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What can I do if an Australian state or territory does not nominate me for a Significant Investor Visa?

I am concerned about the nomination process. My family and I do not want to spend the time to apply if the whole process may be contingent on whether a state or territory nominate us. What can we do to increase our chances?

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    Lisa De Leon

    Australia Registered Migration Agent
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    Applicants for a Significant Investor visa can be nominated by a State or Territory government or by Austrade. The advantage of a State or Territory government nomination is the ongoing support they provide to visa holders in the form of settlement assistance, connection with support services and local information. The Austrade criteria for assessing and nominating applicants includes entrepreneurial skill or talent, the ability to pass on these skills and talents to emerging Australian entrepreneurs and deliver a long-term economic benefit to Australia, and integrity/character checks. It is possible to be referred by Austrade to a State or Territory government after an initial assessment. There is no fee for a referral but Austrade will undertake a background check before referring applicants to a State or Territory government. Potential applicants can also apply for direct nomination by Austrade. Austrade charges a non-refundable fee of AUD 1,000 for applications for SIV nomination. States and territories charge lesser fees and some do not charge any fees. Questions about the Austrade nomination for an SIV can be directed to Investor Visa Unit of Austrade by emailing investorvisas@austrade.gov.au or you can contact a registered migration agent for more information about the process.

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    Ali Shahami

    Australia Registered Migration Agent
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    If an Australian state or territory does not nominate you for a Significant Investor Visa, you might have a chance to appeal or you need to apply for other states. To increase your chances of obtaining state or territory sponsorship, you could use a registered migration agent (RMA) who has vast experience in Australian investor visa and who can advise you, based on your eligibility and state sponsorship conditions, for which state or territory you have more chances to receive the positive result for your state sponsorship.

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