Visa 132 - Business Talent - Significant Business History Stream (permanent)

Please note that from 1 July 2020 all applications for State nomination must be lodged through our new online application system. Applications received by email or in hard copy after this date will not be processed.

Due to COVID-19 we are conducting all interviews with clients by telephone. Personal appointments will also be replaced by telephone interviews at the Western Australian Government Trade Office in Shanghai until further notice.

If you have an appointment with our staff, or intend to make one, please contact us on businessmigration@smallbusiness.wa.gov.au to arrange the appointment by telephone.

This visa is available for high-calibre business people who have a genuine commitment to operate a business in Australia.

This visa provides permanent residence status at the first stage. You must be nominated by the Government of Western Australia to apply for this visa. State nomination criteria includes:

  • you having maintained at least a 30 per cent ownership share (or 10 per cent where the business is a publicly listed company) and directly managed a business which had turnover of at least AUD$3 million for two of the last four fiscal years

  • your, or you and your spouse or partner's combined, net assets in business were at least AUD$400,000 for two of the last four fiscal years

  • your proposed business activity in Western Australia will generate substantial economic benefits for the State of Western Australia (refer to the State nomination guidelines)

  • you must maintain a substantial ownership interest in your proposed business activity in Western Australia

  • you will meet the business investment, employment creation, own a residence, and you and your family will live in Western Australia, as negotiated in your State nomination agreement with the Government of Western Australia, at time of Department of Home Affairs 24 month Survey of Business Skills Visa Holders (Form 1010)

  • you are less than 55 years of age, or you are proposing to participate in a business activity which will be of exceptional economic benefit to the State (refer to the State nomination guidelines)

Applications are assessed on a case by case basis, however, the general guidelines for State nomination are:

Any qualifying business:

  • value of net assets to be in business in Western Australia of at least AUD$1 million

  • the creation of at least two new permanent jobs (full-time equivalent) in Western Australia

  • own a residence as you and any family members (dependents) residing in Australia are required to live and study in Western Australia.

Property development business:

  • value of net assets to be in business in Western Australia of at least AUD$2.5 million

  • the creation of at least one new permanent job (full-time equivalent) in Western Australia.

  • own a residence as you and any family members (dependents) residing in Australia are required to live and study in Western Australia.

132 State nomination process

  • After submitting your online 132 Business Talent State nomination application, if your application is assessed as meeting the criteria, conditional nomination is granted. You will be advised to attend an interview with a Government of Western Australia officer either in Perth or the nearest overseas post. If your interview is successful, you will be granted full State Nomination and you can now proceed with lodging your expression of interest (EOI) with SkillSelect.
  • On your initial entry to Western Australia, after your visa is approved, you are required to attend a meeting with a business migration officer in order to further assess the progress of your proposed business activities. You will be required to confirm contact details for monitoring purposes
  • You will be required to participate in a monitoring survey after visa approval, approximately 24 months after your first entry.

Failure to respond may result in the Business Migration Centre not supporting your application at the Department of Home Affairs monitoring stage.

You must complete and return the survey and demonstrate how you are meeting the conditions of your State Nomination Agreement, including:

  • net assets in Western Australia

  • business investment

  • type of business activity

  • location of business activity

  • employment generation

Upon arrival in Western Australia, Business Talent visa holders can seek the free business information and advisory assistance of the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) and are subject to monitoring by both the Department of Home Affairs and the Government of Western Australia to assist them fulfil their business activities.

How to apply

STEP 1:
Lodge an online application for State nomination with the Business Migration Centre (BMC). A fee of $AUD750 applies to all visa nomination applications.

STEP 2:
If you are granted State nomination you can proceed to lodge an expression of interest (EOI) through SkillSelect. If you have not already done so.

STEP 3:
Once nominated through SkillSelect by the BMC, you will receive an invitation from Department of Home Affairs to lodge your visa application which must be completed within 60 days using Department of Home Affairs electronic lodgement system.

If you do not submit your visa application within 60 days, your State nomination will no longer be valid. If you plan to continue with your visa application you will need to submit a new State nomination application and pay another application fee to the Business Migration Centre.

Please note, Western Australia receives only a limited number of nomination places from the Department of Home Affairs. We usually receive more applications than the number of places, and are therefore unable to offer State nomination to all qualifying applicants who lodge an application. Applicants who have previously been granted a State nomination will not receive a second nomination unless under exceptional circumstances. 

Lodging your application

Before proceeding please ensure you have read all the requirements of the 188 visa criteria at the Department of Home Affairs website. Where you can also find details of all Australian migration programs.

Once you start your application, you can save it as you progress and return to it later. If you are completing the application on behalf of someone else, please ensure you save the application before submitting it so the applicant can personally complete the Applicant Declaration.

You will be required to attach documents throughout the application, please ensure any documents not in English are translated, and a copy of both the original and translated versions are included. Please do not include any personal information such as birth certificates, tax file numbers etc.

Due to upload limitations, please only provide the relevant pages addressing the criteria and not the full document.

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