This stream is for migrants who are currently living and operating a small business in a regional area of Queensland.

Applicable regions

4124 to 4125, 4133, 4183 to 4184, 4207 to 4275, 4280 to 4287, 4306 to 4498, 4507, 4517 to 4519, 4550 to 4575, 4580 to 4895.

Applicants must have an occupation that is on Home Affairs Instrument LIN 19/051, and a have a positive skills assessment in their nominated occupation. Applicants under this stream must have full-time work rights and not be currently studying.

This visa is a provisional visa that allows nominated skilled workers to work and live in REGIONAL Queensland for five years and is a pathway to permanent residency.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for Queensland nomination, you must meet both the Australian Home Affairs criteria and Business and Skilled Migration Queensland (BSMQ) criteria for your chosen visa category.

The Home Affairs criteria requires Applicant to have the following

  • Have a Point Score 65 or higher, inclusive of state nomination points

  • Have a Positive Skills Assessment in your nominated occupation

  • Age under 45 years

  • Meet the minimum English language requirement of COMPETENT, unless a higher level is required by your assessing authority

  • submit additional documents if invited to lodge an application for a subclass 491 visa.

BSMQ criteria requires Applicant to have the following
  • Have an occupation on Home Affairs ’s Legislative instrument (LIN 19/051)

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  • Have prior business experience (operating the business successfully for at least 6 months meets this criteria), qualifications to successfully run the business, or previous family-run business experience.

  • Be on a visa that allows full-time work and operation of the business for a minimum of 35 hours per week

  • Have purchased an existing business in regional Queensland
    (Note: not available for start-ups or home based businesses, franchise businesses must have been operating for at least a year prior to purchase)

  • Invested a minimum of $100,000 in the business prior to submitting an EOI

  • Have 100% ownership of the business (partnerships or joint ventures not eligible)

  • Be trading in the business for 6 months prior to application


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