Successful small-to-medium enterprise business owners who wish to undertake business activities in Australia
An Australian business visa is for business owners who want to:
There are two visa pathways for business owners who wish to obtain Australian permanent residency status. These are:
A 188a visa can last for up to 5 years. However, it is possible to apply for a 888a visa if you have held your 188a visa for at least 3 years and you meet all of the eligibility criteria for a 888a visa. If your 888a visa application is approved, you will become an Australian permanent resident.
The eligibility criteria for a 188a visa are:
Please note that each Australian State and Territory government has their own eligibility criteria that will need to be met to obtain a nomination from them.
The eligibility criteria for a 888a visa are:
You meet at least 2 of the following requirements:
If you do not meet the requirement above, it may still be possible to obtain a 888a visa if the Australian State or Territory government that has nominated you for your 888a visa has determined that there are exceptional circumstances.
There are usually three steps involved in a 188a visa application. These are:
The application process above also applies for a 888a visa application.
The government fees for a 188a visa application are:
An additional government fee of $9,795AUD is payable if the main 188a visa applicant does not have ‘Functional’ English language abilities. An additional fee of $4,890AUD is also payable if a family member of the main 188a visa applicant who is over 18 does not have Functional English language abilities.
The government fees for a 888a visa application are:
An additional fee of $4,890AUD is payable if the main 888a visa applicant, or a family member of the main 888a visa applicant who is over 18, does not have Functional English language abilities.
There may also be additional costs involved in a 188a and 888a visa application for things such as translation fees and professional fees for third party service providers.
188a visa applications can take between 15-36+ months to be processed. 888a visa applications can take between 29-35+ months to be processed.
Lucidian Law can assist with your business visa application by:
Please note that Australian immigration laws and policies are subject to change without notice. Lucidian Law has no control over when, or how, these changes may occur. Furthermore, the visa eligibility criteria published on this website are not an exhaustive list. There are other visa criteria that need to be satisfied to be eligible for the visas mentioned on this page. The information displayed on this page should not be substituted for professional legal advice. Lucidian Law cannot be held liable for any losses incurred as a result of any reliance on the information provided on this page.