There are a number of visa options for business people. Business people can apply for a visa to conduct short business visits, establish or manage a new or existing business or invest in Australia. The business visas are seperated into two sections. Business and Retirement. Business Visas are for people who have a proven track record in business and wish to develop a business or investment in Australia. The Retirement visa is for self funded retirees who wish to spend their retirement in Australia.

There are 3 current types of business visas for new applicants

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

This visa is for people who want to own and manage a new or existing business or to make an investment in Australia.

The visa has three main streams.

  • The Business Innovation stream is for people who want to own and manage a new or existing business in Australia.
  • The Investor stream is for people who want to make a designated investment of at least AUD1.5million in an Australian state or territory and want to maintain business and investment activity in Australia after the original investment has matured.
  • The Significant Investor stream is for people who are willing to invest at least AUD5million into complying investments in Australia and want to maintain business and investment activity in Australia after the original investment has matured.

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

This visa is the second stage of the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188).  It allows you to continue business and investment activity in Australia. You can apply for it after you have fulfilled the requirements of your provisional visa.

Business Talent (subclass 132) visa

This visa is for affluent owners or part owners who want to have a major management role in a new or existing business in Australia, or for people who have obtained at least AUD1 million in funding from an Australian venture capital firm.