Significant Investor Visa
We have a range of SIV compliant investment options.
The Significant Investor Visa (SIV) is a class of visa that is available to non-resident investors who invest at least an amount of A$5 million into complying investments in Australia for a minimum period of four years.
The SIV aims to provide a simplified and flexible path to permanent residence for migrant investors, while encouraging foreign investment into Australia.
On the 15 May 2015, the Government announced a modified investment framework for the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) and also introduced a new Premium Investor Visa (PIV) category.
The $5 million investment must now be split across complying investment categories. More information of these complying categories is provided below.
Venture Capital or growth Private Equity categories:
At least $500,000 in eligible Australian venture capital or growth private equity funds that invest in:
- start-up companies
- small private companies
*The Government expects to increase this to $1 million for new applications within two years.
Small Cap focused Managed Funds and Listed Investment Companies
At least $1.5 million in an eligible managed fund or Listed Investment Companies that invest in:
- Emerging companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange
Other complying investments
A ‘balancing investment’ of up to $3 million in managed funds or Listed Investment Companies that invest in a combination of:
- larger ASX listed companies
- eligible corporate bonds or notes
- real property (subject to the 10 per cent limit on residential real estate)
Premium Investor Visa
The Premium Investor Visa (PIV) programme, introduced by the Government from 1 July 2015, targets talented entrepreneurs and innovators that meet the $15 million threshold. The PIV will offer a more expeditious, 12 month pathway to permanent residency than the SIV, however will only be available at the invitation of the Australian Government. This programme will be rolled out over the next year, focusing on attracting a small number of highly talented and entrepreneurial individuals.