22 Dec 2020

Business Visa Changes for July 2021

Business owners, entrepreneurs and investors will gain access to a longer visa period in Australia and a direct Permanent Residence (PR) pathway following changes to the Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP) from 1 July 2021.

The BIIP program targets migrants with a demonstrated history of success or talent in innovation, investment and business and who make a significant contribution to the Australian economy.

As announced in the Federal Budget, placements for the BIIP almost doubled from 6862 places in 2019-20 to 13,500 places for 2020-21 to support Australia’s COVID-19 economic recovery.

Changes to the BIIP eligibility requirements align with recent stakeholder feedback to the Department of Home Affairs. Here’s what you need to know.

Changes to the Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)

The new program will be streamlined to four streams:

Business Innovation



Significant Investor (The Premium Investor, Significant Business History and Venture Capital Entrepreneur Visa streams will be closed to new applicants).

Currently, most BIIP migrants enter Australia on a provisional visa for a minimum of four years and can then apply for PR if they meet certain requirements. From 1 July 2021, the provisional visas for the above streams will be valid for five years, providing additional time to meet the PR requirements.

BIIP provisional visa holders will be able to apply for PR after three years if they meet the requirements.

Further consultations to confirm changes to investor requirements, known as the Complying Investment Framework’ are expected in the first half of 2021.

Changes to Business Innovation, Significant Investor and Entrepreneur Visa Streams

The Business Innovation, Significant Investor and Entrepreneur Visa streams will also undergo specific changes from 1 July 2021:

Business Innovation Visas

Continued flexibility to extend provisional visas.

The option to apply for a single two-year extension – conditions apply.

An amended visa requirement to hold increased business assets of $1.25 million (up from $800,000 and have an annual turnover of $750,000 (up from $500,000).

Significant Investor Visas

Continued flexibility to extend provisional visas.

The option to apply for two lots of two-year extensions – conditions apply.

Entrepreneur Visas

Removal of the $200,000 funding threshold.

A visa requirement to be endorsed by a State or Territory Government.

Immigracious| Migration Agent Perth

If you have any queries about your visa circumstances or options, we encourage you to get in touch with Immigracious’ Registered Migration Agents.


Migration Institute of Australia

Immigracious’ Registered Migration Agents

Media Release – Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, Alan Tudge

The Department of Home Affairs – Consultation papers

Sheila Woods

Posted by: Sheila Woods

A very experienced migration agent, Sheila has always been fascinated by this field. Her university degree thesis was on Australia’s post-war immigration history (and it earned her first-class honours).

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