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Permanently

Cost

From AUD2,590

Processing times

There are no standard processing times available for this stream

With this visa, you can

  • continue your business activities started under your Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa
  • stay in Australia permanently
  • work and study in Australia
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Check your eligibility

You must

  • hold, or in certain cases must have held a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa in the Business Innovation stream, a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa in the Business Innovation Extension stream, a Special Category visa, or, in some cases, a subclass 457 visa
  • meet certain business requirements
  • have a current nomination from an Australian state or territory government agency

Apply

With this visa, you can

  • stay in Australia permanently
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare
  • sponsor your relatives to come to Australia
  • travel to and from Australia for 5 years
  • if eligible apply for Australian citizenship

Newly arrived residents may have to wait before they can access certain Australian Government payments and benefits. 

How long you can stay

This is a permanent visa. It lets you stay in Australia permanently.

For citizenship purposes, your permanent residency starts on the day:

  • we grant the visa if you are in Australia
  • you enter Australia on this visa if you are outside Australia when we grant this visa

Include family

You can include members of the family unit in your application when you apply. You can also add children to your application at any time before we decide on your application.

Family members who apply for the visa must meet our health and character requirements.

Family members who are not coming to Australia might also have to meet our health and character requirements.

Cost

The visa costs AUD2,590 for the main applicant.

There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa with you.

You might have to pay an extra charge for any applicant 18 years old or older who has less than functional English. This charge is the second instalment charge. Pay it only when we ask you to. We will refund the charge if we do not grant you the visa.

The second instalment charge is AUD4,890.

You only need to pay it for family members who did not pay the second instalment charge for their Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa.

You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not take into account the second instalment or other costs.

Apply from

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa and when we decide on your application but not in immigration clearance.

Processing times

We process:

  • 75% of applications in 21 months
  • 90% of applications in 23 months

Your application may take longer to process if:

  • you do not complete the application form correctly 
  • you do not include all the documents we need or we need more information from you
  • it takes us time to verify your information

We can’t process your application if you do not pay the correct visa application charge. We will notify you if this is the case and if necessary return your application.

Your obligations

You and your family members must obey all Australian laws.

If you are outside Australia when we grant the visa:

  • you and your family members must enter Australia by a certain date (we will tell you when this is)
  • any family members included in your application might not be able to marry or enter into a de facto relationship before they enter Australia (we will tell you if this is the case)

Travel

Travel to and from Australia for 5 years

You can travel to and from Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date we grant this visa. This is as long as the travel facility on this visa remains valid.

If you want to travel after the initial 5-year travel facility:

  • you will need to apply for and be granted a Resident Return (RRV) so that you can re-enter Australia as a permanent resident
  • you might also want to consider Australian citizenship. If you become an Australian citizen, you don’t require a visa to enter Australia. You will need to apply for an Australian passport and use it to leave and re-enter Australia. See more about eligibility requirements and current processing times for Australian citizenship

If you leave Australia after the expiry date of your travel facility, without being granted another permanent visa with a valid travel facility, for example a Resident Return (RRV), you will not be able to return to Australia as a permanent resident.

To see when your travel facility ends, use VEVO.

Visa label

Australian visas are digital.

We do not put a visa label in your passport. Instead, we link your digital visa record to your passport.

Have this visa

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Unless COVID-19 concessions apply, you must be the primary holder of a:

  • Business nnovation and Investment (Provisional) visa Business Innovation stream
  • Special Category visa (SCV) (suclass 444)
  • Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa Business Innovation Extension stream, or
  • in certain cases, a subclass 457 visa

You can also apply if you are the secondary visa holder of a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa and your spouse or de facto partner is the primary holder of a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa in the Business Innovation stream  or Business Innovation Extension stream.

COVID-19 concessions

Arrangements are in place for provisional visa holders who may have been disadvantaged as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

From 19 September 2020 until 3 months after the end of the ‘COVID-19 concession period’, you can also apply for this visa if you held a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) Business Innovation stream or Business Innovation Extension stream which expired during the concession period.

You can also apply from 19 September 2020 until 3 months after the end of the ‘COVID-19 concession period’ if you were the secondary visa holder of a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) and:

  • your visa expired during the concession period; and
  • your spouse or de facto partner is the primary holder of a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa in the Business Innovation stream or Business Innovation Extension stream.

Be nominated

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You must have a current nomination from a state or territory government agency.

When you applied for your Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa, you gave us an expression of interest. A state or territory saw your expression of interest and nominated you.

You do not need to provide a new Expression of Interest. But the state or territory needs to confirm that your nomination is still current.

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New Souh Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia

Own and manage a business in Australia

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For the 2 years immediately before you apply, you must have:

  • had, and continue to have, an ownership interest in up to two main businesses in Australia
  • had a direct and continuous management role in that business or businesses
  • submitted Business Activity Statements to the Australian Taxation Office
  • an Australian Business Number for each of your main businesses

For the 24 months immediately before you apply, you must own at least:

  • 51% of the total value of a business with a turnover of less than AUD400,000 per year, or
  • 30% of the total value of a business with a turnover of AUD400,000 or more per year, or
  • 10% of the total value of a business that is operated by a publicly listed company

Business acquisition

If you bought your main business (or businesses) from a person who applied for or held:

  • a Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa or
  • a permanent business skills visa (in subclasses 890, 891, 892 or 893)

at the time of the acquisition, you must show that you and that person co-owned the business for at least 1 year before you apply.

Have an annual business turnover of AUD300,000

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Your main business or businesses (or the business or businesses of your spouse or de facto partner, or of you and your spouse or de facto partner together), had an annual turnover of at least AUD300,000 in the 12 months immediately before the application was made.

You might not need to have a turnover of AUD300,000 if the nominating State or Territory government agency has determined that there are exceptional circumstances.

Meet the assets and employees requirement

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For the 12 months immediately before you apply, you or your partner (or you and your partner together) must show at least 2 of the following:

  • assets of AUD200,000 net value in your main business (or 2 main businesses) in Australia
  • personal and business assets in Australia of AUD600,000 net value
  • equivalent of at least 2 full-time eligible employees in your main business

If you want to meet the employee rule, your employees must work in your main business (or main businesses) and:

  • be Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, or holders of valid New Zealand passports
  • not be members of your family

You might not need to meet the assets and employees requirement if the nominating State or Territory government agency has determined that there are exceptional circumstances

Have followed Australian laws

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When operating your business in Australia, you and your partner must have followed:

  • Commonwealth laws
  • the laws of the states or territories where your business operated

This includes laws about taxation, superannuation and workplace relations.

Functional English

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You might have to pay an extra charge for any dependent applicant 18 years old or older who has less than functional English. If they can’t show that they have at least functional English, they will need to pay the second instalment of the visa application charge when we ask you to. 

They will not need to pay a second instalment if they have already paid a second instalment of the visa application charge in relation to an application for a Subclass 188 (Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)) visa.

Meet the residence requirement

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Unless COVID-19 concessions apply, you must have been physically present in Australia for at least 1 year in the 2 years immediately before you apply as the holder of a:

  • Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa Business Innovation stream
  • Special Category visa (SCV) (subclass 444)
  • Business Inovation and Investment (Provisional) visa Business Innovation Extension stream, or
  • in certain cases, a subclass 457 visa

COVID-19 concessions

Arrangements are in place for provisional visa holders who may have been disadvantaged as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

You must have been in Australia for a least 1 year in the 2 years immediately before you apply.
During the ‘COVID-19 concession period’, time spent overseas will count as time being in Australia if you were the holder of one of the following visas:

  • Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) Business Innovation stream
  • Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) Business Innovation Extension stream

Your first visa in the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) in the Business Innovation stream must have been granted on or before 30 June 2019.

Not have been involved in unacceptable business activities

You and your partner must not have been involved in any business or investment activities that are unacceptable in Australia.

Have a realistic commitment to continuing business activities

You must have a realistic commitment to continuing your business and investment activities in Australia.

Meet our health requirement

You and any family members who apply for the visa with you must meet our health requirement.

Family members who are not coming to Australia might also have to meet our health requirement.

Meet our character requirement

You and family members aged 16 years or over who apply for the visa with you must meet our character requirement.

Family members who are not coming to Australia must also meet our character requirement.

Sign the Australian values statement

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If you and your family members who have applied for the visa are 18 years of age or older at the time when the application is decided, you and your family members must:

  • have read, or had explained to you, the Life in Australia book and
  • sign an Australian Values Statement that confirms you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws

Have no debt to the Australian government

If you or any family members owe the Australian Government money, you or they must have paid it back or have an approved arrangement in place to pay it back.

Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia. Check if visa cancellation affects your eligibility.

Before you apply

Unless COVID-19 concessions apply, you must be the primary holder of a:

  • Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa Business Innovation stream
  • Special Category visa (SCV) (subclass 444)
  • Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa Business Innovation Extension stream, or
  • in certain cases, a subclass 457 visa

You can also apply if you are the secondary visa holder of a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa and your spouse or de facto partner is the primary holder of a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa in the Business Innovation stream or Business Innovation Extension stream. 

COVID-19 concessions

Arrangements are in place for provisional visa holders who may have been disadvantaged as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

From 19 September 2020 until 3 months after the end of the ‘COVID-19 concession period’, you can also apply for this visa if you held a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) Business Innovation stream or Business Innovation Extension stream which expired during the concession period.

You can also apply from 19 September 2020 until 3 months after the end of the ‘COVID-19 concession period’ if you were the secondary visa holder of a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) and:

  • your visa expired during the concession period; and
  • your spouse or de facto partner is the primary holder of a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa in the Business Innovation stream or Business Innovation Extension stream.

You and your family members must have valid passports or travel documents for this visa.

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State or Territory Nomination

You do not need to provide a new Expression of Interest. But the state or territory needs to confirm that your nomination is still current.

Check your passport

You and your family members must have valid passports or travel documents for this visa.

Organise health exams

You might need to have health examinations. You can complete them before you apply or you can wait until after you apply.

Find out the examinations you need and how to arrange them if you want to have them before you apply.

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Get help with your application

You don’t have to use a migration agent to apply for any visa. But if you want to, see how to find a registered migration agent.

Anyone can help you fill out forms or give you general help with your application. But you must let us know if you want someone to:

  • receive your correspondence
  • provide immigration assistance and act for you

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Gather your documents

You must give us documents proving your identity and about your business or investment activity. You also need to provide documents about family members applying with you.

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Provide accurate information

You are obliged to prove your identity and provide true information with your application. See what happens if you can’t prove your identity or don’t provide true information.

Identity documents

You and family members who apply for the visa with you, must provide:

Color copies of the pages of your current passport showing photo, personal details, and passport issue and expiry dates.

Also provide

  • a national identity card, if you have one
  • proof of change of name, if applicable

Documents that prove a change of name include:

  • a marriage or divorce certificate
  • change of name documents from an Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, or the relevant overseas authority
  • documents that show other names you have been known by

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Other relationships

Provide a death certificate, divorce or separation documents, or a statutory declaration if anyone in your application has been:

  • widowed
  • divorced
  • permanently separated

Also provide marriage certificates or relationship registrations for you and anyone applying for a visa in your application.

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State or territory nomination

You need to have a current nomination from a state or territory government agency.

Fill out Form 1414 Nomination – Business Skills class .

 Then:

  1. send the form to the state or territory that nominated you
  2. the state or territory will fill out the form and send it back
  3. include the completed form with your application

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Commitment to your business and investment activity

Provide:

  • a 1-page summary of your business or investment activities in Australia
  • a 1-page summary of your Australian business intentions in the long-term

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Following Australian laws

Show us you have followed Australian laws when operating your business. This includes laws about taxation, superannuation and workplace relations. Provide:

  • a written declaration stating you have complied with the laws of the Commonwealth, and of the state or territory where your business is located
  • details of any time you breached the laws of the Commonwealth, and of the state or territory where your business is located

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Business ownership

Prove to us that you have owned your main business or main businesses for the 2 years before you apply.

Whether you have 1 or 2 businesses, you must own at least:

  • 51% of the business if the business has a turnover of less than AUD400,000 per year
  • 30% of the business  if the business has a turnover of AUD400,000 or more per year, or
  • 10% of the business if the business is operated by a publicly listed company
  • The business must be qualifying business

Evidence can include:

  • documents proving your purchase of the business
  • partnership agreements
  • trust agreements
  • franchise agreements
  • documents showing the issue, purchase or transfer of shares
  • registration with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)
  • historical ASIC company extract

Agreements must include all pages and related schedules and evidence you paid stamp duty.

Documents about shares should show:

  • date of ownership
  • payment of stamp duty

If you bought your business from a person who holds, or applied for:

  • a Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa or
  • a permanent business skills visa (in subclasses 890, 891, 892 or 893)

You must provide evidence that you held joint ownership interest in the business with that person for at least 1 year immediately before applying.

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Management

Provide evidence that you have participated in the day-to-day management of the business for the 2 years before you apply. Evidence can include:

  • business contracts
  • minutes of meetings
  • business communications (letters, emails)
  • documents you initiated or authorised
  • independent third-party business references
  • documents showing your responsibility for strategic management, recruitment, price structure, business profitability or expenditure

Your evidence must show continuous involvement in significant aspects of:

  • day-to-day management
  • decisions affecting the overall business direction and performance

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Organizational chart and business activities

Provide a 1-page organizational chart for each of your nominated businesses that covers the 2 years before you apply. The chart must show:

  • your position
  • staff attribution
  • management reporting lines
  • functional responsibilities

Also provide:

  • staff rosters (if applicable)
  • trading hours
  • a description of activities and practices over a typical trading week

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Turnover

For the 2 years before you apply, provide:

  • the Australian Business Number (ABN) for each business
  • Business Activity Statements (BAS) for each quarter for each business
  • evidence from the Australian Taxation Office if you were not required to provide a BAS for any quarter with supporting documents

Supporting documents can include your most recent business taxation returns.

Also provide extracts from financial statements for each business, including balance sheet, profit and loss statement and notes to the accounts. Make sure:

  • the statements cover the beginning and end of a 12-month period ending no more than 3 months before you apply
  • your accountant prepares the statements to Australian Accounting Standards
  • directors and the accountant sign the statements

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Employees

For the 12 months immediately before applying, show us that your business had:

  • at least 2 employees who worked for a total number of hours that was at least the total number of hours that would have been worked by 2 full-time employees

Evidence of employees should include:

  • PAYG summaries
  • wage books
  • employee contracts
  • workers compensation
  • insurance and superannuation documents

Also prove to us that those employees are Australian citizens, permanent residents or New Zealand passport holders. Evidence can include:

  • passport
  • birth certificate
  • citizenship certificate

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Net assets

You must provide documents to show your (or you and your partner’s) business and personal assets in Australia.

For the beginning and end of 12-month period ending no more than 3 months before you apply, provide:

  • a 1-page summary statement outlining all assets and liabilities
  • evidence of AUD600,000 worth of assets (excluding liabilities) held in Australia
  • evidence of liabilities (if any) against each asset

The 12-month period must be the same period covered by your financial statements.

Liabilities can include mortgages, credit cards, and loans (including unsecured and third party loans).

Here are the forms of evidence we need for each type of asset:

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Cash assets

Provide bank statements or term deposit certificates covering the 2 years before you apply. All bank statements must be able to identify the balances held at the beginning and end of the 12 month period covered by your business’s financial statements.

Real estate assets

Provide:

  • evidence of ownership, such as title deeds
  • evidence of value, such as a valuation certificate by an accredited property valuer
  • mortgage statements (if applicable) showing balance of amount owed at the beginning and end of the 12 month period covered by your business’s financial statements
  • the approval letter for the purchase from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB)

We do not accept valuations by real estate agents who are not accredited property valuers.

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Business assets

Provide evidence of business ownership and value. You can refer us to evidence you provided for ‘Business ownership’ above, if applicable.

Personal or business loans

Provide:

  • loan agreements
  • loan statements showing the amount owed at the beginning and end of the 12 month period covered by your business’s financial statements

If the loan is to or from a business, provide loan statements listed in the business balance sheet.

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Stocks and bonds

Provide evidence of the stocks or bonds you hold and their value at the beginning and end of the 12 month period covered by your business’s financial statements. Evidence can include:

  • share or bond registers
  • share or fixed interest securities certificates
  • debentures certificates
  • transfer certificates
  • market value

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Assets held in trust

Provide the trust deeds.

Health documents

You do not need to provide health documents. The doctor will send them to us. 

Character documents

You and all applicants aged 16 years and older, provide:

  • Form 80 Personal particulars for assessment including character assessment 
  • a police certificate from every country, including your home country, where you spent a total of 12 months or more in the last 10 years since you turned 16.
  • military service records or discharge papers if you served in the armed forces of any country

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Proof of functional English

Provide proof that all dependent applicants aged 18 years and older, who did not pay the second instalment of the visa application charge at provisional stage, have at least functional English. 

If you can’t provide functional English documents

If any of the dependent applicants, who did not pay the second instalment cannot show evidence of functional English, you will need to pay the second instalment of the visa application charge for each of those dependent applicants, when we ask you to.

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Partner documents

If your partner holds a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) visa application as your dependent partner, we do not need evidence of your relationship.

If you are including a partner who does not hold a subclass 188 visa as your dependant,  we need to see evidence of your partner’s relationship with you along with identity and character documents and documents about other relationships.

Provide:

  • identity documents and photos
  • character documents
  • documents about other relationships, if applicable

Provide either:

  • your current marriage certificate or
  • enough documents to prove you have been in a de facto relationship with your partner for at least 12 months before you apply

Documents that prove your de facto relationship include:

  • joint bank account statements
  • billing accounts in joint names
  • joint leases or mortgages
  • documents that show you have lived at the same address as your partner

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Dependants under 18 documents

For every dependent under 18 years old who is applying with you, provide:

  • identity documents and photos
  • proof of your relationship with them, like a birth or marriage certificate
  • character documents, if applicable

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Parental responsibility documents

You must get consent for a dependent child to migrate to Australia from anyone who:

  • has a legal right to decide where the dependant lives and
  • is not coming to Australia with the dependant

They must complete either:

  • Form 1229 Consent form to grant an Australian visa to a child under the age of 18 years 
  • statutory declaration giving their consent for the child to migrate to Australia on this visa

Alternatively, you can show us:

  • an Australian court order that allows your child to migrate to Australia, or
  • that the laws of your home country allow them to migrate

Include:

  • an identity document that shows the signature and photo of the person who completed the form or declaration, such as a passport or driver’s license
  • adoption papers or other court documents if applicable

Note: If your child is likely to turn 18 while your application is being processed, you will need to provide evidence they are dependent on you. See the section ‘Dependents over 18 documents’ below for further information. A child who turns 18 while your application is being processed and who is not dependent on you cannot satisfy the criteria for this visa 

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Dependents over 18 documents

If you are including a dependent aged over 18 years of age who holds a Subclass 188 – Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa) granted on the basis of being a member of your family unit at time of grant, this section does not apply.

To include your child who is over 18 in your visa application, they must be:

  • over 18 years of age but not yet turned 23, and dependent on you or your partner, or
  • over 23 years of age and unable to earn a living to support themselves due to physical or cognitive limitations and dependent on you or your partner

If your child is likely to turn 23 while your application is being processed, you will need to provide evidence in relation to the second dot point above.

Provide:

  • identity documents
  • documents about their other relationships, if applicable

You must also provide proof the child is dependent on you:

  • proof of your relationship with the dependant such as a birth certificate or adoption papers
  • a completed Form 47a Details of a child or other dependent family member aged 18 years or over (307KB PDF)
  • if the child is aged 23 or is likely to turn 23 while your application is being processed, you must also provide a report from a qualified medical practitioner that states they are dependent on you or your partner due to the total or partial loss of their bodily or mental functions

Note: A child who turns 23 while your application is being processed and who does not meet these requirements cannot satisfy the criteria for this visa.

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Tell us you are getting help

To nominate someone to:

  • receive your correspondence, use Form 956a Appointment or withdrawal of an authorised recipient 
  • provide immigration advice, use Form 956 Advice by a migration agent/exempt person of providing immigration assistance (212KB PDF)
  • act for you but not provide immigration assistance, let us know in writing what they can do on your behalf (such as submit or withdraw an application for you). Upload your written notification in ImmiAccount

See more about getting help with your application.

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Prepare your documents

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Translate

Have all non-English documents translated into English.

Translators in Australia must be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters.

Translators outside Australia do not have to be accredited. But on each translation, they must include their:

  • full name
  • address and telephone number
  • qualifications and experience in the language they are translating

These details must be in English.

Note: You do not need to have any documents certified.

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Scan or photograph

Scan or photograph all documents (English and non-English) in color.

The scans and photos must be clear.

If a document is more than one page, save it all as one file.

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Step 3

Apply for the visa

Apply online in ImmiAccount.

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Provide accurate information

 You are obliged to prove your identity and provide true information with your application. See what happens if you can’t prove your identity or don’t provide true information.

Apply for the visa online in ImmiAccount

  1. Create an account or sign in to ImmiAccount
  2. Attach documents
  3. Pay the application fee.
  4. Note the transaction reference number (TRN).

ImmiAccount will tell you the charge. We will not process your application until you pay the correct charge.

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Step 4

After you apply

We will let you know when we have received your application. See what you can and must do after you apply.

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Status updates

You can check if we need more information from you in ImmiAccount.

Travel after you apply

You don’t have to tell us if you want to travel outside Australia while we process your application. This is because you can be outside Australia when we make a decision.

But if you leave Australia, you must make sure you have a valid visa if you plan to return to Australia before a decision is made on your application.

Learn about visa expiry.

Learn about Bridging visas.

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Health exams

If you did not have health examinations before you applied, we will let you know if you need them.

Biometrics

We might ask for biometrics (fingerprints and photo). We will let you know if you need to provide them.

Provide more information

If you did not attach all documents when you applied, attach them as soon as your can in ImmiAccount.

We might also ask you to provide more information.

Stay lawful

If you are in Australia, make sure you stay lawful by holding a valid visa while we process your application.

When you applied for this visa, you were granted a Bridging visa A (BVA). If your current visa expires before we decide on your application, the BVA will start.

You can stay in Australia on the BVA while we process your new visa application. However, if you intend to leave Australia and return while holding a BVA, you will need to apply to our office for a Bridging Visa B (BVB) or make alternative visa arrangements to return, as your BVA ceases when you leave Australia.”

Do not cancel your current visa. If you do, you will:

  • be staying in Australia unlawfully
  • not be eligible for a Bridging visa A

Learn more about visa expiry.

Learn about Bridging visa A

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Pay the second instalment

If you need to pay a second instalment, we will send you an invoice after you have met all other requirements for the visa. Pay the invoice after you get it.

You must pay the instalment before we will grant the visa.

Adding family members

You can add members of the family unit to your application after you apply but before we decide on your visa

Complete Form 1436 Adding an additional applicant after lodgement  and

  • send it to the email address we gave you when you sent your application
  • include evidence of the child’s relationship to you
  • include other supporting documents for your child, such as identity documents
  • pay th additional application charge

Newborn children

Find out what to do if your child is born after you apply.

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Mistakes on your application

Let us know as soon as you can if you made a mistake on your application.

Complete Form 1023 Notification of incorrect answers (168KB PDF) and attach it in ImmiAccount.

Help with your application

Let us know if you no longer want someone to:

  • receive your correspondence – complete Form 956a Appointment or withdrawal of an authorised recipient (298KB PDF)
  • provide immigration advice – complete Form 956 Advice by a migration agent/exempt person of providing immigration assistance (212KB PDF)
  • act for you – let us know in writing by uploading your advice in ImmiAccount

See more about withdrawing your nomination.

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Tell us if things change

Things you need to let us know about after you have applied include:

  • changes to your phone number, email, address or passport
  • changes to your marital or de facto status
  • the birth of a child
  • you want to withdraw your application

See how to tell us if your situation changes.

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Visa outcome

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa and when we decide on your application.

We will let you know in writing our decision about your visa application. If we grant you the visa, we will tell you:

  • your visa grant number
  • the date your visa starts
  • your visa conditions

Keep a copy of this with you when in Australia.

If we refuse your visa application, we will tell you why we refused and whether you have a right to a review of the decision.

We will not refund the application charge if we refuse your application.

Coming to Australia

Before you leave

Check your travel documents

You must have:

  • a valid visa to enter Australia
  • a valid passport or other travel document

At the border

Completing an Incoming Passenger Card

All people arriving Australia must complete the Incoming Passenger Card. You will be given this card onboard the aircraft.

Leaving the airport faster

We have an automated process that uses facial recognition technology and your ePassport. You might be able to leave the airport faster if you use SmartGate.

In Australia

What you can do when you have this visa

  • stay in Australia permanently
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare
  • sponsor your relatives to come to Australia
  • travel to and from Australia for 5 years
  • apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible

What you must do on this visa

You and your family members must meet all visa conditions and obey Australian laws.

We expect you to continue to undertake business and investment activities in Australia, following the intentions you outlined in your application.

Tell us if things change

Things you need to let us know about include:

  • changes to your phone number, email, address or passport
  • changes to your relationship status
  • the birth of a child

See how to tell us if there is a change in your situation.

See how long you can stay

This is a permanent visa. It lets you stay in Australia permanently.

Travel to and from Australia for 5 years

You can travel to and from Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date we grant this visa. This is as long as the travel facility on this visa remains valid.

If you want to travel after the initial 5-year travel facility:

  • you will need to apply for and be granted a Resident Return (RRV) so that you can re-enter Australia as a permanent resident
  • you might also want to consider Australian citizenship. If you become an Australian citizen, you don’t require a visa to enter Australia. You will need to apply for an Australian passport and use it to leave and re-enter Australia. See more about eligibility requirements and current processing times for Australian citizenship

To see when your travel facility ends, use VEVO.

Proving you have a visa

To prove you have a visa and show your conditions to someone, use VEVO.

You can request your international movement records by completing Form 1359 Request for international movement records.

Bringing family

You can’t add a family member to your application after we have granted the visa.

If a member of your family wants to join you later in Australia, they must apply for a separate visa that suits their situation. See their visa options.

Becoming an Australian citizen

After a certain time, you might be eligible for Australian citizenship. Find out more about becoming a citizen.

For citizenship purposes, your permanent residency starts on the day:

  • we grant the visa, if you were in Australia
  • you first entered Australia on this visa, if you were outside Australia when we granted it

Leaving Australia

Before you leave 

Check your travel documents

You must have a valid passport or other travel document to leave Australia.

Ensure your visa is still valid.

Check your conditions and the expiry of your Resident Return visa in VEVO.

See what to do if your visa has expired or is about to expire.

At the border

Leaving the airport faster
We have an automated process that uses facial recognition technology and your ePassport. You might be able to leave the airport faster if you use SmartGate.

After you leave

Proving you have been to Australia

To prove you have been to Australia, request your international movement records by completing Form 1359 Request for international movement records .

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Check your eligibility

You must

  • hold, or in certain cases must have held a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa in the Business Innovation stream, a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa in the Business Innovation Extension stream, a Special Category visa, or, in some cases, a subclass 457 visa
  • meet certain business requirements
  • have a current nomination from an Australian state or territory government agency

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With this visa, you can

  • stay in Australia permanently
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare
  • sponsor your relatives to come to Australia
  • travel to and from Australia for 5 years
  • if eligible apply for Australian citizenship

Newly arrived residents may have to wait before they can access certain Australian Government payments and benefits. 

How long you can stay

This is a permanent visa. It lets you stay in Australia permanently.

For citizenship purposes, your permanent residency starts on the day:

  • we grant the visa if you are in Australia
  • you enter Australia on this visa if you are outside Australia when we grant this visa

Include family

You can include members of the family unit in your application when you apply. You can also add children to your application at any time before we decide on your application.

Family members who apply for the visa must meet our health and character requirements.

Family members who are not coming to Australia might also have to meet our health and character requirements.

Cost

The visa costs AUD2,590 for the main applicant.

There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa with you.

You might have to pay an extra charge for any applicant 18 years old or older who has less than functional English. This charge is the second instalment charge. Pay it only when we ask you to. We will refund the charge if we do not grant you the visa.

The second instalment charge is AUD4,890.

You only need to pay it for family members who did not pay the second instalment charge for their Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa.

You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. The estimator does not take into account the second instalment or other costs.

Apply from

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa and when we decide on your application but not in immigration clearance.

Processing times

We process:

  • 75% of applications in 21 months
  • 90% of applications in 23 months

Your application may take longer to process if:

  • you do not complete the application form correctly 
  • you do not include all the documents we need or we need more information from you
  • it takes us time to verify your information

We can’t process your application if you do not pay the correct visa application charge. We will notify you if this is the case and if necessary return your application.

Your obligations

You and your family members must obey all Australian laws.

If you are outside Australia when we grant the visa:

  • you and your family members must enter Australia by a certain date (we will tell you when this is)
  • any family members included in your application might not be able to marry or enter into a de facto relationship before they enter Australia (we will tell you if this is the case)

Travel

Travel to and from Australia for 5 years

You can travel to and from Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date we grant this visa. This is as long as the travel facility on this visa remains valid.

If you want to travel after the initial 5-year travel facility:

  • you will need to apply for and be granted a Resident Return (RRV) so that you can re-enter Australia as a permanent resident
  • you might also want to consider Australian citizenship. If you become an Australian citizen, you don’t require a visa to enter Australia. You will need to apply for an Australian passport and use it to leave and re-enter Australia. See more about eligibility requirements and current processing times for Australian citizenship

If you leave Australia after the expiry date of your travel facility, without being granted another permanent visa with a valid travel facility, for example a Resident Return (RRV), you will not be able to return to Australia as a permanent resident.

To see when your travel facility ends, use VEVO.

Visa label

Australian visas are digital.

We do not put a visa label in your passport. Instead, we link your digital visa record to your passport.

Have this visa

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Unless COVID-19 concessions apply, you must be the primary holder of a:

  • Business nnovation and Investment (Provisional) visa Business Innovation stream
  • Special Category visa (SCV) (suclass 444)
  • Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa Business Innovation Extension stream, or
  • in certain cases, a subclass 457 visa

You can also apply if you are the secondary visa holder of a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa and your spouse or de facto partner is the primary holder of a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa in the Business Innovation stream  or Business Innovation Extension stream.

COVID-19 concessions

Arrangements are in place for provisional visa holders who may have been disadvantaged as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

From 19 September 2020 until 3 months after the end of the ‘COVID-19 concession period’, you can also apply for this visa if you held a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) Business Innovation stream or Business Innovation Extension stream which expired during the concession period.

You can also apply from 19 September 2020 until 3 months after the end of the ‘COVID-19 concession period’ if you were the secondary visa holder of a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) and:

  • your visa expired during the concession period; and
  • your spouse or de facto partner is the primary holder of a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa in the Business Innovation stream or Business Innovation Extension stream.

Be nominated

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You must have a current nomination from a state or territory government agency.

When you applied for your Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa, you gave us an expression of interest. A state or territory saw your expression of interest and nominated you.

You do not need to provide a new Expression of Interest. But the state or territory needs to confirm that your nomination is still current.

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New Souh Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia

Own and manage a business in Australia

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For the 2 years immediately before you apply, you must have:

  • had, and continue to have, an ownership interest in up to two main businesses in Australia
  • had a direct and continuous management role in that business or businesses
  • submitted Business Activity Statements to the Australian Taxation Office
  • an Australian Business Number for each of your main businesses

For the 24 months immediately before you apply, you must own at least:

  • 51% of the total value of a business with a turnover of less than AUD400,000 per year, or
  • 30% of the total value of a business with a turnover of AUD400,000 or more per year, or
  • 10% of the total value of a business that is operated by a publicly listed company

Business acquisition

If you bought your main business (or businesses) from a person who applied for or held:

  • a Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa or
  • a permanent business skills visa (in subclasses 890, 891, 892 or 893)

at the time of the acquisition, you must show that you and that person co-owned the business for at least 1 year before you apply.

Have an annual business turnover of AUD300,000

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Your main business or businesses (or the business or businesses of your spouse or de facto partner, or of you and your spouse or de facto partner together), had an annual turnover of at least AUD300,000 in the 12 months immediately before the application was made.

You might not need to have a turnover of AUD300,000 if the nominating State or Territory government agency has determined that there are exceptional circumstances.

Meet the assets and employees requirement

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For the 12 months immediately before you apply, you or your partner (or you and your partner together) must show at least 2 of the following:

  • assets of AUD200,000 net value in your main business (or 2 main businesses) in Australia
  • personal and business assets in Australia of AUD600,000 net value
  • equivalent of at least 2 full-time eligible employees in your main business

If you want to meet the employee rule, your employees must work in your main business (or main businesses) and:

  • be Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, or holders of valid New Zealand passports
  • not be members of your family

You might not need to meet the assets and employees requirement if the nominating State or Territory government agency has determined that there are exceptional circumstances

Have followed Australian laws

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When operating your business in Australia, you and your partner must have followed:

  • Commonwealth laws
  • the laws of the states or territories where your business operated

This includes laws about taxation, superannuation and workplace relations.

Functional English

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You might have to pay an extra charge for any dependent applicant 18 years old or older who has less than functional English. If they can’t show that they have at least functional English, they will need to pay the second instalment of the visa application charge when we ask you to. 

They will not need to pay a second instalment if they have already paid a second instalment of the visa application charge in relation to an application for a Subclass 188 (Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)) visa.

Meet the residence requirement

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Unless COVID-19 concessions apply, you must have been physically present in Australia for at least 1 year in the 2 years immediately before you apply as the holder of a:

  • Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa Business Innovation stream
  • Special Category visa (SCV) (subclass 444)
  • Business Inovation and Investment (Provisional) visa Business Innovation Extension stream, or
  • in certain cases, a subclass 457 visa

COVID-19 concessions

Arrangements are in place for provisional visa holders who may have been disadvantaged as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

You must have been in Australia for a least 1 year in the 2 years immediately before you apply.
During the ‘COVID-19 concession period’, time spent overseas will count as time being in Australia if you were the holder of one of the following visas:

  • Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) Business Innovation stream
  • Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) Business Innovation Extension stream

Your first visa in the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) in the Business Innovation stream must have been granted on or before 30 June 2019.

Not have been involved in unacceptable business activities

You and your partner must not have been involved in any business or investment activities that are unacceptable in Australia.

Have a realistic commitment to continuing business activities

You must have a realistic commitment to continuing your business and investment activities in Australia.

Meet our health requirement

You and any family members who apply for the visa with you must meet our health requirement.

Family members who are not coming to Australia might also have to meet our health requirement.

Meet our character requirement

You and family members aged 16 years or over who apply for the visa with you must meet our character requirement.

Family members who are not coming to Australia must also meet our character requirement.

Sign the Australian values statement

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If you and your family members who have applied for the visa are 18 years of age or older at the time when the application is decided, you and your family members must:

  • have read, or had explained to you, the Life in Australia book and
  • sign an Australian Values Statement that confirms you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws

Have no debt to the Australian government

If you or any family members owe the Australian Government money, you or they must have paid it back or have an approved arrangement in place to pay it back.

Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia. Check if visa cancellation affects your eligibility.

Before you apply

Unless COVID-19 concessions apply, you must be the primary holder of a:

  • Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa Business Innovation stream
  • Special Category visa (SCV) (subclass 444)
  • Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa Business Innovation Extension stream, or
  • in certain cases, a subclass 457 visa

You can also apply if you are the secondary visa holder of a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa and your spouse or de facto partner is the primary holder of a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa in the Business Innovation stream or Business Innovation Extension stream. 

COVID-19 concessions

Arrangements are in place for provisional visa holders who may have been disadvantaged as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

From 19 September 2020 until 3 months after the end of the ‘COVID-19 concession period’, you can also apply for this visa if you held a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) Business Innovation stream or Business Innovation Extension stream which expired during the concession period.

You can also apply from 19 September 2020 until 3 months after the end of the ‘COVID-19 concession period’ if you were the secondary visa holder of a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) and:

  • your visa expired during the concession period; and
  • your spouse or de facto partner is the primary holder of a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa in the Business Innovation stream or Business Innovation Extension stream.

You and your family members must have valid passports or travel documents for this visa.

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State or Territory Nomination

You do not need to provide a new Expression of Interest. But the state or territory needs to confirm that your nomination is still current.

Check your passport

You and your family members must have valid passports or travel documents for this visa.

Organise health exams

You might need to have health examinations. You can complete them before you apply or you can wait until after you apply.

Find out the examinations you need and how to arrange them if you want to have them before you apply.

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Get help with your application

You don’t have to use a migration agent to apply for any visa. But if you want to, see how to find a registered migration agent.

Anyone can help you fill out forms or give you general help with your application. But you must let us know if you want someone to:

  • receive your correspondence
  • provide immigration assistance and act for you

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Step 2

Gather your documents

You must give us documents proving your identity and about your business or investment activity. You also need to provide documents about family members applying with you.

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Provide accurate information

You are obliged to prove your identity and provide true information with your application. See what happens if you can’t prove your identity or don’t provide true information.

Identity documents

You and family members who apply for the visa with you, must provide:

Color copies of the pages of your current passport showing photo, personal details, and passport issue and expiry dates.

Also provide

  • a national identity card, if you have one
  • proof of change of name, if applicable

Documents that prove a change of name include:

  • a marriage or divorce certificate
  • change of name documents from an Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, or the relevant overseas authority
  • documents that show other names you have been known by

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Other relationships

Provide a death certificate, divorce or separation documents, or a statutory declaration if anyone in your application has been:

  • widowed
  • divorced
  • permanently separated

Also provide marriage certificates or relationship registrations for you and anyone applying for a visa in your application.

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State or territory nomination

You need to have a current nomination from a state or territory government agency.

Fill out Form 1414 Nomination – Business Skills class .

 Then:

  1. send the form to the state or territory that nominated you
  2. the state or territory will fill out the form and send it back
  3. include the completed form with your application

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Commitment to your business and investment activity

Provide:

  • a 1-page summary of your business or investment activities in Australia
  • a 1-page summary of your Australian business intentions in the long-term

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Following Australian laws

Show us you have followed Australian laws when operating your business. This includes laws about taxation, superannuation and workplace relations. Provide:

  • a written declaration stating you have complied with the laws of the Commonwealth, and of the state or territory where your business is located
  • details of any time you breached the laws of the Commonwealth, and of the state or territory where your business is located

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Business ownership

Prove to us that you have owned your main business or main businesses for the 2 years before you apply.

Whether you have 1 or 2 businesses, you must own at least:

  • 51% of the business if the business has a turnover of less than AUD400,000 per year
  • 30% of the business  if the business has a turnover of AUD400,000 or more per year, or
  • 10% of the business if the business is operated by a publicly listed company
  • The business must be qualifying business

Evidence can include:

  • documents proving your purchase of the business
  • partnership agreements
  • trust agreements
  • franchise agreements
  • documents showing the issue, purchase or transfer of shares
  • registration with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)
  • historical ASIC company extract

Agreements must include all pages and related schedules and evidence you paid stamp duty.

Documents about shares should show:

  • date of ownership
  • payment of stamp duty

If you bought your business from a person who holds, or applied for:

  • a Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa or
  • a permanent business skills visa (in subclasses 890, 891, 892 or 893)

You must provide evidence that you held joint ownership interest in the business with that person for at least 1 year immediately before applying.

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Management

Provide evidence that you have participated in the day-to-day management of the business for the 2 years before you apply. Evidence can include:

  • business contracts
  • minutes of meetings
  • business communications (letters, emails)
  • documents you initiated or authorised
  • independent third-party business references
  • documents showing your responsibility for strategic management, recruitment, price structure, business profitability or expenditure

Your evidence must show continuous involvement in significant aspects of:

  • day-to-day management
  • decisions affecting the overall business direction and performance

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Organizational chart and business activities

Provide a 1-page organizational chart for each of your nominated businesses that covers the 2 years before you apply. The chart must show:

  • your position
  • staff attribution
  • management reporting lines
  • functional responsibilities

Also provide:

  • staff rosters (if applicable)
  • trading hours
  • a description of activities and practices over a typical trading week

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Turnover

For the 2 years before you apply, provide:

  • the Australian Business Number (ABN) for each business
  • Business Activity Statements (BAS) for each quarter for each business
  • evidence from the Australian Taxation Office if you were not required to provide a BAS for any quarter with supporting documents

Supporting documents can include your most recent business taxation returns.

Also provide extracts from financial statements for each business, including balance sheet, profit and loss statement and notes to the accounts. Make sure:

  • the statements cover the beginning and end of a 12-month period ending no more than 3 months before you apply
  • your accountant prepares the statements to Australian Accounting Standards
  • directors and the accountant sign the statements

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Employees

For the 12 months immediately before applying, show us that your business had:

  • at least 2 employees who worked for a total number of hours that was at least the total number of hours that would have been worked by 2 full-time employees

Evidence of employees should include:

  • PAYG summaries
  • wage books
  • employee contracts
  • workers compensation
  • insurance and superannuation documents

Also prove to us that those employees are Australian citizens, permanent residents or New Zealand passport holders. Evidence can include:

  • passport
  • birth certificate
  • citizenship certificate

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Net assets

You must provide documents to show your (or you and your partner’s) business and personal assets in Australia.

For the beginning and end of 12-month period ending no more than 3 months before you apply, provide:

  • a 1-page summary statement outlining all assets and liabilities
  • evidence of AUD600,000 worth of assets (excluding liabilities) held in Australia
  • evidence of liabilities (if any) against each asset

The 12-month period must be the same period covered by your financial statements.

Liabilities can include mortgages, credit cards, and loans (including unsecured and third party loans).

Here are the forms of evidence we need for each type of asset:

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Cash assets

Provide bank statements or term deposit certificates covering the 2 years before you apply. All bank statements must be able to identify the balances held at the beginning and end of the 12 month period covered by your business’s financial statements.

Real estate assets

Provide:

  • evidence of ownership, such as title deeds
  • evidence of value, such as a valuation certificate by an accredited property valuer
  • mortgage statements (if applicable) showing balance of amount owed at the beginning and end of the 12 month period covered by your business’s financial statements
  • the approval letter for the purchase from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB)

We do not accept valuations by real estate agents who are not accredited property valuers.

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Business assets

Provide evidence of business ownership and value. You can refer us to evidence you provided for ‘Business ownership’ above, if applicable.

Personal or business loans

Provide:

  • loan agreements
  • loan statements showing the amount owed at the beginning and end of the 12 month period covered by your business’s financial statements

If the loan is to or from a business, provide loan statements listed in the business balance sheet.

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Stocks and bonds

Provide evidence of the stocks or bonds you hold and their value at the beginning and end of the 12 month period covered by your business’s financial statements. Evidence can include:

  • share or bond registers
  • share or fixed interest securities certificates
  • debentures certificates
  • transfer certificates
  • market value

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Assets held in trust

Provide the trust deeds.

Health documents

You do not need to provide health documents. The doctor will send them to us. 

Character documents

You and all applicants aged 16 years and older, provide:

  • Form 80 Personal particulars for assessment including character assessment 
  • a police certificate from every country, including your home country, where you spent a total of 12 months or more in the last 10 years since you turned 16.
  • military service records or discharge papers if you served in the armed forces of any country

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Proof of functional English

Provide proof that all dependent applicants aged 18 years and older, who did not pay the second instalment of the visa application charge at provisional stage, have at least functional English. 

If you can’t provide functional English documents

If any of the dependent applicants, who did not pay the second instalment cannot show evidence of functional English, you will need to pay the second instalment of the visa application charge for each of those dependent applicants, when we ask you to.

Partner documents

If your partner holds a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) visa application as your dependent partner, we do not need evidence of your relationship.

If you are including a partner who does not hold a subclass 188 visa as your dependant,  we need to see evidence of your partner’s relationship with you along with identity and character documents and documents about other relationships.

Provide:

  • identity documents and photos
  • character documents
  • documents about other relationships, if applicable

Provide either:

  • your current marriage certificate or
  • enough documents to prove you have been in a de facto relationship with your partner for at least 12 months before you apply

Documents that prove your de facto relationship include:

  • joint bank account statements
  • billing accounts in joint names
  • joint leases or mortgages
  • documents that show you have lived at the same address as your partner

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Dependants under 18 documents

For every dependent under 18 years old who is applying with you, provide:

  • identity documents and photos
  • proof of your relationship with them, like a birth or marriage certificate
  • character documents, if applicable

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Parental responsibility documents

You must get consent for a dependent child to migrate to Australia from anyone who:

  • has a legal right to decide where the dependant lives and
  • is not coming to Australia with the dependant

They must complete either:

  • Form 1229 Consent form to grant an Australian visa to a child under the age of 18 years 
  • statutory declaration giving their consent for the child to migrate to Australia on this visa

Alternatively, you can show us:

  • an Australian court order that allows your child to migrate to Australia, or
  • that the laws of your home country allow them to migrate

Include:

  • an identity document that shows the signature and photo of the person who completed the form or declaration, such as a passport or driver’s license
  • adoption papers or other court documents if applicable

Note: If your child is likely to turn 18 while your application is being processed, you will need to provide evidence they are dependent on you. See the section ‘Dependents over 18 documents’ below for further information. A child who turns 18 while your application is being processed and who is not dependent on you cannot satisfy the criteria for this visa 

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Dependents over 18 documents

If you are including a dependent aged over 18 years of age who holds a Subclass 188 – Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa) granted on the basis of being a member of your family unit at time of grant, this section does not apply.

To include your child who is over 18 in your visa application, they must be:

  • over 18 years of age but not yet turned 23, and dependent on you or your partner, or
  • over 23 years of age and unable to earn a living to support themselves due to physical or cognitive limitations and dependent on you or your partner

If your child is likely to turn 23 while your application is being processed, you will need to provide evidence in relation to the second dot point above.

Provide:

  • identity documents
  • documents about their other relationships, if applicable

You must also provide proof the child is dependent on you:

  • proof of your relationship with the dependant such as a birth certificate or adoption papers
  • a completed Form 47a Details of a child or other dependent family member aged 18 years or over (307KB PDF)
  • if the child is aged 23 or is likely to turn 23 while your application is being processed, you must also provide a report from a qualified medical practitioner that states they are dependent on you or your partner due to the total or partial loss of their bodily or mental functions

Note: A child who turns 23 while your application is being processed and who does not meet these requirements cannot satisfy the criteria for this visa.

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Tell us you are getting help

To nominate someone to:

  • receive your correspondence, use Form 956a Appointment or withdrawal of an authorised recipient 
  • provide immigration advice, use Form 956 Advice by a migration agent/exempt person of providing immigration assistance (212KB PDF)
  • act for you but not provide immigration assistance, let us know in writing what they can do on your behalf (such as submit or withdraw an application for you). Upload your written notification in ImmiAccount

See more about getting help with your application.

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Translate

Have all non-English documents translated into English.

Translators in Australia must be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters.

Translators outside Australia do not have to be accredited. But on each translation, they must include their:

  • full name
  • address and telephone number
  • qualifications and experience in the language they are translating

These details must be in English.

Note: You do not need to have any documents certified.

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Scan or photograph

Scan or photograph all documents (English and non-English) in color.

The scans and photos must be clear.

If a document is more than one page, save it all as one file.

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Step 3

Apply for the visa

Apply online in ImmiAccount.

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Provide accurate information

 You are obliged to prove your identity and provide true information with your application. See what happens if you can’t prove your identity or don’t provide true information.

Apply for the visa online in ImmiAccount

  1. Create an account or sign in to ImmiAccount
  2. Attach documents
  3. Pay the application fee.
  4. Note the transaction reference number (TRN).

ImmiAccount will tell you the charge. We will not process your application until you pay the correct charge.

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Step 4

After you apply

We will let you know when we have received your application. See what you can and must do after you apply.

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Status updates

You can check if we need more information from you in ImmiAccount.

Travel after you apply

You don’t have to tell us if you want to travel outside Australia while we process your application. This is because you can be outside Australia when we make a decision.

But if you leave Australia, you must make sure you have a valid visa if you plan to return to Australia before a decision is made on your application.

Learn about visa expiry.

Learn about Bridging visas.

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Health exams

If you did not have health examinations before you applied, we will let you know if you need them.

Biometrics

We might ask for biometrics (fingerprints and photo). We will let you know if you need to provide them.

Provide more information

If you did not attach all documents when you applied, attach them as soon as your can in ImmiAccount.

We might also ask you to provide more information.

Stay lawful

If you are in Australia, make sure you stay lawful by holding a valid visa while we process your application.

When you applied for this visa, you were granted a Bridging visa A (BVA). If your current visa expires before we decide on your application, the BVA will start.

You can stay in Australia on the BVA while we process your new visa application. However, if you intend to leave Australia and return while holding a BVA, you will need to apply to our office for a Bridging Visa B (BVB) or make alternative visa arrangements to return, as your BVA ceases when you leave Australia.”

Do not cancel your current visa. If you do, you will:

  • be staying in Australia unlawfully
  • not be eligible for a Bridging visa A

Learn more about visa expiry.

Learn about Bridging visa A

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Pay the second instalment

If you need to pay a second instalment, we will send you an invoice after you have met all other requirements for the visa. Pay the invoice after you get it.

You must pay the instalment before we will grant the visa.

Adding family members

You can add members of the family unit to your application after you apply but before we decide on your visa

Complete Form 1436 Adding an additional applicant after lodgement  and

  • send it to the email address we gave you when you sent your application
  • include evidence of the child’s relationship to you
  • include other supporting documents for your child, such as identity documents
  • pay th additional application charge

Newborn children

Find out what to do if your child is born after you apply.

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Mistakes on your application

Let us know as soon as you can if you made a mistake on your application.

Complete Form 1023 Notification of incorrect answers (168KB PDF) and attach it in ImmiAccount.

Help with your application

Let us know if you no longer want someone to:

  • receive your correspondence – complete Form 956a Appointment or withdrawal of an authorised recipient (298KB PDF)
  • provide immigration advice – complete Form 956 Advice by a migration agent/exempt person of providing immigration assistance (212KB PDF)
  • act for you – let us know in writing by uploading your advice in ImmiAccount

See more about withdrawing your nomination.

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Tell us if things change

Things you need to let us know about after you have applied include:

  • changes to your phone number, email, address or passport
  • changes to your marital or de facto status
  • the birth of a child
  • you want to withdraw your application

See how to tell us if your situation changes.

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Visa outcome

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa and when we decide on your application.

We will let you know in writing our decision about your visa application. If we grant you the visa, we will tell you:

  • your visa grant number
  • the date your visa starts
  • your visa conditions

Keep a copy of this with you when in Australia.

If we refuse your visa application, we will tell you why we refused and whether you have a right to a review of the decision.

We will not refund the application charge if we refuse your application.

Coming to Australia

Before you leave

Check your travel documents

You must have:

  • a valid visa to enter Australia
  • a valid passport or other travel document

At the border

Completing an Incoming Passenger Card

All people arriving Australia must complete the Incoming Passenger Card. You will be given this card onboard the aircraft.

Leaving the airport faster

We have an automated process that uses facial recognition technology and your ePassport. You might be able to leave the airport faster if you use SmartGate.

In Australia

What you can do when you have this visa

  • stay in Australia permanently
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare
  • sponsor your relatives to come to Australia
  • travel to and from Australia for 5 years
  • apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible

What you must do on this visa

You and your family members must meet all visa conditions and obey Australian laws.

We expect you to continue to undertake business and investment activities in Australia, following the intentions you outlined in your application.

Tell us if things change

Things you need to let us know about include:

  • changes to your phone number, email, address or passport
  • changes to your relationship status
  • the birth of a child

See how to tell us if there is a change in your situation.

See how long you can stay

This is a permanent visa. It lets you stay in Australia permanently.

Travel to and from Australia for 5 years

You can travel to and from Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date we grant this visa. This is as long as the travel facility on this visa remains valid.

If you want to travel after the initial 5-year travel facility:

  • you will need to apply for and be granted a Resident Return (RRV) so that you can re-enter Australia as a permanent resident
  • you might also want to consider Australian citizenship. If you become an Australian citizen, you don’t require a visa to enter Australia. You will need to apply for an Australian passport and use it to leave and re-enter Australia. See more about eligibility requirements and current processing times for Australian citizenship

To see when your travel facility ends, use VEVO.

Proving you have a visa

To prove you have a visa and show your conditions to someone, use VEVO.

You can request your international movement records by completing Form 1359 Request for international movement records.

Bringing family

You can’t add a family member to your application after we have granted the visa.

If a member of your family wants to join you later in Australia, they must apply for a separate visa that suits their situation. See their visa options.

Becoming an Australian citizen

After a certain time, you might be eligible for Australian citizenship. Find out more about becoming a citizen.

For citizenship purposes, your permanent residency starts on the day:

  • we grant the visa, if you were in Australia
  • you first entered Australia on this visa, if you were outside Australia when we granted it

Leaving Australia

Before you leave 

Check your travel documents

You must have a valid passport or other travel document to leave Australia.

Ensure your visa is still valid.

Check your conditions and the expiry of your Resident Return visa in VEVO.

See what to do if your visa has expired or is about to expire.

At the border

Leaving the airport faster
We have an automated process that uses facial recognition technology and your ePassport. You might be able to leave the airport faster if you use SmartGate.

After you leave

Proving you have been to Australia

To prove you have been to Australia, request your international movement records by completing Form 1359 Request for international movement records .

 
 

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