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Permanently

Cost

From AUD2,450

Processing times

Unavailable due to low volume of applications

With this visa, you can
  • stay in Australia permanently
  • continue your business and investment activity in Australia
  • apply for Australian citizenship, if you are eligible

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You must
  • be the holder of a Subclass 162 – Investor (Provisional) visa
  • have held a designated investment of AUD1.5 million for 4 years
  • have lived in Australia for 2 of the past 4 years

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, become an Australian citizen
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 indefinitely. The visa has a travel component that expires 5 years after the date of visa grant. You become a permanent resident on the day we grant the visa. 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
Include family
You can include members of the family unit in your application. You can:
  • include them when you lodge your visa application
  • add them after you lodge your application but before we choose your visa
A member of the family unit can include family members who hold an eligible visa that was granted on the basis that they were a member of your family unit at the time their eligible visa was granted. This provision may apply even where the person would no longer meet the definition of members of the family unit, for example a child who has turned 23 years of age since their eligible visa was granted. Members of the family unit who apply for the visa must meet our health and character. Members of the family unit not accompanying you to Australia may also need to meet our health and character requirements.
Cost
Application charge The visa costs AUD2,450 for the main applicant. There is also a charge for each member of the family unit who applies for the visa with you.
Second instalment charge
You might have to pay an additional charge for any applicant 18 years old or older who has less than functional English and who does not hold an eligible visa when they apply. This charge is called the second instalment. This charge is only payable if you are requested to pay it and we send you an invoice. The second instalment charge for family members is AUD4,890. 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 Visa Pricing estimator does not include the second instalment or other costs. 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.
Apply from
You must be in Australia when you submit your application. Members of your family unit can be in or outside Australia but not in immigration clearance. You must hold an eligible visa to make a valid application for this visa.
Processing times
We assess applications on a case by case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:
  • whether you have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents
  • how quickly you respond to any requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements
  • for permanent migration visa applications, how many places are available in the migration program
Your obligations
You and members of your family unit must obey all Australian laws. We expect you to continue your business or investment activity in Australia, or make a realistic commitment to doing so.
Travel
You can travel to and from Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date we grant this visa. After 5 years you will need a Resident Return (RRV) visa (subclass 155 and 157) to re enter Australia as a permanent resident. To see when your travel facility ends, use VEVO.
Visa label
We will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.
Have this visa
You must hold Subclass 162 – Investor (Provisional) visa that was granted to you on the basis that you satisfied the primary criteria for that visa.
Meet the residence requirement
You must have lived in Australia as the holder of a Subclass 162 (Investor (Provisional) visa for a total of at least 2 years in the 4 years immediately before you submitted the application. The 2 year period does not have to be continuous.
Be this age
There is no age limit for this visa.
Meet business requirements
You, or you and your partner together, must:
  • have held continuously for at least 4 years, in your name or your name and your partner’s name, your designated investment of AUD1.5 million you made for the purpose of satisfying a requirement for the grant of a Subclass 162 – Investor (Provisional) visa
  • have a genuine and realistic commitment to continue a business or investment activity in Australia
  • never been involved in unacceptable business activities
Meet our health requirement
You must meet our health requirement and any family members who apply with you might have to meet our health requirement, depending upon their circumstances. In some circumstances you will not have to do medicals again. You should not do medicals until we ask you to do so.
Meet our character requirement Hide
You and members of your family unit aged 16 years and over who apply for the visa with you must meet our character requirement. Members of the family unit not accompanying you to Australia must also meet the requirement.
Sign the Australian values statement
All applicants who are 18 years of age or older, must:
  • have read, or had explained to them, the Life in Australia and
  • confirm they will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws when they sign an Australian Values Statement
Have paid back your debt to the Australian Government
If you or any members of your family unit (including those who have not applied for the visa with you) owe the Australian Government money, you or they must have paid it back or arranged 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 or refusal affects you. Before you apply
Notify the business development agency
Notify the business development agency in the state or territory in which you intend to continue your investment activity. To do this, complete Form 927 State/Territory notification: Business Skills class  and send it to the appropriate agency. You can send it to more than one agency. The agency will sign, stamp and send it back to you. Include this completed form with your visa application.
Getting 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. You must let us know if you want someone to:
  • receive your correspondence
  • act for you
See more about getting help with your application.
Step 2
Gather your documents You must give us documents to prove your identity and information about your business and investment activity. You also have to provide documents about members of your family unit.
Provide accurate information
Provide accurate information. See what happens if you cannot prove your identity or do not provide true information.
Main applicant documents
Identity documents
Provide colour copies of the pages of your current passport showing your photo, personal details, and passport issue and expiry dates. Also provide:
  • a national identity card, if you have one
  • proof of change of name
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
If you have been married, widowed, divorced or permanently separated, provide proof such as marriage certificates, divorce documents, birth certificate, separation documents or statutory declarations.
Photos
Provide two recent photos (45mm x 35mm) for each person in your application. The photos must have:
  • a plain background
  • head and shoulders only
  • the name of the person on the rear
Relevant periods
Where one of the subsequent criteria requires you to provide evidence for a period that ends not more than 3 months immediately before the date of application you must use the same date for each requirement.
Evidence of residence
You need to have lived in Australia holding an Subclass 162 – Investor (Provisional) visa for at least 2 years in the 4 years immediately before applying. The 2 year period in Australia does not need to be continuous. Evidence of residence might include but is not limited to:
  • utility bills such as telephone, gas or electricity that show your home address(es)
  • Lease or rental agreements
  • title deeds to your home
  • school reports
Designated investment
You must provide evidence you have held your Designated Investment of a minimum of AUD1.5 million made for the aim of being granted a Subclass 162 – Investor (Provisional) visa:
  • continuously for at least 4 years
  • in your name or your name and your partner’s name
This should include evidence from the state/territory corporation confirming the date that the original designated investment and the name(s) in which the investment was made. If the investment has already matured, provide:
  • written or emailed confirmation from the Treasury Corporation, and
  • written or emailed confirmation from the Treasury Corporation, and
Commitment to your business or investment activity
Please provide:
  • a 1-page summary of your business or investment activities in Australia
  • a 1-page summary of your business or investment intentions in the long-term
  • a report of the Australian business or investment operating environment if you have one
Partner documents
Please provide evidence of your partner’s identity and relationship with you. Provide:
  • identity documents and photos
  • character documents
  • as marriage certificate, if applicable
  • documents about other relationships, if applicable
For de facto relationship provide either:
  • evidence that your relationship is registered by an Australian State or Territory
If your partner is a person who was not included in or a subsequent entrant to your provisional visa application, please also provide evidence that you are in a genuine and continuing relationship. Evidence can include but is not limited to:
  • documents to prove you have been in a de facto relationship with your partner for at least 12 months before you applied for this visa
  • joint bank account statements
  • billing accounts in joint names
  • joint leases or mortgages
  • documents that show your partner has lived at the same address as you for the 12 months immediately before you made the application.
Dependants under 18 documents
For every dependant 18 years old or younger who is applying with you, provide:
  • copies of birth certificates or the family book showing the names of both parents of all your dependent children
  • copies of the adoption paper, if applicable.
Parental responsibility documents
You must get consent for any applicant under 18 years of age to migrate to Australia from anyone who:
  • has a legal right to decide where the child lives and
  • is not coming to Australia with the child
They must complete either:
  • Form 1229 Consent form to grant an Australian visa to a child under the age of 18 years
  • a statutory declaration giving their consent for the child to visit 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 licence
  • 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 ‘Dependants 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 standards for this visa.
Dependants over 18 documents
If you are including a dependant aged over 18 years of age who holds Subclass 162 – Investor (Provisional) visa granted on the basis of being a member of your family unit at time of grant of that visa, this section does not apply. To include in your visa application your child who is over 18 and doesn’t hold an eligible visa, 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)
  • proof of financial dependency such as bank statements, money transfers and rent receipts
  • 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. This information applies to dependent members of the family unit who are 18 years or older and who do not hold a Subclass 162 – Investor (Provisional) visa visa at the time of application for this visa. You don’t have to provide any documents to prove functional English if your dependant is a citizen of and holds a valid passport from:
  • the United Kingdom
  • the Republic of Ireland
  • the United States
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
Otherwise, provide proof your dependant has functional English. If you can’t show us your dependant has functional English, you will need to pay the second instalment of the visa application charge when we ask you to.
Character documents
For each person in your application, provide an Australian police certificate if they have spent a total of 12 months or more in Australia in the last 10 years since they turned 16. We only accept complete disclosure National Police Certificates issued by the Australian Federal Police. We do not accept standard disclosure certificates or national police certificates issued by Australian state or territory police. Also provide:
  • an overseas 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 they turned 16
  • military service records, military exemption certificate or discharge papers if they served in the armed forces of any country
Complete and provide the subsequent forms:
  • Form 80 Personal particulars for assessment including character assessment (596KB PDF)
  • Form 1221 Additional personal particulars information
Tell us you are getting help
To nominate someone to:
  • receive your correspondence, use Form 956a Appointment or withdrawal of an authorised recipient (298KB PDF)
  • provide immigration advice, use Form 956 Advice by a migration agent/exempt person of providing immigration assistance
  • act for you but not provide immigration assistance, allow us know in writing what they can do on your behalf (such as submit or withdraw an application for you). Send your written notification with your paper application
See more about getting help with your application.
Prepare your documents
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Keep
Keep a copy of your completed application
Step 3
Apply for the visa You must be in Australia when we receive your application. Members of your family unit can be in or outside Australia but not in immigration clearance.
Provide accurate information
Provide accurate information. See what happens if you can’t prove your identity or don’t provide true information.
Apply on paper
To apply for this visa, you need to pay the application fee before you submit your application. We will not process your application until you pay the fee. Form 47BU tells you how to calculate and pay the fee. Your application should also include evidence of payment of the application fee and all the relevant supporting documentation.
  • Form 47BU Application for Business Skills (permanent) visa (711KB PDF)
You must post (with the correct prepaid postage) or send by courier your application to the Adelaide Business Skills Processing Centre. If you submit your application at any other office or in any other way, it will not be a valid application and can’t be considered further.
Postal address
Adelaide Business Skills Processing Centre Department of Immigration and Border Protection GPO Box 2399 Adelaide SA 5001 Australia
Courier address
Adelaide Business Skills Processing Centre Department of Immigration and Border Protection Level 4 70 Franklin Street Adelaide SA 5001 Australia
Step 4
After you apply We will let you know when we have received your application. See what you can and what you must do after you apply.
Status updates
We do not give updates on applications under assessment.
Travel after you apply
You do not have to have to tell us if you want to travel outside Australia while we process your application. However, to be granted this visa you must be in Australia when we make a decision. If your family is part of the application they can be in or outside Australia when we make a decision. If you leave Australia, make sure you have a valid visa to return. To see if you can return on your current visa, check VEVO.
Health exams
We will let you know if you need health examinations.
Biometrics
We might ask for biometrics. We will let you know if you need to provide them.
Provide more information
If you did not send us all documents when you applied, send them to us by courier or post as soon as you can. We might ask you to provide more information, however we are not obliged to do so and may make a decision on your application without asking for more documents.
Stay lawful
Make sure you stay lawful by holding a valid visa while we process your application. When you apply for this visa, you will be considered for the automatic grant of a Bridging Visa A (BVA). If you are granted a BVA, it will come into effect when your current visa expires and enable you to stay lawfully in Australia while we process your application. Do not ask to have the visa you currently hold cancelled. If your visa is cancelled:
  • you will be staying in Australia unlawfully
  • your BVA will cease
Learn more about visa expiry.
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. Do not ask for the invoice.
Add family
You can add members of the family unit to your application after you apply but before we decide on your visa. Use Form 1436 adding an additional applicant after lodgement, pay using ImmiAccount, send the form and evidence of payment to the address where you submitted your application. Family members who apply for the visa must meet our health and character requirements. Use Form 1436 adding an additional applicant after lodgement, pay using ImmiAccount, send the form and evidence of payment to the address where you submitted your application. Family members who are not coming to Australia might also have to meet our character and health requirement. Send your form to the office processing your application and include:
  • evidence of the family member’s relationship to you
  • other supporting documents for your family member, such as identity documents
  • evidence that you have paid the additional application fee
Newborn children
If your child is born after you submit your application but before we decide on your visa, you must tell us as soon as possible. Find out what to do if your child is born after you apply.
Mistakes on your application
You must tell us as soon as possible if you made a mistake on your application. Complete Form 1023 Notification of incorrect answers (168KB PDF) and send to the address you sent your application.
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 – send us notice in writing to the office you submitted your application to
See more about withdrawing your nomination.
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
  • changes to your business status
  • the birth of a child
  • you want to withdraw your application
See how to tell us if your situation changes.
Step 5
Visa outcome You can be in or outside Australia when we decide on your visa application but you must be inside Australia if our decision is to grant you a visa. We will let you know our decision in writing. If we grant you the visa, we will tell you:
  • your visa grant number
  • the date your visa starts
  • your visa conditions, if applicable
Keep a copy of the decision. If we refuse your visa we will tell you:
  • we will tell you why we refused the visa
  • whether you have a right to a review of the decision
We will not refund the application charge if we refuse your application.
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What you can do when you have this visa
  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • 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, become an Australian citizen
Your visa may have conditions. To ascertain your conditions use VEVO.
What you must do on this visa
You and members of your family unit must obey all Australian laws. We expect you to continue your business activity in Australia, or make a sensible commitment to doing so.
Tell us if things change
Things you need to let us know about include:
  • a new passport
  • the birth of a child
See how to tell us if there is change in your situation.
See how long you can stay
This is a permanent visa. It lets you stay in Australia indefinitely. You become a permanent resident on the day we grant the visa. For citizenship purposes, your permanent residency starts on the day we grant the visa.
Travelling on your visa
You can travel in and out of Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date we grant the visa. After 5 years you will need a Resident Return (RRV) visa (subclasses 155 and 157) to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident. To see when your travel facility ends, use VEVO.
New Zealand passport holders
If an immigration officer processes your clearance at our border, we recommend you tell them:
  • you have a Investor visa (subclass 891)
  • you do not need a Special Category visa (subclass 444)
If you don’t tell them, you might be granted a 444 visa. Grant of a subclass 444 visa will cease your permanent visa, which will then affect your eligibility for permanent citizenship.
Proving you have a visa
To prove you have a visa and show your conditions to someone, use VEVO.
Working
You are protected by Australian workplace law. See your workplace rights and entitlements.
Bringing family
As an Australian permanent resident, you might be able to sponsor eligible family to come to Australia. To find a visa for your family member, explore 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 are in Australia
  • you enter Australia on this visa, if you are outside Australia
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 and allows you to re-enter Australia
Check the travel component of your current 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 (280KB PDF).

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