Migration Visa Matters

Investment and Business Visas
Family Partner Visas
Employer Sponsored Visas
Distinguished Talent Visas

Investment and Business Visas

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Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) visa (subclass 188)

Length of Stay :

Four years and three months

This Visa Allows You To…

  • Own and manage a business in Australia (the Business Innovation stream);
  • Conduct business and investment activity in Australia (the Investor stream, the Significant Investor stream and the Premium Investor stream);
  • Undertake an entrepreneurial activity in Australia (Entrepreneur stream);
  • The business innovation and investment visa is also the first step towards being granted a permanent Business Skills visa. You must pay a non-refundable visa charge when you lodge the Expression of Interest (EOI).

Eligibility

You must:

  • Be nominated by an eligible government organisation;
  • Be invited to apply for the visa;
  • Have experience in owning and operating a business (Business Innovation stream) or;
  • Have at least $1.5 million to invest (Investor stream) or;
  • Have at least $5 million to invest (Significant Investor stream) or;
  • Have at least $15 million to invest (Premium Investor stream);
  • Meet additional requirements of the relevant stream.

Business Talent (permanent) visa (subclass 132)

Length of Stay :

Permanently

This Visa Allows You To…

Establish a new or develop an existing business in Australia. It has two streams:

  • Significant Business History stream: for high-calibre business owners or part-owners who want to do business in Australia
  • Venture Capital Entrepreneur stream: for people who have sourced venture capital funding from a member of the Australian Venture Capital Association Limited (AVCAL).​

Eligibility

You must:

  • Be nominated by a state or territory government agency;
  • Be invited to apply for the visa;
  • Have assets of $1.5 million and business turnover of $3 million (Significant Business History stream) or;
  • Have funding of at least $1 million from an Australian venture capital firm (Venture Capital Entrepreneur stream).

Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888)

Length of Stay :

Permanently

This Visa Allows You To…

  • Continue to own and manage a business in Australia (the Business Innovation stream);
  • Continue business and investment activity in Australia (the Investor stream, the Significant Investor stream and the Premium Investor stream);
  • Continue entrepreneurial activity in Australia (Entrepreneur stream).

Eligibility

You must:

  • Hold a relevant stream of the subclass 188 visa or 444 visa;
  • Be nominated by a state or territory government agency or Austrade;
  • Have owned and operated a business in Australia for at least 2 years (Business Innovation stream) or;
  • Have held a designated investment of $1.5 million for 4 years (Investor stream) or;
  • Have held a complying investment of $5 million for 4 years (Significant Investor stream) or;
  • Held a complying investment of $15 million for 1 year (Premium Investor stream);
  • Meet additional financial and other requirements of the same stream of this visa.

Investor Retirement visa (subclass 405)

Length of Stay :

Four years

This Visa Allows You To…

This temporary visa is for self-funded retirees who have no dependents and want to live in Australia during their retirement years.

Eligibility

You must:

  • Be 55 years or older;
  • Be an existing Investor Retirement visa (subclass 405) holder, or;
  • A former Investor Retirement visa (subclass 405) holder who has not held another substantive visa since last entering Australia;
  • Have no dependents (other than a partner who is already the holder of or whose last substantive visa was a subclass 405);
  • Have an income of $65,000 per year (or $50,000 if you wish to live in a regional area);
  • Have a designated investment of $500,000 in Australia (or $250,000 if you wish to live in a regional area).

This is the only retirement visa. If you are not eligible for this visa, you might be eligible for a parent visa.

Family Partner Visas

Do you want to reunite your family members? Talk to our experienced Migration lawyers to understand what visa is best for you;

Offshore Partner Visa (Subclass 309 & 100);

Length of Stay :

On the temporary 309 visa, you can stay until a decision is made about your permanent Partner visa (subclass 100).

On the permanent 100 visa, you can stay permanently.

This Visa Allows You To…

The Partner visas (subclasses 309 and 100) allow the partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen live in Australia.

The temporary Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) is granted first and lets you stay in Australia while the permanent Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100) is processed.

Eligibility

You must be married or in a de facto relationship with:

  • An Australian citizen
  • An Australian permanent resident
  • An eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • Your marriage must be valid under Australian law. This means you must have parental permission if you are 16 or 17 years of age.

You must have been in a de facto relationship for at least 12 months.

Onshore Partner Visa (Subclass 820 & 801);

Length of Stay :

On the temporary 820 visa, you can stay until a decision is made on your permanent Partner visa (subclass 801).

On the permanent 801 visa, you can stay permanently.

This Visa Allows You To…

The Partner visas (subclasses 820 and 801) allow the partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia.

The temporary Partner visa (subclass 820) is granted first and lets you stay in Australia while the permanent Partner visa (subclass 801) is processed.

Eligibility

You must be married or in a de facto relationship with:

  • An Australian citizen
  • An Australian permanent resident
  • An eligible New Zealand citizen.
  • Your marriage must be valid under Australian law. This means you must have parental permission if you are 16 or 17 years of age.
  • Have an income of $65,000 per year (or $50,000 if you wish to live in a regional area);
  • You must have been in a de facto relationship for at least 12 months.

The Partner visas (subclasses 820 and 801) allow the partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen to live in Australia.

The temporary Partner visa (subclass 820) is granted first and lets you stay in Australia while the permanent Partner visa (subclass 801) is processed.

Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300);

Length of Stay :

Nine months

This Visa Allows You To…

This visa allows people to come to Australia to marry their prospective spouse.
If you are granted this visa, you should marry your prospective spouse and apply for a Partner (subclasses 820 and 801) visa before your Prospective Marriage visa (subclass 300) expires.

Eligibility

You must:

  • Intend to marry your prospective spouse;
  • Have met and know your prospective spouse;
  • Be at least 18 years of age.

Employer Sponsored Visas - Temporary and Permanent

There are many options available for employer-sponsored visas in Australia. Whether you’re an employee looking to further your stay in Australia or you’re a business looking to retain valued employee, speak to us today and we can help you choose the right path.

Temporary Skills Shortage Visa (Subclass 482)

Length of Stay :

One to four years – depending on your nominated occupation, the visa stream and your circumstances.

This Visa Allows You To…

This visa, referred to as the TSS visa, enables employers to address labour shortages by bringing in genuinely skilled workers where they cannot source an appropriately skilled Australian. It facilitates targeted use of overseas workers to address temporary skill shortages, while ensuring that Australian workers get priority.

TSS visa holders can work in Australia in their nominated occupation for their approved sponsor under one of three streams:

Visa Streams

  1. The Short-Term stream
  2. The Medium-Term stream;
  3. The Labour Agreement stream

Eligibility

You must have the skills to fill a position nominated by an approved business for an approved occupation.

Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186)

Length of Stay :

Permanently

This Visa Allows You To…

This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers. It allows you to work in Australia under one of three streams:

Visa Streams

  1. The Temporary Residence Transition stream;
  2. The Direct Entry stream;
  3. The Labour Agreement stream.

Eligibility

You must:

  • Be nominated by an approved Australian employer;
  • Meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements;
  • Meet the other requirements of one of the streams of this visa.

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme ‘RSMS’ (Subclass 187)

Length of Stay :

Permanently

This Visa Allows You To…

This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who want to work in regional Australia. It allows you to work in Australia under one of two streams:

Visa Streams

  • The Temporary Residence Transition stream;
  • The Direct Entry stream;

Eligibility

You must:

  • Be nominated by an approved Australian employer for a job in regional Australia;
  • Be under 45 years of age;
  • Meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements;
  • Meet the other requirements of one of the streams of this visa.

Temporary Work Visa (Subclass 457)

Length of Stay :

Up to four years

This Visa Allows You To…

This visa lets a skilled worker travel to Australia to work in their nominated occupation for their approved sponsor for up to four years.

Visa Streams

  1. The Temporary Residence Transition stream;
  2. The Direct Entry stream;

Eligibility

You might be able to get this visa if:

  • You have been sponsored by an approved business;
  • You have the required skills to fill a position nominated by an approved business.

Please note that applications for this visa category have closed to new applicants until further notice by the Department of Home Affairs.

Distinguished Talent Visas

If you have a skill and think that you might be eligible for a certain skilled visa and you do not have a pathway through your current employer, then speak to us about your options today.

Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 858 & 124)

Length of Stay :

Up to four years

This Visa Allows You To…

This visa is for people with a distinguished talent. It lets you live permanently in Australia.

Eligibility

You must have an internationally recognised record of exceptional and outstanding achievement in either:

  • A profession;
  • A sport;
  • The arts;
  • Academic and Research.

Please note that applications for this visa category have closed to new applicants until further notice by the Department of Home Affairs.

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