Please see below the responses to frequently asked questions about Queensland state business migration.

Do I need to get state nomination for a business visa?


Yes. You must apply for state nomination first if you are applying for visa subclass 132, 188, 888, 892, 893, or 405.


Do I need to select "Queensland" on SkillSelect if I want to be nominated by Queensland?


For Queensland state nomination, submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) with SkillSelect.  Please ensure all information is included in your EOI. Choose Queensland as your preferred nominating state to be given preference over candidates selecting ‘ANY’ state.


How much does it cost to apply for state nomination?


There is a fee charge for each application and the fee is non-refundable. Please refer to the BSMQ Fee Schedule for further details.


What happens if I do not make a payment or there is a payment error when I submit my application?


You must make payment at the time that you submit your documents in order to have your application processed. If you do not make the payment at this time, your file will not be processed until we receive payment or it could be closed if a significant period of time has elapsed. You would then have to lodge a new EOI and resubmit your required documents.

If there has been an error when you have attempted to submit payment, click the back button at the bottom and try again to enter your details. If you are still having difficulties in submitting your payment please contact our office at or call +61 7 3514 3013 between 9AM and 4PM Monday to Friday (AEST). Most payment issues are because:

  • there is insufficient funds on the card.
  • the bank has stopped the payment because it is seen as a suspicious withdrawal. You will have to speak with the bank and ask them to let the fee go through.
  • you are using a Debit Card instead of a Credit Card.


What are the BSMQ processing times?


The current processing time is approximately 10 business days from receipt of a completed application, unless specified otherwise on our website. 

A complete application includes the processing fee, not just the documents.


How long do I have to submit my BSMQ required documents?


You are given 14 days to submit your required documents to BSMQ. If you are unable to provide all your documents for processing within the 14 days, you just need to contact your case officer and request an extension of time.


Can I submit a paper application?


For visa subclass 132 or 188: After an invitation is sent to you via email, all of your documents must be returned through BSMQ Online Document Portal as directed in the email. Paper applications are no longer accepted.

For visa subclass 405, 888, 892 or 893: you can register your contact details through the BSMQ website and a BSMQ staff member will contact you to advise you of the application requirements.


Do I need to submit all the supporting documentation for my application?


You should only submit the documentation required by BSMQ that is listed either on our website or in your invitation email requesting further information. Should additional documentation be required, BSMQ will contact you or your migration agent directly.


What happens if I have missed the 60 day deadline of submitting visa applications to the Department of Home Affairs through SkillSelect?


You should lodge your visa application to the the Department of Home Affairs within 60 days after receiving Queensland Nomination. If you miss the nomination validation period, you will then be required to re-lodge a new EOI where an application fee will be charged again.


How long is state nomination valid for?


Visa subclass 132 or 188 is valid for 60 days.

Visa subclass 888 is valid for 90 days.

Visa subclass 405, 892 or 893 is valid for 12 months.


Does state nomination guarantee a visa grant?


No. State nomination does not guarantee a visa grant from the Department of Home Affairs. You must also meet all of the Department of Home Affairs visa requirements.


Can I change my proposed business or complying investment framework after being nominated by the Queensland Government?


Yes. If you are the visa holder of visa subclass 132, 188 or 163, you can change your proposed business or complying investment. However, you must contact BSMQ via email at to seek formal approval prior to purchasing or starting the new business.


Can I move to Queensland if I currently have a state-nominated visa (subclass 132, 188, 163, 164 ) from another state?


Yes, but only if the state or territory that nominated you originally agrees to release and transfer you. Please contact BSMQ via email at, or phone +61 7 3514 3013 to discuss your intentions.


Should I use a migration agent?


If you do not have enough time to prepare your application documents, or do not speak English, or do not feel confident in lodging an application by yourself, you may wish to engage a registered migration agent to help you choose the right visa type for your individual circumstances and work through the application process.

You can find further information about registered migration agents on the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) or Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) websites.