The significant investor stream of the 188 business visa category (188C) is named so that it is clearly different than the investor stream (188B) and refers to the significantly higher amount required to be made as a complying investment. The investor visa stream requires an investment amount of $1.5 million, whereas the 188C significant investor visa requires an investment of $5 million. The applicant needs to be nominated by a state or territory government or Austrade, and the complying investments must be comprised of at least $500,000 into venture capital and growth private equity funds, at least $1.5 million into emerging companies, and a balancing investment of $3 million into approved managed funds.
What qualifies as “significant” for the Australia significant investor stream option?
I am interested in immigrating to Australia and heard about this stream, which involves less money than the premium stream and needs no sponsorship. How can I find out what counts as “significant” investment areas to accomplish my goals? Are there qualified investments that fit this purpose? How is “significant” defined in this context?
Significant means: "You must make a complying significant investment of at least $5 million when we invite you to, and hold that investment for at least four years. It must be in the following proportions: at least $500,000 in venture capital and growth private equity funds which invest in start-ups and small private companies at least $1.5 million in approved managed funds. The managed funds must invest in emerging companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange a ‘balancing investment’ of at least $3 million in managed funds. The managed funds can invest in a range of assets, including companies listed on the Australian stock exchange, Australian corporate bonds or notes, annuities and commercial real estate. We prohibit direct investment in residential real estate. We strictly limit indirect investment in residential property through managed funds. You must not use investments as security or collateral for a loan." Identifying investments that fit this profile is part of the main work. We would not want to provide a general advice that might confuse or mislead you without making adequate checks against current investment frameworks.