If you are looking at establishing an office in Australia, purchasing a business in Australia or migrating to Australia as a business owner or investor, it is critical to get the right immigration advice upfront.
Having a sound immigration strategy upfront can streamline matters significantly, and ensure that you meet your goals in starting a business in Australia. There are a variety of Australian work visas that business people can obtain for themselves or their employees, including:
Business talent visa subclass 132:
The Business Talent Permanent Visa has also two streams.
The Significant Business History stream is for affluent owners or part owners of a business who want to have a major management role in a new or existing business in Australia.
The Venture Capital Entrepreneur stream is for business people who have obtained at least AUD $1.000.000 ($1 Million) in funding from an Australian venture capital firm.
Applications are by invitation only.
To be invited to apply, you must first lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI), be nominated by a state or territory government, and
Have personal and business assets of AUD $1.5 million (AUD $400 000 must be net assets in the business), and have a business turnover of AUD $3 million, or
Have obtained at least AUD $1 million in funding from an Australian venture capital firm for a promising high value business idea.
The additional requirements that you must meet depend on whether you are interested in the Significant Business History stream or the Venture Capital Entrepreneur stream. Also there are some requirement by each state to grant nomination for this visa.
Business innovation and investment visas subclass 188-888:
This visa has two streams.
The Business Innovation stream – for people who want to own and manage a new or existing business in Australia.
The Investor stream – for people who want to make an investment in an Australian state or territory and want to maintain business and investment activity in Australia after the original investment has matured.
To be eligible to apply for either stream, an applicant must fulfil certain requirements.
Applications are by invitation only. To be invited lodge an application, a person must first lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) with the SkillSelect system and be nominated by a state or territory government. The main requirements are:
Be less than 55 years of age.
Have a successful business or investment history.
Have the required personal and business assets.
Score at least 65 points on the innovation points test.
Innovation test points are awarded for:
English language ability.
Experience in business or investments.
Net personal and business assets.
There are other requirements that mainly depend on whether you apply for the Business Innovation stream or the Investor stream.
Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888) visa
This is a permanent visa with two streams:
Business Innovation stream – designed for people who own and manage a business in Australia
Investor stream – designed for people who have a designated investment in an Australian state or territory and want to maintain business or investment activity in Australia after the original investment has matured.
To be eligible to apply for the Permanent Business Visa an applicant must meet the following requirements:
Already hold a provisional Business Innovation and Investment visa.
Have met the requirements of that visa (including the specific requirements for the stream in which they first applied).
Are nominated by a state or territory.
Business migrants who wish to obtain permanent residency must undergo a 2 stage visa progression. Applicants must first be granted a Business Skills (Provisional) Visa for 4 years and, after establishing the required level of business or maintaining their investment, they will be eligible to make an application for a Business Skills (Residence) Visa.
The second pathway is known as Business Talent Visa and it leads to direct permanent residence but is only open to high-calibre business migrants that are sponsored by a State/Territory Australian government.