The Entrepreneur stream was added as a new stream to the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) on 10 September 2016. This visa is for individuals who have secured funding of at least A$200,000 from a third party funding body to facilitate the start-up of an innovation.
Visa nomination from a state or territory government is required before you can lodge a valid application for this visa with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Visit the Visa nomination page for more information about Victorian visa nomination.
To be eligible for visa nomination by the state of Victoria, you will need to meet:
Once you are confident you can meet the relevant requirements, you can apply for Victorian visa nomination.
You will need to submit an expression of interest through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s SkillSelect website and then apply for Victorian visa nomination before you can make a formal application for this visa.
Applying for visa nomination from the Victorian Government is a simple process that involves four steps.
Submit an expression of interest to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection through SkillSelect and nominate 'Victoria' as your preferred destination.
Ensure you have the following documents completed:
Apply for Victorian visa nomination, completing the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188) Entrepreneur stream downloadable application form.
Note: An online application form for Entrepreneur visa nomination is in development. This downloadable version is an interim measure. Please return the application form with supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you receive visa nomination from the Victorian Government, an automatic invitation will be sent to you by SkillSelect advising you to lodge a formal visa application with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection within 60 days.
Processing times can vary. Applicants can expect an outcome within twelve weeks from the time the complete application is lodged for visa nomination.
We will contact you if we need more information to assess your application.
We will email you or your migration agent with the outcome of your visa nomination application.
Visa nomination by the State of Victoria acting through the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (the Victorian Government) is conditional and subject to my formal acceptance and acknowledgement of the following:
Without express written consent from the Victorian Government, failure to comply with the above conditions may result in the withdrawal of Victorian Government nomination for the applicant’s visa.
When you apply for Victorian visa nomination, your application is assessed against a number of criteria. We apply the criteria below across all applications.
Applicants must meet the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) requirements for this visa subclass.
Applicants must be under 55 years of age.
The applicant must have a funding agreement in place with an authorised third party funding body for a total of at least A$200,000. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection specifies who these third party funding bodies can be.
The entrepreneurial activity must relate to an innovative idea that is proposed to lead to the commercialisation of a new or improved product or service or the development of a new enterprise of business.
This visa is not for individuals seeking to establish a regular business.
What is innovation?
Innovation is a new idea, product or process that creates better solutions for businesses, consumers, the economy and society. Innovation creates jobs, improves efficiencies and addresses barriers to growth. Innovation is not just about creating a new product, but also about improving ways of doing things.
For example, Sanjib has been working on a new, inexpensive technology to easily purify large quantities of water through a hand held device. He has received funding from the Commonwealth Government to commercialise the product and will set his business up in Victoria.
A detailed business plan or “pitch” document is required for the visa nomination application. Applicants should also provide information on the potential benefit to Victoria of the innovation in their business plan or as an attachment to the application.
Applicants can re-use their business plan or “pitch” document that was submitted to obtain third party funding for the innovation idea.
Applicants must show how their proposed entrepreneurial activity will benefit Victoria. This is evaluated on a case by case basis. Factors taken into account include, but are not limited to:
Victoria encourages innovation and entrepreneurship. All factors particular to a case will be taken into consideration in our assessment.
Applicants must also demonstrate that either:
The applicant and their dependents must have sufficient funds to settle in Victoria. Applicants are required to declare that they have sufficient funds for settlement in their Victorian visa nomination application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to research and determine the cost of living in Victoria to ensure their own financial resources are adequate for settlement. See further information on the cost of living in Victoria.
Applicants must have a genuine and realistic commitment to live in Victoria permanently and continue to contribute to Victoria through entrepreneurial activity. We will assess the applicant's settlement intentions as part of the nomination application.
For further information or assistance with your application for Victorian visa nomination please contact:
Telephone: +61 3 9651 9756