New Entrepreneur Visa introduced

The new Australian Entrepreneur visa is now open for applications. This new visa has been established for entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and financial backing from a third party and was launched on 10 September 2016.

This new visa allows entrepreneurs with $200,000 in funding from a specified third party to develop and commercialise their innovative ideas in Australia.

This visa provides a pathway to permanent residency in Australia.

To be eligible to apply for the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) – Entrepreneur Stream, you must fulfill the following criteria:

  • be under 55 years of age, although a state or territory can waive this requirement if your proposed complying entrepreneur activity will be of exceptional economic benefit to the nominating state or territory
  • have competent English
  • be undertaking or proposing to undertake a complying entrepreneur activity in Australia and have a genuine intention to continue this activity
  • be nominated by a state or territory government

A complying entrepreneur activity is an activity that relates to an innovative idea that will lead to the commercialisation of a product or service in Australia, or the development of an enterprise or business in Australia.

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