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There are approximately 130 types of visas available which are grouped under classes and subclasses and directly relate to the purpose of the applicant's stay in Australia.

Australia's current business migration program began in March 2003. It is a two step process which provides for the issuing of a provisional visa for four years, and upon satisfying requirements for establishing/participating in business or investment, business migrants then become eligible to apply for a resident visa.

There exists only one means to directly acquire permanent residency under the business category and this is by being sponsored by a State or Territory Government as a 'high calibre' business migrant under a Business Talent visa.

The other three categories of business visa are:-

  • business owner;
  • senior executive;
  • investor.

The business skills category also has two options available for business people who are in Australia on temporary visas:-

  • established business in Australia (EBA);
  • Regional established business in Australia (REBA).


Australia's migration programs and laws are complex and are frequently changing. As your representative a migration agent is up to date with the latest criteria, charges, processing times, necessary supporting documentation and review processes and is therefore better able to maximise your chances of a successful application.

An agent can provide you with advice in relation to a specific question,handle your application from beginning to end, provide the necessary support and representation in any decision review process or provide general guidance should you decide to prepare and lodge your application personally.

All agents are obligated to maintain and demonstrate an up-to-date and accurate knowledge of current immigration laws in order to retain their registration. They are also governed by a strict code of conduct which dictates,amongst other things, how they are to deal with clients and handle client funds.


This Information Outline is provided courtesy of Hall Payne Lawyers who are experienced in this area of law. They are located at Level 9, 344 Queen Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000 or call them on (07) 3221-2044 if you would like more information on this legal topic, or you wish to obtain formal advice regarding your situation.

Hall Payne Lawyers are an established Queensland firm practicing in the areas of employment law (unfair dismissal etc), accident compensation (WorkCover,motor vehicle accident, personal injuries), anti-discrimination &harassment, consumer law, family law, wills & estates, criminal law and conveyancing. Hall Payne Lawyers are a founding member of the Australia-wide PeopleLaw group.

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