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Subclass 188 investor visa pathway to a subclass 888 permanent resident visa

The investor visa, in our view, is the most stable Australian visa pathway on offer if you have the background and funds for it.  Known as investor golden visas around world, there is strong interest from Asia.

Australian investor visas offer better security within an investment environment of transparent laws regulated by Australian authorities. These are the subclass 188 visa Investor Stream, Significant Investor Stream and Premium Investor Stream. People often refer to the Australian investor visa as the 188B visa and the significant investor visa as the 188C visa.  In these visa pathways, either you or your spouse may satisfy the Australian residence criteria of the subclass 888 permanent resident visa and ultimately citizenship, allowing you flexibility to take care of business overseas.

Investor Visas

  • have a history of investment activity or business
  • have legally acquired funds
  • invest AUD$1.5M for 4 years with a State or Territory government
  • visa is for 4 years and 3 months
  • reside in the State or Territory that nominated you for at least 2 of the 4 years while satisfying investment criteria, then apply for a subclass 888 permanent resident visa
  • have unencumbered AUD$5M for complying investment of 4 years
  • legally acquired funds, can be inheritance or gift
  • invest at least AUD$3M in managed funds, AUD$1.5M in approved ASX managed funds and AUD$500,000 in approved venture capital private equity funds
  • visa is for 4 years and 3 months
  • reside in the State or Territory that nominated you for at least 160 days during the 4-year visa while satisfying investment criteria, then apply for a subclass 888 permanent resident visa (if spouse will apply, reside 720 days in the 4 years)
  • have unencumbered AUD$15M for investment or philanthropic contribution (or both)
  • visa is for 4 years and 3 months
  • hold complying premium investments while on this visa for at least 12 months, then apply for a subclass 888 permanent resident visa

Your application for a subclass 888 visa includes your spouse and dependent children who held the subclass 188. To qualify you must have:

  • held the correct subclass 188 for your visa pathway.
  • resided in Australia for the required period.
  • held the complying investments at least 4 years
  •  received nomination

Your next steps:

Assessment and documentation

Apply for nomination

EOI invitation to apply

Invest 'clean' funds

Police certificates/good character

Pass medical examination