188C Visa – Significant Investor Stream

188C Visa – Significant Investor Stream

You must make a complying investment of at least AUD$5,000,000 in any of the following options, in any proportion, and hold that investment continuously for at least 4 years:

  • Commonwealth, state or territory government bonds
  • Eligible managed funds - that are limited to investing in any or all of the following Australian assets:
  • Infrastructure projects in Australia
  • Cash held by Australian deposit-taking institutions
  • Bonds issued by the Australian Government or a State or Territory government
  • Bonds, equity, hybrids or other corporate debt in Australian companies and trusts listed on any Australian stock exchange
  • Bonds or term deposits issued by Australian financial institutions
  • Real property in Australia
  • Australian agribusiness
  • Annuities issued by an Australian registered life company
  • Loans secured by mortgages over the investments listed above
  • Derivatives used for portfolio management and non-speculative purposes (which constitute no more than 20% of the total value of the managed fund)
  • Other managed funds that invest in the investments listed above
  • Direct investment into private Australian companies - in which you have an ownership interest.  The company must operate a qualifying business.
  • Income that you earn from your complying investment in Australia is subject to tax under Australian taxation law.  

188C Visa Checklist

You must also have a genuine and realistic commitment to:

  • Reside in the state or territory whose government agency nominated you
  • Continue your business and investment activity in Australia after your complying investment matures

  • Live in Australia for at least 160 days over 4 yearswhile holding your provisional visa.
  • You, your partner, or you and your partner combined must have net assets of at least AUD$5,000,000 that are legally acquired, unencumbered, and available to be used to make the complying investment in Australia.

  • You and your partner must not have been involved in unacceptable business or investment activities.
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