Australia is open for business! There are many opportunities to forward your business aspirations in Australia from exploratory visits, through to investment and setting up operations in Australia. With a stable economy, transparent and fair business practices, good infrastructure, innovation incentives and proximity to the Asia Pacific region, Australia is a clear choice for business growth and expansion.
Further information on the various business visas available is presented below. You may also wish to visit our information on Employer Sponsored visas. Alternatively, if you are interested in discussing your business options further, please contact our office for a confidential consultation.
All visa applicants must meet the relevant health and character criteria. For temporary visas, this could include a requirement to obtain health insurance for the period of your stay in Australia.
Do you have meetings to attend in Australia? Are you exploring business or investment opportunities, negotiating a contract, or attending a conference or seminar? A Subclass 600 Temporary Business Visitor Stream visa may be appropriate for you. This 3-month stay visa allows you the opportunity to meet your business trip needs in Australia.
In general, you must have short business term purpose in Australia as well as relevant personal attributes and a business background suitable for your business activities in Australia. You also need to have access to sufficient funds to cover your costs whilst you are in Australia.
There is also a Frequent Traveller stream for citizens of the People's Republic of China who travel often to Australia for business or personal reasons.
The visa does not permit any work activities. If you do need to work, either on a short- or long-term basis, you will need to consider a Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) Subclass 400 visa (below), one of the Employer Sponsored visas or other Business visas available.
Visitors from certain countries may be eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or an eVisitor visa, instead of a Business Visitor visa. The ETA and eVisitor visas for business activities generally have fewer requirements and conditions than the Visitor visa, as well as lower application fees.
Please contact us if you would like further information regarding these visas.
If your visit to Australia will include more than just meetings or attending seminars, for instance, you may need to consider a visa that allows for work. If you have specialised skills, knowledge or experience that is needed by an Australian business on a non-ongoing basis (generally, a one-off period of less than 6 months) and cannot be reasonably sourced in the Australian labour market, this visa may suit your needs.
You will need to show that you have the skills, knowledge and experience to do this work. The Australian business will need to provide a contract or letter of offer for the employment period and may also need to show that the work and/or skills cannot be sourced locally.
The visa may include your family members (spouse and children) however they will not have work or study rights in Australia. You will only be permitted to work in the position/work identified in the visa application.
If you require a longer-term work visa solution, you may need to consider one of the Employer Sponsored or other Business visas to suit your needs.
If you are an entertainer, or support crew for an entertainer, performing in Australia or will work on a production for viewing/listening in Australia, you will need to apply for a Temporary Activities subclass 408 visa in the Entertainment stream.
Australia encourages high level market diversity and investment with many opportunities to own and manage a business, conduct business investments or pursue entrepreneurial activities in Australia. Innovation and Investment visas require State/Territory government agency or Austrade nomination.
You must first submit an ‘Expression of Interest’, showing that you meet the relevant qualifying requirements, including points score (where applicable). If you meet the qualifying requirements and you are nominated by State/Territory government agency, you will be invited to apply for this two-stage visa.
Each State/Territory has its own nomination criteria and offers different business support. It is therefore important to research the state/territory opportunities and processes well before starting the visa process. We can assist you with state/territory nominations or comparisons to help you make an informed choice that fits you and your business.
The first stage, subclass 188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa, allows a temporary stay up to 4 years and 3 months. There are different streams depending on your business aim:
Have a great idea that you see as being a real ‘game changer’ in Australia? The Entrepreneur stream visa may suit you. This stream allows you to undertake a ‘complying entrepreneur activity’ that proposes to lead either to: the commercialisation of a product or service in Australia, or the development of a business in Australia.
You may be eligible for the Entrepreneur stream visa if you are under 55 years of age, have at least ‘competent English’, propose to be genuinely involved in a complying entrepreneurial activity in Australia and have a solid business plan for turning your innovative idea into a commercial product/service/business in Australia. You (or a body corporate/partnership in which you hold at least a 30% ownership share) also require a legally enforceable funding agreement from an authorised third party for at least AUD200,000 towards the entrepreneurial activity.
Please contact us for more information on the requirements for complying entrepreneurial activities.
If you have a successful business career overseas and wish to use these skills to own and manage a new or existing business in Australia in your nominated Australian state/territory, this visa may be for you.
You may be eligible for the Business Innovation stream visa if you are a successful business person under 55 years of age (unless exceptional circumstances apply), will own, and maintain a major managerial role in an Australian business and score at least 65 points on the innovation points test (based on age, English competency, qualifications, experience, turnover, assets, etc).
You must show that in at least two out of the last four financial years your main business(es) have had an annual turnover of at least AUD500,000 and you (and your spouse or de facto partner, if applicable) have total net business and personal assets of at least AUD800,000 which may be legally transferred to Australia within two years of your visa being granted.
This visa is designed for investors or business owners willing to invest a minimum AUD1,500,000 in their nominating state for four years. The investment will take the form of a government security in the relevant State/Territory.
You may be eligible for the Business Investor stream visa if you are a successful business investor/manager/owner under 55 years of age, score at least 65 points on the innovation points test (based on age, English competency, qualifications, experience, turnover, assets, etc) and have a genuine intention to live in your nominating State/Territory for at least two years.
You (and/or your spouse or de facto partner, if applicable) have eligible investments totalling AUD1.5 million OR a qualifying business where you (and/or your spouse or de facto partner, if applicable) own at least 10% of the business’ total value. You must also have total net business and personal assets of at least AUD2.25 million which may be legally transferred to Australia within two years of your visa being granted.
The Significant Investor stream is for applicants who are able to invest at least AUD5 million in complying Australian investments for at least four years. NO age limit, points test, or English requirement applies. You may be nominated either by Austrade or and Australian State or Territory government agency.
Please contact us to discuss the details around complying investment requirements for this visa.
This stream will suit you if you are willing invest at least AUD15 million in complying Australian investments and/or philanthropic contributions for the visa period. You need to be nominated by the CEO of Austrade for this visa. NO age limit, points test, or English requirement applies.
We would be pleased to guide you through the complying premium investment requirements for this visa at your convenience.
After holding one of the Innovation and Investor provisional visa for four years, or if you are already provisional business visa holder, you may be able to apply for the second permanent stage of your visa if you meet the requirements such as, business turnover and direct management, maintaining complying investments and residing in your nominated state (as applicable). Alternatively, if eligible, you may be able to apply for an extension to your temporary Subclass 188 visa.
Please contact us for more information on these permanent and extension visa pathways and to discuss your eligibility.
Another option for successful business persons and venture capitalists looking to make a permanent move to Australia for their business interests is the permanent Business Talent subclass 132 visa.
This visa requires State/Territory government agency or Austrade nomination. You must first submit an ‘Expression of Interest’, evidencing that you meet the relevant qualifying requirements. If you meet the qualifying requirements and you are nominated by State/Territory government agency, you will be invited to apply for this permanent visa.
There are two streams:
If you are a highly successful business person and genuinely wish to own and manage a new or existing Australia business, you may be eligible for this visa if you are under 55 years of age (unless exceptional circumstances apply) and meet turnover and net assets requirements.
For this stream you must obtain at least AUD1 million in funding from an Australian Venture capital firm for the start-up, product commercialisation or business development of a promising high value business idea. There is no age limit and you must evidence a functional English level.
As a thriving business, Migration Plus is well positioned to help investors and entrepreneurs enter the Australian market to further diversify Australia’s economy and Australians’ access to innovative, world-class goods and services.
One of our experienced team members would be happy to talk you through the various visa requirements and assess your eligibility for a business visa to meet your needs. We can then work with you to progress your visa application to achieve your Australian business goals.