This visa is the second stage application for permanent residency for holders of the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188).

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.


Eligibility criteria

To be considered for Queensland nomination for this permanent residency visa, you must:

The eligibility criteria is based on your original visa and Applicants seeking Queensland state nomination must meet the following criteria:

EOIs for Significant Investor (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 188) lodged before 1 July 2015

EOIs for Significant Investor (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 188) lodged on or after 1 July 2015

Please note that the Department of Home Affairs has specified on their website:

If you applied for your provisional visa (subclass 188) in the Investor stream prior to 1 July 2015, you are eligible to apply for a subclass 888 visa after holding your provisional visa for 3 years and 11 months. If you applied for your provisional visa after 1 July 2015, you are required to hold your provisional visa for at least 4 years prior to applying for a subclass 888 visa.

Application process

To be considered for Queensland nomination:

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

Step 2: You must first register your interest by clicking the link below in order to apply for state nomination.

Step 3: You will then be asked to lodge the requested documentation:

If additional information is required, a BSMQ officer will contact you by phone or e-mail.

Step 4: When you have uploaded your documents, you will be required to pay a 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 a signed copy of the Department of Home Affairs Form 1414 to lodge with your visa application. You will be given 90 days to lodge your application with the Department of Home Affairs. You should also check the requirements in order to be eligible for the second stage Significant Investor visa (subclass 888).


 Important information for all applicants

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