our Services Include:

  • Managing Our clients Immigration case
  • Sourcing secure investment opportunities
  • Securing Support from a Venture Capital firm to accept our client as a foreign investor
  • Preparing guarantees to protect our clients investments

Additional International Mobility Solutions

Our range of experts enables us to provide a complete migration solution, our unique blend of skills allow us to assist a wide range of clients and deliver the services they need. We provide a full range of services to make your plans go as smooth as possible.

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