I want to apply for a business investment visa

Common Questions and Issues

I am a successful businessperson overseas and want to migrate to Australia. What do I need to know?

I would like to invest in Australia – are there any opportunities to migrate for investment?

Are there any qualifications, age or English requirements to migrate for business or investment?

Business Investment Visa Types

If you are an established businessperson or investor, under 55 years old, and want to migrate to Australia, you can consider the following temporary visa categories, which lead to the permanent visa subclass 888:

188A Business Innovation stream: for people with business skills who want to establish, develop and manage a new or existing business in Australia. Applicants must be nominated by a state or territory government.

188B Investor stream: for people who want to make a designated investment of at least $2.5 million AUD in an Australian state or territory and maintain business and investment activity in Australia. Applicants must be nominated by a state or territory government.

188C Significant Investor stream: for people who are willing to invest at least $5 million AUD into complying significant investments in Australia and want to maintain business and investment activity in Australia. Applicants can be nominated by a state or territory government or Austrade on behalf of the Australian government.

188E Entrepreneur stream: for people who have a funding agreement from a third party for at least $200,000 AUD to undertake a complying entrepreneur activity that is proposed to lead to either the commercialisation of a product or service in Australia or the development of a business in Australia. Applicants must be nominated by a state or territory government.


How ACIC can help

It is very important that you seek professional assistance with these business or investment visas as they are very complex and require lots of preparation. Your application can be refused even for the smallest error in your documentations and one visa refusal on your record can affect your future visa applications.

ACIC has a team of migration and visa experts that can assist you with business and investment visas. If you authorise ACIC to assist with your application, we will allocate a team of experienced staff to look after you until your case is finalised. They will analyse your case, help you compare different options and advise you on the best options. Our team will then prepare all your submission documents, liaise with the immigration department and track your application progress until an outcome is reached.

Full range of ACIC services
  • Design a personalised visa and migration plan that is best for your situation
  • Personal and document assessment
  • Document preparation including a Business Plan and Source of Fund
  • Liaise with relevant agencies and authorities on your behalf
  • Connect you with relevant businesses and professional services (e.g., accountants, lawyers, etc)
  • Arrange medical checks and health insurance
  • Visa lodgement
  • Justice of the Peace (JP) and translation services
  • Help you design backup plans
  • We use customised and modern CRM software to monitor your application and deadlines

The ACIC Difference

ACIC is recommended by all the top institutions in Australia – click here to see video testimonials.

ACIC was established in Australia in 1988 and we now have over 35 years of experience in the Australian education sector. Our experience is unrivalled in the industry and is backed by the 70000+ students whom ACIC have successfully helped enroll in Australian institutions. That’s a lot of experience and knowledge that you can rely on. You can be assured that ACIC will provide you with the best advice.

Our Migration Team collaborates with local professionals including accountants, business lawyers, and investment bankers, to provide clients with comprehensive legal advice about your migration options as well as the most advantageous ways to structure your business and investment in Australia. We also provide professional advice and can plan for your kids’ education in Australia. 

ACIC focuses exclusively on migration and visa services in Australia (not other countries) so we are a true expert on Australian migration and visas.

All of ACIC’s staff are highly qualified and experienced. They undertake regular training and have the latest course and visa information. Over 85% of our staff at our Head Office have completed a Master’s degree from an Australian university and over 95% have studied at an Australian tertiary institution, so they have first-hand experience of visa processes, work and life in Australia.