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  • Professional Credentials

    Our Principal was a former Legal Advisor for the Australian Government where he advised various Government agencies. You will receive from us the same level of services that the Australian Government would enjoy.

  • Collective Experience

    We have processed many applications for employer sponsored visas with different circumstances. With the experience, our team is perfectly equipped to achieve positive outcomes in every situation.

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    However experienced, knowledgeable or passionate, everyone is prone to human errors. At Visa Plan, we provide the unique safety net of having two Australian immigration lawyers attending to your matter at all times.

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    During your initial consultation with our migration lawyers, you will receive a quote for our professional fee. This quote will not vary, assuring that you are receiving the finest services at a reasonable price, all without any nasty surprises.

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Subclass 188B Points Calculator

You would need a minimum of 65 points to lodge an EOI for a 188B Visa.

Age at the time of invitation:

  • 20 points: Not less than 18 and under 25
  • 30 points: Not less than 25 and under 33
  • 25 points: Not less than 33 and under 40
  • 20 points: Not less than 40 and under 45
  • 15 points: Not less than 45 and under 55

English Proficiency:

  • 5 points: Vocational English

  • 10 points: Proficient English

Special Endorsement:

Investor Experience:

  • 10 points: If your eligible investments exceeded $250,000 for at least 4 years immediately before the invitation.

    15 points: If your eligible investments exceeded $250,000 for at least 7 years immediately before the invitation.

Educational Qualifications:

  • 5 points: Trade qualification, Diploma or Bachelor Degree from an Australian educational institution
  • 5 points: Bachelor degree from a foreign educational institution that is of a recognized standard
  • 10 points: Bachelor degree in business, science or technology by an Australian educational institution or a foreign educational institution that is of a recognized standard.

*You may only claim for points for a single qualification under this category.

 

Business Turnover:

  • 5 points: If you held an ownership interest in one or more main businesses that had an annual turnover of $500,000 in at least 2 of the last 4 fiscal years.

  • 15 points: If you held an ownership interest in one or more main businesses that had an annual turnover of $1,000,000 in at least 2 of the last 4 fiscal years.

  • 25 points: If you held an ownership interest in one or more main businesses that had an annual turnover of $1,500,000 in at least 2 of the last 4 fiscal years.

  • 35 points: If you held an ownership interest in one or more main businesses that had an annual turnover of $2,000,000 in at least 2 of the last 4 fiscal years.

Financial Assets:

  • 5 points: If your net value of business and personal assets, including your partner, was at least $800,000 in each of the 2 fiscal years immediately before the invitation.

  • 15 points: If your net value of business and personal assets, including your partner, was at least $1,300,000 in each of the 2 fiscal years immediately before the invitation.

  • 25 points: If your net value of business and personal assets, including your partner, was at least $1,800,000 in each of the 2 fiscal years immediately before the invitation.

  • 35 points: If your net value of business and personal assets, including your partner, was at least $2,250,000 in each of the 2 fiscal years immediately before the invitation.

Business Innovation:

  • 15 points: You have a patent, or a design, that was registered more than 1 year before the invitation and used in the day to day activities of the main business.

  • 10 points: You have Trademarks that were registered more than 1 year before the invitation and used in the day to day activities of the main business

  • 5 points: Your main business in which you held an ownership interest operated in accordance with a formal joint venture agreement entered into with another business or businesses more than 1 year before the invitation. In doing so, you utilized your skills in actively participating at a senior level in the day to day management.

  • 15 points: Your main business derived more than 50% of its annual turnover from export trade in at least 2 of the last 4 fiscal years.

  • 10 points: You had an ownership interest in at least one main business that:

     

    • was established not more than 5 years; and
    • had an average annualised growth in turnover that was greater than 20% per annum over 3 continuous fiscal years; and
    • employed 10 or more employees with the total number of hours that would have been worked by 10 full-time employees in at least one of the last 3 fiscal years.

     

  • 10 points: You, or at least one main business in which you held an ownership interest. had received a grant greater than $10,000 AUD by a government body in your home country for the purposes of early phase start up of a business, product commercialization, business development or business expansion. Alternatively, in the past 4 years you, or at least one main business in which you held an ownership interest had received venture capital funding of at least $100,000 AUD not more than 4 years before the time of the invitation for the purposes of early phase start up of a business, product commercialization, business development or business expansion.

    *You may accumulate points under different categories.

frequently asked questions

Eligibility for free public schooling is determined by laws of a State or Territory, but in most instances primary and secondary education is available free of charge to Subclass 188 holders. Education prior to primary school is usually not free.

As a rule of thumb, applicants for permanent residency are eligible to enrol in Australia’s Medicare scheme. Only a handful of temporary visas confer eligibility for Medicare, and Subclass 188 Visa, being a Provisional Visa, is not one of these eligible visas.

The capital requirements for Subclass 188 and 888 Visas are such that a 188 visa holder would have no need for such income support. If you believe you may require aged or disability pensions after your arrival in Australia, you would probably not meet the requirements of the visa grants.

Furthermore, pension payments in Australia are reduced based on the value of the recipient’s assets and income. Those who qualify for Subclass 888 permanent visas would find that their assets and income would effectively reduce their pension entitlements to nil.

Under the Social Security Act, non-citizens are subject to significant restrictions in terms of their access to social security payments. Prima facie, there is a waiting period of at least ten (10) years for you to be eligible for pensions.

Subclass 188B applicants are required to evidence an overall successful record of eligible investment activities and/ or qualifying business activities. Where your investment history contains a series of losses, this would be assessed with reference to external factors at the relevant times. Such external factors may include overall market saturations or external economic shocks, such as high inflation or recessions.

Other relevant considerations include:

  • Prior bankruptcy
  • Prior direct involvement in companies subject to insolvency, receivership or liquidation
  • The degree to which investment loses were beyond your control
  • The frequency of your past bankruptcies or business and investment failures
  • Your subsequent business and investment success since your last failure  

We would also suggest that your evidence that the amount to be used for complying investment has originated from your past investment and/ or business activities.

In relation to Subclass 188B and 188c, the making of the requisite investment usually forms the final stage of the application process. It is the Department’s procedure to issue a letter to applicants, inviting them to make the required investment, once most other visa criteria are found to have been satisfied. 

The letter of invitation will generally prescribe a period within which investment arrangements are to be finalised. The visa grant usually comes shortly thereafter, however issuance of the invitation is no assurance as to the success of one’s application.

Under policy, a family home is considered to be an asset owned for personal use, and is therefore incapable of being an eligible investment. Nevertheless, family home can only be used as an investment property if it is leased out to a third party (including a relative). In such cases, the applicant must also own (not rent) the residential property in which they are currently living. In summary, if you have one home, it cannot be part of your eligible investment, but it may still be capable of being a personal asset for reg. 188.245.

Managed fund products that primarily hold stock and bond investments are acceptable provided the applicant can demonstrate they have made an informed decision on which fund to invest in and are not merely relying on a broker/ financial adviser to make the investment decision. An applicant who has most of their eligible investment funds in these types of funds must still be able to demonstrate a high level of management skill in managing their portfolio.

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