Australia investor visa 188a

Australia's Most popular Investor Visa

Spreading your investment across shares in an existing, compliant business and a secure banking investment is an excellent way to secure your pathway to Permanent Residency.

Our team assists our clients in sourcing compliant businesses and arranging compliant banking investments, providing secure pathways to permanent residency across Australia.

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

188a Investment Oportuinty

Unlike the $2.5m or $5m CIF emigration by Investment schemes. Our $1. 5m option enables investors to purchase shares in a compliant business and securely invest $1m for a fixed return of 7% per annum.

The scheme is designed to limit risk exposure while providing the ability to forecast the total cost of emigration, making this an attractive option for many investors.

The Benefits

Designed to attract experienced business people to invest in compliant businesses across Australia. Thereby offering the local economy access to direct foreign investment.

  • $1.5m investment
  • Work, live, study and retire
  • An excellent standard of living
  • World-class education and healthcare
  • Includes your spouse and children
  • Apply for Permanent Residency after 3-years
  • Visa approval within a few months
  • Continued support post-arrival
  • No tax on worldwide income

The visa offers a pathway to permanent residency for the investor, their spouse and dependent children.  After five years, your family may be eligible for Australian Citizenship.

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:

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

188a visa criteria

Successful candidates must meet 65 points in the Australian Investment, Innovation and Investment points table.

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Here is a breakdown of the formulaic criteria published by the Australian emigration authorities. An investor is expected to secure 65 points. Unless exceptional circumstances can be argued successfully.

Please note: The federal government affords each state the right to amend its points requirement based on local economic conditions and demand for inward investment.


1) Previous Business Experience

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 required to own a business in Australia for emigration purposes. 

Business Turnover


AUD 750,000+


AUD 1.25m+


AUD 1.75m+


AUD 2.5m+


2) 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


3) 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+


4) Age

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


5) 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






6) Educational qualifications

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



Trade certificate, diploma or bachelor degree


A bachelor degree in business, science or technology


7) Business Ownership Experience

Additional points are awarded for experience as a business owner.  



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


Over 7 years (Within the last 8-years)


8) 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.


Frequently Asked Questions

Even if your dependents do not speak English, they are not required to complete an English language test to be eligible to to join you on a 188a visa.

Yes, Australia Financial Services Regulators maintain strict oversight on all companies offering investment and financial services. For emigration purposes, The Department of Home Affairs will only accept Compliant Investments held by regulated fund managers.

The 188 visas enable an individual to travel. However, to secure a 888 Permanent Residency visa at the end of the 188 visa, a person is required to spend at least one out of the last 3-years in Australia.

The 188 Investor points table does require a potential investor to secure 65-points or more, depending on the state. That said, how points are awarded may vary and each state can make an exception to how they allocate points.

Your options are limited to being a Significant Investor of A$5m or a person with significant global talent. Australia calculated that older migrants are at a greater risk of becoming a burden on the public purse, with limited tax contributions.

State Nomination is also referred to as an invitation to emigrate. Under the 188 visa stream, each state government has its own timeframe to assess cases. However, it is never more than a few weeks to discover if your case has been successful or not.

Once you have State Nomination, we can proceed to apply for your 188 visa.

A 188 visa starts the moment you enter Australia after you have received your 188 visa approval. You can delay your arrival for up to one year before you must activate your 188 visa. You risk losing it if you do not activate it within the year.

The Investors points table explained

Tailored Solutions

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