How to apply and application forms

How to apply

To apply for NSW nomination for a business migration visa, you should follow the process below:

  • Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect (188 and 132 visas only)
  • Complete the relevant NSW nomination application form
  • Pay the application fee (online payment is available)
  • Submit your complete application to NSW Department of Industry. If you are nominated by NSW, apply for the visa to the Department of Home Affairs.

1. Submitting an EOI

This step applies to you if you are applying for NSW nomination for the following visas:

  • Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa (subclass 188)
  • Business Talent (Permanent) visa (subclass 132).

Before applying for NSW nomination, you need to first submit an Express of Interest (EOI) in SkillSelect, Department of Home Affairs's online registration system. Read more about SkillSelect.

After submitting an EOI, you will be allocated a unique EOI number, which you should provide in your NSW nomination application.

Potential applicants for the Business Talent 132 visa who are considering a business in property development should contact us before preparing an application.

2. Completing the application form

The table below sets out the appropriate forms required for each visa subclass.

Visa subclassForms
188 – Business Innovation (188A) 188A
188 – Investor (188B) 188B
188 – Significant Investor (SIV or 188C) 188C
188 – Business Innovation Extension (188A Extension)188A Extension
188 – Significant Investor Extension (SIV Extension) 188C Extension
188 – Entrepreneur (188E) 188E
888 – Business Innovation (888A) 888A
888 – Investor (888B) 888B
888 – Significant Investor (888C) 888C
132 – Significant Business History
(132 SBH)
132SBH
Business Plan
132 – Venture Capital Entrepreneur (132 VCE)Please contact us
405 405
892 892
893 893
Change of Business Plan Business nominee information update form          
Registration for 890 or 891 927
Form E 

Supporting documents with your application

You should include evidence to support the information that you submit in your application. The document checklist in the relevant application form provides a useful guide.

All supporting documents must be certified copies. Please do not send original documents as we are unable to return them to you.

Documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by an English translation certified by a translator and:

  • If in Australia, the translator should be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) or
  • If outside Australia, the translator should be qualified and endorse the translated document with their full name, details of their qualification and contact details.

3. Paying the application fee

You can pay the NSW nomination application fee online for applications by using a Visa or MasterCard. Application fees are not refundable.

Please make sure you enter your details correctly (including EOI number if applicable) when entering your payment details.

Once the online payment is successfully made, a receipt will be sent to the email address entered with the payment. Please provide a copy of the receipt with your application.

If you apply for nomination for a Business Talent (subclass 132) visa but do not meet nomination requirements, we may agree to consider your application against the Business Innovation/Investor (188) visas. We will determine this on a case by case basis. In such cases, we do not refund any difference in the application fees and may require you to submit a new application and pay a new application fee.

Visa type Applicant is outside Australia * Applicant is in Australia
188A Business Innovation AUD 820
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AUD 902
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188B Investor AUD 820
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AUD 902
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188C Significant Investor Visa (SIV) Provisional AUD 820
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AUD 902
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188C SIV Extension (nominated by other state or territory)AUD 1640
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AUD 1804
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188E Entrepreneur  AUD 820
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AUD 902
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132 Significant Business History (SBH) AUD 1270
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AUD 1397
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132 Venture Capital Entrepreneur (VCE)AUD 1270AUD 1397
405 Investor Retirement AUD 820
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AUD 902
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Visa typeFee
888A Business Innovation (Permanent)           AUD 1270
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888B Investor (Permanent)AUD 1270
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888C Significant Investor Visa (Permanent)AUD 1270
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888C SIV Permanent (nominated by other state or territory)AUD 2090
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892 Business Owner (Permanent) AUD 1270
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893 Investor (Permanent) AUD 1270
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*Fees vary according to whether you are in Australia or outside Australia when you submit your application. If you are in Australia when you apply, you will need to pay GST. Please ensure you pay the correct fee.

4. Submitting the application

You must submit all relevant supporting documents and evidence of payment of the application fee by email to business.migration@industry.nsw.gov.au.

We can receive emails up to 50MB directly. For applications that will be over this size or will exceed the limit of your email provider, please send your application in multiple emails, labelled as Part one, Part two etc.

5. After you submit your application

After you submit your application and have paid the application fee, you will receive an acknowledgement email from NSW Department of Industry.

Our processing time for 188C SIV applications is 24 hours.

Our processing time for 132 Business Talent applications is five (5) business days for complete applications.

Our current processing time for other business applications is up to eight (8) weeks. Applications accompanied by all required information and documentation will be processed more quickly.

NSW reserves the right to assess the applicant’s genuine and realistic commitment to conduct their proposed business activity in NSW. Processing times will be longer when time is needed to assess this.

If your application is approved, you will receive a notification of approval by email with information about your nomination.

Once you move to NSW, you should keep NSW Department of Industry informed of your contact details by completing the Business Nominee Information Update form.