Knowing the correct pathway and the hurdles in that pathway is a must in order for you to obtain a successful visa outcome. Let’s consider some of the Australian visa options available to business men / women.
Initially, a Business Visitor visa will allow a business person to travel to Australia for up to three months to undertake activities such as:
The Business Visitor does not permit employment, except in very limited circumstances.
A well documented application will be processed efficiently by the authorities, so remember to include the following with your visa application:
For longer term stay in Australia, business persons and investors may seek temporary / permanent residence in a range of visa categories including the following:
Business Owners who wish to establish a branch office in Australia may do so through the Business Long Stay visa and may move towards conversion to permanent residence. The Business Long Stay visa is a temporary visa for skilled workers and executives available for a period of up to four years. The nominee is sponsored by an Australian entity or an overseas entity establishing a branch office in Australia.
Key factors for consideration by the Australian Department of Immigration would include:
The Department of Immigration will scrutinize a Business Long Stay visa, and its associated sponsorship and nomination applications carefully. It is beneficial to seek professional advice from a qualified and experienced migration agent prior to preparation of an application to ensure that all criteria can be met. Careful documenting of the applications will save time and provide a clear pathway to a successful outcome.
Successful business persons or investors interested in joining an existing business in Australia may be eligible for a Business Skills visa if they:
And let’s not forget your family members. Your children can gain internationally accepted qualifications in Australia through variety of educational institutions and these qualifications may enable your child to obtain residence upon completion.
Finally and most importantly if you have a short or long term goals for residence in Australia, ensure you discuss these with a registered migration professional and your investment advisers at the outset. These experts can save you time and money and maximize your application opportunities.
In the 2007/2008 Australian migration programme year:
97 724 Indians were present in Australia as temporary residents on 30 June 2008, of which:
By Sarah Gillis
BA LlB, MMIA, MARN 9359588