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COVID-19 concessions have now been released for prospective Skilled Regional (subclass 887) visa applicants and eligible Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) applicants.

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An automatic travel exemption is now available for holders of a Business Innovation and Investment (subclass 188) visa.

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Further information is also available for mandatory quarantine requirements: 

Federal government quarantine requirements 

Queensland government quarantine requirements and exemptions 

Self-quarantine for Persons Arriving in Queensland From Overseas Direction (No. 5)

Border restrictions Direction (No. 13)

Applying for a Queensland Border pass 

Queensland Government contact details for further questions

BSMQ State Nomination Program

The BSMQ business and skilled program remains closed.
Please monitor the homepage of the website in the coming weeks for further updates.
Please do not submit an EOI until the BSMQ program is officially opened.

Please do not call or email BSMQ to ask when the program will open –
this will be updated through the website and social media channels (as above).

‘First Date of Entry’ Information

BSMQ has been receiving enquiries regarding ‘the first date of entry’ for state nominated visas granted offshore.
The Department of Home Affairs is aware that visa holders may not be able to travel to Australia by ‘first date of entry’ detailed on the visa grant letter due to COVID-19 restrictions, and has released these notices to allow entry flexibility after this date. Please read here for further information on:
Business Innovation and Investment Program
Skilled Program

Travel Exemption ‘Letter of Support’ Requests

BSMQ is unable to provide a letter of support for a travel exemption request at this time. If you are seeking a travel exemption to travel to Queensland please refer to: COVID-19 and the border – Travel restrictions, and if you meet a listed category or criteria, please submit your request via the Department of Home Affairs online portal.

Important information regarding bridging visa holders subject to a s48 bar

Due to COVID-19 restrictions BSMQ staff are working from home and are unable to take phone calls at this time. For any enquiries please email: migration@qld.gov.au

COVID-19 and the border

Further COVID-19 links on Queensland support:

COVID-19 economic relief package
COVID-19 small business support
COVID-19 FAQ’s Work Cover Queensland

Further COVID-19 links on Australian Government information and support:

Important Australian Government information COVID-19
Australian Government economic response to COVID-19
Australian Government education related advice in response to COVID-19

 

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Latest News

Business migrants invest $306m in Queensland

16-09-2020

Eighty-six business migrants have invested $306 million and created 306 jobs in Queensland in the past 4 years, according to data…

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Queensland

‘First Date of Entry’ Information

07-09-2020

BSMQ has been receiving enquiries regarding ‘the first date of entry’ for state nominated visas granted offshore. The Department of…

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Queensland

BSMQ business and skilled program remains closed on 1 July 2020

01-07-2020

BSMQ has been advised by the Department of Home Affairs (HA) that it will not be in a position to open the…

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Migrant success stories

Jimmy Van Eetvelde with family at beach

Jimmy Van Eetvelde

 

Air conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic, Belgium

 

“We felt that we needed a change because life seemed to be passing by so quickly. We also wanted a healthier lifestyle and to be more connected with nature, especially for our kids. Queensland had everything we wanted – beautiful nature, a healthier environment and a lifestyle that suited us as people much better.”

 

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Beverly Wambui Kabuya Muito

Beverly Wambui Kabuya Muito

 

Hospital Pharmacist, Kenya

 

After working at a Government Hospital in Nairobi and then living in England for 8 years, Beverly has been living in Queensland with her daughter for the last 2 years.

 

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Iuliia Ri

Iuliia Ri

 

Registered Nurse, Russia

 

Iuliia arrived in Australia on a student visa and became a registered nurse after graduation. She enjoys her job and lifestyles in Queensland while having a passion for professional dancing.

 

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Nicolle Beer and family. Image courtesy of Rebecca Colefax Photography

Nicolle Beer

 

Optometrist, South Africa

 

UK-based optometrist Nicolle Beer moved to Noosa, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, after finding love while on a visit home to Johannesburg in 2008. Since then she has had a son and daughter, and become an Australian citizen.

 

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Anerty Gomes

Anerty Gomes

 

Nutritionist, India

 

Anerty moved to Queensland on a state nominated regional visa, fell in love with Toowoomba and found her soulmate. She enjoys working in regional Queensland because of the work culture and respect for family life.

 

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Darryl Woodford

Darryl Woodford

 

Data Scientist, United Kingdom

 

Darryl first moved to Queensland to do his PhD studies and continued working as a research fellow for a couple of years at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He then decided to permanently migrate to Queensland through a state nominated skilled visa after seeing the opportunities in the start-up space and for further development of his company.

 

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Fusheng Li

Fusheng Li

 

Innovative medical and non-medical technology, Chinese

 

Mr Li is the Director of TOMI Group and after visiting Queensland, he decided that Brisbane would be an ideal place to set up his Australian subsidiary, TOMI Australia. He also brought his family to settle in Queensland.

 

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Jiahai Jin

 

Kite surfing, China

 

Mr Jiahai Jin moved with his family to the Gold Coast, and has pursued his passion for kite surfing by setting up a tourism and training business. He is the only Chinese & English bilingual IKO level 2 instructor in Australia.

 

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Julio Cegarra Figeuroa and family

Julio Cegarra Figueroa

 

Mechanical Engineer, Venezuela

 

Mr Julio Cegarra Figueroa, a Venezuelan mechanical engineer, was offered a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity to move to the Capricorn Coast, Central Queensland. He brought his entire family across, and are now building a new life together.

 

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Ngoc Bao Ahn Cai

 

Aqauaculture Farmer, Vietnam

 

Mr Ngoc Bao Ahn Cai and his family moved from Vietnam to Cairns, Queensland. Forging a new career in Aquaculture, his family has flourished in their new home of Queensland.

 

 

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Jinguo Han and Family

 

Food and agribusiness, China

 

Mr Jinguo Han visited Queensland and was deeply impressed by its beautiful environment, fresh air and great lifestyle. Since he and his family moved, Jinguo established his own agribusiness and his son has married.

 

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Changchun Ji

 

Businessman, China

 

Mr Changchun Ji, Chairman of Fullshare Group, made frequent visits to Australia and came across some tremendous opportunities to invest in Queensland’s tourism industry. He has not looked back since.

 

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Brisbane and surrounds

Brisbane and surrounds

Brisbane, a multicultural city built around the Brisbane River. It has a subtropical climate and outdoor lifestyle. The city offers an active urban life, while having many diverse getaways in nearby regions – from coastal escapes to rural retreats. With 12 months of sunshine filled days and clear blue skies, it’s no wonder Brisbane locals say “Beautiful one day, perfect the next.”

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Gold Coast and Hinterland

Gold Coast and Hinterland

The Gold Coast is strategically located on the east coast of Australia, less than an hour’s drive south of Brisbane. In addition to its seaside lifestyle, the city offers a wide variety of recreational activities, including world renowned theme parks.

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Sunshine Coast and Hinterland

Sunshine Coast and Hinterland

Located about 100km north of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast is well-known for its pristine beaches, scenic drives and unspoiled national parks. From the ocean to the hinterland, Sunshine Coast restaurants take advantage of fresh local produce.

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Toowoomba and South West Queensland

Toowoomba and South West Queensland

Toowoomba, one of Queensland’s largest regional urban centres, is well known as the ‘Garden City.’ South West Queensland is known for fine wines, fresh produce and stunning wildflowers. It is the business and service hub for the entire region.

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Bundaberg and Fraser Coast

Bundaberg and Fraser Coast

Showcasing some of nature’s best assets, including the iconic Fraser Island — one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the region is a popular tourist destination. More than 80% of the region’s population lives in the urban centres, which offer diverse lifestyles from rural to seaside living.

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Central Queensland

Central Queensland

Central Queensland offers an enviable tropical climate with access to islands, waterways, national parks, and beaches providing all year round boating and recreational activities. Rockhampton, well-known as the ‘beef capital of the world’, acts as a business gateway for the mining and agricultural industries, while the Gladstone region is a thriving industrial base served by one of Australia’s busiest ports.

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Mackay and Whitsunday Islands

Mackay and Whitsunday Islands

This beautiful region is famous for its tropical beaches and world famous island destinations. The urban centres provide numerous dining options — from casual waterside meals to rainforest retreats, hotels and cafes. There are also golf courses, theatres, and entertainment venues offering weekend arts and international and local performances.

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Townsville and North Queensland

Townsville and North Queensland

Townsville has access to world class education facilities, leading edge healthcare, affordable housing, entertainment, dining precincts and a wide range of outdoor recreation options. The city has a range of government, community and business headquarters for the northern half of the state.

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Cairns and Far North Queensland

Cairns and Far North Queensland

At the heart of Far North Queensland, Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage rainforests. It is a multicultural society, known for its adventure activities, Coral Sea and lush rainforests.

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Central West Queensland

Central West Queensland

Central West Queensland is known for its wide open skies, breathtaking landscapes and warm, dry climate. The region is serviced by major highways, a long-distance passenger rail service and six airports.

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