Australian Investor Visas

Australia Business Investor Visas

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.

Australia is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. According to the IMF, Australia ranks as the world’s 12th largest economy and has an excellent reputation. It is a developed country with a very high human development index and offers its people a high quality of life, health, education, economic freedom and the protection of civil liberties and political rights.

Our expertise in immigration law and compliant investments in Australia combine to implement residency by investment solutions. Our clients benefit from permanent residency leading to citizenship as a consequence of their successful investment.

The Most Popular Australian Investor Visa

Here are just a few of the key reasons why Australian Investor visas are the most popular investment visas available in the world today.

  • 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
  • A $1.2m investment required for only 4 years
  • All investments are guaranteed
  • 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 residency

Eligibility Criteria

  • $1.25m Investment in a fund for 4 years
  • Approved support from an accredited Australian Venture Capital firm
  • A co-investment of $1m from the Venture Capital firm into the fund

Our services include securing the mandatory support from an accredited Australian Venture Capital firm along with providing the required additional $1m investment into your fund to make this visa possible. We provide our clients access to investment 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.

Alternative Investment Visa Options

While we advocate for the above scheme for those who are eligible, we also secure investment visas under 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.

An Overview of the Five 188 Investor Stream Visas

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 4 years.

There are 5 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 significant 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 Investor Visas 188A

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 business, 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 3 years, giving you 6 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 business with a turnover of at least AUD 500,000 for at least 2 of the last 4 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. To be nominated, you must lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the SkillSelect system.

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 2 years prior to lodgement
  • Owned and operated a business in Australia for at least 2 years prior to the application with an annual turnover of at least $300,000 for the 2 of the last 4 years.
  • You and/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
Business Investor Visas 188B

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. To be nominated, you must lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the SkillSelect system.

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 Investment Visas 188C

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 Visas 188D

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 Investment Visas 188E

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.

Business Visas Points Table

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 Sectors for Investors

Restriced 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.

Where Australian Foreign Investment Comes From

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.

The Importance of Foreign Investment to 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 Sectors Benefiting From Foreign Investment

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.

How To Apply

Securing Australian Investment Opportunities

Complete our enquiry form and select investor 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, along with securing your visa or second citizenship. Our comprehensive Support Services includes:

  • Banking
  • Real Estate
  • UK Tax Rebate
  • Shipping
  • Pet Relocation
  • Investment Planning
  • Moving Pensions Offshore
  • Concierge service on your arrival in Australia
  • Preparing International Wills for Inheritance Tax planning
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Investor visas for Australia

Name: The return on your investment is Australia

Description: No other type of investment can provide such diverse benefits.

Your principle investment is guaranteed to be returned after 4 years and the rewards for your investment are certainly world class.

In our experience the best option currently requires a $1.25 million with the support of an accredited Venture Capital firm within Australia.

Complete tailored solutions available.

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