Australian Business Visas | Business Skills Migration 

Australia's Business Skills Program encourages successful business people to settle in Australia and utilise their proven business attributes to develop business activity in Australia.
Skilled business migrants bring with them; knowledge of overseas markets, business networks, cultural practices and languages other than English, as well as their specific business skills and experience.

Australian Business migrants benefited by:

  • Developing international markets;

  • Transferring capital and making investments;

  • Creating or maintaining employment;

  • Exporting Australian goods and services;

  • Introducing new and/or improved technology;

  • Substituting Australian-made products for goods that would otherwise be imported; and

  • Adding to commercial activity and competitiveness within sectors of the Australian economy;

The Business Skills Program

Business Skills migrants are able to enter Australia initially on a provisional (temporary) visa for four years and, after satisfactory evidence of a specified level of business or investment activity, may apply for permanent residence.
These arrangements continue to provide for the entry of business owners, senior executives and investors.

The pathway to permanent residence is designed to give clarity and certainty to provisional business migrants and relies upon the establishment and management of genuine business activity in Australia.

High calibre business migrants may apply for a Business Talent visa to obtain direct permanent residence if they have high level business attributes, and are nominated and sponsored by a state or territory government agency.


1st Stage Provisional Business Skills Visas - Temporary Residency

  • Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) Subclass 188

Please Note: The following 1st Stage Provisional Australian Business Visas are now closed for applications. Prior existing holders of the following Visa Subclasses may be eligible to apply for the 2nd Stage Residence Business Skills Visa (Permanent Residency).

  • Business Owner Provisional Visa Subclass 160

  • Senior Executive Provisional Visa Subclass 161

  • Investor Provisional Visa Subclass 162

  • State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner Provisional Visa Subclass 163 

  • State/Territory Sponsored Senior Executive Provisional Visa Subclass 164

  • State/Territory Sponsored Investor Provisional Visa Subclass 165 


2nd Stage Residence Business Skills Visa – Permanent Residency

  • Business Owner Residence Visa Subclass 890

  • Investor Residence Visa Subclass 891

  • State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner Residence Visa Subclass 892

  • State/Territory Sponsored Investor Residence Visa Subclass 893 


1st Stage Residence Business Skills Visa – Permanent Residency

  • Business Talent Residence Visa Subclass 132


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