Business innovation Australia 188 visa
Business innovation Australia 188 visa

Compliant shares from $675K

buying shares in an existing business is an excellent way to secure your pathway to Permanent Residency.

Our team source shares in existing (emigration compliant businesses) businesses looking to expand. Shares ownership in these businesses provide secure pathways to permanent residency across Australia.

For 20 years we have been preparing, presenting and winning cases, by tailoring our emigration solutions to match our client’s requirements.

The Benefits buying a business

Designed to attract experienced business owners to invest in compliant businesses within Australia. Thereby stimulating the local economy.

  • Ability to own a complaint business
  • $675k capital requirement for an investor visa
  • Work, live, study and retire
  • A high standard of living
  • World-class education and healthcare
  • Ability to bring eligible dependents
  • Permanent Residency after 3-years
  • Visa approval within a few months  

The Business Innovator 188a visa offers a direct pathway to permanent residence after four years for the investor, their spouse and dependent children.  After five years they all become eligible for Australian Citizenship.

188a visa criteria

Successful candidates are required to meet 65 points in the Australian Investment, Innovation and Investment points table.

As with all business matters, how the information is presented makes the difference. That said for simplicity, we have included a comprehensive breakdown of the formulaic criteria published by the Australian emigration authorities. 
Executive summary


  • Age – below 55 years (exemptions may apply)
  • Business experience
  • Accademic qualifications
  • English language competency
  • The net worth of the individual and their spouse

The company Invested in:

  • Benefits the local economy
  • Does not pose a risk to the Australian Tax Office
  • Will be maintained for four years
  • Proven trading track record
  • Employs or will employ resident Australians
  • Endorsed by the local business and financial community
  • Was not established for emigration purposes

In all business investment emigration cases, the business must be maintained for a period of 4-years. We assist in securing viable, compliant shareholding in companies endorsed by the market. To ensure a successful emigration case.

To find out more complete our free assessment to discover your options.

188a Visa points table explained

Previous business turnover

The minimum requirement:

  • Shareholdings in a business with a turnover of at least AUD 750,000 for at least two of the last four fiscal years.

Previous experience as a business owner or within the senior management team of a Plc. is a requirement to owning a business in Australia for emigration purposes. 

Business Turnover


AUD 750,000+


AUD 1.25m+


AUD 1.75m+


AUD 2.5m+


Business Innovation qualifications or experience

Those deemed to have experience in more sophisticated business arrangements may be eligible for further points.  

Business Qualifactions


Registered Trademark used in the business for over 1 year


Owned and managed a formal joint venture for over 1 year


Patent or registered design used in the business for over 1 year


Owned a business within the past 5-years that:

  • Achieved an increase in turnover above 20% for three consecutive years; and
  • In at least one of those years employed at least ten full-time staff or the equivalent in Part-time staff


Ownership in a business that:

  • Received a Government grant of at least AUD 10,000 for early phase start-up, product commercialisation, business development or expansion


  • Venture Capital funding of at least AUD 100,000 for early phase start-up, product commercialisation, business development or expansion. (Within the last 4-years)


Ownership interest in a company that secured +50% of turnover from exports


Net personal and business assets

They may include your assets, your partner or combined in each of the preceding two fiscal years immediately before the time of invitation.

Assets Net Value


AUD 1.25m+


AUD 1.75m+


AUD 2.25m+


AUD 2.75m+



Under 55 years of age, unless the nominating state or territory certifies that you will make an exceptional economic benefit. We have discovered with a persuasive argument there is flexibility around the cut off age.

Age in Years


18 - 24


25 - 32


33 - 39


40 - 44


44 - 54


55 and over


English Language

Those holding an Irish, British, New Zealand, Canadian or USA passport automatically secure the points for vocational English. For additional points, you may sit an exam to demonstrate you are proficient in English. 

Standard of English






Educational qualifications

A person may use a trade certificate or academic qualifications to secure points for education. 

Business Ownership Experience

Additional points are awarded for experience as a business owner.  



Trade certificate, diploma or bachelor degree


A bachelor degree in business, science or technology




From 4 to 7 years (Within the last 5-years)


Over 7 years (Within the last 8-years)


Special Endorsements

Where a business aligns with a state social or economic plans the State may elect to offer a special endorsement. This endorsement provides additional points.



The proposed business is of unique and important benefit to the State or Territory where the business is located.


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Providing 4-year temporary residency with conditions.
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Investors for Australia are required to secure a minimum of 65 points to become eligible to emigrate. View the points table in full

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Complete our assessment form to receive our free guide and trusted advice from experts. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding starting a business and emigrating to Australia.

Managed Solutions

We provide a complete tailored emigration by investment solution. Our qualified experts assist with both your emigration case and sourcing the compliant businesses most suited to our client’s emigration requirements.


The present document is intended for guidance and general information only and does not constitute or purport to provide you with legal advice. Such information is subject to changes without notice. Each case is unique and depends on the facts and circumstances of the individual and due consideration should be taken if applying the general information to your personal situation. For an evaluation of your personal circumstances, one of our team would be happy to assist.

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