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188C Significant Investor Stream Visa

Significant Investor Steam (subclass 188C) visa

The Significant Investor Stream (Subclass 188C) Visa is a pathway for high-net-worth individuals and investors who wish to make a significant financial investment in Australia and obtain temporary residency as a result. This visa falls under the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 188) program and is designed to boost Australia’s economy by attracting substantial investments from overseas.

It’s essential to understand the specific investment requirements, state or territory nomination criteria, and visa conditions before applying. Given the complexity of the application process and the substantial investment involved, seeking guidance from an experienced registered migration agent or legal expert is highly recommended to ensure a successful visa application and compliance with Australian immigration regulations.

188C Significant Investor Stream Visa

Significant Investor Stream (Subclass 188C) Visa

The Significant Investor Stream (Subclass 188C) Visa is a pathway for high-net-worth individuals and investors who wish to make a significant financial investment in Australia and obtain temporary residency as a result. This visa falls under the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 188) program and is designed to boost Australia’s economy by attracting substantial investments from overseas.

It’s essential to understand the specific investment requirements, state or territory nomination criteria, and visa conditions before applying. Given the complexity of the application process and the substantial investment involved, seeking guidance from an experienced registered migration agent or legal expert is highly recommended to ensure a successful visa application and compliance with Australian immigration regulations.

Key Features of the Significant Investment Visa (188C)

Key Criteria:

  1. Minimum Investment Requirement: To be eligible for the Subclass 188C Visa, applicants must make a significant investment of at least AUD 5 million in Australian funds, complying with the specified investment guidelines.

  2. Investment Term: The investment must be maintained for a minimum of four years in complying investments, which primarily include government bonds, managed funds, and investments in Australian proprietary companies.

  3. State or Territory Nomination: Applicants must be nominated by a state or territory government in Australia. Each state or territory may have specific criteria for nomination.

  4. Age and Skill Requirements: There are no specific age limits or skill requirements for this visa stream, making it accessible to a wide range of investors.

  5. Permanent Residency Pathway: After holding the Subclass 188C Visa for a specified period (usually four years), visa holders can apply for the Subclass 888 Permanent Business Innovation and Investment Visa, provided they continue to meet the investment and other visa requirements.

Benefits:

  • Temporary Residency: The Subclass 188C Visa initially grants temporary residency for the primary applicant, their partner, and dependent family members.
  • Work and Study Rights: Visa holders have the freedom to work and study in Australia.
  • Access to Medicare: Depending on the agreements between Australia and the applicant’s home country, limited access to Australia’s public healthcare system, Medicare, may be available.

Visa Conditions:

  • Visa holders must adhere to the investment terms and conditions, including maintaining their investment for the required period.
  • Compliance with Australian laws and regulations is mandatory.
  • Visa holders must continue their involvement in business and investment activities in Australia.

Different Streams Of The 188 Visa

There are different streams of Visa depending on the type of business you are starting or investing in.

Business Innovation Stream

If you have business skills and an innovative idea, this could be the Visa for you. It is a points-based application, so let Absolute Immigration help you with the documentation to achieve the number of points required.

You need to meet business turnover and net asset requirements, t have a successful business history, and be under the age of 55.

Investor Stream (188B)

The Investor Stream is for those who are willing to make a significant investment in Australian government bonds or managed funds and maintain this investment for a specific period. Minimum investment thresholds apply.

Business turnover and net asset requirements must be met; you must have a successful business history; and be under the age of 55.

Premium Investor Stream (188D)

Designed for high-net-worth individuals with an exceptional business history, this stream requires a significant investment in premium investments in Australia, including venture capital and small private equity funds.

Entrepreneur Stream

This stream is for applicants who have a funding agreement from a legitimate third party of a minimum of AUD 200 000. They will undertake a complying entrepreneurial activity that is proposed to lead to either the commercialisation of a product or service or the development of a business in Australia.

Apply for a Business Innovation
and Investment (subclass 188) visa

Step 1

Once you reach out to Absolute Immigration, we set up a discovery call to understand what your needs are and what Visa best suits you.

Step 2

From there, we will send you a Strategy proposal outlining the steps we will take to assist you in getting a Visa for you to sign off on.

Step 3

Now our team leaps into action, following immigration pathways, taking care of the paperwork and helping you through the entire application process.

Take the first step and schedule a call

Call us

You can get in touch with the team on our support lines: 1300 227 658 or +61 (03) 9827 3721. Alternatively, you can book a free 10 minute consultation through our Acuity Portal.

Email us

You can get in touch with the team through our support email: aisupport@absoluteimmigration.com

Frequently Asked Questions

This is a Visa that allows people who are significant investors in Australian Business or Innovation, the opportunity to stay in Australia for up to 4 more years.

There can be a long processing time for a 188 Visa, anywhere up to 20 months in some cases. Have a word with our team to find out more about timelines.

The Business Innovator stream has a base application charge of $6270AUD; The Premium Investor Stream’s base charge is $9455 AUD; and the Entrepreneur stream has a base charge of $4240AUD.

Contact Absolute Immigration, and talk to one of our qualified and friendly team members.  Through a Discover Call, they will discuss your preferred visa pathway.

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