A permanent visa that lets you continue to own and manage a business in Victoria.
The requirements on this page applies to those nominated for the 188A visa from 1 July 2021. If you were nominated before 1 July 2021, please review the nomination conditions form you signed at the time of your nomination.
Cost: No fee
Nomination processing time: 20 business days
Read the Overview page for a summary of the requirements and how to apply.
Have this visa
You must hold a Victorian nominated visa, either:
- provisional Business Innovation stream (subclass 188A) visa, and held it for at least 3 years;
- a Victorian nominated Business Innovation Extension Stream (subclass 188X) visa;
- a Special Category (subclass 444) visa;
- or in certain cases, a Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa.
For more information please refer to the Department of Home Affairs website: Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888) Business Innovation stream
Live and work in Victoria
You must prove that you:
- live in Victoria, and
- actively manage the day-to-day operation of your Victorian business.
You met your nomination obligations
Subclass 188A and 188X visa holders
You must have met the Victorian nomination conditions for the provisional Business Innovation stream (subclass 188A) visa.
You must have met the conditions that you signed in the Nomination Conditions Form.
Special category (subclass 444) or eligible Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa holders
You must have met the subclass 188A requirements including:
- business performance
- innovation and/or job creation.
You must have met these requirements in the 2 years prior to your subclass 888A nomination application.
Contact us for further information.
Comply with the Department of Home Affairs requirements
You must comply with the Department of Home Affairs requirements including minimum financial and business performance requirements.
Department of Home Affairs and Skill Select
The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for all visa matters. This includes once you have been nominated by the Victorian government and have submitted your visa application.
All SkillSelect and EOI issues should also be directed to the Department of Home Affairs.
You must have completed surveys from the Victorian Government and maintain contact
- notify us of any changes to your contact details, and
- participate in any surveys that the Victorian Government may conduct.
Your business requirements
Your business activity must show innovation and job creation
You must show how your proposed business activity has contributed to the Victorian economy through job creation and innovation.
You must demonstrate in your proposal your business has contributed to innovation in Victoria through innovations in either product or process*.
We may refuse your nomination application for a permanent visa (subclass 888A) if you have not engaged in innovative business activity.
You must also demonstrate that your business has created jobs in Victoria.
You must have employed at least 2 eligible full time employees*.
We may refuse your nomination application for a permanent visa (subclass 888A) if you have not employed at least 2 full time eligible employees.
Exemption: You could be exempt from this job creation requirement if your eligible business’ turnover is at least A$1million per annum for the 2 years before you apply for permanent residency.
*See the section below called Specific meanings for the definition of ‘process innovation’, ‘product innovation’ and ‘eligible full time employees’.
Change of business activities
The Victorian Government expects all applicants to undertake the business proposed in their nomination application. We understand that in some circumstances it may be necessary to change your business proposal due to circumstances beyond your control.
If you decide to change your business activity from the initial proposal provided in your Victorian subclass 188 nomination application, you must seek advice from the Victorian Government’s Skilled and Business Migration Program prior to undertaking this business activity.
You must ensure the new business activity complies with:
- all your Victorian visa nomination conditions, and
- the Department of Home Affairs’ Business Innovation and Investment (subclass 888) visa criteria.
The types of businesses that will not be accepted include:
- Property development
- Gift stores
- Convenience stores
- Cafes or restaurants
Contact us using this form if you intend to change your business activity.
Exporters - Important information
If you are proposing to engage in export activity, you must read and be aware of the following information.
Does your proposed export activity provide a direct contribution to the Victorian economy?
Some of our assessment considerations include:
- the export value of Victorian goods and services
- Victorian jobs created or retained, including flow-on effects to other Victorian suppliers
- the local economic benefits of the business
- assistance to Victorian businesses in exporting their products or addressing market gaps
- expansion of export markets.
You must not engage in ‘parallel exporting’.
What is parallel exporting?
Parallel exporting is where goods are sold in an export market without the consent of the owner of the goods trademark.
You must demonstrate that you have not engaged in parallel exporting at the permanent visa nomination stage.
What evidence do I need if I am exporting goods?
Evidence may include:
- Official certificate or agreement from the trademark owner authorising export activity, or
- Authorisation from the trademark owner to the supplier/distributor for export activity, or
- Correspondence (e.g. meeting notes, emails) showing the trademark owner understands the business migrant’s export intentions, or
- Partnership or contractual agreements between the trademark owner and business migrant.
What is an example of parallel exporting?
Scenario: A Victorian business migrant purchases wine from a wine supplier or wholesaler. The brands purchased have existing and official export channels into the relevant country.
The business migrant only has a receipt of purchase and no additional evidence that shows the trademark owner is aware of, or consents to, the business migrant exporting the wine.
This is an example of ‘parallel exporting’ and is not permitted in the Victorian Government’s Skilled and Business Migration Program.
Contact us for business support
We have a dedicated Relationship Management team to support and assist business and investor migrants nominated by the Victorian Government.
Relationship Managers can help you:
- understand Victoria’s strategic industry sectors
- with information about doing business or making investments
- connect you with relevant Victorian Government services and programs relevant to your business.
Contact a Relationship Manager using this form.
Our processing considerations
Respond within 2 weeks
We may ask you for more information by email
- You will have 2 weeks to provide the requested information.
- If you do not respond within 2 weeks, we may refuse your application.
- Please check your junk mail and ensure the email address firstname.lastname@example.org is added to your list of valid email addresses.
You must submit a complete application, including all relevant evidence to support your eligibility claims.
Do not ask for an update on your application
Please do not ask for an update on your application. We assess all applications in order of when they were submitted.
The assessment team is also responsible for responding to enquiries and we prioritise assessment of applications. Unnecessary enquiries slow down application processing times.
Submit your application via the portal
You must submit your application and all documents via the Live in Melbourne portal. We will not accept any applications, or documents via email.
You can withdraw your application at any stage. Please Contact Us to withdraw your application.
Nomination application fees
The Victorian Government does not charge any application fees for nomination.
Terms and Conditions
False or misleading information
If you provide false or misleading information as part of your nomination application, you will be refused. We may also report it to the Department of Home Affairs who can conduct their own investigation.
We conduct verification checks on many of the documents you provide.
If you are aware of instances, or yourself are pressured to submit an application with false and misleading information, we encourage you to report this to the Department of Home Affairs.
Review of nomination decision
If you have been refused as you did not meet the eligibility requirements, you cannot request a review of your application.
If you believe that we made an administrative error in refusing your nomination application, you can submit a request for us to review the application.
For specific meanings related to all of Victoria’s business and investor visas, see our Glossary page.