Australia investor visa 188a
Australia investor visa 188a

Emigrate to Australia from $1.5m

Spreading your investment across shares in an existing, compliant business and low-risk investments is an excellent way to secure your pathway to Permanent Residency.

Our team assist our clients source compliant businesses and low-risk 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.

Investment Opportunity

Unlike the $2.5m or $5m CIF emigration by Investment schemes. Our $1.5m option enables an investor to purchase shares in a compliant business and invest at least $1m for a fixed return of 7% per annum.

This limited exposure to risk and the ability to forecast the total cost of emigration make this an attractive option for many emigrating by investment.

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.

188a visa criteria

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

Complete our free assessment to receive your free guide and explore all your emigration options further.

The Investors points table explained

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.


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
  • 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

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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.

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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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