The State of Victoria is pressing the pause button for all 132 and 188 visa state nomination applications until the end of the financial year. This pause will be implemented as of 12pm AEST on the 9th April 2020.

What are 132 and 188 Visas?

The subclass 132 Visa is a Business Talent visa stream which allows experienced business owners to operate a new or existing business within Australia. People eligible for this visa need to be nominated by an Australian state or territory government agency and invited to apply. This is a permanent visa stream.

The subclass 188 visa is a Business Innovation and Investment visa which lets you operate a new or existing business within Australia or make a designated investment to secure permanent residency. The eligibility of this stream is based on a skills points test and proven business/investment success. This is a temporary visa stream which can open a pathway to permanent residency.

What does this mean for future applications?

Any Victorian state nomination applications for the 2019-2020 financial year must be submitted by 12pm on the 9th April 2020 otherwise they will not be accepted until next financial year starting on 1st July 2020.

What does this mean for already submitted applications?

Any applications submitted before the advised time on the 9th April 2020, will be processed as normal in accordance with the advised processing times.

This update does not affect the following nomination applications:

If you have any questions regarding these temporary changes to 188 and 132 Victorian state nominations or to check your eligibility for future applications, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with a team member at Ethos Migration Lawyers on 1300 083 843.


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