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.
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:
You should also read the state sponsorship conditions and assessment criteria on this page.
Once you are confident you can meet the relevant requirements, you can 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.
If you experience technical difficulties with your online application, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Processing times can vary. Applicants can expect an outcome within four weeks from the time your complete application is lodged for state sponsorship.
If further clarification is required regarding your application, additional information may be requested.
You and your agent will be notified of the outcome of your visa sponsorship application by email.
Sponsorship support by the Victorian Government is conditional and subject to formal acceptance and acknowledgement by the applicant 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 support for the applicant’s visa.
When you apply for Victorian visa sponsorship, your application is assessed against a number of criteria. We apply the criteria below across all applications.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For further information or assistance with your application for Victorian visa sponsorship please contact:
Telephone: +61 3 9651 9756