Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the Significant Investor Visa and Investor Visa from our downloadable brochures and frequently asked questions.

Information brochures

We understand there are many requirements to obtain a Significant Investor Visa and Investor Visa, which is why we’ve created informative brochures in six languages. Download them below to learn more about the visas, the value of advice and Ord Minnett.

Visa application process

From your initial consultation with the immigration agent through to establishing your investment portfolio with Ord Minnett, learn about the visa application process below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Significant Investor Visa for Australia?

Individuals who wish to invest at least AUD$5 million into compliant Australian-managed investment funds during the provisional visa validity can apply for the SIV. Primary visa holders are required to maintain an average residence of 40 days per year.

How much money do I need for the Significant Investor Visa?

SIV holders must invest AUD$5 million in compliant significant investments for at least five years before becoming eligible for a permanent visa.

What is a 188C visa?

It is a provisional visa available for high net-worth individuals willing to invest at least AUD$5 million in complying with significant investments in Australia and maintaining business and investment activity in the country.

Do the 188C visas provide Permanent Residency (PR)?

The Business Innovation and Investment - provisional / subclass 188 is a state-nominated provisional visa valid for five years, serving as a pathway to permanent residency through the Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) (subclass 888) visa.

Should I seek financial and investment advice for SIV?

We recommend seeking professional financial advice for a comprehensive understanding of investment options and compliance requirements. Ord Minnett’s Investor Visa Service team, consisting of ASIC Registered Financial Advisers, can assist you.

What are the Investor Visa (IV) Requirements?

Individuals applying for the Investor Stream must pass a points test, invest AUD$2.5 million in a complying Australian-managed fund for the provisional visa’s duration, and reside in the country for a minimum of two years.

What is a 188B Visa?

The 188B investment visa, part of the Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa, is available to applicants nominated by an Australian State or Territory government. It is a 5-year temporary visa for designated investments.

Can investors get Permanent Residency (PR) through Australia Investor Stream Visa?

The Australia Investor Stream Visa, a three-year investment-based residence program, leads to permanent residence. Citizenship can be applied for after four years.

What is the investment amount for Permanent Residency (PR)?

For both SIV and IV streams, individuals must invest AUD$5 million or AUD$2.5 million, respectively, complying with Australian and state government requirements.

Can an Australian Permanent Resident (PR) buy property?

Buying property alone does not secure permanent residency. A minimum investment of AUD$2.5 million is required for provisional visas leading to potential permanent residency.

Can Australian Permanent Residents (PR) access government entitlements?

Permanent residents can access government entitlements such as Centrelink and Medicare.

What are the current SIV rules?

The SIV (188C) and IV (188B) complying investment rules underwent updates in July 2021. The date of your visa application will determine which set of rules applies to you. Please refer to the relevant government website for any further information or updates to the complying investment rules.

Department of Home Affairs - Significant Investor Stream
Department of Home Affairs - Investor Stream

Does Ord Minnett have registered financial advisers?

Ord Minnett Advisers are registered with ASIC, meeting the definition of a financial advisor in Australia.

Is Australian Permanent Residency (PR) valid for life?

Registered funds are safer due to stringent compliance, governance, and reporting requirements than unregistered funds.

Is Australian Permanent Resident (PR) valid for life?

As a permanent resident of Australia, you can generally remain in the country indefinitely. This status allows you to work and study in Australia, buy property, and gain access to Australia’s national health scheme, Medicare.

Is it worth getting an Australian Permanent Resident (PR)?

Yes, obtaining an Australian Permanent Residency (PR) is worthwhile as it grants you the ability to live permanently in Australia for as long as you desire. Additionally, it provides access to numerous benefits such as schooling and property ownership.

When must a managed investment scheme be registered?

A managed investment scheme must register if it has more than twenty members or if a person in the business of promoting managed investment schemes promotes it, as outlined in section 601ED of the Corporations Act.

Are registered funds safer than unregistered funds?

Yes, consider registered funds safer than unregistered funds. Investing in unregistered mutual funds carries a higher risk of fraud, and the performance is unlikely to surpass that of similar registered funds.

Can I obtain Australian Citizenship via an investment?

No, direct citizenship cannot be obtained through investment in Australia. However, applicants can be granted a five-year visa by investing AUD$2.5 million or AUD$5 million. After maintaining the investment, they can apply for permanent residency. Australian Permanent Residents can then pursue Australian Citizenship after meeting specific criteria.

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