Queensland Investor visa options

The Ultimate Investor Visa Guide for Queensland

There are four key BIIP visa streams that Queensland wants to focus on. We shall provide Queensland’s qualifying criteria for each stream. These requirements are in addition to the Australian Department of Home Affairs requirements.

To be considered for nomination for a Business Innovation and Investment visa, you must also meet the Home Affairs Immigration Eligibility Criteria.

You must also meet Queensland’s criteria below, which are different for each visa stream:

1) Business Innovation stream

Must invest in one or two qualifying business(es) in Queensland after being granted a visa:  

  • business investment of at least A$400,000 if the proposed business will be established in the Greater Brisbane and Gold Coast regions; OR
  • business investment of at least A$300,000 if the proposed business will be established in regional Queensland.

Additional Requirements

    • Export businesses must develop international markets for Queensland products.
    • A general importing business will not be accepted unless the imported products are highly innovative, technologically advanced, or unavailable in Queensland. You should also provide value-adding services to the imported products such as customised design, product assembly installation, testing, repair, maintenance, etc.
    • Property Development business will not be accepted.

2) Investor stream (A$2.5m)

  • Must demonstrate a genuine commitment to Queensland.
  • Must have net business and personal assets of at least A$3 million ready to be transferred to Queensland, Australia (including A$2.5 million for Complying Investment and A$500,000 for Settlement in Queensland).

Complying Investment Framework (CIF)

  • 20% in Venture Capital & Growth Private Equity funds (VCPE) invest in start-ups and small private companies.
  • 30% of approved managed funds must invest in emerging companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.
  • 50% in balancing investments of managed funds.
  • After holding this provisional visa for 3-years, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residency (subclass 888 visa).
  • The 188 – Investor stream cannot be extended.

3) Significant Investor stream (A$5m)

To seek a Queensland state nomination as a significant investor, you must:

  • demonstrate a genuine commitment to Queensland.
  • have net assets of at least A$5 million, which will be invested in Complying Investment in accordance with Complying Investment Framework (CIF)

Complying Investment Framework (CIF)

  • 20% in Venture Capital & Growth Private Equity funds (VCPE) that invest in start-up and small private Companies
  • 30% of approved managed funds must invest in emerging companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.
  • 50% in balancing investments of managed funds.
  • After holding this provisional visa for 3-years, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residency (subclass 888 visa).
  • The 188 – Significant Investor stream can be extended twice if required.

4) Entrepreneurs

To be considered for Queensland state nomination, you must meet the Migration Queensland criteria, which will only be available in the coming months.

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