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State Sponsored Business Owner visa (subclass 892)

The State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner visa (subclass 892) is a permanent residence visa. In order to lodge a valid visa application to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection you must receive state sponsorship support.

Check eligibility

What is an eligible business?

An eligible business can be almost any commercial endeavour. However, some activities may be excluded, unless otherwise agreed in writing. Exclusions include export of scrap materials, small scale property development, export of commodities and passive investment.

Check eligibility

The State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner visa (subclass 892) is part of the Business Skills Entry program.

To find out if you are eligible, read the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) visa criteria for the State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner visa (subclass 892)

To be eligible for visa sponsorship by the state of Victoria, you will need to:

  • meet the DIBP eligibility requirements for this visa; and
  • have owned and operated a viable and sustainable ‘eligible’ business in Victoria for no less than two years; and
  • have a genuine commitment to remain in Victoria and to continue to engage in commercial activity.

You should also read the state sponsorship conditions and assessment criteria on this page.

Next steps

Once you are confident you can meet the relevant requirements, you can apply for Victorian visa sponsorship.

Apply for visa sponsorship

Apply for Victorian visa sponsorship

Follow the steps below to apply for Victorian state sponsorship of your visa application.

1. Prepare your documentation by completing the following:

  • Appointment of an Agent/Representative form

  • Sponsorship Conditions form

  • State Sponsorship Statement form

All of the above are available from the Supporting Documentation and Forms page.

  • Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss Statement for the past 24 months

  • Three photos of the business (external and internal), products or service.

2. Register as a user of the Live in Victoria website.

3. Apply for visa sponsorship online, uploading the documents and photos when requested.

Where to get technical help

If you experience technical difficulties with your online application, please email:

Victorian visa sponsorship processing

Processing times can vary. Applicants can expect an outcome within four weeks from the time your complete application is lodged for state sponsorship.

Additional information

If further clarification is required regarding your application, additional information may be requested.

Sponsorship outcome

You and your agent will be notified of the outcome of your visa sponsorship application by email.

Visa sponsorship conditions

Victorian visa sponsorship conditions

Sponsorship support by the Victorian Government is conditional and subject to formal acceptance and acknowledgement by the applicant of the following: 

  • The applicant has read (or has had read to them) the contents of their application and confirms that the information contained therein is true and correct.
  • The applicant confirms that they meet all of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) visa eligibility criteria.
  • The Victorian Government may share information relating to the application and the applicant’s business/investment activities in Victoria with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
  • The Victorian Government reserves the right to make direct contact with the applicant in relation to this application or related matters. This may include contact from the Commissioner of a Victorian Government Business Office (VGBO) to discuss potential assistance in relation to business/investment activity in Victoria.
  • The Victorian Government has no legal authority to deal with visa matters and will not advocate to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) or the Migration Review Tribunal on behalf of the applicant.
  • The applicant will notify the Victorian Government of any changes in their contact details and agrees to participate in any surveys that the Victorian Government may initiate.
  • The Victorian Government does not endorse any investment made, or any business activity undertaken, by the applicant nor does it accept liability for any financial loss, cost or expense incurred as a result of any business decision, business activities or investments made by any person in any way connected with this application, or otherwise.
  • The applicant must genuinely intend to continue to be engaged in business or investment activity in the State of Victoria for the foreseeable future.

Without express written consent from the Victorian Government, failure to comply with the above conditions may result in the withdrawal of Victorian Government support for the applicant’s visa.

Assessment criteria

Assessment criteria

When you apply for Victorian visa sponsorship, your application is assessed against a number of criteria. We apply the criteria below across all applications.

Sponsorship eligibility conditions

Applicants are required to meet the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) requirements.

Applicants holding a provisional visa sponsored by the state of Victoria must demonstrate that they have met the sponsorship eligibility conditions they agreed to at the time of accepting provisional sponsorship.

Living in Victoria

The applicant must have resided in Victoria to have successfully managed their business. Time absent from Victoria generally should be no more than six weeks a year, if more than six weeks, the applicant must submit the business reasons for their absence.

Operational responsibility

The applicant must be able to show that they have been responsible for the day to day operation of their business and the overall strategic direction of the business.

Current data

At the time of lodgement for state sponsorship, the data provided in the application must be no more than three months old and be consistent with Business Activity Statements, financial reports, tax lodgements and any data held by an Australian government department, e.g. Australian Taxation Office and DIBP.

Payment of employees

The applicant is required to comply with the National Minimum Wage standards in regards to 'eligible' employees. For guidance regarding full time and part time employees, holiday pay rate, work cover, superannuation; please consult with your registered accountant.

The Fair Work Commission website provides information about minimum wages for the current period.


Contact Details for Investor and Business Migration

For further information or assistance with your application for Victorian visa sponsorship please contact:

Telephone: +61 3 9651 9756


These policies and procedures may be varied without notice. Please visit the website regularly to check for updates.