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


Do I need to provide a business proposal if I want to set up a business in Queensland?

Yes, you are required to provide a business proposal. Please download the relevant business proposal from the BSMQ download page.

What are some important business considerations to make prior to applying for the Business Innovation Stream (Subclass 188) Visa?

To seek Queensland state nomination you must:

  1. demonstrate that you have net business and personal assets of at least A$800,000 to be transferred to Queensland within 2 years of the visa being granted.
  2. must make a business investment of at least $200,000 after your visa is granted; and
  3. must commit to living in Queensland.

You must also note:

  1. Entry level small retail business, such as convenience stores, cafes, restaurants are only accepted if your proposed business is established in regional Queensland.
  2. General importing business will not be accepted unless the imported products are highly innovative, advanced in technology, or currently unavailable in Queensland. You should also provide value-adding service to the imported products such as customised design, product assembly installation, testing, repair, maintenance etc.
  3. Property development businesses will not be acceptable.
What are some important business considerations to make prior to applying for the Significant Business History Stream (Subclass 132) Visa?

To seek Queensland state nomination through this stream you must:

  • demonstrate that you have net business and personal assets of at least A$1.5 million to be transferred to Queensland within 2 years of your visa being granted, which includes a minimum of A$1 million for investment into a business and a minimum of A$500,000 for settlement costs; and
  • demonstrate a commitment to Queensland with an intention to reside and invest in Queensland.

Property Development Business

  • Demonstrate that you have the relevant business background.
  • If you intend to establish your property development business in Queensland, your total assets transfer and investment in the business must be higher than the entry level.
  • A property development project needs to be a large scale and ongoing business.

General Importing Business

Please note: General importing businesses will not be accepted unless the imported products are highly innovative, advanced in technology, or currently unavailable in Queensland. You should also provide a value-add service to the imported products, such as customised design, product assembly, installation, testing, repair, maintenance etc.

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 usual processing time is approximately 10 business days from receipt of a completed application.

However, due to the popularity of the program and the significant number of EOIs BSMQ have received, processing times are longer than the usual 10 business days.

We will endeavour however,  to process your application as soon as possible and appreciate your patience during this busy processing period.

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?


It is not a compulsory to use a migration agent, however, migration agents and lawyers can assist with visa applications, legal matters and provide general information and it could mean less work and hassle for you.

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.