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A permanent visa that lets you continue your successful entrepreneurial activity in Victoria. You must be nominated by a state or territory government.

Eligibility

Visa eligibility

To find out if you are eligible for this visa, read the Department of Home Affairs' visa criteria for the Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888).

Victorian nomination eligibility

Please note Victorian visa nomination is valid for three months. This means you have three months in which to submit your visa application to the Department of Home Affairs once you have been nominated.

Applicants must:

  • Hold a current provisional Business innovation and Investment (subclass 188) Entrepreneur visa for a period of 4 years
    Applicants must hold a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Entrepreneur visa nominated by the Victorian Government for a period of 4 years before their application.
  • Establish a residency in Victoria
    Applicants must have established a residence and resided in Victoria for at least two out of the four preceding years while holding their Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188) Entrepreneur visa nominated by the Victorian Government.
  • Meet your provisional visa nomination conditions
    Applicants must demonstrate that they have met the nomination conditions they agreed to at the time of accepting their Victorian Government provisional visa nomination.

Applicants must have:

  • established a record of successful, ongoing entrepreneurial activity related to an innovative idea, which has led to the commercialisation of a new or improved product or service or the development of a new enterprise or business, which has provided benefit to Victoria; and
  • established a residence in Victoria and resided in Victoria for at least two of the four preceding years.

Demonstrate your ongoing commitment to Victoria

You will be required to demonstrate that you are committed to living and working in Victoria.

The Victorian Government takes a flexible approach in assessing commitment, noting that individuals have different circumstances. Factors which may be considered include but are not limited to:

  • whether spouses/ partners and children are living, studying or working in Victoria
  • steps taken towards living in Victoria in the future. For example, property purchase, school enrolment of children
  • any other relevant factors, such as additional business or investment activity undertaken in Victoria beyond the complying entrepreneurial activity.

Note: you are not required to demonstrate all of the above factors.

Application process

Please note, we are currently not accepting applications for the subclass 888 Entrepreneur stream. If you would like to apply, please check the website at a later date or email businessmigration@liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au for more information.

You need to apply for Victorian visa nomination before you make a formal application for your visa.  Applying for visa nomination from the Victorian Government involves two steps.

Step 1: Apply for visa nomination

You need to register as a user of this website and then complete your application. You will need to prepare the following documentation for your application and upload it when requested:

  • Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888) Nomination Conditions form
  • Appointment of an Agent/Representative form (if applicable)
  • Evidence of your established and ongoing entrepreneurial activity related to an innovative idea, which has led to the commercialisation of a new or improved product or service or the development of a new enterprise or business which has provided benefit to Victoria
  • Evidence of your and your dependants’ residence in Victoria for at least two of the four preceding years.  Examples of evidence include:
    • tenancy agreement
    • property ownership documents
    • utility bills
    • travel tickets
  • Evidence of your ongoing commitment to Victoria. Examples of factors considered include:
    • whether spouses/partners and children are living, studying or working in Victoria
    • steps taken towards living in Victoria in the future. For example, property purchase, future school enrolment of children
    • any other relevant factors, such as additional business or investment activity undertaken in Victoria beyond the complying entrepreneurial activity.

All forms are available from the Supporting documentation and forms page.

Victorian visa nomination processing

You will receive an outcome within four weeks from the time your complete visa nomination application is accepted.

Additional information

We will contact you or your agent (if applicable) if we need more information to assess your application.

Nomination outcome

You or your agent (if applicable) will be notified of the outcome of your visa nomination application by email.

Step 2: Lodge a formal visa application

If you receive Victorian Government visa nomination, you can then lodge a visa application with the Department of Home Affairs. This must be done within three months of receiving the visa nomination. Nomination can be provided to an individual applicant once in a 12 month period, unless exceptional circumstances apply.

Obligations

As part of your application, you will be required to agree and adhere to the following obligations:

Your obligations:

  • I have read (or have had read to me) the contents of my application and confirm that the information contained therein is true and correct.
  • I confirm that I meet all of the Department of Home Affairs' visa eligibility criteria for the Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888).
  • I will notify the Victorian Government of any changes to my contact details within the first five years of permanent visa grant and agree to participate in any surveys that the Victorian Government may conduct.
  • I have a genuine commitment to continue to engage in business, entrepreneurial or investment activity in Victoria.
  • I have a genuine commitment to continue to reside in Victoria.

The Victorian Government:

  • may share information relating to the application and the applicant’s business/investment activities in Victoria with the Department of Home Affairs and with the Treasury Corporation of Victoria.
  • reserves the right to make direct contact with the applicant in relation to this application or related matters.
  • has no legal authority to deal with visa matters and will not advocate to the Department of Home Affairs or the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on behalf of the applicant.
  • does not endorse any investment made, or any business activity undertaken, by the applicant nor does it accept liability for any financial loss, cost or expense incurred as a result of any business decision, business activities or investments made by any person in any way connected with this application, or otherwise.

Without express written consent from the Victorian Government, failure to comply with the above conditions may result in the withdrawal of Victorian Government nomination for the applicant’s visa.

Please contact the Victorian Skilled and Business Migration Program via email with any queries regarding visa nomination eligibility: businessmigration@liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au

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