How to apply for an Entrepreneur visa

This blog post is part of a series of three on our role in supporting the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Australia’s new Entrepreneur visa was launched on 10 September 2016 as a new stream of the Business Innovation and Investment visa.

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Here’s how to apply:

Submitting an EOI

The first step towards applying for an Entrepreneur visa is lodging an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect.

To lodge an EOI, you will need to have a funding agreement in place or in negotiation with an approved funding body to develop an innovative venture in Australia. The agreement must be for a minimum of $200,000. You will also need to have a business plan that explains how you will develop your innovative venture in Australia.

If you demonstrate a record of successful entrepreneurial activities while holding a provisional Entrepreneur visa, after four years you may be eligible for a Subclass 888 Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) visa in the Entrepreneur stream. It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the criteria for success for the permanent Entrepreneur visa.

Nomination from a state or territory government

Once you submit an EOI, you can be nominated by a state or territory government to be invited to apply for an Entrepreneur visa. Each state and territory has different nomination criteria.

Lodging an application

If you are nominated by a state or territory government, you will receive an invitation from us to apply for a Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (Subclass 188).

You will need to provide documents about your identity, relationships, children, health, character and English language ability as part of your application. You will also need to provide evidence of your funding agreement and the business plan for your entrepreneurial venture in Australia.

You only have 60 days to lodge your application after receiving an invitation to apply, so it’s a good idea to get your documents ready in advance.

See our Document Checklist for more details.

New Entrepreneur visa and changes to the points test

This blog post is part of a series of three on our role in supporting the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Entrepreneur Visa

On 10 September 2016, we made changes to the visa system as part of the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.

A new Entrepreneur visa is now available for entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and $200,000 in funding from a specified third party who want to develop and commercialise their innovative ideas in Australia. Visit SkillSelect on our website to express your interest.

We have also made changes to the points test for skilled migration. Five additional points are now available to graduates from Australian institutions with doctorate-level and masters by research qualifications in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and information and communication technology fields.

Visit our website to learn more.

 

Visa changes for innovation

This blog post is part of a series of three on our role in supporting the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.Innovative ideas

On 7 December 2015, the Australian Government announced the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA), which includes a range of initiatives to drive prosperity in Australia through innovation and science.

As part of the NISA, we are making changes to the visa system to help Australia attract the best and brightest entrepreneurial talent and the skilled, talented people we need to drive innovative ideas.

New Entrepreneur visa

From 10 September 2016, a new Entrepreneur visa will be available as a new part of our Business Innovation and Investment Programme. The Entrepreneur visa will allow entrepreneurs with $200,000 in funding from a specified third party to develop and commercialise their innovative ideas in Australia. It also provides a pathway to permanent residency.

To be eligible for the Entrepreneur visa, you must:

  • be under 55-years-old
  • have a competent level of English
  • have an agreement in place for at least $200,000 to grow your entrepreneurial venture in Australia
  • hold at least 30 per cent interest in that entrepreneurial venture
  • be nominated by a state or territory government.

Your $200,000 in funding can come from Commonwealth agencies, state and territory governments, publicly funded research organisations, investors registered as Venture Capital Limited Partnerships or Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnerships, or any combination of these.

If you are a co-founder of an entrepreneurial venture, you and your other co-founders can apply for an Entrepreneur visa for the same venture, as long as you each have a 30 per cent share when you enter into your funding agreement.

Expressions of Interest for the Entrepreneur visa will open in SkillSelect from 10 September 2016.

Points tested programme changes

We are also making changes to the points test for the skilled migration programme. From 10 September 2016, five additional points will be available for students from Australian institutions with doctorate-level and masters by research qualifications in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and information and communication technology fields.

Visit our website to learn more.

Lodge a complete General Skilled Migration application for a quicker result

Have you been invited to apply for a General Skilled Migration visa through SkillSelect?

Did you know most complete applications are finalised within three months of lodgement?

Your application is considered complete if you upload all required documentation listed on the document checklist, plus form 80 and form 1221, to ImmiAccount. You must also undertake health examinations before we assess your application.

Incomplete applications will take longer to process, but are usually finalised within six months if you provide requested documents quickly via ImmiAccount.

Please note that this is a guide only. As individual circumstances vary, some applications can take longer to finalise.

For further information, view the SkillSelect information on our website.

Are you a skilled worker interested in migrating to Australia? – visit SkillSelect today

Are you a skilled worker interested in migrating to Australia? SkillSelect is an online system that allows you to quickly and easily enter your details to be considered for an invitation to apply for a skilled visa.

SkillSelect identifies overseas workers with the skills that are most in need in Australia. To find out if you have a skill that Australia needs, have a look at the Skilled Occupation lists on our website. State or territory governments will use SkillSelect to identify and select skilled workers that they wish to nominate for a skilled visa.  If you are nominated by a state or territory government, this will increase your opportunity to receive an invitation.

Over 39,000 invitations for skilled visas were issued in the 2014-15 programme year. 

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So if you have a skill that Australia needs and you meet the visa requirements, log into SkillSelect today and tell us about yourself and what you can bring to Australia’s workplace. You may be invited to lodge a skilled visa application sooner than you expect.

If you’d like to find out more about SkillSelect you can read previous blog posts or visit the SkillSelect website.

Live the Life Australia

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 There is more to Australia than great career opportunities. The Australian lifestyle includes enjoying the great outdoors, with its beautiful beaches, luscious green rainforests and wonderful weather.

Some of Australia’s major cities have been listed in the top 10 most liveable cities in the world, offering both great work opportunities and lifestyle.

About 2000 people each month are invited to apply for a skilled migration visa by the Australian Government. Check the Skilled Occupation Lists to see if you have the skills Australia needs.

If you would like to live the life in Australia, take the next step and submit an expression of interest for a skilled migration visa through SkillSelect by creating an account and registering your skills. You may be living the life in Australia sooner than you think!

For more information on how you can fast track your life in Australia as a skilled migrant, visit our website at immi.gov.au/Work

State and territory nomination through SkillSelect

Since 1 July 2012, SkillSelect is the only way you can be nominated by a state or territory government for skilled migration. Since May 2013, state and territory governments across Australia have nominated almost 20 000 intending migrants and more than 10 000 of those have been granted a visa.

SkillSelect provides an effective way for states and territories to find and engage with skilled workers in order to meet their specific skills shortages. SkillSelect makes the nomination process simpler and more efficient than ever before. So how does it work?

State and territory governments first identify the skills and qualifications they need in their local labour markets. Then they nominate skilled workers directly from SkillSelect. The workers they choose must have occupations listed on the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL). The CSOL contains more occupations (644 in total) than the Skilled Occupation List (which contains 192 occupations) so your chances of being nominated are higher.

There are benefits for you in being nominated too.

If you are nominated by a state or territory, you receive an extra five points for a Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) visa and 10 points for a Skilled – Nominated (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa under the Points Test. So it’s worth considering putting yourself up for nomination if you are close to the Points Test pass mark as an independent migrant.

Nomination by a state or territory through SkillSelect means that you will be issued an invitation to apply for a visa as soon as you are nominated, rather than having to wait for a scheduled invitation round to take place.

Your application will be processed as a high priority if a state or territory nominates you.

In return, if a state or territory nominates you and your visa application is successful, you’ll need to commit to remaining in that state or territory for a period of time. There may be other obligations for nomination by specific states or territories.

If you want to be nominated by a state or territory government, check out their websites to find out what you need to do to gain their nomination.

So if you have the skills Australia needs, submit an expression of interest (EOI) in SkillSelect today so state and territory governments can find out about you.

Even if you have already submitted an EOI, you can still update your EOI to show your interest in state or territory nomination.

More information about state and territory nominated visas is available on the department’s website.

Working Abroad Expo – Singapore

More than 2000 residents attended the recent Working Abroad expo in Singapore, with DIAC presentation sessions proving popular throughout.  Many Singapore residents spoke to our experts about migrating to Australia on skilled visas and submitting expressions of interest through SkillSelect. 

There was a variety of nationalities attending the May 11-12 expo, including both Singaporeans and an array of third party nationals.  Most residents who attended were nursing, engineering and IT professionals. Migrants who hold such professions are highly sought after as they are able to assist in filling skill shortages in the Australian labour market.

Overall, the expo was a success for the department, with staff helping highly skilled potential migrants better understand the SkillSelect process and the options available for skilled migration.

There has never been a better time for eligible skilled migrants to come to Australia though SkillSelect, with short processing times for successful applicants.

To find out if your occupation is in demand, check out the SOL/CSOL on: www.immi.gov.au/skilled/sol/

If you have an occupation Australia needs and you can meet the visa requirements, log into SkillSelect today and tell us about yourself and what you can bring to Australia’s workplace at:  www.skillselect.gov.au.

Come and visit us at the Working Abroad Expo – Singapore

Last weekend, the department attended the
Working Abroad Expo in Kuala Lumpur and gave residents the opportunity to speak to our experts about migrating to Australian on a skilled visa. This opportunity presents itself again, specifically to anyone who lives in Singapore as DIAC will attend the expo in Singapore on May 11-12. 

Our experts will be available to talk to you throughout the day about the different visa options available for living and working in Australia. They will also answer any questions about submitting an expression of interest through the SkillSelect website and will present each day from 1.15–2.00 pm.

When:  May 11-12, 11.00 am to 4.00 pm

Where:  Traders Hotel Singapore, 1A Cuscaden Road, Singapore

To register online or for more information, visit www.Workingabroad.net/exhibitions-and-events/singapore/

The Working Abroad Expo in Kuala Lumpur saw around 1000 attendees over the weekend of May 4-5.  Many attendees found the information presented by our experts to be very valuable. 

If you are unable to attend the expo in Singapore then you can learn more about SkillSelect by visiting www.immi.gov.au/skills/skillselect/ 

Remember, there is no better time to express your interest through SkillSelect, so read about our top 10 tips here:
migrationblog.immi.gov.au/category/skills-australia-needs-events/

SkillSelect Facebook live chat—update

We recently invited people who ‘like’ us on Facebook to take part in a live chat about SkillSelect.

The SkillSelect team spent an hour on the event page answering over 100 questions and engaging with 1188 users, proving to be our busiest live chat so far. Posts about the live chat reached a further 15 632 people, more than half our audience on Facebook.

There were many great questions asked during the live SkillSelect chat. So for those of you who have not yet liked our Facebook page, we have provided a quick snapshot of some of the questions raised and our answers.

Q. If I get exactly 60 points for the Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa, how long does it take for my Expression of Interested (EOI) to be approved (for invitation)?

A.  Invitation rounds are currently held twice a month. If you have 60 points at the moment, then you stand a good chance of being invited in the next couple of rounds provided your occupation has not reached its yearly invitation ceiling.

 Q. What does it mean by Associate Degree or Advanced Diploma? Are they the same as a Bachelor degree?

A. You should contact your assessing authority and ask them to confirm if your qualifications are of the recognised standard to an Australian Bachelor Degree.  You may also find the following post on the SkillSelect Technical Support site useful regarding claiming points for educational qualifications, visit https://skillselect.govspace.gov.au/2013/03/07/points-for-educational-qualification/

 Q. Is there any change taking place to the Skilled Occupation List in July 2013?

A. The Skilled Occupation List (SOL) is reviewed annually. The current SOL was released by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) in June 2012 following advice from the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency. Consultation for the development of the 2013 SOL commenced in October/November 2012.  The 2013 SOL is expected to be released by DIAC in mid-2013 and is expected to come into effect from 1 July 2013.

Q. Is there a minimum employment experience threshold needed to apply for a Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa through SkillSelect?

A. There is no minimum employment experience threshold for this visa type. However, some assessing authorities may require a certain amount of employment experience to achieve a suitable skills assessment. If you have skilled employment experience, you can use this to increase your points in the points test.

Q. Is it possible for SkillSelect to send an acknowledgement automatically when medical reports are accepted/ assessed successfully?

A. SkillSelect and e-Visa are two separate systems and processes. SkillSelect is the database for selecting intending migrants for an invitation and e-Visa is where you lodge your visa. If you want to find out about your medical results you should contact your case officer or send an enquiry through our contacts page on the website, www.immi.gov.au

Q. Why do applicants (from non-English countries) need 7 in each band for IELTS?

A. For points tested visas it is a threshold requirement that a person have at least ‘competent English’, which is a minimum of six in each of the four components of the IELTS test.

To be awarded points for higher English language ability all applicants, regardless of citizenship, must demonstrate their level of competency by sitting an English language test such as IELTS as proof of their language competency. 

As well, some skills assessing authorities require higher English language levels for certain occupations.  You can confirm this with your relevant assessing authority.  

More questions and responses are available on the department’s Facebook live chat page.

We’d like to hear from you on what topic you would most like to read from us next. Complete the poll below andthe topic with the highest number of responses will be the feature of our next post. Stay tuned!

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