Australian Business Innovation Stream Visa(Subclass 188)

Australian Business Innovation Stream

The Australian Business Innovation Stream is a temporary business skills visa that allows successful business people to own a new or existing business in Australia.

The Australian Business Innovation Stream visa is valid for four (4) years and visa holders may be eligible to apply for permanent residence after meeting the obligations of their provisional visa for at least two (2) years.

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Australian Business Innovation Stream Visa Basic Requirements

The Australian Business Innovation Stream is a temporary visa for successful business owners who are under the age of 55. Applicants are required to demonstrate a successful business career with significant turnover and a commitment to owning a business in Australia. Applicants are also required to submit a detailed business proposal with their visa application and demonstrate that they have sufficient assets to settle in Australia.

All applicants are required to lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) and score at least 65 on the innovation points test.

An Expression of Interest (EOI) is to be submitted through an online system called "SkillSelect." Once an EOI is submitted, these details can be viewed by Australian employers, state and territory governments and by the Australian Government who have the ability to extend an invitation to lodge a visa application.

There is no guarantee that submitting an EOI will result in an invitation to apply for a visa. If an invitation is received, there will be a prescribed timeframe for applicants to formally lodge the visa application with the Department of Home Affairs.

Australian Business Innovation Stream Visa Entitlements

The Australian Business Innovation Stream is a temporary visa valid for up to four (4) years and permits the holder to own (or partially own) an Australian business. Immediate family members (such as partners/spouses and dependent children) included in the application are also entitled to live, work and study in Australia.

Upon satisfying certain requirements, successful applicants may apply for permanent residence under the Business Innovation and Investment Visa category which may require sponsorship from a participating State or Territory government.

Government Fees and Processing Time

Application Fee AU$4875.00
Partner Application Fee AU$2440.00
Dependents Application fee
  • 18 years or older AU$2400.00
  • Under 18 years AU$1220.00
Second Instalment

If required:

  • Main applicant AU$9795.00;
  • Secondary Applicants AU$4890.00
Processing Time 12 to 36 months
* All fees and processing time are obtained from government source.