Significant Investor Visas – Your pathway to Australian permanent residence

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The Significant Investor Visa offers a great opportunity for wealthy people wishing to migrate to Australia, who may not have an occupation on the Skilled Occupations List or who do not meet other common skilled or business visa criteria including Age and English requirements.

The Significant Investor Visa is not for everyone, however. This visa is only for people who have substantial business or investment background and have a minimum of AU$5M to invest in a ‘complying’ investment in Australia, and who are looking to start their new life in Australia. In very basic terms, you have to be quite wealthy to meet the requirements for this visa.

Significant Investor Visas - Your pathway to Australian permanent residence

The pathway to Australian permanent residence is a two-step process from provisional visa to permanent visa. This visa may be very attractive to people who normally have difficulty meeting one or more of the common visa criteria as it provides an alternative set of requirements.

Do you have Limited English?

The Significant Investor Visa can be of benefit to people with limited English as there are No Minimum English language requirements.

Are you Over 50?

Unlike other permanent skilled visa pathways, you can be over 50 when you apply and still be able to obtain permanent residency. The primary applicant must be over 18.

Are Overseas Commitments keeping you busy?

The Significant Investor Visa has Minimal Residence Requirements. You are only required to be physically present in Australia for 40 days per year! If necessary, this requirement can be met cumulatively over the period of the provisional visa.

Permanent Residence in 4 years!

You may be eligible to apply for Permanent Residence after holding a complying investment for a minimum of 4 years.

What is a Complying Investment?

A complying investment may be based on one or more investments and can be made by a managed fund. Whilst you cannot invest in property directly, you may be able to through a managed fund.

Currently, these include the following investments in managed fund investments:

  • Infrastructure projects in Australia;
  • Cash held by Australian deposit-taking institutions;
  • Bonds issued by the Commonwealth government or a state/territory government;
  • Bonds, equity, hybrids or other corporate debt in companies and trusts listed on any Australian Stock Exchange;
  • Bonds or term deposits issued by Australian financial institutions;
  • Real estate in Australia;
  • Australian agribusiness; and
  • ASIC-regulated managed funds that invest in the above list of investments or the following asset classes:
    • cash-like instruments;
    • securities that are expected to be listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) within 12 months;
    • annuities issued by Australian life insurance companies;
    • derivatives used for portfolio management purposes;
    • mortgages; and
    • interests in unregulated managed funds.

To learn more about this program, eligibility criteria and Australian investments that can be considered a ‘complying’ investment, you could start the process by having a Skype consultation:

Nicole Kirkwood
Migration Advisor
MARN 0962323

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John Bell

Migration Advisor at National Visas
John Bell has been involved in the immigration industry since 2000 and has practiced in Australia as an Australian Registered Migration Agent since 2003. John also worked in the UK as a UK immigration adviser between 2000 and 2002.

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