Why the Support is Provided?
The Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) provides the opportunity for State and Territory governments to sponsor skilled and business migrants under certain visas.
The Queensland Government recognises the valuable contribution migrants make to Queensland's economy and society and established Business and Skilled Migration Queensland within Queensland Treasury and Trade to promote Queensland as the settlement destination of choice for migrants and to nominate prospective business and skilled migrants at temporary provisional with pathway to permanent resident visa stages.
What Support is Provided?
The Queensland Government provides sponsorship to individual general skilled and business migrants for temporary, provisional and permanent residency visas as provided by DIBP.
The State Government's involvement in sponsoring migrants is limited to individuals who wish to live in Queensland and establish and run their businesses from Queensland or to take up skilled employment.
The business visas which the Queensland Government sponsors are:
405 - Retiree Investor (intending to invest in Queensland Treasury Corporation) a four year temporary visa which can be extended but does not lead to permanent residency.
188 - Business Innovation and Investment - Innovation (intending to operate a business in Queensland);
188 - Business Innovation and Investment - Investor (intending to invest in Queensland Treasury Corporation);
188 - Business Innovation and Investment - Significant Investor Visa for high net worth individuals wishing to invest greater than $5 million in Queensland.
132 - Business Talent - Significant Business History (high-calibre business people intending to operate a business in Queensland);
132 - Business Talent - Venture Capital Entrepreneur (for people who have obtained at least $1million in funding from an Australian venture capital firm);
888 - Business Innovation and Investment - Innovation (eligible holders of the 188 visa and eligible New Zealand residents);
888 - Business Innovation and Investment - Investor (eligible holders of the 188 visa); and
888 - Business Innovation and Investment - Significant Investor Visa (eligible holders of the subclass 188 visa).
Existing business transitioning from provisional to permanent residency:http://www.immi.gov.au
892 - Business Owners or Senior Executives applying for residency;
893 - Investors applying for residency;
General Skilled Migration
The skilled visas, under which the Queensland Government provides sponsorship for individuals are:
489 - Skilled - Nominated (provisional) visa for highly skilled migrants with skills in demand in regional Queensland with pathway to permanent residency.
190 - Skilled - Nominated visa for highly skilled migrants with skills in critical shortage in Queensland.
Migrants can also apply for visas that do not require state sponsorship. Details of these visas are available at DIBP's website at www.immi.gov.au
Business and Skilled Migration Queensland nominates migrants in occupations that are identified as having a skills shortage to assist Queensland industry in having a highly skilled labour force supply via DIBP's SkillSelect Expression of Interest database.
Business and Skilled Migration Queensland can also nominate business migrants that demonstrate economic benefit to Queensland.
Business and Skilled Migration Queensland works to promote the above services through a range of activities including ongoing development of the Migration Queensland website.
Business and Skilled Migration Queensland provides information to potential migrants on Queensland Government sponsorship and visa options for both the skilled and business subclass that are eligible for state nomination.
Please note that appointments may be available on request.