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Subclass 188A

The Business Innovation Stream (Subclass 188A) is a provisional visa. This visa is designed to support successful business owners or investors aiming to establish or develop a new or existing business in Australia. Due to the strict requirements of this visa, applicants must be nominated by an Australian State or Territory government agency.

eligibility requirements

In order to be eligible for the Business Innovation Stream (Subclass 188A) visa, you must:

  • be under the age of 55
  • score at 65 points on the points test
  • have a proven successful business and/or investment career
  • hold total net business and personal assets of at least $800,000 AUD
  • have held an ownership stake in 1 or 2 businesses with an annual turnover of at least $500,000 AUD for 2 out of 4 of the most recent financial years
  1. If the company’s annual turnover is above $400,000 AUD, you must own shares to the value of 30%.
  2. If the company’s annual turnover is under $400,000 AUD, you must own shares to the value of 51%.
  3. If the company is listed, you must own shares to the value of at least 10%.

Application Process

In order to apply for the Business Innovation Stream (Subclass 188A) visa, you will need to provide supporting documents relating to:

  • your age and personal details
  • your English language proficiency
  • educational qualifications
  • financial assets
  • business experience and turnover
  • relevant business innovation stream qualifications
  • an endorsement from your nominating state or territory government agency.

You may also be required to submit additional supporting documents for assessment by the Department of Home Affairs.


Visa benefits


you will be able to stay in Australia for up to 4 years and 3 months.


you can live and work in Australia throughout the visa period.


you get the right to bring eligible family members with you to Australia.


you can apply for a permanent visa stream if relevant requirements are met.

Frequently asked questions

Can Solve Migration help with Subclass 188A applications?
Yes! The professional attorneys at Solve Migration are able to help with all aspects of the Subclass 188A application process, from beginning to end.
Can I submit an application for Subclass 188A myself?
You can self-submit an application for the Subclass 188A visa, but you’ll need to have a strong understanding of migration law and complex regulations. This can be confusing and time-consuming, and a single mistake could cost thousands of dollars. If you plan to self-submit your application for Subclass 188A, we recommend getting a professional document check to ensure your documents align with application requirements. Alternatively, if you’d prefer an expert migration agent to submit your application for you, we’d be happy to help.
What is the cost to apply for this visa?
For this visa, the standard cost for a primary applicant is $6,270 AUD. You may also be required to pay other costs associated with health checks, police clearances, biometrics, and other selection criteria. You’ll only be charged if the Department of Home Affairs grants the visa. Please reach out to us if you need help estimating the complete visa cost for you and your family. Please note that you will need to enter Australia before the last date specified on your Visa Grant Letter.
How long will processing take?
The typical processing times for the Subclass 188A visa are currently:
  • 25% of applications: 13 months
  • 50% of applications: 16 months
  • 75% of applications: 25 months
  • 90% of applications: 28 months

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