Significant Investor Visa Update January 2018: More of the world’s wealthy are moving to Australia than any other country

According to the New World Wealth’s 2018 Global Wealth Migration review, Australia is attracting more High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI) as migrants as any other country.


The report is based on migrants with net assets of USD$1 million or more.

The report says Australia’s location makes it a better base for doing business in emerging Asian countries.   Safety could also be a factor in deciding to move to Australia (Australia is rated the safest country for a woman worldwide and Australia is also a safe place for children).

“Australia’s superior growth over the past decade has also no doubt had an impact on confidence and business opportunities,” says the report.

“Over the past 10 years, total wealth held in Australia has risen by 83% compared to 20% growth in the US. As a result, the average Australian is now significantly wealthier than the average US citizen, which was not the case 10 years ago.”

Source: New World Wealth & Business Insider Australia.

Business visas/SIV

SIV Statistics

The Department of Home Affairs (formerly DIBP) is yet to release updated statics.  Below are statistics to the end of October 2017.

The table below shows statistics from 1 July 2017 to 31 October 2017.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) submitted through SkillSelect132
Invitations to apply for a SIV issued as a result of applicants being nominated by a state or territory government111
Primary applications lodged109
Primary visas granted (subject to regulations post 1 July 2015)46
Primary visas granted (subject to regulations prior to 1 July 2015)6

As of 31 October 2017:

  • SIV visas have been granted from the commencement of the program on 24 November 2012.

o    1641 (subject to regulations prior to 1 July 2015)

o    250 (subject to regulations post 1 July 2015)

  • AUD9.455 billion has been invested in Complying Investments.

The table below shows government sponsor distribution of the SIV.

Significant Investor visa: Government sponsor distribution from 1 July 2017 to 31 October 2017.

StateExpressions of Interest (EOI) submitted through SkillSelectInvitationApplications lodgedVisas granted (application lodged prior to 1 July 2015)Visas granted (application lodged on or after 1 July 2015)
Any< 5N/AN/AN/AN/A
Austrade0000< 5
ACT< 50000
NSW584950< 517
SA< 5< 5< 5< 50
TAS< 5< 5< 500
VIC534843< 527
WA< 5< 5< 50< 5

The table below shows the distribution of primary visa applications and visa grants for the top five source countries from the commencement of the program from 24 November 2012 to 31 October 2017 for the SIV.

Applicants for top five source countriesPercentage of total visa applicationsGrants for top five source countriesPercentage of total visas granted
Hong Kong3.2Hong Kong3.1
South Africa0.8South Africa1.2

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