Business ownership

  • Evidence of business ownership for the two years immediately before you apply for this visa. This must include one or more of the following:
    • evidence of the purchase of the business
    • partnership, trust or franchise agreements (include all pages and related schedules, with evidence of stamp duty paid)
    • evidence of the issue, purchase or transfer of shares showing: 
      • date of ownership
      • if shares purchased or transferred, provide evidence from the relevant state revenue office that stamp duty has been paid, or that the shares have been registered with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)
      • historical ASIC company extract.
  • If you acquired the business ownership interest from another person who was an applicant for, or held, a Business Skills (Permanent) (Class EC) visa or Business Skills (Residence)(Class DF) visa at the time you acquired the business, provide evidence that you held joint ownership interest in the business with that person for at least one year immediately before making an application.
  • Provide a written declaration stating you have made every effort to determine whether or not the previous owner of your business was an applicant for, or held, a Business Skills (Permanent) (Class EC) visa or Business Skills (Residence)(Class DF) visa.