Queensland welcomes those interested in owning and managing a new or existing business or making an investment in Queensland.


This visa is a state-nominated four year provisional visa that is a pathway to the Business Innovation and Investment (subclass 888) permanent residency visa.

For this visa, you have a choice of five streams:

State nomination for this visa is managed by the Queensland Government through Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) in collaboration with the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs (HA).


Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for Queensland state nomination for a Business Innovation and Investment visa, you must first meet the Australian Government’s HA criteria. Visit the HA website for detailed information.

You must also meet BSMQ criteria, which is different for each of the following visa streams.

Business Innovation 

To seek Queensland state nomination you must:

Please 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.

You are permitted to extend this visa for an additional two years or you can apply for permanent residency (subclass 888).


To seek Queensland state nomination through this stream you must:

At the end of your Investor visa, you can apply for permanent residency (subclass 888). This visa cannot be extended.

Significant Investor

To seek Queensland state nomination through this stream you must:

You can extend your Significant Investor visa for an additional four years.


To seek Queensland state nomination through this visa stream you must:

It is highly recommended that you arranging a pre-visit meeting with BSMQ to discuss the proposal and application.

At the end of your Entrepreneur visa you can apply for permanent residency (subclass 888).

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Application Process

Step 1: Review the eligibility criteria, visa conditions and document checklist on the HA website and the BSMQ website. Ensure you meet both the HA criteria and BSMQ criteria and have all your documentation ready before you apply.

Step 2: For Queensland state nomination, submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) with SkillSelect.  Please ensure all information is included in your EOI. Preference will be given to applicants who select “Queensland” as their nominating state of choice over applicants who select ‘ANY’ state.

Step 3: BSMQ assesses all EOIs that meet HA and BSMQ criteria. If you are successful, you will receive an email invitation to lodge an application to provide the BSMQ required documents.  Documents must be uploaded electronically, through the BSMQ Document Portal link provided in your invitation email. We no longer accept attachments sent to us by email.

Step 4: When you have received your invitation:

  1. Upload required documents to the BSMQ Portal
  2. Pay the non-refundable application fee to BSMQ in order to finalise your application.

BSMQ will review your application and may request further information.

Please note: you will be given 14 days to finalise your application from the date of invitation. If you are unable to provide the relevant information within this time frame, you must seek an extension from BSMQ. Applications not finalised within time frames will be closed and applicants will need to submit a new EOI if they wish to re-seek Queensland nomination.

Step 5: Once your completed BSMQ application is received and approved, you will receive an invitation from the HA to lodge your visa application. You will be given 60 days to lodge your application with HA. You will need to wait a further six months before being eligible for renomination by BSMQ if you have missed the visa application lodgement date.


Extension/Renewal of visas (188 – Business Innovation, 188 – Significant Investor)

Please send an email to BSMQ to request and provide reasons for an extension of your visa. As there are different conditions that need to be met in order to apply for an extension, please seek the services of a migration agent prior to applying to BSMQ.

If you are eligible to apply for an extension please send an email and provide us your full name, date of birth and current visa subclass and if we feel you meet requirements, we will send an email requesting further information. A processing fee will apply

Note: 188 Business Innovation extension applicant should provide evidence of business ownership and participation in the management of the main business for at least two years. For detailed information on extension requirements for 188 Business Innovation and 188 Significant Investor, please refer to HA’s website (188 – Business Innovation Extension stream, 188 Significant Investor Extension stream).


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