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If an applicant is currently on a bridging visa and has been invited to lodge documents with BSMQ for a subclass 190 or 491 visa, they must notify Business and Skilled Migration Queensland of any past visa refusals or cancellations. If an applicant has received a visa refusal or cancellation whilst on a bridging visa … Continued

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BSMQ Christmas Closure


Merry Christmas from the BSMQ team! The BSMQ office will be closed from COB Thursday 24 December 2020 – Monday 04 January 2021. We wish you a safe and happy holiday period and look forward to working with you in the New Year.

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Queensland benefits from Global Talent Visa Program


Will Banks was the first ever migrant from Europe, and first globally in the fintech sector, to be granted a visa through the Department of Home Affairs Global Talent Visa Program – and he was granted his permanent residency in just 3 weeks! With a high-profile and illustrious background in banking and entrepreneurship in the … Continued

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Business migrants invest $306m in Queensland


Eighty-six business migrants have invested $306 million and created 306 jobs in Queensland in the past 4 years, according to data gathered by TIQ’s Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) team. Eighty-six business migrants have invested $306 million and created 306 jobs in Queensland in the past 4 years, according to data gathered by TIQ’s Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) … Continued

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‘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 the below … Continued

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BSMQ business and skilled program remains closed on 1 July 2020


BSMQ has been advised by the Department of Home Affairs (HA) that it will not be in a position to open the 2020/21 migration program on 1 July 2020. As a consequence, BSMQ’s business and skilled migration program will remain closed on 1 July 2020 until further notice. Please note:  BSMQ will not be accepting any Expressions of Interests (EOIs) submitted … Continued

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Hong Kong Trade and Investment Commissioner and BSMQ take part in innovative ‘Queensland Investment and Migration Virtual Fair’


Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner, Hong Kong – Julia Herries, and BSMQ Senior Project Officers – Marney Richardson and Cynthia Chen, were the key note speakers in a live webinar with Hong Kong based Migration firm Ascent Step Ltd International recently. The live webinar was segment of a cutting edge virtual exhibition space – in … Continued

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BSMQ skilled migrant’s business ‘ModnPods’ soars during COVID-19 crisis


Throughout this adverse COVID-19 environment, Queensland state nominated skilled migrant from Texas, USA, John Christie, owner of eco-homes manufacturing business ‘ModnPods’ has seen an increase of enquiries for his pods by 40%. Mr Christie has explained that the COVID-19 environment has promoted homeowners to start thinking about additional income sources and/or how they could provide … Continued

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BSMQ supports migration agent partners through COVID-19 


Supporting key migration agent partners throughout the period of the COVID-19 pandemic is a  BSMQ priority which will ensure strong relationships are maintained.   BSMQ’s Lin Han was invited by one of China’s biggest migration agents, the Austar Group, to deliver a webinar on 17 April 2020. There were over 130 Austar–client attendees, who were given updates on the current Queensland investment climate and BSMQ criteria as it currently stands.   Lin touched on the COVID-19 impact on … Continued

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