The visas under this category are only available to persons who had before 1 July 2012 applied for and were subsequently granted the provisional Business Skills visas (subclasses 160, 161, 162, 163, 164 and 165). For these reasons the permanent business visas (subclasses 890, 891, 892 and 893) have been retained in the Migration Regulations. All other business visa applicants applying after 1 July 2012 must apply for visas in subclasses 132, 188 and 888.
Thus under the pre-1 July 2012 scheme and based on the transitional arrangements in legislation, the following chart will give you an idea as to the ‘path’ for gaining permanent residence after 1 July 2012.
| Provisional Business Skills Visas
|| Permanent Business Skills Visas
| – Any of the Business Skills (Provisional) visas
|| – 890 Business Owner
| – Any of the Business Skills (Provisional) visas or 457 (Independent Executive) visa
|| – 892 State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner
| – 162 Investor (Provisional)
|| – 891 Investor
| – 165 State/Territory Sponsored Investor (Provisional)
|| – 893 State/Territory Sponsored Investor
It is a common requirement that all Business Skills visas must be applied for from within Australia, and the main applicant must be in Australia at the time of the application and at the time of visa grant, except secondary applicants may be outside Australia.
If you wish to obtain further information in relation to Business Skill Visas please do not hesitate to contact our Gold Coast, Brisbane, Logan and Ipswich offices on (+61 7) 5538 9119. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org