Victoria temporarily closes Business Innovation & Investment Program

Victoria has temporarily closed applications for nomination of certain business and investor visas.

Victoria is currently experiencing a high volume of applications for nomination for select business and investor visas. To help manage this demand, and meet their service commitments to applicants, Victoria is temporarily not accepting new applications for the following visa sub-classes: 

  • 188 - Business Innovation stream

  • 188 – Significant Investor stream

  • 188 – Investor stream

  • 188 – Entrepreneur stream

  • 132 – Business Talent (Permanent) – Significant Business History stream

  • 132 – Business Talent (Permanent) – Venture Capital Entrepreneur stream

Victoria will continue to assess all nomination applications received prior to 5 January 2019, however please be advised delays may occur in providing outcomes for these applications. Victoria is still interested in the Business Innovation & Investment Program and all interests are highly valued. They hope to reopen the program shortly. They cannot provide a specific date or timeframe at this point, however encourage that applicants visit the Live in Melbourne website regularly for program updates. 

If applicants have any questions regarding the temporary closure of the Business Innovation & Investment Program visa nomination applications, please contact the Business Migration team on

Postal address
Skilled and Business Migration Program
Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
State Government of Victoria
GPO Box 4509
Melbourne VIC 3001