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Tips on how to apply for a Subclass 888 visa from a professional migration consultant

To immigrate to Australia under the business investment stream, you need to apply for a Subclass 888 visa after holding a Subclass 188 visa. Depending on the type of subclass 188 visa you are holding, you need to choose the corresponding Subclass 888 visa.

You should also carefully read this article to know the secret to make the correct Subclass 888 visa application from an Australian immigration specialist.

What is a Subclass 888 visa?


Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) Visa – Subclass 888 is the second stage of the business/investment visa process for those who are holding a Subclass 188 (temporary) visa. This 888 visa allows its holders to stay in Australia as permanent residents.


Business Innovation and Investment (Permanent) Visa – Subclass 888 has 4 main streams including:

  • Business Innovation Visa Stream – Subclass 888A.
  • Investor Visa Stream – Subclass 888B.
  • Significant Visa Stream – Subclass 888C.
  • Premium Investor Visa Stream – Subclass 888D.
  • Entrepreneur Visa Stream – Subclass 888E.

Benefits of a Subclass 888 visa

Regardless of your Subclass 888 visa type, you and your accompanying family members are guaranteed to have the following attractive benefits:


Residence benefits
    • Stay in Australia permanently.
    • Apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible.

Free entries benefits

    • Travel to and from Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date the visa is granted. This is as long as the travel facility on this visa remains valid.
    • You will need to apply for and be granted a Resident Return (RRV) so that you can re-enter Australia as a permanent resident.
Social security benefitsThe applicant’s family enjoys full benefits from Australia’s social security policy.
Studying and working benefitsHave full study and work rights.
Sponsor family member benefitsCan sponsor another eligible family member.


Enjoy all 5 of those benefits above to help the applicant’s family improve their quality of life. To know how to get a visa, you should schedule a consultation with us.


Requirements of a Subclass 888 visa

Here are the requirements you should know before applying for a Subclass 888 visa.


RequirementsSpecific requirements
Subclass 888ASubclass 888BSubclass 888CSubclass 888E
For the sponsor and the applicantNot required
The minimum period of stay with temporary Subclass 188, before the time of Subclass 888 visa application1 year in the last 2 years2 years in the last 4 years40 days/year (for a total of 4 years)2 years
Minimum revenue per year300,000AUD (for 1 year before applying for visa)

Not required

300,000AUD (can choose other conditions instead)

Minimum investment


Depends on the state or territory in Australia.Still maintaining 1,500,000 AUD investment.Maintain investment of 5,000,000AUD. Of which, at least AUD 1,500,000 is invested in legally managed funds or publicly listed companies (LICs).200,000 AUD
Where to submit and receive the visa

Depending on the specific case, the applicant needs to be inside or outside Australia.

If you want to know where you should apply, please contact VEM and provide detailed information for expert advice.


In case you want to save time, you can use VEM’s all-inclusive Australian visa service. As a client of VEM, you will be consulted, guided on how to apply and submit, moreover, you will still be closely followed for support even if you have a visa.

In particular, the person directly accompanying you is Mr. Phong Cao – an immigration specialist licensed by the Australian Government (MARN: 1577877).

Step by step of a Subclass 888 visa

  • Step 1: Checking if you meet the requirements.
  • Step 2: Preparing your documents.
  • Step 3: Submitting your visa application.
  • Step 4: Preparing for the interview (if required).
  • Step 5: Being granted a visa.

To make your investment journey to Australia go smoothly, you can apply for a visa with VEM. Because VEM’s immigration specialist is always the person who directly guides and supports the client’s visa application to meet the standards and follow the right process.

Cost of a Subclass 888 visa

The Subclass 888 visa fees for 4 types are the same, specifically:


The amount of money (AUD)
For the applicantFor the accompanying person (if any)
Over 18 years oldUnder 18 years old
First installment2,935 AUD1,470 AUD730 AUD

Second installment

    • If the accompanying person is 18 years or older and does not pass 4.5 IELTS.
    • The applicant has not paid this fee at the time of applying for a temporary 188 visa.
9,795 AUD4,890 AUD0 AUD


Processing times of a Subclass 888 visa

Most applicants for Subclass 888 visa need to wait about 2 years to receive their visa grants. The specific processing time for a Subclass 888 visa application is clarified in the table below:


75% of applications90% of applications
Subclass 888A visa21 months23 months
Subclass 888B visa20 months24 months
Subclass 888C visa23 months24 months
Subclass 888E visaThe DHA hasn’t announced yet.


With more than 10 years of experience in Australian immigration and investment consulting, Mr. Phong Cao advises you to submit the correct application from the very beginning. This will help you widen your chances of getting an early visa.

What should you prepare for a Subclass 888 visa?

The requirements of the Subclass 888 visa application are not exactly the same. You should read the information below carefully to know exactly what documents and documents you need to prepare.


Identification papers

    • Copies of certified marriage certificate (if any).
    • Proof that you’ve changed name before (if any).
    • Copies of certified household registration book.
    • Card images.
    • Certified valid passport.
    • Certified birth certificate.
Proof of your nomination
    • Applicant receives a new nomination from his or her state of investment.
    • Complete form 1414.

VEM clients receive detailed instructions from an immigration specialist

Proof of your minimum revenue

Provide evidence that can prove your total revenue:

    • If applying for Subclass 888A: 300,000 AUD.
    • If applying for Subclass 888B visa or Subclass 888C visa: not required.
    • If applying for Subclass 888E: 300,000 AUD (depending on the case).
Proof of your investment
    • If applying for Subclass 888A visa: provide proof of satisfactory business activities as required.
    • If applying for a Subclass 888B visa: a confirmation from the Australian Treasury that the applicant has maintained an investment of 1,500,000 AUD.
    • If you apply for a Subclass 888C: demonstrate the maintenance of investment of 5,000,000 AUD in Australia.
    • If applying for a Subclass 888E: prove that the applicant’s business is invested.
Proof of your obligation
    • Prove that you are always investing and doing business legally in Australia.
    • Prove that you have always paid your Australian taxes in full.
Documents of accompanying person
    • Identification papers.
    • Documents proving the relationship with the applicant.
    • Evidence of meeting medical conditions and criminal record.
    • Proof of meeting English requirements: pass 4.5 IELTS (except for Subclass 888E, which requires 6.0 IELTS).


VEM’s clients are assessed and supported by Mr. Phong Cao. He is a member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA: 12648). So our clients always have accurate documents to submit and soon finish their investment journey to Australia.

Obligations of the Australian Subclass 888 visa holder

Before applying for a Subclass 888 visa, you must understand your responsibilities towards the visa. VEM has provided detailed information in the table below:


When receiving the visa (for the case of outside Australia)The applicant and accompanying person need to arrive in  Australia on the specified date (details will be notified by the Australian Government).
After the visa grant
    • Comply with Australian laws.
    • Pay Australian taxes.


Frequently asked questions

What is a Subclass 888 visa?

A Subclass 888 is a means for businessmen and investors who are holding visa 188 to settle in Australia and continue to do business, invest and settle permanently in Australia.

Can I sponsor another family member with a Subclass 888 visa?

Of course, you can unless that person is eligible.

Is it difficult to apply for a Subclass 888 visa?

The answer depends greatly on your specific situation. Contact VEM now so that our migration consultant can evaluate your case.

Can I travel with a Subclass 888 visa?

The answer is yes. You are free to travel in and outside of Australia for 5 years.


Hopefully, the information about the Australian Subclass 888 visa in this article will help you. If you still need Mr. Phong Cao’s help, contact VEM.

Just leave a comment at the end of the article, we will quickly contact you and schedule a consultation! You can also directly call VEM’s hotline to schedule a faster consultation!


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