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A provisional visa for those with business skills who want to establish, develop, and manage a new or existing innovative business in Victoria.

Stay: Up to 5 years

Stay longer: 3 years after you have this visa, you can apply for permanent residence.

Cost: No fee

Nomination processing time: 20 business days

Read the Supporting information page for more information.

To be eligible to apply for Victorian Business Innovation stream (subclass 188A) visa nomination, you must:

  • be under 55 years of age,
  • have vocational English,
  • have a STEMM qualification or an MBA or relevant business history in a target sector,
  • have an innovative business proposal,
  • have scored at least 65 points,
  • be committed to meet the requirements for permanent residence, and
  • meet the Department of Home Affairs requirements including minimum financial requirements.

To apply for Victorian Business Innovation stream (subclass 188A) visa nomination you must:

  1. Make an Expression of Interest with SkillSelect.
  2. Prepare your evidence to support your application.
  3. Review the Supporting Information.
  4. Submit a nomination application via the Live in Melbourne portal
    • Respond to any requests for further information within 14 days.

After you apply

  1. The Skilled and Business Migration Program will assess your application.
  2. We will email you if we require more information to support your application. You must respond within 2 weeks.
  3. We aim to finalise all applications within 20 business days. See the Program Review page for current assessment times.

Once you are nominated

  1. You and your agent will be notified of our decision by email.
  2. Submit your visa application to the Department of Home Affairs within 60 days.
    • We cannot provide renomination if your visa application is not submitted.
  3. Keep your contact details up to date so we can provide you important services.
    • We have a dedicated Relationship Management team who may contact you to assist you to navigate the Victorian business environment.
  4. Comply with your Victorian nomination obligations for subclass 188A.

In your application, you will need to provide the following documents to show you meet the requirements:




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