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subclass 188e

The Entrepreneur Visa (Subclass 188E) is a 4-year temporary visa. This visa is for entrepreneurs with clear plans and financial backing to bring innovation to 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 Entrepreneur Visa (Subclass 188E), you must:
  • be under the age of 55
  • be invited to apply by an Australian State or Territory government agency
  • show evidence of significant entrepreneurial activity within the Australian economy
  • provide evidence of at least $200,000 AUD funding from one of the following sources:
  1. Commonwealth agencies
  2. State and Territory governments
  3. publicly funded research organisations
  4. venture capital limited partnership investors
  • meet the relevant health and character requirements
  • demonstrate functional English language skills
  • provide proof that you have not engaged in any unacceptable investment activities

Application Process

In order to apply for the Entrepreneur Visa (Subclass 188E), you will need to provide the following:

  • your age and personal details
  • your English language proficiency
  • documents to substantiate relevant entrepreneurial activity
  • documents to substantiate relevant funding support
  • proof that you have no history of unacceptable business or investment activity
  • 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 benefit

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

This visa supports you to live and work in Australia throughout the visa period.

This visa includes right to bring eligible family members with you to Australia.

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

Frequently asked questions

Can Solve Migration help with Subclass 188E applications?
Yes! The qualified legal professionals at Solve Migration are able to help with all aspects of the Subclass 188E application process.
Can I submit an application for Subclass 188E myself?
Yes, you can submit your own Subclass 188E application, but you will need to understand the complex nature of migration law, as a single mistake could cost thousands. If you plan on self-submitting your Subclass 188E application, we suggest you get a professional document check. If you’d like an expert to submit an application for you, we are always happy to help.
What is the cost to apply for this visa?
For this visa, the standard cost for a primary applicant is $4,240 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 188E visa are currently:
  • 25% of applications: 3 months
  • 50% of applications: 4 months
  • 75% of applications: 5 months
  • 90% of applications: 7 months

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