The subclass 888 is part of the Business Innovation and Investment stream. The subclass 888 is the second part to the 188 visa and grants permanent residency. 

Who is the subclass 888 visa for?

The subclass 888 is for business operators already holding a subclass 188 visa and are looking to continue operating their business and live in Australia permanently.

To be eligible for the 888 visa, you will:

  • already have had the temporary 188 visa for at least 12 months.
  • show that you have been meeting the conditions for the type of 188 visa you hold
  • meet health and character requirements.

What you need to do before applying for the subclass 888

Before applying for the 888, you will need to be nominated by an Australian State or Territory government.

This involves lodging an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the Skillselect system.

Where you can apply for the subclass 888

You can apply in Australia.