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188C Visa - Significant Investor Stream - Australia

09 Sep 2021

Significant Investor Stream - 188C Visa - Eligibility Criteria

The purpose of the 188C Significant Investor Visa is to contribute to Australia's economy and increase economic stimulus and activity, growth, jobs and investment in different industries, by making a substantial investment in Australian funds.

The Applicant must make a complying investment of at least $5 million AUD for 4 years, in any of the following options, for an application made after the new rules were adopted in July 2015. See VisaConnect's PDF document: 188C Visa - Significant Investor Stream. See the eligibility criteria for the 188C Visa below:

1. Venture Capital Investment - At least $1 million AUD in venture capital and growth private equity funds which invest in start-ups and small private companies. Note that from 1 July 2021, the Venture Capital and Private Equity investment has been increased from 10 to 20 per cent.

2. Managed Funds Investment - At least $1.5 million AUD in approved managed funds investing in emerging companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. Note that after 1 July 2021, the investment in this element will require a further 30 per cent dedicated to emerging companies.

3. Balancing Investment - At least $2.5 million AUD in managed funds that may invest in a range of assets, including ASX-listed companies, Australian corporate bonds or notes, annuities and commercial real estate and hold the investment continuously for at least 4 years. Note that after 1 July 2021, the the balancing investment investment element has been reduced from 60 to 50 percent.

See our web page for more information about the 188C Visa:

188C Visa - Significant Investor Stream

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