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Visa options for a travelling businessman heading to Australia

2020-03-18 17:50:23
Visa options for a travelling businessman heading to Australia
Australia is keen on attracting people who have a proven record in business investment or have the experience and skills to establish a business. To attract these people, Australia offers several business visas that allow businesspersons to work and live in Australia. Here’s what’s available to them

Australia offers either short-term, temporary, or permanent business visas to those looking to travel for business purposes, start up a new business, or invest in an existing business in the country

 

Types of Business visa

If you just want to attend a conference, business meeting, or investigate a business contract, for example, you can always apply for a Visitor Visa (subclass 600) under the Business visitor stream that will provide you authorisation to travel to and enter Australia. However, keep in mind that on both these visas you cannot get paid for any business activities. If you’re planning on doing any paid activities you’ll need a different visa, more on that below.

 

Which exact visa you can apply for depends on the purpose of your business activities in Australia, but the different visa types that might be suitable are

 

Visa

Stream

Processing Time

600 Visitor Visa

Business Visitor

9-20 days

188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)

Significant Investor

Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)

Investor

18-20 months

188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)

Business Innovation

18-22 months

188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)

Premium Investor

Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

188 Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional)

Entrepreneur

Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

888 Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent)

 

Unavailable due to low volume of applications.

132 Business Talent

Significant Business History

Unavailable due to low volume of applications2

 

Business Innovation and Investment Visa – Provisional (188)

For people who intend to establish a new business in Australia, or manage an existing business or invest in Australia. There are 5 streams in this visa.

 

Business Innovation and Investment Visa – Permanent (888)

The second stage of the Provisional (188) Business Visa Australia. It allows you to continue business and investment activity. You can apply for it after you have fulfilled the requirements of your provisional visa (188)

 

Business Talent Visa – Permanent (132) 

The Business visa (132) is a permanent residence visa for business people who are nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency.

 

Duration of stay on a business visa

The validity of your Australian business visa depends on the type of visa you apply for and an array of personal circumstances.

 

If you’re only planning to attend an event or conference without actively conducting business while on Australian territory, a Visitor’s Visa has a validity of up to12 months and allows you to stay in the country for periods of up to 3 months

 

A provisional Business Innovation and Investment visa gives you the possibility to stay for up to 4 years and 3 months, after which, you can apply for a permanent visa if you meet eligibility criteria

 

Applying

Foreign nationals could apply for their visas directly on the website of the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs directly, or consult with an Australian embassy or consulate.

 

Regardless of what path you take, you should follow the steps below to ensure quicker processing of your application.

 

1. Figure out what type of visa you need

2. Gather all necessary documents in advance, including any health certificates the embassy may require. On the page for your specific visa, you can find more information about which documents you need to provide

3. If you apply online, create an ImmiAccount

4. Apply online or on paper; in the latter case, you may have to book an appointment with the Australian embassy in whichever country you’re in

5. Pay for your visa fees. Your application process will start after you’ve paid

6. Wait for your application to be processed. You’ll receive the decision regarding your application in writing

 

Processing time

For a Visitor Visa (subclass 600) under the Business visitor stream, the processing time is around 12-20 days. There's no standard processing time for the other business visas

 

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