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Over the last 25 years or so I have managed many “business” visa applications and appeals. However currently – given the issues arising due to the Coronavirus pandemic – I have many concerned people seeking formal advice regarding the current rules and cost regarding securing a business visa. Consequently I thought I should re – post this:

Before discussing the 188A visa it is important to understand there exist other streams:

Other 188 Visa eligibility streams:

  • A. Business Innovation for business owners seeking to establish business operations in Australia
  • B. Investor for people who are willing to invest $1.5 million in an Australian State or Territory bonds
  • C. Significant Investor for people willing to invest $5 million into complying investments in Australia
  • D. Premium Investor for people with significant funds who are willing to invest at least $15 million into complying premium investments in Australia.
  • E. Entrepreneur for people who have a funding agreement from a third party for at least AUD200 000 to undertake a complying entrepreneur activity
  • Business visa 132 (this is a visa that stand outside the other “business” classes

Be advised that business migration can be extremely complex, and even determining whether you have a good chance of qualifying can be difficult. Furthermore, you may be able to qualify in a number of different business migration categories. So talk to us.

If you or anyone you know is contemplating applying for a Business class visa or had a Business class visa refused talk to us – we may be the solution to your migration problems.

188 A:

The 188 A is only available to applicants who are nominated by an Australian State or Territory government and meet the points test for this visa. To be nominated, the applicant must lodge an Expression of Interest through the SkillSelect system.

[For more on Skilled Select click here

The 188A is a 4-year temporary visa, for people who want to own and manage a new or existing business in Australia. Once established an ownership interest in an Australian business, the applicant can apply for permanent residence through the Business Innovation Innovation & Investment (residence Subclass 888 visa). A 2-year extension is possible once the applicant has held the subclass 188 visa for 3 years, giving 6 years from the date of grant of the original Visa.

[For more on Residence Subclass 888

188A applicants can either be in Australia or overseas to lodge this visa. (Be advised if the applicant is in Australia: Must hold a Substantive Visa or a Bridging A, B or C visa.

Points Test

Points criteria are assessed at the time of invitation.

You will only be awarded one set of points under each factor. For example, if you have an English language ability of Proficient, you will be awarded 10 points for Proficient English and not points for both Proficient English and Vocational English.

So if you or anyone you know is contemplating applying for a Business class visa or had a Business class visa refused talk to us – we may be the solution to your migration problems.   Remember TRUST ONLY a Master Migration Lawyer and make an appointment with AR LAW Services: Master Migration Lawyer.

So talk to us – book an initial 30 minute consultation for a flat fixed fee of $200 for the initial 30 minutes to discuss your issue with a Master Migration Lawyer and to see if you qualify for a “ABG Coronavirus Grant” and thereby be eligible for significant savings.

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