Residency By Investment

$200,000 Australian Dollars

Business Innovation and Investment Program



Visa Free Travel

Australia Investment Immigration Programs Overview

Australia is strategically positioned as a trade and investment base for international companies doing business with Asia. The country has enjoyed strong economic growth over the last 25 years.

Australia’s 188 Business Innovation and Investment Program has several streams, each with different requirements: Business Innovation, Investor, Significant Investor and Entrepreneur streams. Applicants must also fulfill requirements for health, character and public interest. There is also the Global Talent visa (subclass 858) and the Global Talent Independent visa stream.

The program allows investors to develop an existing business or invest in Australia and bring family members to Australia. Applicants must be younger than 55 years old. Australia does not grant the permanent residence on the very first stage of investment for a 188 visa, but permanent residency can be attained at the second stage after meeting certain requirements.

While there is no citizenship-by-investment program, citizenship is attainable after four years of residence in Australia, with at least 12 months as an Australian permanent resident.

Maintaining permanent residence

A permanent visa allows indefinite stay in Australia. However a permanent visa will only allow travel in and out of Australia for a period of five years. After this time, if citizenship has not been attained, it will be necessary to apply for a 155 Resident Return visa in order to travel. Permanent residents must have spent two of the last five years in the country to be granted an RRV with a five year travel facility, or show ties to Australia for the grant of an RRV with a twelve month travel facility.

How To Apply

All Australian business visas require nomination by a State or Territory government. Each State and Territory also have additional requirements. It is best to check with each region for their specific criteria. Some require a higher investment than that required by the legislation for the grant of the visa. The time frame for processing differs based on visa type.

Applicants first submit an expression of interest through the governmental online system called SkillSelect, nominating their State or Territory of choice. The chosen State or Territory then invites the applicant to apply for nomination. If successful they will receive an invitation from the Department of Home Affairs to apply for their visa. Processing time is 9 - 24 months. They must prove that their money was earned legitimately.


After around 4-years of residence, investors can obtain citizenship, which gets visa-free travel to more than 170 countries.


Australia has a democratic and politically stable government and is a country rich in natural resources and high standards of life, education and healthcare. The economy is the world’s 13th largest and Australia has a business-friendly regulatory environment and a sophisticated financial services sector.

Updated by Lisa De Leon and Uglobal Staff

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The duration of the temporary visa subclass 188 is from 4 years 3 months to 5 years, with a minimum period of 3 years required before the application for the permanent residence visa (subclass 888) can be made.

The Business Innovation and Investment 188 Program includes the following visa streams:

The Business Innovation stream (or 188A visa) is for investors seeking to start and manage a new business, or develop an existing business in Australia. Applicant must own at least one and up to two main businesses with ownership interest of at least 30% for a private company, or at least 10% for a public company. The turnover requirement is at least AUD 750,000 for any two of the last four fiscal years. A net asset position including personal and business assets of at least AUD 1,250,000 is also required. The business does not have to be innovative in nature. After holding the provisional 188 A visa for two years it is possible to apply for permanent residency through the 888A visa pathway. If the requirements for the 888A are not met the applicant can apply for a 188A extension stream visa for a further two years.

The Investor stream (or 188B) requires an investment of at least AUD 2.5 million for at least 3 years in a structured framework with 20% of the funds in a venture capital and private growth equity fund, 30% in an emerging company share fund, and the remaining 50% in a balancing fund. Under this stream the funds must be sourced only from business or investment activities which the applicant has owned and managed. There is a points test for this visa. You must have at least three years experience managing one or more investments. (Note: some states also require extra investment into the region). It is possible to apply for the permanent 888B visa after holding the initial 188B visa for 4 years.

The Significant Investor stream (or 188C) requires an investment of AUD 5 million for at least 3 years in the same structured frame above for the Investor visa. The funds must be legally sourced or acquired which can include inherited or gifted assets. This stream has no age restriction and also has the lowest physical residence requirements in Australia with a minimum stay of 120 days for the first 3 yearsPermanent residency can be acquired through the 888C visa stream after four years. It is also possible to request an extension of the 188C if the requirements for the 888C are not met. This can be done twice for a further four years (each extension is a two year visa).

The Entrepreneur stream (188E) is for people who are willing to undertake a complying entrepreneurial activity that leads to either the commercialization of a product or service, or development of a business, in Australia. 

Updated by Lisa De Leon and Uglobal Staff

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