If you want to undertake business activities in Australia you may be eligible for the visitor visa under the new Business Visitor Stream.  This visa enables you to stay for up to three months to undertake activities including:

  • Attending meetings, conferences and negotiations

  • Investigating personal investment or job opportunities

  • Representing a foreign government on official business

  • Representing an overseas entity in negotiations and investigations of business opportunities in Australia.

You cannot work for or provide services to a business or organisation in Australia or sell goods or services to the public under this visa category. There are various visa categories under this arrangement – the right pathway for you depends on your country of origin and exactly what you want to do in Australia. Alternatively, you may need to stay in Australia to work for up to six weeks. The Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa will allow you to come to Australia temporarily for work     purposes – in some cases for up to three months.  You will also be able to bring your family with you to Australia if you include them in your visa application.

This visa specifically relates to short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work at the invitation of an Australian organisation.  You must be outside of Australia when you apply and when the visa granted.

Business Talent Visas

This is a permanent direct entry visa reserved for high calibre business owners and entrepreneurs that requires sponsorship from a state or territory of Australia.
Applicants may be inside or outside of Australia at the time of visa grant or application and must submit an expression of interest as the first stage of the procedure.  We can assist you with this process.

There are two streams under this visa – Venture Capital Entrepreneur and Significant Business history.

  • Venture Capital stream – you must have sourced $1 million in venture capital funding from a member of the Australian Venture Capital Association Limited (AVCAL) to fund a start-up or product commercialism of a high value business idea in Australia.

  • Significant Business stream – applicants must enter into a business in Australia, be less than 55 years of age; have net business and personal assets of $1.5 million (of which $400,000 must be of net business assets) and have a business turnover in excess of $3 million.

Call us today for more information on Business Talent Visas.

These visas offer temporary and permanent pathways for applicants who have been sponsored by an Australian state or territory.  There is no English requirement for this temporary four year visa which carries the possibility of progressing to a permanent arrangement.  There is a points tested pass mark of 65, you must submit an expression of interest and be less than 55 years of age.  It may be possible to have the age requirement waived in some cases.

There are two streams – Business Innovation and Investor.

  • The Business Innovation stream requires a number of key criteria to be met, including a genuine and realistic commitment to be involved as an owner of a new or existing business in Australia, along with an existing successful business career.

  • The Investor stream also requires various criteria which includes at least three years experience of direct involvement in eligible investment, net assets of at least AUD$400,000 and annual total turnover of AUD$3 million in at least two of four fiscal years.

To meet stage two or the permanent stage of these business and investment streams, applicants must demonstrate that they have complied with Australian taxation, workplace and relevant business laws.  There are certain criteria to meet in regards to business and investment contributions. If you are the holder of a SC444 visa, you may be able to move directly to the permanent visa.
For more information on these visas please contact us directly for a detailed explanation and an analysis of your situation.

These visas offer temporary and permanent pathways for applicants who have been sponsored by an Australian state or territory.  There is no English requirement for this temporary four year visa which carries the possibility of progressing to a permanent arrangement.  There is a points tested pass mark of 65, you must submit an expression of interest and be less than 55 years of age.  It may be possible to have the age requirement waived in some cases.

There are two streams – Business Innovation and Investor.

  • The Business Innovation stream requires a number of key criteria to be met, including a genuine and realistic commitment to be involved as an owner of a new or existing business in Australia, along with an existing successful business career.

  • The Investor stream also requires various criteria which includes at least three years experience of direct involvement in eligible investment, net assets of at least AUD$400,000 and annual total turnover of AUD$3 million in at least two of four fiscal years.

To meet stage two or the permanent stage of these business and investment streams, applicants must demonstrate that they have complied with Australian taxation, workplace and relevant business laws.  There are certain criteria to meet in regards to business and investment contributions. If you are the holder of a SC444 visa, you may be able to move directly to the permanent visa.
For more information on these visas please contact us directly for a detailed explanation and an analysis of your situation.

If you hold an Australian passport and you are an employee of a business that is listed on the current Forbes Global 2000 business list, a recipient of an Export Market Development Grant from Austrade in the past five years, or certified by an approved body, you may be eligible for the APEC Travel Card.

If you are a business person who travels frequently in the Asia Pacific region, you may be eligible for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card – part of APEC’s goal of free and open trade within the Asia-Pacific region.

This scheme enables you to gain streamlined entry into a number of countries in the region.

Please note: Russian Federation, Canada and the United States of America are currently transitional members of the scheme. Transitional members do not offer reciprocal arrangements for entry to their economy, yet provide fast track immigration processing lanes.

In Australia, APEC lanes are signposted and located at the far left of immigration concourses. They are available in both the arrival and departure halls of Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns, Darwin, Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth international airports.

90 days is the typical length of stay under the APEC Business Travel Card.

If you are interested in this exceptional program please contact us for a full assessment of your eligibility.