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Business Visa Statistics

Business Visa Statistics

Aggregate data from survey of Business Skills class migrants shows that (for arrivals after 1 July 1999):

  • 83 per cent are engaged in a business;
  • Each new business employed an average of 4.7 staff;
  • 64 per cent of businesses had export earnings.
  • 4 per cent of businesses had export earnings worth over $1 million;
  • 13 per cent of those in business had an annual turnover of A$ 1 million or more;
  • On average, cumulative funds transferred to Australia by principal migrants were $843,000;
  • Average financial investment in the business was $325,000.

* Source DIAC official statistics

Program Levels

The Business Skills visa grant outcome for 2007-08 was 6565.

There are 7,500 Business Skills visas planned 2008/2009.

Source of Business Migrants

In 2007-08 the top 10 source locations of citizenship for Business Skills visa grants were:

  • China,
  • United Kingdom,
  • South Korea,
  • South Africa,
  • Malaysia,
  • Taiwan,
  • India,
  • Singapore,
  • Hong Kong and
  • Indonesia.

Settlement of Business Skills Migrants

  • 33 per cent of business migrants settle in NSW;
  • 15 per cent in QLD;
  • 27 per cent in WA;
  • 17 per cent in Victoria;
  • Other States and Territories - less than one per cent each.