Australian Senior Executive

This visa is created for senior executive employees of major overseas businesses, who have important net assets and a genuine and sensible commitment to contribute in the management of a new or existing business. This visa is also the first step towards being granted a permanent Business Skills visa.

Who Can Apply For This Visa?

Senior executives from overseas, who through their knowledge have gained the skills to successfully manage a business in Australia, are less than 45 years of age, and their family.

Eligibility Criteria:
These links provide information about the eligibility requirements for senior executives and their family members.

Visa Cost:

You must pay a non-refundable visa charge when you lodge your visa application.

See: Business Development Visa Charges

What Can I Do After Getting This Visa?

With this visa you can:

  • Set up a new or existing business in Australia.
  • Travel in and out of Australia any number of times as long as the visa is legitimate
  • Have your family accompany you to Australia. They will have access to work and study rights. Your family includes your spouse and any dependants.


As a Senior Executive (Provisional) visa holder you are expected to give precious input to the Australian economy. You must obtain a considerable ownership interest in a business in Australia or maintain your investment in Australia for four years. In that business you must actively participate in the day-to-day management of that business at a senior level, and continue to make genuine efforts to hold a substantial ownership interest at a senior level in the day-to-day management of such a business.

In that business you must also do at least one of the following:

  • Develop business links with international markets
  • Create or maintain employment in Australia
  • Export Australian goods
  • Produce goods or services that would otherwise be imported
  • Introduce new or improved technology
  • Add to commercial activity and competitiveness within sectors of the Australian economy.

Duration of this visa:

This visa is valid for 4 years.
If the visa is granted while you are:

  • In Australia (Student visa holders only), it is valid from the date of grant
  • Outside Australia, it is valid from the entry ending date on your visa label.

Click here for more information about this visa

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