The rates of surcharges when paying the Department of Immigration’s Visa Application Charges have been reduced.
With immediate effect the rates are:
- Visa and MasterCard – 0.98% (was 1.08%)
- American Express and JCB – 1.4% (1.99%)
- Diners Club International – 1.99% (2.91%)
Business and Skilled Migration Queensland has announced new criteria for the Business, Innovation and Investment Program.
These changes are coming into into effect from Monday the 25th of July, 2016, and must be met to secure sponsorship of a visa application by the Qld Government.
Under visa subclasses 132 and 188 sponsorship from a State or Territory Government is required to progress a visa application for migration to Australia.
The headline changes include:
Subclass 132, Business Talent
Net business and personal assets of A$1.5 million, to be transferred to Queensland within 2 years after the visa is granted including:
- Minimum A$1million investment in a business, and
- Minimum A$$500,000 settlement costs
The applicant must reside in Queensland.
Subclass 188, Business Innovation and Investment
Business Innovation Stream (for business owners)
- Net Business and Personal Assets of A$800,000, to be transferred to Queensland within 2 years after visa is granted including minimum A$200,000 investment in a business.
- Visa holder must reside in Queensland
Investor stream (for successful investors)
- Existing criteria remains the same
- Visa holder must reside in Queensland
Significant Investor Stream (SIV)
- The current Austrade Complying Investment Framework applies
- Visa holder has a commitment to Queensland
Please complete the enquiry form on this page if you are a business owner or investor who would like to migrate to Australia – we will be delighted to have a free initial conversation with you.
The press in Australia has today picked up on the marked reduction in the number of business skills visa applications following the changes to business migration that were introduced in 2012.
From today’s The Australian newspaper:
“The Immigration Department has cast doubt on the viability of Labor’s overhauled business migration program, as legal experts branded the two-year-old scheme a “dismal failure” that prompted an “enormous decline” in new visas.
A joint parliamentary inquiry into the Business Innovation and Investment Program has heard the program, introduced in 2012 to raise the quality of business migrants, is plagued by slow processing, unpredictable outcomes and selection criteria that deter good candidates in a search for ideal, younger migrants.
Only 652 visas were granted over the first 21 months of the BIIP scheme, which awards applicants points depending on characteristics such as age, English level and wealth. That compares with 6790 in the final year of the system it replaced, the Business Skills Program. The department, in its submission to the inquiry, indicated the plunge in applicants “will make it increasingly difficult to maintain the number of business migrants as a proportion of the overall permanent migration program”.
“While there are sufficient applications under the previous business skills program to guarantee the 2013-14 program, the application rate may put the delivery of the 2014-15 program in question,” the submission read.”
Submissions to the inquiry are available here.
We anticipate improvements to be made to Australia’s business skills program as a result of this inquiry, as migration to Australia by business owners, investors, and entrepreneurs is clearly a desirable objective – watch this space for new information as it becomes known.
The list of eligible managed fund investments has been expanded with effect from the 23rd of November, 2013, and now includes:
> Bonds, equity, hybrids or other corporate debt in companies and trusts listed or expected to be listed within 12 months on an Australian Stock Exchange
> Annuities issued by an Australian registered life company in accordance with section 9 or 12A of the Life Insurance Act 1995
> Derivatives used for portfolio management and non-speculative purposes which constitute no more than 20 per cent of the total value of the managed fund
> Loans secured by mortgages over some of the investments listed in the legislative instrument introducing these changes.
The legislative instrument introducing the change is here.
Further commentary regarding the Significant Investor Stream as a visa pathway for moving to Australia is here.