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We welcome business migrants and entrepreneurs who want to set up a business or invest in New South Wales.

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Applications for subclass 188 visa nomination close 5pm (AEST) Monday 31 May 2021

NSW will close to new applications for all streams of the 188 visas from 5pm Monday 31 May 2021.

This is to ensure all applications for NSW nomination submitted before this time can be processed prior to the changes being implemented by the Department of Home Affairs on 1 July 2021.

We strongly encourage you to submit a complete application to ensure it can be finalised by 30 June 2021.

Provisional visas

Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188A) – Business Innovation stream

This provisional visa is for those with business skills who want to establish, develop and manage a new or existing business in NSW. 

Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188B) – Investor stream

This provisional visa requires you to invest at least A$1.5 million in NSW Waratah bonds.

Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188C) – Significant Investor stream

This provisional visa is for people who invest at least A$5 million in Australian investments that meet certain requirements and maintain investment activity in Australia.

Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188E) – Entrepreneur stream

A provisional visa for undertaking complying entrepreneur activities in NSW on an ongoing basis.

Permanent and retirement visas

Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132) – Significant Business History stream

A visa is for experienced business owners under the age of 55 with a successful business career to operate a new or existing business in NSW.

Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888A) – Business Innovation stream

This visa allows you to continue to own and manage a business in NSW if it has been actively operating throughout the last two years.

Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888B) – Investor stream

A permanent visa that lets you continue investment and business activity in NSW if you have maintained your designated investment in NSW Waratah Bonds throughout the provisional visa period. 

Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888C) – Significant Investor stream

This visa lets you continue your investment activities in Australia permanently.

Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa (subclass 888E) – Entrepreneur stream

A permanent visa that you continue your successful entrepreneurial activity in NSW if you reside in NSW.

Business Owner (Permanent) visa (subclass 892)

A visa that allows people who own and manage a business in Australia to stay in Australia indefinitely. The primary applicant must have a qualifying visa granted on a particular basis.

Investor (Permanent) visa (subclass 893)

A permanent resident visa for holders of a sponsored investor (provisional) visa (subclass 165) who have held a designated investment of $750,000 AUD for 4 years.

Investor Retirement visa (subclass 405) – Rollover

A temporary visa for self-funded retirees who have no dependents and want to live in Australia during their retirement years.

Common questions

What you need to know about the process

Find out about the nomination process, submitting an application, and the investment requirements for an 888A visa.

Update your details

Complete this form if your details have changed

If your details have changed since NSW nominated you for a business or investment visa, complete this form.

A new way to apply

You can now apply for NSW nomination online.

NSW nomination requirements and instructions on how to apply are available on each visa subclass website. Please read this information carefully before applying.

Read our guide to supporting documents website for information about what documents you are required to submit with your application. 

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